Let’s Hear It for the Moms

by Kelly

Mother’s Day comes around annually as a day to celebrate the mothers in our lives, or earn a well-deserved ‘day of you’, if you are a mother yourself. While you spend your day getting the rest and relaxation you undoubtedly need, grab your favorite book or one of these titles about some hard-working, relatable, beloved, and underestimated fictional moms.

  1. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. Every single mom (parent) can and will relate to Jess Thomas, the main character of this unlikely love story. Jess works, fights, and scraps her way through a multitude of challenges to get her children to where they need to be in their lives. The realistic way she struggles to make ends meet shows the raw, honest truth of life as a single parent. Love story aside, you will root for Jess and applaud her eternal optimism even as life throws her some grenades.
  2. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I will admit, the first time I read this book, I didn’t appreciate the story. I found the title character Bernadette to be selfish as she abandoned her husband and daughter to partake on her own secret quest. But, looking more into the character of who Bernadette is as a woman and a human, I think sometimes we all need to go on a journey to find ourselves and the truth, and perhaps a little element of selfishness is what we mothers need after all.
  3. Room by Emma Donoghue. While this story contains a multitude of heavy topics that the reader has to navigate, it is a story of perseverance and a mother’s unshakable bond and love for her child.  
  4. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg. Ruth Jamison has had her share of tough times and failed relationships and becomes a beloved fixture at the Whistle Stop Café, where she is taking control of her life and raising her son, Buddy Jr. She is a hard-working and devoted mother who is as real and raw as they come.
  5. Stehpanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Grandmas are mothers plus one. And Stephanie Plum’s grandmother is a hoot! Whether she is pulling out her gun at inappropriate times while tagging along on investigations or trolling funeral homes as a social gathering, Grandma Mazur is great fun to read about. Who doesn’t love their grandmother!?

Enjoy and appreciate the mothers, step-moms, grandmothers, foster moms, adopted moms, and other mother figures in your real and fictional life. Checkout and download these titles and more from the library and related apps.