Here, on Mother’s Day, are Heaton’s favorite mom-related reads.
by Anne Lamott
After I read Anne’s “Traveling Mercies,” on faith I wanted to read everything she’d written. She’s struggled with addiction and with being a single mom, and this book made me feel better about my own mothering. She gives people hope — people who don’t have a Gwyneth Paltrow or Martha Stewart lifestyle.
The Runaway Bunny
by Margaret Wise Brown
It’s one of those classic books that, even when I think about it, I get teary — my makeup artist is coming at me with tissues right now! It’s just that my mom died when I was 12, and this idea that your mom will always be there for you — there’s a yearning in me, and that’s part of my faith. God is always there, and mothers are representations of God on Earth.
Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I read these books as a kid. I’ll never forget when Laura’s mother, Caroline, baked a birthday cake and it burned in the middle, so she picked a bunch of flowers from their garden and put it over the burnt part. She wasn’t overly huggy, but she was steady and stable and there.
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother
by James McBride
James and I both worked at People magazine when I was in my 20s: He was a writer and I used to run the Xerox machine! So I picked up this book, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s about his mother, who married a black man and raised James in a black community. She was incredible, and this is beautifully written.