Author: Sam Apple
Page #: 290
Year Published: 2009
Summary: American Parent details not only Apple's personal journey into parenthood, but the cultural history of parenthood in America. It discusses circumcision, Baby Einstein videos, attachment parenting, evolution, and pouring tear-free shampoo into your own eyes to see if it's truly tear-free.
Thoughts: I loved this book. Apple's frequent displays of neurosis and hypochondria were in turns heartwrenching (I can relate!) and endearing. The historical perspective on why we parent the way we do was fascinating. I'm not a parent yet, but my stepmother recently had a baby, and it was interesting to see what she's going through, through a wider cultural lens. The book was as entertaining as it was informative, and I managed to get through it in a few short days.