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Rachel’s Reads – May 2018

It’s that time of year again.

Between Mother’s Day, Graduation and Father’s Day, the need for meaningful gifts seems to crop up every couple of weeks. Since books make the best gifts, here is a gift guide complete with recommendations for the mom, dad, or grad in your life. 

Mother’s Day

  • Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty by Jacqueline Rose
  • Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans
  • Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin 
  • Stop Here, This is the Place by Susan Conley and Winky Lewis
  • My Mom, Style Icon by Piper Weiss
  • Heart Talk by Cleo Wade
  • Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
  • The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White
  • Listen to Your Mother by Ann Imig
  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith


  • Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  • Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  • I Just Graduated… Now What? By Katherine Schwarzenegger
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, PhD
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Build Your Dream Network by J. Kelly Hoey
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  • Bored and Brilliant by Maoush Zomorodi
  • The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan

Father’s Day

  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony Holden and Ben Holden
  • Being a Dad is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood From My Family to Yours by Ben Falcone
  • Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  • Dude Food: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food by Dan Churchill
  • 1000 Record Covers by Michael Ochs
  • Flash Boys by Michael Short
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

There are so many special occasions coming up and what better gift to give than something memorable and chosen with care. I hope my ideas can help you find something wonderful for everyone in your life. 

Happy Reading!


Rachel became the publisher of The Independent in March of 2017 and then married her husband Jake in May. Their goldendoodle Einstein joined the family last year. Rachel is an avid reader and loves to share book recommendations. (Don’t miss her column, Rachel’s Reads in the Magazine!) She can always be found with a book nearby, especially while traveling (another of her favorite things).


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