Some ideas for Mother's Day reading:
* In Sunday's Buffalo News, our Spotlight section is devoted to stories of women who made motherhood work, under all kinds of circumstances and despite all kinds of challenges. It's good reading and I hope you'll find time to check it out. I was happy to be asked to write the introduction, placing Mother's Day in the political context of the moment (a brief resurgence of the unfortunate 'Mommy Wars' between career women and stay-at-home moms). Here's a look at the Spotlight package. Be sure to see the related stories on each of the admirable local mothers featured: Elise NeMoyer, Carol Weinman, Judy Brown, Marilyn Rosiek, and Doreen Woods. It looks great in print, too.
* In Sunday's New York Times, author Will Schwalbe's op-ed piece about reading books with his dying mother offers a worthwhile idea about strengthening mother-offspring ties, well into adulthood.
* The Daily Beast has a list of the "15 hottest books for Mom," including the latest from Anna Quindlen and John Irving. Check it out here.
* Alternatively, you might want to get Mom a copy of Amy Waldman's novel, "The Submission," which is the May selection in the Buffalo News Book Club. Here's Charity Vogel's story about the book, and a replay of our live chat with the author, who is a New York Times reporter. The book was one of 2011's outstanding debut novels -- it's well-written, thought-provoking and original.
And from the Los Angeles Times, here's a look at what six writers who are new (or expecting) mothers are reading right now.
On Mother's Day, I'll be thinking -- with gratitude and appreciation -- of all the outstanding mothers I know, especially my sisters-in-law, Maureen and Catherine Sullivan, and remembering my mom, Elaine Saab Sullivan and hers, Alice Saab. And I'll be spending some time with my son and daughter -- who aren't such kids any more. I hope it's a good one for all.