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Johnson (Three Black Skirts: All You Need To Survive) has written a delightful book for the fashion-oriented, health-conscious, "deliciously disruptive" mother, addressing pregnancy (which she describes as a woman's "first opportunity to feel the power of occupying the body from the inside out"), sexuality, breast-feeding, and maintaining one's sanity with a newborn in the picture. At turns hilarious, thoughtful, and insightful-e.g., when writing of how many new mothers feel "pale, tired, and shaped like an eggplant"-Johnson is in touch with today's mothers, greatly appreciates the art of the feminine, and clearly adores the relationship between mother and baby. Her book's only weaknesses are the food recommendations, which assume that everyone has access (or the motivation) to blend cacao nibs and spirulina for a morning smoothie, and the chapter on choosing names, which is far too personal an area in which to be making suggestions, especially if you're recommending Heloise for girls and Adonis for boys. Otherwise, this fabulously written and informative book has much to recommend it, and the author's artful illustrations add to the design. Enthusiastically recommended for larger collections.
—Julianne J. Smith