The Most Popular Memoirs About Moms

Goodreads members have spoken: These are the top 12 most popular memoirs about moms. Snag copies for you and all the favorite moms in your life in time for Mother's Day.


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Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

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Author: Frank McCourt

Goodreads synopsis: In this Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, McCourt reflects on "a miserable childhood" with compassion and humor, taking readers to the slums of Limerick, Ireland, where his mother, Angela, struggles to put food on the table.

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The Color of Water

The Color of Water

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Author: James McBride

Goodreads synopsis: His father is a black minister. His mother will not admit she is white. Writer and musician James McBride explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, to create a moving meditation on race, identity, and family.

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The Liar's Club

The Liar's Club

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Author: Mary Karr

Goodreads synopsis: Award-winning poet and critic Karr looks back on the terrors and joys of growing up in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a hard-drinking father and a troubled mother with a past full of secrets.

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The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book Club

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Author: Will Schwalbe

Goodreads synopsis: In this heartbreaking and inspiring story, Schwalbe tells readers about the book club he began with his dying mother as she awaited chemotherapy treatments, from their intimate discussions to the titles that brought them closer together.

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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Author: Roz Chast

Goodreads synopsis: Cartoonist Chast crafts an emotional portrait of two elderly parents—and the only child trying her best to cope. The graphic novel traces Chast's journey of denial and avoidance, providing comfort and comic relief for anyone familiar with loss.

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Mom & Me & Mom

Mom & Me & Mom

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Author: Maya Angelou

Goodreads synopsis: Angelou began sharing her life with readers in the powerful classic I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing, but in Mom & Me & Mom she focuses on the relationship with her mother, examining the healing and love that evolved between both women.

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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

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Author: Alison Bechdel

Goodreads synopsis: Blurb: In this follow-up to her award-winning Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel tells the story of how she became—through hilarious misadventure and heart-wrenching mistakes—the artist her mother wanted to be.

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All Over But the Shoutin'

All Over But the Shoutin'

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Author: Rick Bragg

Goodreads synopsis: From Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bragg comes a gripping account about the effects of poverty and ignorance, following his own childhood in the Alabama hills, learning life lessons from a war-haunted father and a strong-willed mother.

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Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?

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Author: Jeanette Winterson

Goodreads synopsis: The author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, embarks on a quest to find her biological mother. It is a journey about a painful past and about making life's work to find and preserve happiness.

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Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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Author: Alexandra Fuller

Goodreads synopsis: After extensive interviews with her mother, Fuller braids a thought-provoking multilayered narrative that contrasts the Africa of her mother's childhood with her own upbringing amidst civil war and destruction.

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The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio

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Author: Terry Ryan

Goodreads synopsis: Ryan's mother, Evelyn, kept poverty at bay with wit and poetry. This sparkling memoir gives readers a front seat as the enterprising woman turns financial challenges into opportunities and inspires her six sons and four daughters.

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Elsewhere

Elsewhere

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Author: Richard Russo

Goodreads synopsis: The author of Empire Falls reflects on how his mother first instilled in him the dream of a world elsewhere, far away from the poverty-stricken town of Gloversville, where he and his family yearned for a better life.

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