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Whether you're a mom, love your mom, or have a mother figure in your life, we've put together some staff picks ahead of Mother's Day (with a few not-so-great moms or moms with complicated relationships in the mix, too).

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The Mothers (2019)

by Brit Bennett

This debut novel explores the relationships between mothers and daughters. I found it to be poignant, reflective, and memorable. For anyone who liked The Vanishing Half, I recommend this book. — Allison Bies, Fiction Librarian

All Moms (2022)

by Sarah Kate Ellis

This delightful and sweet picture book features moms and families of all kinds. It's a must-read for Mother's Day. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

A Simple Favor (2018)

by Lions Gate Entertainment

In the mood to watch a dark comedy? This unique movie is both a twisty thriller and a comedy. When mommy vlogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) befriends glamourous mom Emily (Blake Lively) she doesn't expect Emily to suddenly disappear and send her down a mysterious and possibly dangerous path. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

Are You My Mother? : a Comic Drama (2012)

by Alison Bechdel

In a similar manner to her breakout hit Fun Home, Alison Bechdel further mines her family's complications, this time focusing on her fractured relationship with her mother, a woman whose passions in life are muted by her struggle in coming to terms as the wife of a closet gay man. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

Motherhood So White : a Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America (2019)

by Nefertiti Austin

Honest, vulnerable, and uplifting memoir from diversity activist Austin, who shares her story of starting a family through adoption as a single Black woman. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director

Steel Magnolias (2000)

by Columbia TriStar Home Video

Sally, Dolly, Shirley, Olympia, Julia, Daryl. A bird's nest of emotions in this comical but heart-warming movie of mother/daughter/friend relationships. — Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant

Brave (2012)

by Walt Disney Pictures

What happens when a feisty Scottish princess who wants to avoid romantic entanglement wishes that her marriage-minded mother would "change"? She gets her wish, and causes a bear of a problem. Now it's up to the daughter to repair her relationship with her mom and save her from a terrible fate. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant

Cheaper by the Dozen (2004)

by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

A classic family comedy from 2003. Steve Martin, a father of 12, must handle a new job and his unstable brood while his wife goes on a book tour. A fun tribute to mothers everywhere! — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant

Freaky Friday (2003)

by Casual Friday Productions

This 2003 Disney film is where Jamie Lee Curtis plays a single mom who struggles to maintain a healthy relationship with her teenage daughter. They receive magic fortune cookies. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday. Hilarious! — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant