Memoirs about moms
Three new memoirs share stories of unusual but intense mother-child relationships.
Digging Up Mother: A Love Story (Da Capo) by Doug Stanhope, a standup comic know for his dark humor, is a no-holds-barred account of his weird but loving relationship with his mother, an alcoholic hoarder who introduced him as a child to the comedy of Monty Python and Richard Pryor.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss (Harper) by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt is a dual memoir by the TV journalist and his mother, an heiress and designer, about their lives graced by privilege and darkened by loss.
Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown (Regan Arts) by Lezley McSpadden, the mother of the young man fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., delves into her life before and after his death.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor