Mother’s Day is just around the corner, as I am sure everyone is well aware; likely facing near constant bombardment with advertisements promoting “gifts for mom.” For many this is a celebratory time of year, for others (including myself) it can be deeply triggering.
This blog post will provide book and film recommendations for this holiday, addressing mothers and motherhood from numerous angles. Whether you have a close and loving relationship with your mom or, on the other end of the spectrum, an abusive (or at the very least) conflicted and complicated relationship, you should be able to find something from this list that resonates with you and your own lived experience.
For those of you who have lost your mothers or maternal figures, this blog post contains material that can speak to your loss and grief. To be completely transparent, I lost my mom very suddenly nearly 11 years ago, and while this post has been difficult to write, it feels like a sort of tribute to her. I hope it can serve the same cathartic purpose for those of you whose mothers are also no longer living, celebrating them both in life and in death.