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The Best Books For And About Motherhood

Best Motherhood Books

“What are the best books about Motherhood?” We looked at 278 of the top Motherhood books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 44 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Motherhood” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 44 Motherhood Books



44 .) All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood written by Jennifer Senior

	All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Elle
  • Goodreads

In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior analyzes the many ways children reshape their parents’ lives, whether it’s their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today’s mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear. Recruiting from a wide variety of sources—in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology—she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing in later chapters to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood’s deepest vexations—and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.



43 .) Anna Karenina written by Leo Tolstoy

	Anna Karenina

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Online
  • The Guardian

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in book form in 1878 and widely considered one of the greatest works of fiction ever written. A complex novel in eight parts, spread over more than 800 pages (depending on the translation) typically contained in two volumes, Anna Karenina touches on themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, desire, and rural vs. city life. A complex work with more than a dozen major characters, it was initially released in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger.



42 .) Behind the Scenes at the Museum written by Kate Atkinson

	Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Red Online

A family saga chronicles a century of life as four generations of Yorkshire women move through two World Wars, coronations, secrets, heartbreak, and happiness, all seen through the eyes of an inimitable narrator named Ruby Lennox.



41 .) Beloved written by Toni Morrison

	Beloved

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Real Simple

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.



40 .) Bossypants written by Tina Fey

	Bossypants

Lists It Appears On:

  • Elle
  • Goodreads

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.



39 .) Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting written by Pamela Druckerman

	Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Real Simple

The runaway New York Times bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France’s amazingly well-behaved children When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she didn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” But she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. Why? How? With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate—and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting. Researched over three years and written in her warm, funny voice, Bringing Up Bébé is deeply wise, charmingly told, and destined to become a classic resource for American parents.



38 .) Can Any Mother Help Me? written by Jenna Bailey

	Can Any Mother Help Me?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Online
  • The Guardian

Fifty Years of Friendship through a Secret Magazine Jenna Bailey In 1935, a young woman wrote a letter to the women’s magazine Nursery World: ‘Can any mother help me? I live a very lonely life as I have no near neighbours. I cannot afford to buy a wireless. I adore reading, but with no library am very limited with books … I know it is bad to brood and breed hard thoughts. Can any reader suggest an occupation that will intrigue me and exclude ‘thinking’ and cost nothing!’ Women from all over the country wrote back expressing similar frustrations. They were full of ideas and opinions but had nowhere to express them. So they decided to start a private magazine. The Cooperative Correspondence Club – or CCC as it quickly became known – was a place for these women to describe the subjects close to their heart: the pain and elation of childbirth, difficulties during wartime, or the struggles and comedies of daily life. None of the women anticipated the way that the magazine would come to play such an important part in their lives. In Can Any Mother Help Me? Jenna Bailey presents the extraordinary group of wives and mothers whose lives connected through a magazine. Her book is an intimate and moving collection of personal stories and, above all, a portrait of inseparable friendships.



37 .) Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood–The Good, The Bad and The Scary written by Jill Smokler

	Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood--The Good, The Bad and The Scary

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Parents

As Jill says, “We like to paint motherhood as picture perfect. A newborn peacefully resting on his mother’s chest. A toddler taking tentative first steps into his mother’s loving arms. A mother fluffing her daughter’s prom dress. These moments are indeed miraculous and joyful; they can also be few and far between.” Of course you adore your kids. Of course you would lay down your life for them. But be honest now: Have you ever wondered what possessed you to sign up for the job of motherhood?



36 .) Hey Yeah Right Get a Life written by Helen Simpson

	Hey Yeah Right Get a Life

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mums Net
  • The Guardian



35 .) ‪How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

	‪How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Real Simple

Filled with straightforward advice and written in their trademark, down-to-earth style sure to appeal to both parents and teens, this all-new volume offers both innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships. From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.



34 .) I Don’t Know How She Does it: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother written by Alison Pearson

	I Don't Know How She Does it: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Red Online

Delightfully smart and heartbreakingly poignant, Allison Pearson’s smash debut novel has exploded onto bestseller lists as “The national anthem for working mothers.” Hedge-fund manager, wife, and mother of two, Kate Reddy manages to juggle nine currencies in five time zones and keep in step with the Teletubbies. But when she finds herself awake at 1:37 a.m. in a panic over the need to produce a homemade pie for her daughter’s school, she has to admit her life has become unrecognizable. With panache, wisdom, and uproarious wit, I Don’t Know How She Does It brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of every working mom.



33 .) Incarnation written by Clare Pollard

	Incarnation

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Red Online

Poems about our children and the stories that we tell them. Whether looking at the discourse around pregnancy, describing the pain of childbirth, or thinking about surveillance at soft play, they blur the personal and political. There are also poems about innocence and responsibility which ask what it means to bring new human beings into this world, and how we shape them through our words.



32 .) Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy written by Angela Garbes

	Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Electric Literature
  • Goodreads

In Like a Mother, Garbes offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by in-depth reportage and personal experience. With the curiosity of a journalist, the perspective of a feminist, and the intimacy and urgency of a mother, she explores the emerging science behind the pressing questions women have about everything from miscarriage to complicated labors to postpartum changes. The result is a visceral, full-frontal look at what’s really happening during those nine life-altering months, and why women deserve access to better care, support, and information.



31 .) Little Earthquakes written by Jennifer Weiner

	Little Earthquakes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

From the New York Times bestselling author of In Her Shoes comes a hilarious and warmhearted story of three young women who find friendship against the background of new motherhood.



30 .) Little Fires Everywhere written by Celeste Ng

	Little Fires Everywhere

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past.



29 .) Lucky Boy written by Shanthi Sekaran

	Lucky Boy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle

A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy. Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth. Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care. As Kavya learns to be a mother – the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being – she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child. Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory.



28 .) Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink written by Katrina Alcorn

	Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • World Of Moms

Katrina Alcorn was a 37-year-old mother with a happy marriage and a thriving career when one day, on the way to Target to buy diapers, she had a breakdown. Her carefully built career shuddered to a halt, and her journey through depression, anxiety, and insomnia—followed by medication, meditation, and therapy—began. Alcorn wondered how a woman like herself, with a loving husband, a supportive boss, three healthy kids, and a good income, was unable to manage the demands of having a career and a family. Over time, she realized that she wasn’t alone. As she questioned other working moms, she realized that many women were struggling to do it all, crashing, and feeling as if they were somehow failing as a result. Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women’s health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about “having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.



27 .) Mother of Invention written by Caeli Wolfson Widger

	Mother of Invention

Lists It Appears On:

  • Electric Literature
  • Tor

What will a mother sacrifice to have it all? Meet Silicon Valley executive Tessa Callahan, a woman passionate about the power of technology to transform women’s lives. Her company’s latest invention, the Seahorse Solution, includes a breakthrough procedure that safely accelerates human pregnancy from nine months to nine weeks, along with other major upgrades to a woman’s experience of early maternity. The inaugural human trial of Seahorse will change the future of motherhood—and it’s Tessa’s job to monitor the first volunteer mothers-to-be. She’ll be their advocate and confidante. She’ll allay their doubts and soothe their anxieties. But when Tessa discovers disturbing truths behind the transformative technology she’s championed, her own fear begins to rock her faith in the Seahorse Solution. With each new secret Tessa uncovers, she realizes that the endgame is too inconceivable to imagine. Caeli Wolfson Widger’s bold and timely novel examines the fraught sacrifices that women make to succeed in both career and family against a backdrop of technological innovation. It’s a story of friendship, risk, betrayal, and redemption—and an unnerving interrogation of a future in which women can engineer their lives as never before.



26 .) My Name is Lucy Barton written by Elizabeth Strout

	My Name is Lucy Barton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Mums Net

The profound mother-daughter bond is explored through a mother’s hospital visit to her estranged daughter by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.



