Mom-oirs: The 10 Best Memoirs About Mothers

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The books that will help you examine the delicate relationship between moms and their children

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Last week saw the release of cult cartoonist Alison Bechdel's second work of non-fiction, Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama, a graphic memoir that investigates her relationship with her mother in all its fraught, tender weirdness. We've loved Bechdel ever since we read her 2006 memoir Fun Home, about her father's suicide, and her newest work doesn't disappoint—t's at once poignant and goofy, alarming and sweet, and filled with vignettes of mother-child relations that will have you squirming with recognition, no matter who you are.

After we zipped through the book, we felt a hankering for more memoirs about mothers, so in case you feel the same way thanks to a certain holiday on the horizon, we've collected a few of the best examples in recent memory below.

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