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Moms with moxie

by Becky C | May 12, 2017
Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  As we celebrate Mothers' Day this weekend, here's a look back at one of our favorite posts.  Originally published May 9, 2012.

As we prepare to celebrate Mothers’ Day, I not only think of my mom and my friends’ moms, but also the great moms I’ve encountered in fiction.  Here’s a short list of some of the best moms in fiction — who would you add?

  Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan is a force to be reckoned with.  Before marrying Aral Vorkosigan and having a child, she was commander of her own spaceship.  In Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold, Aral may have the military reputation and the nickname “The Butcher of Komarr”, but the men of Barrayar would be advised to take Cordelia at her word when she warns them to avoid annoying her.  Love Cordelia! 
   In Tehanu, a book in the Earthsea Cycle, we spend time with Tenar, a former high priestess of the Nameless Ones.  Tenar has a generous maternal spirit:  despite the turmoil around her she adopts and raises a maimed, abused girl, making Tenar one of the greatest fantasy moms ever.
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
   I think Molly Weasley is simply awesome in all of the Harry Potter books but I selected The Deathly Hallows for this list because of her deadly duel with Bellatrix Lestrange.  Go Molly!
 Crocodile on the Sandbank
   Amelia Peabody is a strong-willed, no-nonsense woman — as the series begins in the late 1800s, she certainly stands out.  This spunky amateur archaeologist/sleuth has a warm heart — in addition to one biological child, she and her husband adopt a few other children over the course of the series.  Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first title in the series.
 Confessions of Super Mom
   Confessions of Super Mom. What do you get when you mix chick lit with the comic genre? Super Mom!  After an ill-advised mixture of all the cleaning products in the house knocks her out cold, Birdie Lee awakes with miraculous cleaning powers and an uncanny ability to anticipate when children are in danger. With wit, humor, and some sage motherly advice, Super Mom gives readers a true hero for our time.

You may also like this previous Mothers' Day post from As You Like It:

Memorable Movie Mothers:  Way back when, David wrote a thorough post examining some of the more memorable mothers depicted on the big screen.  Posted May 10, 2014.

Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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