25 .) Nobody Told Me: The Poetry of Parenthood written by Hollie McNish

	Nobody Told Me: The Poetry of Parenthood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Mums Net

A memoir of parenthood by poet Hollie McNish. There were many things that Hollie McNish didn’t know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach. These were on top of the many other things she didn’t know about babies: how to stand while holding one; how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience; how drum’n’bass can make a great lullaby. And that’s before you even start on toddlers: how to answer a question like ‘is the world a jigsaw?’; dealing with a ten-hour train ride together; and how children can be caregivers too. But Hollie learned. And she’s still learning, slowly. Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie’s diaries, one person’s thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.



24 .) Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution written by Adrienne Rich

	Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

The experience is her own—as a woman, a poet, a feminist, and a mother—but it is an experience determined by the institution, imposed on all women everywhere. She draws on personal materials, history, research, and literature to create a document of universal importance.



23 .) Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures written by Amber Dusick

	Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Parents

“The drawings aren’t very good, Mama.” —Crappy Boy, age 5 Of course you love being a parent. But sometimes, it just sucks. I know. I’m Amber Dusick and I started my blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures because I needed a place to vent about the funny (and frustrating) day-to-day things that happened to me as a parent. Turns out, poop is hilarious! At least when you’re not the one wiping it up. This book won’t make your frustrating moments any less crappy. But these stories about my Crappy Baby, Crappy Boy and my husband, Crappy Papa, will hopefully make you laugh. Because you’re not alone. And sometimes the crappiest moments make the best memories. Parenting is wonderful! And also, well, you know.



22 .) Please Look After Mom written by Kyung-Sook Shin

	Please Look After Mom

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

When sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private sorrows begin to reveal themselves, they are forced to wonder: how well did they actually know the woman they called Mom?



21 .) Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us written by Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, Mary Ann Zoellner

	Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Parents

Sh*tty Mom is the ultimate parenting guide, written by four moms who have seen it all. As hilarious as it is universal, each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest and most efficient way possible. With chapters such as How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend and When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby, as well as a Sh*tty Mom quiz, this is a must-have, laugh-out-loud funny book for the sh*tty parent in all of us.



20 .) The Argonauts written by Maggie Nelson

	The Argonauts

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of “autotheory” offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author’s relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson’s account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making. Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson’s insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.



19 .) The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood

	The Handmaid’s Tale

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Tor

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Ha Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…



18 .) The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer written by Harvey Karp

	The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Real Simple

In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries –an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there is a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” In an innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses. ·The Missing Fourth Trimester: as odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three months too soon. ·The Calming Reflex: the automatic reset switch to stop crying of any baby in the first few months of life. ·The 5 “S’s”: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) that trigger the calming reflex. For centuries, parents have tried these methods only to fail because, as with a knee reflex, the calming reflex only works when it is triggered in precisely the right way. Unlike other books that merely list these techniques Dr. Karp teaches parents exactly how to do them, to guide cranky infants to calm and easy babies to serenity in minutes…and help them sleep longer too.



17 .) The Light Between Oceans written by M.L. Stedman

	The Light Between Oceans

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds. Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written debut novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.



16 .) The Mindful Mom-To-Be written by Lori Bregman

	The Mindful Mom-To-Be

Lists It Appears On:

  • Molly Sims
  • Mom Loves Best

As a natural, holistic approach to pregnancy has resurfaced, women everywhere are looking to doulas–not doctors–for advice and support. What’s a doula? In short, it’s a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and just after birth. Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and breastfeeding is easier. The Mindful Mom-To-Be offers concrete, prescriptive health information, including natural solutions for aches and pains, colds, or trouble sleeping, but Lori Bregman’s primary goal is to help expectant moms find what works best for them. With themes like “Living in Joy,” “Destress and Decompress,” and “Mothering Yourself” to accompany each month of pregnancy, Bregman encourages soon-to-be mothers to take time to explore their inner thoughts and fears, and examine their expectations of motherhood before their child arrives. Her spiritual exercises are positive, fun, and easy to put into practice.



