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5 Brave Memoirs About The Women We Call Mom

Be sure to add these five must read tales about motherhood and the challenge and beauty of family to your library. Through stories of courage, these incredible authors are sure to inspire us all.

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Stepmother by Marianne Lile


The role of step parent is a complicated one - oftentimes filled with as many ups as there are downs. Marianne Lile knows firsthand the challenge of marrying into a family with children from a previous family. Not immediately welcomed by those around her, Lile worked hard to find peace in her situation and courageously learned how to navigate her new role as stepmother.

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold


In her brave story, Sue Klebold recounts the morning her son Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris left home to go to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing and injuring several students and a teacher before taking their own lives. Klebold details her journey in trying to understand the incomprehensible and how she missed the signs that her son needed help. In her raw and honest story of wisdom and compassion, Klebold bravely sheds light on a heavy topic.

Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me by Ana Castillo


Intellectually spirited Ana Castillo takes a look at what it means to be a single mother of Mexican Indian descent with an incarcerated son in her multigenerational tales of life between Mexico City and Chicago. Through a humorous look at love and family, Castillo bravely recounts some of America's greatest political issues and social injustices in current times.

This Is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir by Victoria Fedden


As if being nine months pregnant and 36 while living with her parents wasn't complicated enough, Victoria Fedden's life was instantly changed the day the DEA and the IRS came knocking on her parents' door, ready to escort them to prison. Now facing childrearing without her parents for support, Fedden recounts her experiences and shares an unforgettably moving tale about family.

An Affair with My Mother: A Story of Adoption, Secrecy and Love by Caitriona Palmer


Growing up in Ireland, Caitriona Palmer had a happy childhood with her adoptive parents. It wasn't until her late twenties that she began to have a deep need to learn about her real mother. They developed a strong relationship, until she informed Palmer they had to keep their connection a secret from everyone. Questioning who she is and where she comes from, this memoir tells the brave story of one woman's traumatizing experience as an unwed Irish mother living in Dublin.

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