• The cover of the book Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)

    Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)

    You’re not going to find a book that’s more readable than “Big Little Lies,” which revolves around a group of parents whose children are starting kindergarten. And if you are a book nerd, you are totally throwing shade on that description. But please know that Moriarty is a writer in the truest sense of the word, even if her material is of the domestic variety. She’s such a great writer that Stephen King wrote a cover blurb for the book—an amazing stamp of approval for a writer commonly lumped into the “Mommy lit” category.

  • The cover of the book Tell the Wolves I'm Home

    Tell the Wolves I'm Home

    This 2012 debut novel is a heart-wrenching look at the AIDS epidemic, as seen through the eyes of two teenage sisters, June and Greta, who come of age after their beloved artist uncle Finn dies from the disease. It’s hard to know which aspect of the book is better: the historical drama of the late-‘80s AIDS crisis or the confused relationship between two sisters. Luckily, the two tales are combined into one smacking good read.

  • The cover of the book Operating Instructions

    Operating Instructions

    If you need a spirit guide in your newfound parenting journey, you can’t do better than Anne Lamott. “Operating Instructions” is a classic, and for good reason. It’s funny, relatable, and filled with grace. It’s everything you need in a mentor who has been through the crazy experience of being a new parent and who just happens to possess the hindsight of a comedic sage.