15 .) The Tenant of Wilfred Hall written by Anne Brontë

	The Tenant of Wilfred Hall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Red Online

This is the story of a woman’s struggle for independence. Helen “Graham” has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter.



14 .) This Is How It Always Is written by Laurie Frankel

	This Is How It Always Is

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change…and then change the world. This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan.



13 .) To the Lighthouse written by Virginia Woolf

	To the Lighthouse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • The Guardian

The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women. As time winds its way through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the greatest of human challenges and its greatest triumph–the human capacity for change.



12 .) Waiting for Birdy written by Catherine Newman

	Waiting for Birdy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Pure Wow
  • Real Simple

To fifty thousand readers, Catherine Newman is the beloved author of Bringing Up Ben & Birdy, a weekly column on babycenter.com. Now in the delightfully candid, outlandishly funny Waiting for Birdy, Newman charts the year she anticipated the birth of her second child while also coping with the realities of raising a toddler. As she navigates life with her existentially curious and heartbreakingly sweet three-year-old, and her doozy of a pregnancy, she lends her irresistibly unique voice to the secret thoughts and fears of parents everywhere. Filled with quirky warmth and razor-sharp wit, Waiting for Birdy captures the universal wonder, terror, humor, and tenderness of raising a family.



11 .) And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready written by Meaghan O’Connell

	And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Electric Literature
  • Goodreads

Operating Instructions for the Millennial set: a fiercely honest account of becoming a mother before feeling like a grown up. Meaghan O’Connell always felt totally alienated by the cutesy, sanctimonious, sentimental tone of most writing about motherhood. After getting accidentally pregnant in her twenties, she realized that the book she needed–a brutally honest, agenda-less take on the emotional and existential impact of motherhood–didn’t exist. So she decided to write it herself. And Now We Have Everything is O’Connell’s brave exploration of transitioning into motherhood as a fledgling young adult. With her dark humor and hair-trigger B.S. detector, O’Connell addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, the second adolescence of a changing postpartum body, the problem of sex post-baby, the weird push to make “mom friends,” and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, not-yet-comfortable identity. Most unforgettably, O’Connell brings us into the delivery room as no writer has before, rendering childbirth in all its feverish gore and glory, and shattering the fantasies of a “magical” or “natural” experience that warp our expectations and erode maternal self-esteem. Channeling fears and anxieties that are, shockingly, still taboo and often unspoken, And Now We Have Everything is an unflinchingly frank, funny, and intimate motherhood story for our times, about needing to have a baby in order to stop being one yourself.



10 .) Big Little Lies written by Liane Moriarty

	Big Little Lies

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.



9 .) Know the Mother written by Desiree Cooper

	Know the Mother

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Red Online

While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In “Know the Mother,” author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives. In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality. “Know the Mother” explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant.



8 .) Secret Daughter written by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

	Secret Daughter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads

Somer’s life is everything she imagined it would be — she’s newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco — until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have children. The same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her away. It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life, and cause a ripple effect that travels across the world and back again. Asha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that binds the destinies of these two women. We follow both families, invisibly connected until Asha’s journey of self-discovery leads her back to India. Compulsively readable and deeply touching, SECRET DAUGHTER is a story of the unforeseen ways in which our choices and families affect our lives, and the indelible power of love in all its many forms.



7 .) The Lost Daughter written by Elena Ferrante

	The Lost Daughter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Mums Net
  • Pure Wow

From the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante’s most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet. Leda, a middle-aged divorce, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father. Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence. Ferrante’s language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.



6 .) Where’d You Go, Bernadette? written by Maria Semple

	Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Mums Net

A compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle – and people in general – has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence – creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.



5 .) ‪Little Women written by Louisa May Alcott

	‪Little Women

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mums Net
  • Real Simple
  • Red Online
  • The Guardian

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?



4 .) Room written by Emma Donoghue

	Room

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Mums Net
  • Red Online

To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world…. Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience—and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough … not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.



3 .) Mom & Me & Mom written by Maya Angelou

	Mom & Me & Mom

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Book Riot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Mums Net
  • Red Online

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them. Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.



