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For many people Mother’s Day is full of love and celebration. Families gather to celebrate the women who brought them into this world and provided them with love, guidance, and protection. The act of giving birth by itself is a difficult and life altering process for people with uteruses to experience, with so many changes to our bodies and the resulting changes to our lives. For this reason, mothers and motherhood are often put on a pedestal.

But some of us eventually learn that most moms aren’t like Marmie from Little Women.  As we grow up, we get to see that our mothers are real people, with quirks and flaws.

Mother’s Day can bring up tough emotions for those of us who didn’t grow up with a mother, or have experienced loss because of a strained relationship, because of personal struggles in the process of becoming a mother, and many other reasons. Below we’ve gathered a list of books and movies that depict motherhood in all of it's different forms - unconventional, messy, and real.

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Motherhood and Identity

Book Cover of I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Nightbitch book cover

Where'd You Go Bernadette

With the Fire on High Book Cover


Difficulty with Fertility

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Little Fires Everywhere Book Cover

The Light Between Oceans Book Cover

The Time Traveler's Wife Book Cover



Crying in H Mart Book Cover

The Glass Castle Book Cover

Are You My Mother Book Cover

The Ugly Cry Book Cover

What My Bones Know Book cover


Mothers and Daughters

Girl, Woman, Other book cover

Olga Dies Dreaming Book Cover

Patsy Book Cover

The Joy Luck Club

The Other Bennet Sister Book Cover


Reluctant Mothers

Pizza Girl Book Cover The Lost Daughter The Mothers Book Cover


Having It All!

Bossypants Book Cover

How Hard Can It Be Book Cover

I Don't Know How She Does It Book Cover

Leave Me Book Cover


Movies About Motherhood

Juno Movie Cover

Lady Bird Movie Cover

Steel Magnolias Movie Cover

Terms of Endearment movie Cover


Mothers in Horror Movies

Babadook Movie Cover

Carrie Movie Cover

Hereditary Movie Cover

Rosemary's Baby Movie Cover

We Need to Talk About Kevin Movie Cover


Did I miss a book or movie about motherhood that was important to you? Please share it with us!! 

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