Best Books for #BadassMoms

“Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” 

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this question before. Raise your other hand if you’ve heard it at around 6 p.m. on the Saturday evening before Mother’s Day.

Let’s be honest here – if you leave gift buying and gift giving up to your kids, you are going to be severely disappointed. For a Mother’s Day gift you will truly enjoy you’ll need to drop some clues.  I suggest printing out this list – and maybe adding a helpful message like “Gifts ideas for Mom” at the top. In sharpie. Underlined. With lots of exclamation points. 

Of course, even that subtle approach might not be enough. That’s why I recommend just buying your gift yourself. Here’s a list of the best books for all you #badass moms!

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

by Meaghan O’Connell

When Meaghan O’Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed – a brutally honest reckoning of the emotional and existential impact of motherhood – didn’t exist.  She decided to write it herself. 

Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words

by Kimberly Harrington

“Being a mother is a gift.”  Then where is my receipt?  Welcome to Kimberly Harrington’s poetic and funny world of motherhood, womanhood and humanhood, not necessarily in that order.

Don’t Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex and Life

by Peggy Orenstein

Funny, moving, deeply personal and wryly political this essay collection serves as a crucial examination of where we stand as women – in our work lives, our sex lives, as partners, as mothers – illuminating how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Princess

by Devorah Blachor

“May God grant me the serenity to accept the color pink, the courage not to let my house become a shrine to pink and princesses, and the wisdom to know that pink is just a color, not a decision to never attend college in the hopes of marrying wealthy.” Blachor, an ardent feminist, offers insight, advice and plenty of humor and personal anecdotes on how she learned to reconcile her parental expectations and the reality of her daughter’s passion.

The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby

by Lauren Smith Brody

A thorough, realistic guide to returning to work after your world is turned upside-down by your little bundle of joy.

Shitty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us

by Laurie Kilmartin

A laugh-out-loud parenting survival guide that reminds all of us sh*tty parents that we’re not alone.

W(h)ine:  50 Perfect Wines to Pair with Your Child’s Rotten Behavior

by Jennifer Todryk

Did your son just have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store?  Then proceed to the wine aisle because there’s a Pinot for your pain!  Not your average wine-pairing book, this one is designed to help you w(h)ine your way through the joys of day-to-day parenting.

#MomLife:  A Snarky Adult Coloring Book

On the rare occasions when you do get some downtime to yourself grab some colored pencils and markers, this book and run to the closet for a few minutes of blissful, relaxing creativity.  Celebrate the humor and frustration that are the highs and lows of motherhood featured in the pages of this book.

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