2 .) A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother written by Rachel Cusk

	A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother

Lists It Appears On:

  • Elle
  • Goodreads
  • Irish Times
  • Mums Net
  • Pure Wow
  • The Guardian

The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic, and catastrophic. To become a mother is to become the chief actor in a drama of human existence to which no one turns up. It is the process by which an ordinary life is transformed unseen into a story of strange and powerful passions, of love and servitude, of confinement and compassion. In a book that is touching, hilarious, provocative, and profoundly insightful, novelist Rachel Cusk attempts to tell something of an old story set in a new era of sexual equality. Cusk’s account of a year of modern motherhood becomes many stories: a farewell to freedom, sleep, and time; a lesson in humility and hard work; a journey to the roots of love; a meditation on madness and mortality; and most of all a sentimental education in babies, books, toddler groups, bad advice, crying, breastfeeding, and never being alone.



1 .) Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year written by Anne Lamott

	Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Book Riot
  • Elle
  • Goodreads
  • Pure Wow
  • Real Simple

The most honest, wildly enjoyable book written about motherhood is surely Anne Lamott’s account of her son Sam’s first year. A gifted writer and teacher, Lamott (Crooked Little Heart) is a single mother and ex-alcoholic with a pleasingly warped social circle and a remarkably tolerant religion to lean on. She responds to the changes, exhaustion, and love Sam brings with aplomb or outright insanity. The book rocks from hilarious to unbearably poignant when Sam’s burgeoning life is played out against a very close friend’s illness. No saccharine paean to becoming a parent, this touches on the rage and befuddlement that dog sweeter emotions during this sea change in one’s life.




The 200+ Additional Best Books About Motherhood



#BooksAuthorsLists
45
5 Life Skills Smart Moms Must Have: Proven Strategies to Keep You Sane!
 World Of Moms
46A Child Is BornLennart NilssonMom Loves Best
47A Complete Guide for Single Moms World Of Moms
48
A Woman Overwhelmed: Finding God in the Messes of Life
 
