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Confessions of a Super Mom


Confessions of a Super Mom

On a typical day in a typical house, in a seemingly typical small
town, an unsuspecting woman named Birdie Lee is trying to remove a
stain of unknown origin from her bathroom floor. The stain is so
stubborn that no amount of scrubbing will remove it. When all her
attempts fail, Birdie does the unthinkable: she loads her Swifter
Wet Jet with every cleaning fluid she has. Now we all know what
happens when you mix cleaning fluids. Poof! Toxic cloud. And a
superhero is born!

After the cleaning incident, Birdie, aka Super Mom, awakens to find
herself endowed with some very handy powers including fingers that
shoot super cleaning fluid and a hand that doubles as a swifter. As
she struggles to harness her super powers, Birdie faces a litany of
unexpected challenges, like designing a superhero costume (heels or
flats?), finding a trusty sidekick, and figuring out if she can

Birdie must somehow balance two teenagers, her smug ex, his
overachieving new wife, a string of PTA meetings, and making it to
work on time as the mild-mannered cashier at the Marvel Fine Food
and Beverages (all superheroes have a day job) --- all while
controlling her chemically-induced superpowers, keeping her
alter-identity a secret, and protecting Astro Park, a city whose
very existence is threatened by a mysterious force sneaking its way
into every household.

From the book's very first page you find yourself grinning. Every
mom can relate to the daily challenges of multitasking and
navigating kids and household chores. The everyday adventures of
the laundry, dishes, kids' carpool and PTA are punctuated with the
town's needs for Super Mom. From catching local teenagers necking
at the high school harvest ball, to kids who won't brush their
teeth or wear their seat belts, Super Mom saves them all. But
wait…she must also figure out how to fight the evil axis of
power that is trying to take control of the town and its

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPER MOM provides an amusing read as you follow
Birdie's adventures. Never has there been a more loveable,
down-to-earth superhero, with more enviable and practical
superpowers. Did I mention she can also read her teenagers' minds?
I'm sure we can all think of a time that that would have come in

Melanie Lynne Hauser's quirky characters sparkle like just-polished
silver, and her writing shines like a streak-free window. Indeed,
CONFESSIONS OF A SUPER MOM is a much-needed vacation for
overwhelmed mothers everywhere.

So forget the laundry and the dishes, and let yourself escape into
the world of Super Mom for a few hours. It's a fresh, upbeat look
at what it takes to be a mother. With wit, humor and some age-old
motherly advice, this book gives the reader a true-to-life hero,
helping every mom find the Super Mom inside!


Reviewed by Jill McAfee ( on December 28, 2010

Confessions of a Super Mom
by Melanie Lynne Hauser

  • Publication Date: August 18, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult
  • ISBN-10: 0525949100
  • ISBN-13: 9780525949107