Mother's Day Audiobooks May 2020
Audiobook Picks for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day (on May 10th) to people mamas, animal mamas, and plant mamas (we see you)! Celebrating in this time of uncertainty is neither easy or simple, but whether we find ourselves living closer than ever before or navigating a difficult distance, the desire to share stories with our moms and mom-like people is stronger than ever. We’ve selected top audiobook picks for Mother’s Day gifting and sharing: inspiring memoirs, epic family narratives, and discussion-worthy must-listens. Plus, a special treat for the bird lovers out there.

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, activist, speaker, and bestselling author Glennon Doyle explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

“Glennon Doyle’s voice is strong, honest, and brave as she opens her heart to listeners.”—AudioFile

The GRAMMY and Audie Award-winning audiobook now a documentary on Netflix. An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir written and narrated by the former First Lady of the United States, Becoming makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift and an excellent listen any day of the year.

“The former First Lady’s warm reading immediately pulls listeners close for what feels like an intimate chat with a friend.”—Booklist

Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection—a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.

“A half-dozen Latinx readers voice Fajardo-Anstine’s superb 11-story debut collection…Enhanced with resonating performances, Fajardo-Anstine’s exceptional debut becomes a multi-sensory experience.”—Booklist, starred audio review

Author: Emma Straub
Read By: Emily Rankin

From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers comes a warm, funny, and keenly perceptive audiobook about the life cycle of one family—as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.

“Delivers a dose of normal life, right when we need it…Straub cements her status as a master of the domestic ensemble drama.”—Time

Author: Abi Daré
Read By: Adjoa Andoh

The instant New York Times bestseller. A powerful, emotional debut told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

An electric debut set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.

“A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Author: Laura Hankin
Read By: Laura Hankin

Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood—exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women—while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds—how they live and how they think.

The perfect listen for mom—and any book club—is here: an extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

“Mozhan Marnò evokes life in the ancient Holy Lands in a raspy voice that evokes stories from the Old Testament and the Torah.”—AudioFile

Author: Brit Bennett
Read By: Adenrele Ojo

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

“A resonating performance that will enhance any literary fiction collection; especially recommended for fans of Yaa Gyasi, Heidi Durrow, and Tayari Jones.”—Library Journal

Find more audiobook recommendations in our Mother’s Day Collection.