Memoirs about motherhood

Motherhood

Motherhood

Sheila Heti

Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood - whether or not to have children - with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim.

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 Read reviewBoomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger's

Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger’s

Jo Case

An endearing story of a modern family and the hurdles they come across.

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Not Just Black and White

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams

Two remarkable women tell an inspirational story about the power of family and pursuing your dreams. Lesley Williams is forced to leave Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant....

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For a Girl: A true story of secrets, motherhood and hope

Mary-Rose MacColl

Memories and secrets buried for over twenty years surfaced after Mary-Rose MacColl gave birth to a much longed-for baby.

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A Better Woman: A Memoir of Motherhood

A Better Woman: A Memoir of Motherhood

Susan Johnson

Acclaimed novelist Susan Johnson found, at age thirty-five, that her desire to have a baby became overwhelming. She had no inkling what motherhood would cost - or give - her. But as she went on to experience pregnancy and birth,...

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Motherhood & Creativity: The Divided Heart

Motherhood & Creativity: The Divided Heart

Rachel Power

Do women still confront the attitude that they have to choose between following their creative dreams and having children? In Motherhood and Creativity, some of Australia's most respected actors, writers,...

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Mothermorphosis

Monica Dux

Beaming with joy. A natural mother.Worst Mother. Best mother. Guilt-ridden.Incompetent. Exhausted.The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts,...

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The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Everything and Why We Pretend It Doesn't

The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Everything and Why We Pretend It Doesn’t

Susan Maushart

A sociologist and mother of three explores how motherhood affects marriages and friendships, relationships with parents, sex lives and self-esteem. She affirms that motherhood is the toughest job in the world, but it can also be...

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A Life's Work

A Life’s Work

Rachel Cusk

Oprah Winfrey invited her on the show to defend herself and the book as protests grew about the its honest, gritty account of the misery of those early months. It is a seminal, stand-out book on the complications of being an...

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Operating Instructions

Operating Instructions

Anne Lamott

A journal of the birth of Anne Lamott's son Sam, and their first year together.

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Welcome To Your New Life

Welcome To Your New Life

Anna Goldsworthy

When classical pianist Anna Goldsworthy falls pregnant with her first child, she is both excited and anxious about what lies ahead.

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The Argonauts

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

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...

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Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood

Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood

Anne Enright

Anne Enright, one of Ireland's most remarkable writers, has just had two babies: a girl and a boy. An antidote to the high-minded, polemical 'How-to' baby manuals, Making Babies also bears a visceral and dreamlike witness to the...

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Scummy Mummies: A celebration of parenting failures, hilarious confessions, fish fingers and wine

Scummy Mummies: A celebration of parenting failures, hilarious confessions, fish fingers and wine

Ellie Gibson, Helen Thorn

A celebration of parenting failures, hilarious confessions, fish fingers and wine! This is a book for anyone who's ever dealt with a poo in the pool, cleaned up a sick in the supermarket, or gone to an important meeting without...

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Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders

Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Anna Quindlen

Featuring conversations with Richard Russo, Trey Ellis, Augusten Burroughs, Edward Albee, Timothy Kreider, Ann Beattie, Susan Minot, and other parents and former children.

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