Barnes & Noble is under the impression your mother needs to lose weight, and what she's really hoping for this year for Mother's Day is that you tell her that. The company recently sent an email to subscribers with a Mother’s Day gift list, and the most prominently featured book was a diet book.
No doubt there is some formula that suggests the best-selling books for women that can be blamed for this. Nor is this the most awkward Mother's Day gift suggestion that has been sent around by an ill-advised company email. But for your own good, perhaps you should go with something more traditional.
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