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40 Best Moms in Literature

Not all mothers give birth to their kids. Now no mom is perfect, as many of these books attest, but some of the most loving and badass moms are the ones who care unceasingly for their children and are still defined as more than just caretakers. They show that love is never a weakness.
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Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
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Birdie (Tracey Lindberg)
Birdie (Tracey Lindberg)
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Black Swan Green
Black Swan Green
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Bone (Fae Myenne Ng)
Bone (Fae Myenne Ng)
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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
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The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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A Chair for My Mother
A Chair for My Mother
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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Dune
Dune
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Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)
Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)
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The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
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Fences
Fences
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Ghana Must Go
Ghana Must Go
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The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
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I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
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Les Mis
Les Mis
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Lily Potter (JK Rowling)
Lily Potter (JK Rowling)
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Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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Love Medicine
Love Medicine
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Love You Forever
Love You Forever
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Molly Weasley (JK Rowling)
Molly Weasley (JK Rowling)
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O'Brien)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O'Brien)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
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The Pursuit of Love
The Pursuit of Love
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Queen Sugar (Natalie Baszile)
Queen Sugar (Natalie Baszile)
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Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
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33
Room
Room
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Ru (Kim Thuy)
Ru (Kim Thuy)
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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Waiting for Birdy (Catherine Newman)
Waiting for Birdy (Catherine Newman)
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A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
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