After searching for years I have found these four books a great help to fill the void since my mom died.
Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman
This book explores the many ways that losing a mother can affect almost every aspect and passage of a woman’s life. Hope built the book on interviews with hundreds of mother-loss survivors. This life-affirming book is now newly expanded to reflect the author’s personal experience. Now married and a mother of young children herself, Edelman better understands how the effects of mother loss can change over time, and in light of new relationships.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
At 26, Cheryl thought she had lost everything. Her mother’s devastating death, her family scattered, and her own marriage was soon destroyed. With nothing more to lose, she made the impulsive decision of her life: Hike the Pacific Crest trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State, alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker. This is the vivid story of a young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Motherless Mothers by Hope Edelman
Now the mother of two young girls, Edelman set out to learn how the loss of a mother to death or abandonment can affect the ways women raise their own children. From a survey of more than one thousand women comes, “Motherless Mothers”, the enlightening and inspiring next step in the motherless journey.
Hope opens up and reveals the unique anxieties and desires these mothers experience as they raise their children without the help of a living maternal guide. She brings to light how the experience of loss directly impacts the ways in which these women parent their own children.
Paris in Love by Eloisa James
After her mother’s death and her own battle with cancer, bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about by selling her house, taking a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moving her family to Paris. Thisis a play-by-play of her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Without the Western domestic tasks to do, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook to walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time, her two hilarious teenage children and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen.
Here is a list I found on Goodreads that may help you find a book this season:
Did I miss on? What would you recommend?
4 thoughts on “Books for the Motherless Mom”
I can’t say enough great things about “The Long Goodbye” by Meghan O’Rourke!
I haven’t heard about that one! Thank you for sharing!
I read Motherless Daughters about 10 years ago, when I was in my 20’s and now that I am a new mom I bought Motherless Mothers but haven’t opened it yet. Being a mom has brought up so much stuff already that I am scared to open the flood gates! Did you find it to be helpful?
I did. There were some tears as I read it. I left the book on my nightstand for a few days. When I finished it, I felt free and not alone.
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