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Conversations About Motherhood

Two years ago, The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood was published, a book that broadened our understanding about motherhood and womanhood. And extra-textually, The M Word has been part of a larger conversation about motherhood. Here are some other excellent books that have been contributing to that conversation as well.

by Kerry Clare · Tagged the m word, mother's day

The M Word

Conversations about Motherhood

edited by Kerry Clare

One Kind Word

Women Share their Abortion Experiences

edited by Martha Solomon
photographs by Kathryn Palmateer
foreword by Judy Rebick & Jillian Bardsley

Double Pregnant

Two Lesbians Make a Family

by (author) Natalie Meisner


Encounters with My Runaway Mother

by (author) Priscila Uppal

Know the Night

A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours

by (author) Maria Mutch

Where's the Mother?

Stories from a Transgender Dad

by (author) Trevor MacDonald
foreword by Fiona Giles

Mothers of the Village

Why All Moms Need the Support of a Motherhood Community and How to Find It For Yourself

by (author) C.J. Schneider

The Bad Mother

by (author) Marguerite Anderson
translated by Donald Winkler

Not the Whole Story

Challenging the Single Mother Narrative

edited by Lea Caragata & Judit Alcalde


by (author) Vicki Murphy

What We Once Believed

by (author) Andrea MacPherson

Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood

by (author) May Friedman

Listen to the Squawking Chicken

When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of)

by (author) Elaine Lui

Birding with Yeats

A Mother's Memoir

by (author) Lynn Thomson

Joy Is So Exhausting

by (author) Susan Holbrook


by (author) Christine McNair

Great Expectations

Twenty-Four True Stories about Childbirth

translated by Lisa Moore & Dede Crane

Between Interruptions

30 Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood

by (author) Cori Howard
prepared for publication by Key Porter Books

The Mother Zone

by (author) Marni Jackson


A Life in Essays

by (author) Susan Olding

Bear With Me

What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy and New Motherhood

by (author) Diane Flacks

Sweet Devilry

by (author) Yi-Mei Tsiang

Out of Grief, Singing

A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss

by (author) Charlene Diehl

The House With the Broken Two

A Birthmother Remembers

by (author) Myrl Coulter

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