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The Other Mother: The Best Worst Mother In Literature. PERIOD

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is one of my favorite stories of all time. I’ve read the book, the graphic novel and saw the movie like a hundred times so I’m basically an expert.  It blends the mysterious with the creepy and it’s still somehow manages to be wholesome.  Which is my vibe.

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Since it is Mother’s Day, I thought it be best to celebrate The Other Mother or The Beldam, the villain from Coraline. If you somehow don’t know, I will catch you up. Coraline, a young girl moves into a new home with her parents at The Pink Palace Apartments. They don’t have time for her because they are working so much so she explores the house. She finds a little door and a key to match. On the other side of it she finds that its her house but different. Bright, beautiful and filled with love and too much attention from her Other parents, especially her Other Mother.

“She said, ‘You know that I love you.’
And, despite herself, Coraline nodded. It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon loves its gold.”

The Other Mother is described as looking like Coraline’s mother but taller, thinner with black button eyes and long, red fingernails. And she loves Coraline; she wants to make sure she’s happy and have everything she’s ever wanted.

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″‘We’ll see you soon, though,’ said her other father. ‘When you come back.’
‘Um,’ said Coraline.
‘And then we’ll all be together as one big, happy family,’ said her other mother. ‘For ever and always.‘”
As Coraline goes back and forth, The Other Mother wants her to make a choice. She can either replace her eyes with buttons and stay with her forever or…let’s just say, Mother isn’t happy when she doesn’t get her way. Ultimately, Coraline defeats her, frees her actual parents and the spirits of the other children, The Other Mother loved.
What I love most about The Other Mother is the mystery surrounding her and The Other World. The books and movie keep it ambiguous enough where we as the audience can try to work it out for ourselves.
The Other Mother is powerful, she is a being who can take the shape of a child’s mother, can create entire sets, people they could recognize and escapes for the children to tap into their happiness. She uses rats as her spies who have messages of their own.

“We are small but we are many
We are many we are small
We were here before you rose
We will be here when you fall.”

“We have eyes and we have nerveses
We have tails we have teeth
You’ll all get what you deserveses
When we rise from underneath.”

She’s been around for a long time, her first victim dating back to the 1900’s. There are so many questions left in the air, like how is The Other Mother, The Beldam connected to the Pink Palace Apartments in the first place? Who built the door to the Other World if she can’t leave? She can exert a lot of control over the Other World but it doesn’t seem that she created it from scratch so did she stumble upon it one day or was she somehow created there? In the graphic novel she claims to have buried her own mother and put her back in the grave when she tried to climb out, so she must have been a person?

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I love this story! It’s truly centered around parental love, a mother’s love. Many of us crave it and unfortunately not all of us have it. Coraline wants attention from her mother but she has to work and provide for Coraline and the family. So she sought it out from someone else who didn’t have her best interests at heart. The Other Mother services her surface level needs, giving her favorite foods every night for dinner, playing games, gardens dedicated to her and a Wybie that doesn’t talk, in the movie’s case. While her actual mother is working on a deadline to provide food that might not be her favorite, clothes she may not like and a roof over her head that she has to get used to.

I’m sure as kids we were all guilty of this at some point. Wishing we could have different a mother just because we didn’t get what we wanted all the time. But our mothers,our parents or guardians are doing the best they can and now that we are all older hopefully we are more understanding and appreciate them for all that they do. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Raising Our Wands To Harry Potter’s Substitute Moms

On this Mother's Day, we're raising our wands to the Moms that left their mark on Harry. The boy who lived is indebted to some powerful women.

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5 Times We Found the Best Moms in Books

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a list of super awesome literary moms!


1. Molly Weasley from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Molly Weasley with Harry Potter

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When she wasn’t busy planning a wedding, scolding the twins, or cooking up something for dinner, Molly Weasley could be found protecting her children at the Battle of Hogwarts. Knowing Harry Potter’s situation, she never batted an eye at taking him anywhere and everywhere with her and her clan of red-heads. Whether it was Christmas vacation or a trip to the Quidditch World Cup, Molly made sure Harry knew he had a second mother in her. She went after Bellatrix Lestrange when her daughter Ginny nearly died at her hands, leaving her the most iconic quote in the whole book: “Not my daughter, you bitch.” Any mom looks great in comparison to Petunia Dursley, but I don’t think any of them can cook quite like Molly.


2. Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables


Marilla Cuthbert

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When Anne rolls into Green Gables for the first time with Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla is neither impressed or amused. They didn’t want an orphan girl who talked too much or day-dreamed, they wanted a boy who could help the aging Matthew in the field. By the time Anne has spent her first night, Marilla has already begun to take on motherly duties. We can argue she isn’t the best mother in literature, but she was exactly what Anne needed. In a world that so badly wanted to crush Anne’s creativity, Marilla gave her enough room to let it grow, though not always willingly. Most importantly, Marilla was Anne’s first real mother figure that she could remember. Anne spent years in and out of orphanages after her real parents died before she could walk and talk. Truthfully, anyone that can put up with so many of Anne’s mistakes and shenanigans deserves to be on this list.


3. Ruth McBride from The Color of Water



When James McBride started writing his memoir, I don’t think he knew the way the world would fall in love with his mother. The book is told in two narratives: McBride tells his story about the struggles he faced growing up black with a white mom, and Ruth tells her story growing up Jewish in the South. I’m breaking the mold here and choosing a non-fictional mom, but if you’ve read this book you know just how touching Ruth is. She raised twelve children, mostly by herself. She had no family to rely on other than her husband’s and their children. If ever there was a super-mom, she was Ruth McBride.


