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Mothers and motherhood

In these titles, famous mothers and their daughters share their stories about life, parenting and overcoming challenges together.

Ma speaks up

Marianne author. Leone

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This book is a record of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. Marianne's girlhood is packed with adventure, love, great cooking and humour. The stories she tells will speak to mothers and their blemished, cherished girls.

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The book of Joan

Melissa Rivers

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Joan and Melissa Rivers had one of the most celebrated mother-daughter relationships of all time. In this book, Melissa Rivers relates funny, poignant and irreverent observations, thoughts and tales about the woman who raised her.

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You have no idea

Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Williams describes how she's made it through her personal life as well as her career. This book is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter and the life of a woman who beat the odds to achieve her destiny.

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Three mothers (and a camel)

Phyllida Law

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With wonderful new material, this edition of Phyllida Laws’ two enchanting memoirs of family life is a tender and sweetly comic story of mothers, daughters, malfunctioning hearing aids and a most peculiar question about camels.

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Mother, can you not?

Kate Siegel

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It wasn't until Kate began sharing her mother's messages online that she realized quite how many people would find her mother as hysterical as she does. This book is Kate's brilliantly funny and affectionate story of life with her eccentric mother.

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The lost daughter

Mary Williams

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Mary Williams’ life was fractured until she met Jane Fonda at Laurel Springs Children’s Camp. After surviving a trauma, she was invited to live with Fonda. Since then Mary’s life has been one of adventure and opportunity. This is her story.

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There was a little girl

Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields’ life has never been considered ordinary. Her parents divorced when she was a baby and she was raised by her mother, Teri. In this open memoir about her life and this layered relationship, Brooke shares the story of her journey.

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Stuff I forgot to tell my daughter

Michèle A'Court

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Adapted from the author's solo stand-up show, this is a candid and very funny account of being the mother of a daughter, of how we are sometimes so busy parenting we forget how to be a person and why learning the history of feminism is important.

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Three many cooks

Pam Anderson

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Cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio, the women behind the blog Three Many Cooks, blend compelling reflections and well-loved recipes into one funny, candid and irresistible book.

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Have mother, will travel

Claire Fontaine

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An inspiring book that brilliantly captures the changing relationship between a mother and her adult daughter. This is an extraordinary journey that should not be missed by mothers and daughters everywhere.

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The seasons of my mother

Marcia Gay Harden

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In this lyrical and moving memoir, one of America's actresses’ weaves stories of her adventures and travels with her mother, while reflecting on the beautiful spirit that persists even in the face of her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

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Namaste the hard way

Sasha Brown-Worsham

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Brilliantly capturing the universal experience of the mother-daughter bond, and coming of age, this book is an ode to the timeless bond between mothers and daughters; a tribute to yoga and moms, two things that keep us rooted while lifting us up.

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