Free Book Friday: Mother’s Day Edition

Free Book Friday: Mother’s Day Edition

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington

Despite Anna Jarvis’ efforts to abolish the holiday she founded, this Sunday will mark 100 years since Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday.

Mrs. Clarence Pace quilting with her children and mother-in-law at their home in Transylvania, East Carroll Parish, 1938. Photo via Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Administration, Library of Congress.

…and in honor of the occasion, we’re sponsoring another “Free Book Friday!”

Have a History Press book you’ve been itching to read? Still wondering what you’ll give your mother this holiday? Check out the giveaway below (and share throughout the weekend) for your chance to win one our bookish freebies!

A mother cares for her infant, c. 1940. Library of Congress.

How do you enter to win?

 Comment on this post by Sunday, May 11 (midnight) for your chance to win a free copy of any History Press book (YOUR choice). The drawing for first, second and third prizes will take place on Monday morning.

Please note that we’re highlighting a few new titles below if you need suggestions, but if you’d like to explore ALL of our new catalog, go to and click on the United States map (top, right corner) to browse local titles in your area.

Simply comment below with which book you’d like to win and we’ll enter your name into the hat. Good luck, and happy Mother’s Day!


  1. avatar Marilyn Seguin says:

    Portland food

  2. If I win I would like Memphis Barbecue please :)

  3. I’d love to get the book “The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook” !It would be the perfect gift for my mom this mother’s day.

  4. So hard to pick! I’d have to go with Chicago Blues though.

  5. avatar Rachel says:

    Ohhh, they all look so good but there’s a couple I have my eye on! I would pick between “Lobster Rolls of New England” or “Lost Myrtle Beach.” Decisions, decisions!

  6. avatar Max Brockmeyer says:

    I would love to win the “Lobster Rolls of New England!” I’m a huge Lobster Roll fan as well as a huge New England fan!

  7. avatar Mary Ellen Schuetrumpf says:

    “Lobster Rolls of New England”

  8. avatar Rick Duverger says:

    Lobster rolls of New England .
    A must read for the summer!!!

  9. avatar lisa mclaughlin says:

    I’d like to win Lost Myrtle Beach, please! As a 45 year native of Myrtle Beach, I am intrigued!

  10. avatar Christine says:

    Lobster Rolls of New England: Seeking Sweet Summer Delight is my choice because I think it will be a great book!

  11. So many cool choices! I think I’d pick Location Filming in AZ, but it’s a pretty tough decision to make.

  12. Only one choice for me–Harvey Houses of Texas! One of the most anxiously awaited titles for Fredheads like myself, because while the Fred Harvey/Harvey Girl story in the midwest and southwest is well-documented, the Texas Fred Harvey story is almost completely unexplored, until now. Can’t wait to read it!

  13. I would like Lost Myrtle Beach please but I then I think I’ll get Chicago Blues too.

  14. I think that #978-1-60949-024-9, The Islenos of Louisiana: On the Water’s Edge, would be a wonderful read and reference. I’d love to have a copy! Thanks for a chance at winning it–what a nice promotion and gesture for Mother’s Day. :)

  15. Would love a copy of Lobster Rolls. Always think of New England states when I hear “Lobster Rolls”

  16. avatar Wanda Fiss says:

    Country Stores of Mississippi

  17. I would love to win a copy of “Lost Myrtle Beach”. Becky and I grew up in the same small town in central Illinois. My son lives in Myrtle Beach now too.

  18. avatar Brandi smith says:

    Should I be blessed by winning, I would love a copy of June Davidson’s Country Stores of Mississippi

  19. avatar Glenda Hurst says:

    I would love to win Country Stores Of Mississippi a piece of the past that keeps it alive. <3

  20. I would love to have a copy of “Lost Myrtle Beach”

  21. avatar Amory Jewett says:

    I have a keen interest in railroad history of the United States. Fred Harvey and his Harvey House Restaurants and Hotels were a real part of this history. Harvey Houses of Texas is my choice. Thank you.

