The Best Literary Writing About Mothers and Motherhood

Book Reviews

Mom Egg Review publishes reviews of recent books (including chapbooks) of poetry, fiction and creative prose, by mother writers, and of books focused on motherhood or women’s experiences and issues.  If you are interested in having your book reviewed, please visit Book Review Request for more info. 

If you are interested in reviewing books for us, please check out our page of Books for Review and Guidelines, and then email us at [email protected]

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I Wish My Father by Lesléa Newman

Review by Carole Mertz Each poem in I Wish My Father is written in three-line stanzas. Through these poems, the author portrays a loving relationship with a father who is in decline. In the process, we also gain glimpses…

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Matryoshka Houses by Lynn Pattison

Review by Mindy Kronenberg If home is where the heart is, the poems in Matryoshka Houses scaffold into a nuanced and poignantly structured life of love, loss, hardship, and gratitude. Collectively, Pattison’s poems provide a tour of intimate and…

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Devil’s Lake by Sarah M. Sala

Review by Tasslyn Magnusson It’s a bold and beautiful move to open your poetry collection with a poem about the big bang that lands the reader with the narrator in kindergarten at its close. But there is a gorgeous…

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Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries

Review by Ellen Meeropol In her debut novel, Celia Jeffries writes parallel narratives of Alice George: 18-year old Alice living with the Tuareg tribe in the Sahara on the cusp of World War I, and 76-year-old Alice in London…

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The Falls by Emily Mohn-Slate

Review by Cammy Thomas If I remember correctly, there’s a moment in the movie Zorba the Greek when the callow English youth asks Zorba, the wise old Greek, whether he’s married. Zorba, with some humor, says he’s a man…

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28,065 Nights by Katie Manning

Review by Sarah W. Bartlett , Katie Manning’s website bio starts with “Upon first seeing a rhinoceros at the zoo at age 2, I said to my mom, ‘I want to be one of those when I grow up!’ I…

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Dove, Coyote by Laura Page

Review by Julia Lisella Laura Page is a visual artist as well as a poet, and that sensibility of the visual comes through in this collection, not so much through the imagery Page chooses, but through this poet’s faith…

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Motherland by Sally Thomas

Review by Carole Mertz Motherland moves me more than any poetry I’ve read in recent months. Through Sally Thomas’s lines we experience Life as God’s sacred offering to us, and ordinary living, a kind of sacred offering in…

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Rise Wildly by Tina Kelley

Review by Lisa C. Taylor What initially struck me about Rise Wildly by Tina Kelley was the imaginative titles of her poems. Titling poems is an art form, and Tina Kelley does it well. Who wouldn’t want to read a…

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