5 Moving Mom-oirs

A reading list for loving and losing our mothers, and reckoning with complicated relationships.


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Whether you’re a mom or have a mom, there’s something satisfying about reading accounts of other mother-child relationships—especially when they’re more troubled than your own. These true reflections on mothers and by mothers provide perspective in the best way possible: by showing alternative pathways and, by comparison, making you feel grateful for the maternal figure in your life, or your lasting memories of her.

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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.