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Here are some of our favorite books that say what it means to be a mother or what mother's mean to us :

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk

I'm Not Julia Roberts by Laura Ruby

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach

Eve Green by Susan Fletcher

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

Florida by Christine Schutt

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

Beloved by Tony Morrison

The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu

The Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall

Girls in Trouble by Caroline Leavitt

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Boy on the Bus by Deborah Schupack

The Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene J. Chai

River Woman by Donna Hemans

Saphhire's Grave by Hilda Gurley-Highgate

Tamarind Woman by Anita Rau Badami

She is Me by Cathleen Schine

Isabel's Daughter by Judith Ryan Hendricks

Consequences by Penelope Lively

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

The Chin Kiss King by Ana Veciana-Suarez

Babyville by Jane Green

I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson

Amanda Bright@Home by Daniell Crittenden