Eye Catching Titles For Essays About Mothers


When we at Why Not Books were considering titles for the memoirs of the late Carolyn Goodman, mother of slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman and a civil rights icon herself, we harkened back to a particular story she told:

When my youngest son David was seven years old, he came running home from school one day, breathless with excitement. In his hands he held a large piece of construction paper smothered in assorted colors, lines, shapes, and squiggles. In the eyes of a seven-year-old, it was a creation of unmatched brilliance, Monet and Degas and O’Keeffe all rolled into one. In fact, that’s quite literally what it looked like. With the flamboyance only a true artist can exude, David boomed into our Upper West Side apartment, raised his magnum opus, and proudly declared, “Mom, come here! Look at my mantelpiece!”

 A masterpiece is essentially the product of another’s estimation. Someone else reviews your life’s work and pronounces judgment. But a mantelpiece is a personal statement of values and choices, your life’s work presented as a museum of the self… My life has been a work of art—a wondrous, colorful, tragic, flawed, intimate and epic work of art. This is my story. This is my mantelpiece.

So that’s what it became—MY MANTELPIECE: A Memoir of Survival and Social Justice.

Selecting a title for a well-known person’s autobiography or memoir can be a challenge. For some reason, iIf you’re an unknown with a remarkable story, it seems easier to choose evocative titles like Girl, Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen), The Color of Water (James McBride), or Reading Lolita in Tehran (Azar Nafisi). But when you’re a celebrity of some sort, it can be a bit trickier. And not always successful.

We at the Why Not 100 have ranked 69 of the more interesting choices through the years. Those at the top of the list are wonderful. Those at the bottom are wince-inducing. You be the judge where the line is drawn.

1.Me (Katherine Hepburn)

2.The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (Oscar Levant)

3.Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela)

4.I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow, Cause I Get Better Looking Every Day (Joe Namath)

5.Kiss and Make-Up (Gene Simmons)

6.Last Words (George Carlin)

7.Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)

8.An Unseemly Man (Larry Flynt)

9.Born Standing Up (Steve Martin)

10.I’m Still Hungry (Carnie Wilson)

11.Wishful Drinking (Carrie Fisher)

12.The Bedwetter (Sarah Silverman)

13.Leading With My Chin (Jay Leno)

14.Getting It Through My Thick Skull (Mary Jo Buttafuoco)

15.Things I Did and Things I Think I Did (filmmaker Jean Negulesco)

16.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

17.It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here (Charles Grodin)

18.Open (Andre Agassi)

19.My Wicked Wicked Ways (Errol Flynn)

20.Living History (Hillary Clinton)

21.Then Again (Diane Keaton)

22.The Moon’s a Balloon (David Niven)

23.Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion (David Brinkley)

24.They Made a Monkee Out of Me (Davy Jones)

25.Flashing Before My Eyes (Dick Schaap)

26.Speak, Memory (Vladimir Nabokov)

27.Please Don’t Shoot My Dog, Mister (Jackie Cooper)

28.Out of Sync (Lance Bass)

29.Hitting Back (Wimbledon champ Andy Murray)

30.Me Moir (British comic Vic Reeves, aka Jim Moir)

31.The Measure of a Man (Sidney Poitier)

32.Happy Accidents (Jane Lynch)

33.Does the Noise in My Head Bother You (Steven Tyler)

34.The Kid Stays in the Picture (Robert Evans)

35.I Am Not Spock (Leonard Nimoy)

36.Most Talkative (Andy Cohen)

37.Dreams from My Father (Barack Obama)

38.This Time Together (Carol Burnett)

39.Dispatches from the Edge (Anderson Cooper)

40.Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned (Alan Alda)

41.Dirty Blonde (Courtney Love)

42.I, Shithead (punk rocker Joey Keithley)

43.Lou’s on First (Lou Costello)

44.Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (Mindy Kaling)

45.Bossypants (Tina Fey)

46.Landing on My Feet (Kerri Strug)

47.Surprised by Joy (C.S. Lewis)

48.A Book (Desi Arnaz)

49.Anorther Book (Desi Arnaz)

50.Belly Laughs (pregnant Jenny McCarthy)

51.Larger Than Life (Eddie Large)

52.It’s All About a Ball (Alan Ball)

53.Let’s Talk About Pep (Sandy “Pepa” Denton)

54.The Stone Cold Truth (Stone Cold Steve Austin)

55.All You Need is Ears (Beatles producer George Martin)

56.It’s Not About the Bike (Lance Armstrong)

57.Winking at Life (Wink Martindale)

58.Lettin’ It All Hang Out (RuPaul)

59.Losing My Virginity (Richard Branson)

60.Back Stage With the Original Hollywood Square (Peter Marshall)

61.Nerd Do Well (Simon Pegg)

62.Hitch-22 (Christopher Hitchens)

63.My Booky Wook (Russell Brand)

64.sTORI Telling (Tori Spelling)

65.The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz (Ron Jeremy)

66.Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (Chelsea Handler)

67.Just Farr Fun (Jamie Farr)

68.Mountain, Get Out of My Way (Montel Williams)

69.Don’t Hassel the Hoff (David Hasselhoff)

A family blossoms with a Mother's love.

A Gift from God

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love

A Mother's Love grows by giving!

A Mother's Touch

a mother's treasure is her daughter


All mother's are working mothers!

Before I was a Mother...

Being your mom

Being your Mom, is a great adventure..

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Chip Off The Old Block

God's Masterpiece

Grace was in her steps, Heaven in her eyes

hardworking, tireless & wonderful MOTHER

Home is where my momma is.

I See Myself in Your Eyes

I want my mummy

I'm One of a kind

In My Mother's Eyes

In My Mother's Eyes

Just me & my Girls

Labor of love

Lessons in Motherhood

Like Mother Like Daughter

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Like mother, like daughter

Loving You Has Made Me This Way

Lucky...or just blessed!

Mama always said

Mommy ~ the best thing Ive ever been called.

Mommy's Angels

Mommy’s Magic Kisses

More then a Mom

Mother to Daughter

Mother's are like rose's, each one beautiful in her own way.

My Greatest Challenge

My Mother, My Best Friend

Priceless Treasure

Put your Head on my Shoulder

Reason Why I Love My Mom?

Roses for my Mom's (Title for May layout - includes Mom and grandmothers, or if baby goes to work then include those who help with the baby during the day,)

Simply Beautiful

The Apple of My Eye

The best academy, a mother's knee.

The gift of being a mother for the first time

These Are The Moments I Live For

These Are The Moments I Live For

To the world you may be one person, but to me you are the world. Author Unknown

Totally "MOM"-sense

Two Mothers One gave me life- One gave me a life.

What Makes A Mom?

Women of a Certain Age are.....

Wonder Mom

Words Of Wisdom

You were our missing piece (baby)

yummy mommy


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