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Browse our audiobook picks exploring motherhood for yourself or the moms in your life.

Soil

The Story of a Black Mother's Garden

By: Camille T Dungy
Narrated by: Camille T Dungy
Length: 10 hours 16 minutes

“'History is perennial', Dungy writes as she muses on her decision to withhold the death of a beloved garden bunny from her young daughter while choosing to discuss another police murder of an unarmed Black person. Part nature writing, part exploration of the African diaspora and Black identity, part memoir, Dungy puts herself in conversation... Read more

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Honey, Baby, Mine

A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)

By: Laura Dern & Diane Ladd
Narrated by: Laura Dern & Diane Ladd
Length: 7 hours 40 minutes

A collection of deeply personal conversations from award-winning actress and activist Laura Dern and the woman she admires most, her mother—legendary actress Diane Ladd.
 

What happens when we are brave enough to speak our truths to the ones we love the most?

Laura Dern and Diane Ladd always had a close relationship, but the stakes were raised... Read more

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The Mamas

What I Learned About Kids, Class, and Race from Moms Not Like Me

By: Helena Andrews-Dyer
Narrated by: Helena Andrews-Dyer
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

Can white moms and Black moms ever truly be friends? Not just mom friends, but like really real friends? And does it matter?

“Utterly addictive . . . Through her sharp wit and dynamic anecdotal storytelling, Helena Andrews-Dyer shines a light on the cultural differences that separate Black and white mothers.”—Tia Williams, New York Times... Read more

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I'll Show Myself Out

Essays on Midlife and Motherhood

By: Jessi Klein
Narrated by: Jessi Klein
Length: 6 hours 50 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller, I'll Show Myself Out is the eagerly anticipated second essay collection from Jessi Klein, author of the acclaimed debut You’ll Grow Out of It.Longlisted for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay “Sometimes I think about how much bad news there is to tell my kid, the endlessly long,... Read more

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Essential Labor

Mothering as Social Change

By: Angela Garbes
Narrated by: Angela Garbes
Length: 6 hours 21 minutes

From the acclaimed author of Like a Mother comes a reflection on the state of caregiving in America, and an exploration of mothering as a means of social change.The Covid-19 pandemic shed fresh light on a long-overlooked truth: mothering is among the only essential work humans do. In response to the increasing weight placed on mothers and... Read more

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What Kind of Woman

Poems

By: Kate Baer
Narrated by: Kate Baer
Length: 1 hour 2 minutes

An Instant #1 New York Times BestsellerA Goop Book Club Pick"If you want your breath to catch and your heart to stop, turn to Kate Baer."--Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo
A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships of being a woman in the world today, and the many roles we play - mother, partner, and friend.“When life... Read more

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Oh My Mother!

A Memoir in Nine Adventures

By: Connie Wang
Narrated by: Connie Wang
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

“Humorous, endearing, and intimate.” —TIME

“Mother and daughter relationships are always tricky but this peripatetic pair has outdone all of us with this most excellent adventure written by my namesake, author Connie Wang.” —Connie Chung

A dazzling mother-daughter adventure around the world in pursuit of self-discovery, a family reckoning, and...
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Career and Family

Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity

By: Claudia Goldin
Narrated by: Nancy Crane
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

Winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Economics

This audiobook narrated by Nancy Crane traces women’s journey to close the gender wage gap and sheds new light on the continued struggle to achieve equity between couples at home


A century ago, it was a given that a woman with a college degree had to choose between having a career and a family. Today,... Read more

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I'm So Effing Tired

A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy, and Reclaim Your Life

By: Amy Shah
Narrated by: Amy Shah
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

A guide to conquering burnout and increasing your energy from a leading medical doctor and nutrition expertEXHAUSTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE YOUR NEW NORMALDoes it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you're feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired? Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that... Read more

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It. Goes. So. Fast.

