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Motherhood Memoirs

  • By: Ivana Brown
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

According to The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined Women, a study on motherhood and American popular culture by Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels, more than 800 books on motherhood were published between year 1970 and 2000, the majority of them after 1980. These books include manuals, advice books, parenting books, and academic analyses, as well as books capturing the writers' own experiences with motherhood. The non-fiction, first-person narratives are usually referred to as motherhood memoirs, mommy memoirs, or, even shorter, momoirs.

Motherhood memoirs are sometimes included within what is termed the mommy lit genre, i.e., fiction and nonfiction writing focused on characters of mothers and aimed at mothers as readers. Mommy lit as well as motherhood memoirs experienced dramatic growth ...

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