My Strange and Surprising Adventures in Modern BabylandUnknown - 2009
Part memoir, part journalism, part history, part downright strange and hilarious, American Parent takes readers on a unique tour of the world of new mothers and fathers. As Sam Apple embarks on his own journey into parenthood, he decides to put his background in journalism to good use by talking to a wide range of experts. Along the way, Apple visits with the mohel who circumcised him, enters a trance with a childbirth hypnotist, goes on a stakeout with a nanny spy, and attends a lecture on Botox for new mothers. Apple is full of questions, and none is left unexplored: Is the Lamaze method a Stalinist plot? (Yes.) Are newborns really fetuses that are born too soon? (Sort of.) Is there a universal theory that can explain the origins of circumcision in many diverse cultures? (Maybe.) Does it sting when you pour baby shampoo into your own eyes? (Big-time!) And yet for all the unusual twists in this story--at one point Apple fantasizes about a father losing his mind and refusing to remove his BabyBjörn--the strangest twist of all might be that at its coreAmerican Parentis a deeply serious and personal book about the way emotionally vulnerable and confused new parents can get lost in the increasingly complex labyrinth of baby products, classes, and fads. Parenthood is the oldest subject of all. InAmerican Parent, Sam Apple makes it feel entirely new.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 306.8742 APPLE S
Characteristics: xxii, 297 pages ; 22 cm.