The Year of No Do-Overs

By: Mary Louise Kelly
Narrated by: Mary Louise Kelly
Length: 7 hours

This program is read by the author.

Operating Instructions
meets Glennon Doyle in this new book by famed NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly that is destined to become a classic—about the year before her son goes to college—and the joys, losses and surprises that happen along the way.

The time for do-overs is over.

Ever since she became a parent, Mary... Read more

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The Three Mothers

How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

By: Anna Malaika Tubbs
Narrated by: Anna Malaika Tubbs
Length: 6 hours 51 minutes

This program is read by the author.

Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin's son James, about Alberta King's son Martin Luther, and Louise Little's son Malcolm. But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them.

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates...
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And Now We Have Everything

On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

By: Meaghan O'Connell
Narrated by: Meaghan O'Connell
Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

“Times have changed, women have changed, and, naturally, the experience of young(ish) motherhood has changed as well. I often tell people that becoming a mother was equal parts wonderful and abysmally dark and get blank stares, but here it is: a tale like mine, articulated with clarity and wit! I'm excited to be able to recommend this honest and... Read more

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If We're Being Honest

A Novel

By: Cat Shook
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

"Narrator Kathleen McInerney's range is perfect in this touching comedic drama."- AudioFile

For fans of We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange and All Adults Here by Emma Straub, Cat Shook’s debut novel If We’re Being Honest is the snappy, smart, heartwarming story of the Williams family, and the sweltering summer that rewrote their history.


When... Read more

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Peach Blossom Spring

A Novel

By: Melissa Fu
Narrated by: Eugenia Low
Length: 14 hours 10 minutes

In this "beautifully rendered" novel about war, migration, and the power of telling our stories, three generations of a Chinese family search for a place to call home (Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author)."Within every misfortune there is a blessing and within every blessing, the seeds of misfortune, and so it goes, until the end... Read more

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Womb

The Inside Story of Where We All Began

By: Leah Hazard
Narrated by: Leah Hazard
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

“Page for page, I may not have ever learned more from a book.... Womb is a history book as well as a biology book but it’s also an adventure and a celebration.” —Rob Delaney, actor and author of A Heart That WorksA groundbreaking, triumphant investigation of the uterus—from birth to death, in sickness and in health, throughout history and into... Read more

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Wanting What's Best

Parenting, Privilege, and Building a Just World

By: Sarah W. Jaffe
Narrated by: Sara Sheckells
Length: 7 hours 39 minutes

When privileged parents say that they "want what's best" for their child, they don't consciously add "and not for other children."

Yet the practical effect of parents with privilege relentlessly pursuing their own child's interests is that other children are left behind. Author Sarah W. Jaffe interviewed dozens of parents who are resisting the... Read more

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Breathe

A Letter to My Sons

By: Imani Perry
Narrated by: Imani Perry
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

2020 Chautauqua Prize Finalist

2020 NAACP Image Award Nominee - Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction)

Best-of Lists: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews) · 25 Can't-Miss Books of 2019 (The Undefeated)

Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our... Read more

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Of Woman Born

Motherhood as Experience and Institution

By: Adrienne Rich
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman & Nicole Lewis
Length: 12 hours 59 minutes

Adrienne Rich's influential and landmark investigation concerns both the experience and the institution of motherhood.

The experience is her own—as a woman, a poet, a feminist, and a mother—but it is an experience determined by the institution, imposed on all women everywhere. She draws on personal materials, history, research, and literature... Read more

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Operating Instructions

A Journal of My Son's First Year

By: Anne Lamott
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The acclaimed author of Bird by Bird brings her brilliant combination of humor and warmth to a "smart, funny, and comforting" chronicle of single motherhood (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

It’s not like she’s the only woman to ever have a baby. At thirty-five. On her own. But Anne Lamott makes it all fresh in her... Read more

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Mom & Me & Mom

By: Maya Angelou
Narrated by: Maya Angelou
Length: 4 hours

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
 
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an... Read more

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