Publishers Weekly
49After BirthElisa AlbertGoodreads
50All Fall DownJennifer WeinerGoodreads
51Along for the Ride Book Riot
52An American ChildhoodAnnie DillardBarnes and Noble
53An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to MotherhoodEmma BrockesElectric Literature
54Anne of Green GablesL MontgomeryThe Guardian
55Another Piece of My Heart Book Riot
56Are You My Mother? Book Riot
57As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980Susan SontagFive Books
58At the Bottom of the River Book Riot
59Away Book Riot
60Baby 411 Molly Sims
61Baby LoveMaud BrytReal Simple
62Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of AmbivalenceRebecca WalkerElle
63Baby ProofEmily GiffinGoodreads
64‪Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the WorkplaceDina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, and Elizabeth GedmarkReal Simple
65Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of GraceAyelet WaldmanGoodreads
66
Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood
 Mom MD
67Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherAmy ChuaGoodreads
68Be PreparedGary GreenbergMom Loves Best
69
Be That Mom: Ignite Your Passion, Organize Your Life and Embrace Your Family!
 World Of Moms
70Before We Visit the Goddess Book Riot
71Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and ChildbirthJenny McCarthyGoodreads
72Bettyville Book Riot
73Big Bad-Ass Book of Cocktails: 1,500 Recipes to Mix It Up!Running PressBarnes and Noble
74Bloom: Finding Beauty in the UnexpectedKelle HamptonReal Simple
75Blue Nights Book Riot
76Breath, Eyes, Memory Book Riot
77Caramelo Book Riot
78Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life UnarmedGlennon Doyle MeltonBarnes and Noble
79Children Are Wet CementAnne OrtlundReal Simple
80Chocolat Book Riot
81Class’Lucinda RosenfeldBustle
82Cooking With Trader Joe’s: Dinner’s DoneDeana Gunn and Wona MiniatiBarnes and Noble
83Dad’s Guide To Raising Twins Mom Loves Best
84Dad’s Guide To Pregnancy For Dummies Mom Loves Best
85
Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting From a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids–Even When They’re Driving Him Nuts
 Parents
86Daughter Book Riot
87Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen SuggestionsChimamanda Ngozi AdichieBuzzFeed
88Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to BreatheSarah MaeGoodreads
89Divine Secrets on the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Book Riot
90Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum DepressionBrooke ShieldsGoodreads
91Dragonsbane Book Riot
92Dream a Little Dream Book Riot
93Emma Bovary in Madame BovaryGustave FlaubertIrish Times
94Eva Khatchadourian in We Need To Talk About KevinLionel ShriverIrish Times
95Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift SagaEffie KammenouReal Simple
96Every Last One Book Riot
97Everything, Everything Book Riot
98Fingerprints of You Book Riot
99Forever, Erma: Best-Loved Writing From America’s Favorite HumoristErma BombeckBarnes and Noble
100
From The Hips: A Comprehensive Guide To Pregnancy, Birth, & Becoming A Parent
 Molly Sims
101Future Home of the Living GodLouise ErdrichTor
102
Getting It Right: How Working Mothers Successfully Take Up the Challenge of Life, Family, and Career
 Mom MD
103Gift From the SeaAnne Morrow LindberghBarnes and Noble
104Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your HomeGloria FurmanGoodreads
105Go the F**k to SleepAdam Mansbach and Ricardo CortesBarnes and Noble
106Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s LivesJean Shinoda-BolenBarnes and Noble
107
Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood
 Mom MD
108Guide To A Healthy PregnancyMayo ClinicMom Loves Best
109Guide To ChildbirthIna May GaskinMom Loves Best
110Half of a Yellow Sun Book Riot
111Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!Rachel Macy StaffordGoodreads
112Happiest Baby On The Block Molly Sims
113Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever AfterHeather HarphamBuzzFeed
114
Happy Baby: The Organic Guide To Baby’s First 24 Months
 Molly Sims
115Heart of the Matter Book Riot
116Heather Has Two Mommies Book Riot
117Her Last DeathSusanna SonnenbergElle
118
Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real
 
