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Mothers in Fiction

Super MomThe second Sunday in May is set aside to honor mothers. The celebration was conceived by Anne M. Jarvis of Philadelphia in 1907. The day started receiving national recognition in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation asking American citizens to give a public expression of reverence to mothers. Celebrate Mothers' Day this year by reading about moms both real and fictional!

Three expecting mothers meet at a prenatal yoga class and go on to share the joys and trials of new motherhood in Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. Laurie Colwin's posthumously published A Big Storm Knocked It Over also deals with new parenthood as two couples start their families at the same time.

Melanie Hauser's Confessions of Super Mom and its sequel Super Mom Saves the World feature Birdie Lee, a single mother of two teenagers who develops domestic superpowers when she's knocked out by a hazardous combination of cleaning chemicals.

In Carol Dawson's candid and humorous novel The Mother-In-Law Diaries, Lulu is horrified to learn that her son has turned her into a mother-in-law by eloping. She then reflects on her failed marriages and the experiences she has had with her four mothers-in- law. Another humorous novel about a mother-in- law is The Other Woman by Jane Green.

The Ten-Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer is a story of the dilemmas that face four middle-class mothers in New York City, particularly whether or not to work and pursue careers.

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher is a family saga that delves into the lives of Penelope Keeling and her three grown children. Other novels that focus on the lives of a family include Marianne Fredricksson's Hanna's Daughters, which tells the story of three generations of Swedish women, and Kay Gibbons's Charms for the Easy Life, which similarly features three generations of women from the South.

Notable nonfiction titles featuring mothers include Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison and Close Company: Stories of Mothers and Daughters by Christine Park.

You can befriend these and other fictional or nonfictional mothers by visiting the display at the Readers' Advisory Desk during the month of May or by calling 814-3987.