Mother's Day 2013: 10 best books

Looking for that perfect book for your mom for Mother's Day? Not to worry – no matter which genre your mom prefers, there's bound to be a new 2013 title to match. Here's our list of the 10 best 2013 books for 10 different kinds of book-reading moms.

1. "The Burgess Boys," by Elizabeth Strout: for the literary mom

Was your mom a lit major? Then we suggest The Burgess Boys, the brand new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout. Like the award-winning 2008 "Olive Kitteridge," this novel is set (partly) in Maine, and features two attorney brothers who are called from Brooklyn back home to the Pine Tree State, where they must help with a family crisis. In the realm of contemporary fiction, it's hard to beat Strout for graceful and moving narration.

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