Publishers Weekly
119Hole in the Heart: Bringing up BethHenny BeaumontMums Net
120Home/Birth: A Poemic Book Riot
121How Hard Can It Be?Allison PearsonBuzzFeed
122How Not to Be a Perfect MotherLibby PurvesMums Net
123
How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms
 Mom MD
124How to Raise Children at Home in Your Spare TimeMarvin J. GershReal Simple
125How to Save a Life Book Riot
126Hurrah for GinKatie KirbyMums Net
127Hush! A Thai Lullaby Book Riot
128I Know How She Does It World Of Moms
129I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids: Reinventing Modern MotherhoodTrisha AshworthGoodreads
130I’m the Vampire, That’s Why Book Riot
131
‪If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck
 Real Simple
132Ina May’s Guide to ChildbirthIna May GaskinGoodreads
133It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed MargaritaHeather B. ArmstrongGoodreads
134Ladder of Years Book Riot
135Landline Book Riot
136
Lean In – Women, Work and The Will To Lead.
 World Of Moms
137Learning to FlyRoxanne HenkeReal Simple
138Life After BirthKate FigesThe Guardian
139Life on the Refrigerator Door Book Riot
140Lilith’s Brood Book Riot
141Little Bee Book Riot
142Little DeathsEmma FlintMums Net
143Little LaborsRivka GalchenGoodreads
144Love You Forever Book Riot
145Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the TrenchesRachel JankovicGoodreads
146Ma in RoomEmma DonoghueIrish Times
147Making BabiesAnne EnrightThe Guardian
148Mama, Do You Love Me? Book Riot
149Mama’s Saris Book Riot
150Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to MotherhoodNaomi WolfGoodreads
151Modern Girls’Jennifer S. BrownBustle
152Mother, Mother Book Riot
153MotherhoodSheila HetiElectric Literature
154Mothers: An Essay on Love and CrueltyJacqueline RoseElectric Literature
155Mrs Bennet in Pride and PrejudiceJane AustenIrish Times
156My Mother’s HouseColetteFive Books
157My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a FamilyZach WahlsBarnes and Noble
158Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover Book Riot
159Night WakingSarah MossMums Net
160Nine Months’Paula BomerBustle
161
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons
 Barnes and Noble
162One Plus One Book Riot
163One True ThingAnna QuindlenPure Wow
164Only ChildRhiannon NavinBuzzFeed
165Opehlia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for SelfSara ShandlerBarnes and Noble
166Ordinary Light Book Riot
167Our Andromeda Book Riot
168Our Short History’Lauren GrodsteinBustle
169Out of the Easy Book Riot
170Outside Beauty Book Riot
171PachinkoMin Jin LeeBuzzFeed
172Paula Book Riot
173Pecan Pie Baby Book Riot
174Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of AnxietyJudith WarnerElle
175Permission To Parent Molly Sims
176Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of BoysDan Kindlon and Michael ThompsonBarnes and Noble
177Ramona and her Mother Book Riot
178Reconstructing Amelia Book Riot
179Red ClocksLeni ZumasTor
180Rosaleen in The Green RoadAnne EnrightIrish Times
181Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to RunAlexandra HeminsleyBarnes and Noble
182Running With Scissors: A MemoirAugusten BurroughsBarnes and Noble
183Saving Francesca Book Riot
184‪Secrets of the Baby WhispererTracy HoggReal Simple
185Sharp Objects Book Riot
186Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure KidsKim John PayneGoodreads
187Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New MomStefanie Wilder-TaylorGoodreads
188So B. It Book Riot
189Son Book Riot
190Sons and LoversDH LawrenceThe Guardian
191Sophie Portnoy in Portnoy’s ComplaintPhilip RothIrish Times
192Stray CityChelsey JohnsonElectric Literature
193
Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders
 Book Riot
194Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three GendersJennifer Finney BoylanElle
195Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a MomLisa-Jo BakerGoodreads
196Sustained Book Riot
197Swing TimeZadie SmithPure Wow
198That Kind of MotherRumaan AlamElectric Literature
199The Bean Trees Book Riot
200
The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose
 Book Riot
201The Bolter from The Pursuit of LoveNancy MitfordIrish Times
202The Book of Unknown Americans’Cristina HenriquezBustle
203The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!Jessica SeinfeldBarnes and Noble
204The Children of MenP.D. JamesTor
205
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
 Book Riot
206The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our ChildrenDr. Shefali TsabaryBarnes and Noble
207The Expatriates’Janice Y.K. LeeBustle
208The Falling Woman Book Riot
209The Faraway Nearby Book Riot
210
The First 40 Days: The Essential Art Of Nourishing The New Mother
 Molly Sims
211The Five Love Languages of ChildrenGary ChapmanGoodreads
212The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s MemoirKatrina KenisonGoodreads
213
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
 World Of Moms
214
The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood
 Parents
215
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life
 Book Riot
216The Good Mother Book Riot
217The House of Hidden MothersMeera SyalMums Net
218The Joys of Motherhood Book Riot
219The Kissing Hand Book Riot
220The Kitchen God’s Wife Book Riot
221The Ladies of Managua Book Riot
222The Language of FlowersVanessa DiffenbaughGoodreads
223The Law of Loving Others Book Riot
224The Leavers’Lisa KoBustle
225The Liars’ ClubMary KarrElle
226The LoverMarguerite DurasFive Books
227
The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between
 
