Last Mother’s Day was my first. I had a little tiny baby boy who had come home from the hospital at the end of April. It was a great day, but this Mother’s Day will be especially special because I will have had a year to reflect on all of the memories of the past year.
I was excited to receive Meredith Hale‘s American Mom: A Celebration of Motherhood in Pop Culture, a fascinating book for all the moms in your life. Just out from Sterling this month, American Mom is a multimodal text that showcases the presentation of moms from the nineteenth century to the modern day. Readers will enjoy the included photographs, quotes, magazine covers, and advertisements.
Readers will learn everything from the history behind Mother’s Day to how Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz lined up their real son’s birth with the birth of Little Ricky on I Love Lucy to how Mad Men’s Betty Draper represented women of her time. Motivational stories of women who helped the war efforts and tragic stories like the one of Christa McAuliffe are shared.
Hale also takes readers on a walk down moms’ clothing decisions from tailored suits to full skirts to the bouffant to mom jeans and, finally, to yoga pants! First Ladies and First Mothers are highlighted throughout the text. Hale also reveals the diverse presentations of today’s mom – and the modern family dynamic – in the media. Topics of conversation, for sure, the increase in the number of blogging moms and the challenges today’s mothers face as we embark upon our careers and motherhood are shared at the book’s end.
A great, eye-catching book that will teach you a few things about sitcom moms to First Ladies to rock artists, American Mom is a wonderful tribute to mothers.
American Mom receives four stars.