As we approach Mother's Day, I would like to share these inspiring, emotional, funny books about motherhood and being a parent.
Some are from the point of view of the child about their mother, others are from the mother's point of view. What remains clear is the bond between them remains strong even through times of hardship.
All of these titles are available as ebooks for downloading from Hoopla or Libby/Overdrive for free with your Willard Library card. Also, some are available in audiobooks.
- "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong
After reflecting on his family history that began in Vietnam, Little Dog begins to write letters to his mother who raised him alone after they came to America from Vietnam. At times, she is angry and frustrated with him, other times they are each other's best friends. From the joys of getting dressed up in their second-hand clothes just to walk around the mall, to the deep depression of not fitting in anywhere outside of their home, Little Dog realizes he is grateful for his mother and the life she gave him at the expense of her own. Libby/Overdrive
- "How To Party With an Infant" by Kaui Hart Hemmings
This comedy/drama follows San Francisco single mother Mele Bart as she struggles through motherhood and learning to let go as her ex-boyfriend and the father of her toddler gets married. She seeks comfort in the Mommy Club, where she meets a host of characters that get her through her times of frustration and puts her on a path to recovering herself. Hoopla Libby/Overdrive
- The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See
Readers are introduced to Li-yan, an educated and progressive young woman in a farming community in the mountains of China. Li-yan struggles against the pull of the modern world, but when it becomes too much, she conceives a child out of wedlock with an exciting, automobile-driving stranger. Her story parallels with Haley, the child Li-yan surrenders to a city orphanage. Over years, Li-yan longs to meet her daughter which circumstances and traditions made her give up, and Haley, who was adopted into a privileged California life, wonders about her birth mother. Libby/Overdrive
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Jade misses her mom who lives in Prince George's County, MD, and enjoys her weekly phone calls with her.