Happy Mother’s Day book dragons! Mothers are a gift that we often take for granted, but now it’s the day to cherish and appreciate all those good, kind and considerate mothers in the world! May it be your mother, nanny or any other mother figure, it’s their day! So sit back, grab your loving care-giver and read these books that will trump the #tbt-s!
1.) Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Title- Are You My Mother
Author- Alison Bechdel
Published- 1st May, 2012
Summary- Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a literary phenomenon: ‘an extraordinarily intimate account of family secrets that manages to be shocking, unsettling and life-affirming at the same time’, as Sarah Walters wrote in the Guardian. The Times said it was ‘incontestibly the graphic book of the year’, while the Observer recently chose it as one of the ten best graphic novels ever published.
While Fun Home explored Bechdel’s relationship with her father, a closeted homsexual, this new memoir is about her mother – a voracious reader, a music lover, a passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood… and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter goodnight, for ever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.
It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott to one explosively illuminating Dr Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) love life. And, finally, back to Mother – to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.
Buy it HERE.
2.) Room by Emma Donoghue
Author- Emma Donoghue
Published- 13th September, 2010
Summary- 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.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
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3.) Terms of Endearment by Marry McMurtry
Title- Terms of Endearment
Author- Marty McMurtry
Published- 1st June, 2000 by Orion (originally published in 1975)
Summary- An Oscar-winning story of a memorable mother and her fiesty daughter who find the courage and humor to live through life’s hazards and to love each other as never before. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove created two characters who won the hearts of readers and moviegoers everywhere–Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma.
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4.) Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Title- Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Author- Maria Semple
Published- 14th August, 2012
Summary- 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.
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5.) Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Title- Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Author- Rebecca Wells
Published- 7th December, 2004 (First published in 1996)
Summary- When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she’s directed, her mother gets described as a “tap-dancing child abuser.” Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.
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That’s all for this time! Hope you guys enjoyed! And a lovely Mother’s Day to everyone! Thank you mothers all around the world for raising us and loving us unconditionally and being there through thick and thin!
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