4. Kat Hall from If I Stay


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Everyone needs a mom that will keep them over-caffeinated and bear with them through the early years of playing an instrument. Gayle Forman writes Kat as an awesome rocker mom to a cello-playing teenager. Their personalities couldn’t be more opposite, but they couldn’t have a closer relationship. It’s so clear in every page that Kat supports any and every decision Mia makes. Go to Juliard or stay in Portland with your boyfriend? Most moms would say “you’re going to college” but not Kat. Not many moms would slap noise cancelling headphones onto their baby and bring them into a rock concert, but it is this that makes Kat so special. Her unconditional love for her children mixed with her desire to treat them like small adults qualifies her for fictional mom of the year.


5. Mrs. Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry



The Fuentes boys stole our hearts in this series, but the real star is their mother who raised all three of them by herself. Living on the Southside of Chicago is never easy. Gang wars make it so you’re never safe, and you can’t always count on the police to protect you. Mrs. Fuentes goes through so much with these boys. First she moves them to Mexico to save their lives, and she eventually moves them back once the issues die down. It’s clear through the whole series she is protective of her sons, and that sometimes comes across with a bit of a fierce attitude. There’s no doubt she would do anything to protect her boys.


What do you think of our list? Who is your favorite literary mama?

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10 Books About Mom for Mother’s Day

Mothers around the world all deserve more than a single day every year to celebrate all of their selfless acts and neverending kindness. As a result, we’re kicking off the warm summer months with these 10 books about motherhood and all of its ups and downs.


1. Flood by Melissa Scholes Young




Laura Brooks has just shown up in her hometown in Missouri and everyone who knows her can’t help but wonder why she’s back. Having run away from Hannibal once, the brave young woman will be met with drama, complicated first loves and her dreaded past as she makes the best of her visit home. As the Mississippi river rises and threatens to flood the town once again, she’ll have to decide between running away or staying and weathering the dreaded storm that has its sights set on Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal.  


2. The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden




This new memoir from actress Marcia Gay Harden deals with the tough reality of losing your mother before you’re ready. Now having to face the fact that her mother is losing her memories due to Alzheimer’s disease, Harden can’t help but remember the good times she shared with the remarkable woman. In addition to telling her mother’s story, she comes to realize that no matter how bad her sickness may get, there’s still so much beauty to be admired within the woman. This is the year’s Mother’s Day read that will have you a bit teary-eyed from beginning to end.


3. The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby




USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby is back with a story about a newly single mother and her responsible yet seemingly lost sister. Tracy can’t deal with her most recent heartbreak and decides to take on single motherhood in her own way. Meghan on the other hand, tries her best not to form a connection to anyone or anything despite the lost dog and handsome vet who are seemingly winning over her heart. As both women arrive in the place where they grew up, they will come to learn that the town has changed and so have they.


4. Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith




Evi never thought she would lose her husband at such a young age and she never anticipated that she would lose him while nine months pregnant. After his death, the young mom finds adjusting to life as a widow and single mother to be very difficult but she soon finds help in the unexpected form of her late husband’s adopted brother. Raising her young son together, the two will learn to accept the tragedy they have both lived through in this multi-perspective story about family and the ability to rebuild your life in the wake of sadness.    


5. It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters by Nan Fink Gefen and Sandra Butler




There’s undoubtedly an intense bond between mothers and daughters and in It Never Ends, Nan Fink Gefen and Sandra Butler pull together a collection of interviews that look into these important relationships. This unique read looks at the mother-daughter bond from a new perspective as both have grown and experienced life for themselves. This insightful read will be unlike anything else you read this Mother’s Day.


6. The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg




Rick Bragg may be one of the biggest names in the music industry but he has never lost sight of where he comes from. In this April release, Bragg recounts the heartwarming days he spent in the kitchen with his mother as she prepared for special family gatherings. In honor of the tremendous woman, Bragg recorded the recipes that have been passed down from generations, making them public for the first time ever. This nonfiction book is perfect for mothers who want to step up their cooking game and appreciate stories about family.  


7. Just Like February by Deborah Batterman




Deborah Batterman’s latest release centers around one family and the secrets they keep. Rachel has always admired her uncle Jake because he’s so unlike her parents who never seem to quit fighting. But young Rachel is also good at keeping secrets and refuses to tell anyone about Jake’s sexuality or his battle with AIDS. As her uncle continues to lose his battle with the illness, Rachel’s strained relationship with her mother and father turns their home into something resembling a prison. This heartbreaking novel tackles difficult families and the dark consequences of secrets.


8. After Anna by Lisa Scottoline




Maggie Ippolitti never thought she’d see her only daughter Anna ever again but in this new release from Lisa Scottoline, she’ll get the chance to reunite with her once again. However, Maggie never anticipated Anna’s brash behavior or her unexpected death. Now, Maggie must face the idea that her husband potentially killed Anna and as she begins to look deeper into the case she’ll find that there’s a much more sinister force at work. This twisted family story is the perfect Mother’s Day read for fans of intense thrillers.


9. No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts




This Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick about an African American family and the true reality of the American Dream is newly out on paperback this Mother’s Day. JJ has returned to his hometown only to find that his high school sweetheart is in a tense marriage and struggling to get pregnant while dealing with an overbearing mother who thinks she knows best. Determined to make sure his past lover’s life turns around, he moves back home and builds a mansion, inspiring the rest of the community to go after what they’ve always dreamt of.  


10. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy



A group of unlikely mothers has one thing in common: they all had their babies in the same month. Now, the women meet two times a week to catch a break from their children but when one of their normal outings turns into a nightmare for one of the mothers, they’ll no longer find comfort in their usual routine. This psychological thriller follows the dramatic and twisted hunt for a missing child and all the damaging secrets that are exposed during the search. For moms who enjoy a little scare, this highly-anticipated novel will be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.


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