Publishers Weekly
228The Memory Keeper’s DaughterKim EdwardsGoodreads
229
The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too
 Mom MD
230The Mother-Daughter Book Club Book Riot
231
The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-balance your Life
 World Of Moms
232The Motherhood AffidavitsLaura Jean BakerElectric Literature
233The MothersBrit BennettGoodreads
234The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in USA and CanadaBarbara IrelandBarnes and Noble
235The Next Always Book Riot
236The Painted Drum Book Riot
237The Patron Saint of Liars Book Riot
238The Perfect MotherAimee MolloyBuzzFeed
239The Pregnant Body Book Mom Loves Best
240The Reece Malcolm List Book Riot
241The Rice Mother Book Riot
242The Runaway Bunny Book Riot
243The Scarlet Letter Book Riot
244
The Sh*t No One Tells You: A Guide To Surviving Your Baby’s First Year
 Molly Sims
245The Sleep Easy Solution Molly Sims
246The Stepmother Book Riot
247The Succesful Single Mom World Of Moms
248The Tao of MotherhoodVimala McClureReal Simple
249The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneLisa SeeBuzzFeed
250The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young AdultsFrances E. JensenReal Simple
251The Ten-Year Nap Book Riot
252The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Book Riot
253The Wholeness of a Broken Heart Book Riot
254The Womanly Art of BreastfeedingLa Leche League InternationalGoodreads
255The Wonder Weeks Molly Sims
256
The Working Mother’s Guide to Life: Strategies, Secrets, and Solutions
 Mom MD
257Things That Helped: On Postpartum DepressionJessica FriedmannElectric Literature
258Things We Left Unsaid Book Riot
259
This Won’t Hurt a Bit: (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood
 Mom MD
260Those Bones Are Not My Child Book Riot
261Toddlers are A**holes (It’s Not Your Fault)Bunmi LaditanReal Simple
262
UnSuperMommy: Release Expectations, Embrace Imperfection, and Connect to God’s Superpower
 
Publishers Weekly
263We Need to Talk About KevinLionel ShriverGoodreads
264
What Happy Working Mothers Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Lead to a Healthy and Happy Work/Life Balance
 Mom MD
265What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered MostElizabeth BenedictBarnes and Noble
266What To Do When You’re Having Two Mom Loves Best
267What to Expect the First YearHeidi MurkoffGoodreads
268What to Expect When You’re ExpectingHeidi MurkoffGoodreads
269What We LoseZinzi ClemmonsBuzzFeed
270Wherever You Go, There You AreJon Kabat-ZinnBarnes and Noble
271White Oleander Book Riot
272Why Did Nobody Tell Me Mums Net
273Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Book Riot
274
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
 Book Riot
275With or Without YouDomenica RutaElle
276
Working Mom Survival Guide: How to Run Around Less & Enjoy Life More
 Mom MD
277Worth the Fall Book Riot
278Yes PleaseAmy PoehlerGoodreads



21 Best Books For Motherhood Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Barnes and Noble 25 Days of Modern Mom Must-Reads – Barnes & Noble Reads …
Book Riot 100 Must-Read Books About Mothers and Motherhood – Book Riot
Bustle 12 Novels That Tell Diverse Stories Of Motherhood – Bustle
BuzzFeed 15 Incredibly Important Books About Motherhood – BuzzFeed
Electric Literature 10 New Books About the Messiness of Motherhood – Electric Literature
Elle The 10 Best Books About Motherhood – Elle
Five Books The Best Books on Motherhood in Literature | Five Books
Goodreads Popular Motherhood Books – Goodreads
Irish Times Mothers in literature: the best books about the closest bond
Molly Sims 10 Books To Help Ease You Into Motherhood — Molly Sims
Mom Loves Best The 9 Best Pregnancy Books for Moms & Dads (2018 Reviews)
Mom MD Books on Balancing a Career, Motherhood and a Family – MomMD
Mums Net The best books about motherhood – Mumsnet
Parents The funniest parenting books for moms and dads – Parents Magazine
Publishers Weekly Praising the Messiness of Motherhood in 4 New Books
Pure Wow The 6 Best Books About Motherhood – PureWow
Real Simple 19 Powerful Books About Motherhood | Real Simple
Red Online The best books about motherhood – Books for mums – Red Magazine
The Guardian Eleanor Birne’s top 10 books on motherhood | Books | The Guardian
Tor Five Books About Motherhood and Dystopia | Tor.com
World Of Moms Top 9 Self-help books for Moms | World Of Moms

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