The bond of a mother and daughter is unique and strong. Even words can’t express this relationship. It is like a heart-to-heart connection that begins even before a child sees her/his first sunshine, from conceiving to the last breath. And how strange is it that the mother knows everything even before we realize it ourselves?
We have said enough; now it’s time for you to hear it from the words of some authors. We have shortlisted some mother-daughter books for you that will give you a new insight into the relationship. Here is the list of the best mother-daughter books.
Burnt Sugar By Avni Doshi
“I would be lying if I say my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure,” says Antara, Tara’s now-adult daughter. She is now newly married and is an artist. She is considering whether she wants to become a mother herself or not. It is hard for her to make this decision because she is haunted by her own mother’s very wild youth. Her mother abandoned her marriage and joined an ashram. She fell in love with an artist and went against society’s expectations of an Indian woman. She is now a patient with dementia, and her daughter takes care of her. This is a story about how the bonds of love between a mother and daughter survived.
Girl, Woman, Other By Bernardine Evaristo
It is a hopeful story of around twelve characters. They all live vastly different lives. One of them is Amma, whose work explores her black lesbian identity. One is a teacher; the other one is a successful investment banker. It is a sparklingly witty story that is filled with emotions.
Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters By Karen C.L. Anderson
This book will transform your relationship with your mother. The author explains that your mother does not have to change in order for you to be happy, free, and satisfied. He has shared some ways by which you can be emotionally distant without any guilt. This will help you create a life of your own, that is to say, the one based on your own values, desires, and morals. This book is based on the author’s personal experiences, and she has also shared ways by which you can learn from the experiences of others.
You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation By Deborah Tannen
This is one of the author’s most engaging and provocative books to date. She explains how mothers and daughters use the same language while they are different from each other. This often leads to misunderstandings, and they struggle to maintain the right balance between closeness and independence. Both want them to be seen for what they stand by and often look at each other for what they are short of, that is to say, where they lack. The author has answered various questions that often occupy the minds of both mothers and daughters. It is a must-read book.
Letter to My Daughter By Maya Angelou
A book by Maya Angelou is dedicated to her daughter. She never had a daughter, but she always felt she was around. The book is a collection of stories that are full of wisdom and inspiration. In each remarkable essay, she has talked about the tumultuous life that led her to America. The things that taught her the lessons of fortitude and compassion. She has also written about her grandmother. It is a remarkable book for everyone.
Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters By Blythe Daniel
A book that will restore the hearts of both the mothers and daughters. The author claims that it can still be restored even if a relationship is frayed. This book offers conversations and some powerful words that can help you heal the wounds and reconnect with your mothers and daughters. If your relationship is broken and you are looking to rebuild it or make things better, then this book is just for you.
Narcissistic Mothers and Grown Up Daughters By Cecilia Overt
Do you find it hard to say no just because you are afraid of rejection because you are too emotional? Do you feel unworthy of love? Then this book can heal you. The bond shared by a mother and daughter is of unconditional love. However, some women are a victim of Narcissist personality disorder and fail to love their own children. This book will help you see the manipulation strategies and the behavioral patterns. It will help you confront your narcissist mother and how to get over that.
Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters By Susan Forward
It is a powerful book that talks about the devastating impact of unloving mothers on the trauma faced by their daughters. This book is a healing guide for these daughters and shares some ways of how to get over such trauma. The author has been a therapist for more than 35 years, and she has talked about the struggle of women in such relationships and how they wish to escape. This is warm and compassionate, and it will help you if you are stuck in such a situation.
Motherless Daughters, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Legacy of Loss By Hope Edelman
This is a classic book and a New York Times bestseller. The author has talked about the grief of losing a mother and its impact on the daughters. She has talked about how the absence of a nurturing hand can change the shape of a woman’s life and how the past losses can affect the present relationships, and she has shared various ways of accepting the loss and starting the healing journey. It is a remarkable book.
Mother Hunger By Kelly McDaniel
At many times, we find ourselves stuck in unhealthy habits. Just because we don’t find a better way, we stick to them. This book can help mothers and daughters break the cycle of destructive behavior. It will give you a fresh look at childhood trauma and its lasting impact. The author cleaves that there is no shame attached with being under mothered and misdiagnosed. She has offered healing paths with some powerful advisors and therapeutic interventions- a must-read book.