Reading List: Mother’s Day


Emily Perper is a freelance editor and reporter, currently completing a service year in Baltimore with the Episcopal Service Corps.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I chose “mothers/relationship with moms” as the theme of my list this week:

1. My Mom (Mary H. K. Choi, Aeon, April 2013)
A deceptively simple title belies a gorgeous, funny, sometimes dark essay in which Choi attempts to communicate her strange affection for her mother. 
2. The Love of My Life (Cheryl Strayed, The Sun, Sept. 2002)
The indomitable Strayed explores the unexpected intersection of sex, death, grief, marriage, and, above all, her overwhelming love for her mother.
Andy Marra returns to Korea to find her biological family and ponders whether or not to reveal that she’s transgender.
What are your favorite stories about mom? Share them in the comments below.

(Photo: Böhringer Friedrich, Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATE: Here are some additional Mother’s Day recommendations from you:

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