Oh, Baby! Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another

Penguin Group (USA). 2012. 256p. illus. ISBN 9781583334829. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101586655. CHILD REARING
Readers may recognize Mowry, winner of many NAACP, People's Choice, and Teen Choice awards, from her TV successes such as Sister, Sister; The Game; or Tia and Tamera. Adventures in pregnancy and parenting are frequent material for the style circuit, and like most celebrity mom tales, the advice here is secondary to the teller and is thus overly personal and clichéd. She covers everything from her early pregnancy to menu plans and from wardrobe advice to sex after the baby. Interspersed with stories about her swollen feet and flatulence problems are "Ask the OB" sidebars, which address common medical questions (such as swollen feet and flatulence). The book thus suffers from an identity crisis, hovering awkwardly between memoir and parenting.
VERDICT While her acting success does not translate to print, Mowry has many followers and is a popular celebrity personality. Libraries should purchase for demand only.
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