Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids, & Rock ‘n’ Roll by Evelyn McDonnell
I have been meaning to read this for a year and was finally poked into getting it done this week when a friend wanted to borrow it. It turned out to be a great memoir and I loved reading about how McDonnell raised two step-daughters and then had a son when she really wan’t that keen on having kids in the first place. You can tell she loves her kids and that she hasn’t lost sight of her own life while being a mom.
I could compare this to Jim Lindberg’s Punk Rock Dad or Alternadad by Neal Pollack but they just don’t show the love that McDonnell’s perspective as a mom does. There are so many memoirs out lately, but this one is worth the time to search it out. I highly recommend this one.
Any parent may ask, “What’s the connection between my youthful self and the old fart my kids think I am?” The question is especially relevant for Evelyn McDonnell, a Janie-come-lately breeder looking back on her bohemian, feminist, punk-rock glory days and wondering, is the new me still the old me? The answer is yes: A baby changes everything but your self. In fact, though she may no longer write fanzines or engage in political performance art, McDonnell’s revolutionary spirit is strengthened by having an added investment in the future–her toddler son and teen stepdaughters. As she makes the transformation from Riot Grrrl to Rebel Mom, this music journalist gives an eyewitness account of the cultural movements of the ’90s, from alternative rock and third-wave feminism to hip-hop, raves, poetry, and Rent. Through this pop-culture lens she confronts the conventions and pressures of modern motherhood. Part of an emerging generation of cultural commentators and memoirists, McDonnell adds an original, humorous, and edgy voice to the ongoing literature of motherhood.
About the Author
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 3, 2008)
Obtained From: Book Trade