Whole Birth Catg

Joy Overbeck, Author Pocket Books $6.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-61876-6
Overbeck uses a mail-order catalogue format in this sendup of maternity and parenthood as practiced in the '80s. Products include the Feet Finder, a device that resembles a satellite dish and ""reassures females who have not glimpsed nether extremities in months,'' and Baby Name Scrabble, which can be used to create unusual names, providing ``insurance that when someone yells `Jason!' in a crowded airport, your child won't be one of the 4576 people who turn around.'' There is a section for new fathers, in which it is noted that ``since you're the man, you're in charge of making sure your beautiful new baby has a warm, dry, comfortable place in which to sleep and spit up.'' Well-onceived and wonderfully delivered. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1986
Release date: 05/01/1986
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