A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
“Lost and Found” by Carolyn Parkhurst
After a traumatic family event, a mother signs herself and her teenage daughter up for an Amazing Race style reality show. Together they navigate the game as they split away from and come back toward one another. This is a bittersweet and often humorous globetrotting story, and the mother/daughter pair are just one of the interesting teams competing.
“The Gap Year” by Sarah Bird
Somewhere between the beginning of her daughter’s senior year of high school and days before college registration begins, Cam has lost all understanding of her only daughter Aubrey. With only days left to claim the education funds due to Aubrey by her estranged father’s religious cult, Cam is desperate to reconnect and move forward.
“Running With Scissors” by Augusten Burroughs
You don’t just remember the good moms. This unflinching memoir of Burroughs childhood introduces readers to his Anne Sexton obsessed mother, a woman all will remember but hopefully few will want to emulate!
“Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery
Marilla Cuthbert never intended to be a mother, let alone the mother of a girl with fiery red hair and a spirit to match. But over time, it becomes clear that she is the perfect mother for Anne in this children’s classic worth a reread.
“How To Save a Life” by Sarah Zarr
Jill’s mother wants to fill the hole her father’s death has created, and she’s chosen to adopt Mandy’s baby to fill that hole. But as these teens discover, motherhood and family are complicated concepts, things that can flex – or break – when pushed.
“Arrested Development” (TV Series)
Lucille Bluth is the mother to four adult children, all of whom have returned home to rally around their father, now imprisoned for financial wrongdoing. Those who enjoy dark comedy will thoroughly enjoy Lucille’s acerbic barbs and unique take on a mother’s love.
Who are your favorite literary mothers?