  22. avatar Debra Smrchek says:

    Since I have retired to the Myrtle Beach South Carolina area, I have become very interested in the in the history of the area and the changes and events that have taken place here over the years. The book I would like to have is “Lost Myrtle Beach” by Becky Billingsley.

  23. I would love to have Country Stores of Mississippi.
    Thanks! :-)

  24. avatar Michelle Householder says:

    I’m so excited to read Becky Billingsley ‘ s new book, “Lost Myrtle Beach”. That’s the one I want to win!

  25. avatar Myles Schrag says:

    Location Filming in Arizona. That will make for some great day trips for the family!

  26. Oh my, what a difficult choice!!! But I’d love to win Country Stores of Mississippi!

  27. avatar Joyce Hann says:

    I don’t imagine lightning will strike twice, but if so… Chicago Blues.

    My comment is to note that the lady in the picture has completely surrendered her born identify and is “Mrs. Clarence Pace.” Etiquette mavens still indicate that as a proper form of address, but it is a disservice to women. What was her given name? What was her born surname? Other countries and cultures are kinder in preserving the maternal line in names. My mother is Shirley Mae Krawchyk, later divorced and later widowed. God bless her.

  28. I would love a copy of Lost Myrtle Beach!!

  29. avatar Eric Weiss says:

    I’d like a copy of the ‘Lost Myrtle Beach’ book by Becky Billingsly.

  30. Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine

  31. Portland Food, please!

  32. I’d love to win Louisville’s Southern Exposition. Thanks for offering this opportunity!

  33. lost in Myrtle beach, Please

  34. avatar Debra Smrchek says:

    I would like to have a copy of “Lost in Myrtle Beach” by Becky Billingsley.
    I have written two requests which appeared under request #4 but they both disappeared. Is there a problem with the website?

  35. avatar Lee Farrington says:

    We learn the greatest lessons in life from our Mother’s…and now that I am a Mother, I realize the difficulty in having the job..ha!
    If I won the book, I would love to receive the Culinary History of Kentucky, as that is where I am from.

  36. I’d like “Lost Myrtle Beach” by Becky Billingsley please. Thank you.

  37. I’d like. Lost Myrtle Beach

  38. avatar tricia lanum says:

    i would like a copy of your next book, “lost Myrtle Beach”!!

  39. As an avid reader, and someone who spends about half the year in Myrtle Beach, I would love a copy of Lost Myrtle Beach.

  40. Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell (just one of many that sound fabulous).

  41. Harvey Houses of Texas

  42. Happy Mother’s Day. I love that quilting picture. If I win, I’d like Harvey Houses of Texas book.

  43. Happy Mother’s Day to all at The History Press, and their Moms, Grandmas, Wives, Daughters, and Sisters. Have a wonderful day ladies! After and exhaustive search I’ve picked The Fish and the Falcon: Gloucester’s Resolute Role in America’s Fight for Freedom by William H. Garland Jr. A great-looking book about the founding of America. Thanks.

  44. As a lighthouse buff, I’d love to win Delaware Lights.
    Thanks for the contest!

  45. avatar Deborah Curran says:

    Landmarks & Historic Sites of Long Island sounds like something we would truly enjoy – while living here I’m sure that there are many historic sites I haven’t seen yet Would love to read it. thanks

  46. Underground Railroad in New York

  47. I would like Fading Ads of St. Louis

  48. avatar Susan Peterson says:

    Lobster Rolls of New England

  49. avatar History Press says:

    Congrats to the winners of Free Book Friday! Thanks to everyone who participated and please come back for our big Father’s Day giveaway on June 13th!

    Winners this time around (picked by the robots at were:
    comment #8 – Rick D. – Lobster Rolls
    comment #21 – Debra S. – Lost Myrtle Beach
    comment #30 – Rob S. – Portland, ME Food

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