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Speaking Volumes | A look at famous, and infamous, moms in history

In celebration of Mother's Day, let's take a moment to recognize these very famous mothers. Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, just brought a new princess into the world. Learn more about her in "Kate: The Future Queen" by Katie Nicholl.

In America, First Lady Michelle Obama calls herself "Mom in Chief" and engages in "mom dancing" on late-night television. Read about what being a mom means to her in "Michelle Obama: A Portrait of the First Lady" by the editors of LIFE and a juvenile biography titled "Michelle Obama: First Mom" by Carole Weatherford.

Perhaps one of the most famous moms in the world is Angelina Jolie. Well-known for adopting children from different countries and giving birth to her biological children in Namibia and France, Jolie jet sets around the world with family in tow. Andrew Morton, made famous as the biographer of Princess Diana, wrote "Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography" or you can get an insider look in "Brangelina" by Ian Halperin.

Anne Boleyn might not immediately spring to mind as a famous mom, but she was the mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I. Read about Anne Boleyn's chilling final days (before her execution by beheading in 1536, two and a half years after the birth of her daughter Elizabeth) in acclaimed historian Alison Weir's "The Lady in the Tower: the Fall of Anne Boleyn." Anne Boleyn has been recently portrayed on the small screen in the adaptation of Hilary Mantel's award winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies on PBS's "Masterpiece" series.

Rose Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy clan, was the mother of nine children including her famous sons John, Bobby and Ted. In 1951, Pope Pius XII granted her the title of "Countess" in recognition of her "exemplary motherhood and many charitable works." Drawing on newly made public diaries and letters, read the definitive biography of this remarkably resilient woman who bore witness to innumerable family tragedies in "Rose Kennedy: the Life and Times of a Political Matriarch" by Barbara A. Perry.

Speaking Volumes, written by Manatee County Public Library System staff members, is published each Sunday. You can also access the library via mymanatee.org/library.

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