Craving a good read about parenting? Try one of these memoirs. From touching to hilarious, these parenting memoirs offer perspective on the exquisite experience of being a mom or dad.
When Jennifer Finney Boylan’s children were young, she came out as transgender. Boylan’s touching, humorous memoir of her days as both father and mother address not only her own experiences but the experiences of other parents. Explore what gender and parenthood mean to other moms and dads in Stuck in the Middle With You (Amazon, $12).
Get a dad’s perspective on parenting in Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood (Amazon, $18). Primarily humorous, this tale of parenting touches on those brief heart-swelling moments that strike parents. This is a fun, real take on parenting that doesn’t flinch when it comes to the mortifying and hard parts.
We know Carol Burnett for the laughs she brings to the big and small screen. Her memoir, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story (Amazon, $17), details the beautiful and sometimes tumultuous relationship she had with her late daughter. Heart-wrenching and poignant, it’s a touching tribute to Carrie Burnett, who died of cancer at 38.
Sometimes the only way to cope with motherhood is to laugh about it. I Just Want to Pee Alone (Amazon, $9) is a compilation of dozens of hilarious essays by moms like you. If you’re looking for a break from stories of the heavier aspects of parenting, this is a fun book you can pick up whenever you need a smile — and know you’re not alone in the crazier moments of motherhood.
Three generations connection in Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir (Amazon, $19), the story of what happens when an aging grandmother moves in with a single mother and her teen daughter. Heartbreaking, graceful and ultimately uplifting, this is a wonderful read for any daughter.
In Hypothetical Future Baby: An Unsentimental Adoption Memoir (Amazon, $10), Claudia Chapman takes readers through her bumpy road to motherhood. Unflinching and often humorous, it’s an honest take on the uncertainties and triumphs of adoption.
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