- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 20, 2002

Books

"Mother Knows Best? The Truth About Mom's Well-Meaning (but Not Always Accurate) Advice," by Sue Castle, Carol Publishing Group, 1995. This book sets the record straight with categories such as medical myths, rumors of the workout room, food advice and expectations for the next nine months.

•"Maybe Mother Did Know Best: Old-Fashioned Parenting the Modern Way," by Linda Lee Small, Avon Books, 1999. This author compares the "old-fashioned" with the "modern" way of raising children and concludes that modern parents need a little time out from letting the children rule.

•"Italian-American Folklore: Proverbs, Songs, Games, Folktales, Foodways, Superstitions, Folk Remedies, and More," by Frances M. Malpezzi and William M. Clements, August House Publications, 1998. The authors tick off a list of folk-medicine cures and proverbs.

•"100 Pieces of Folk Wisdom for Pregnancy and Parenting," by Colleen Davis Gardephe and Steve Ettlinger, Barnes & Noble Books, 2001. This book seeks to debunk the common myths and advice on pregnancy and parenting, such as that newborns are immune to colds and that babies cry just to exercise their lungs.

•"Granny's Recipes, Remedies, and Helpful Hints: A Treasury of Country Lore and Wisdom," by Jean Cross, Random House Value Publishing, 1989. This book features a collection of folk recipes and remedies, providing a look at how our ancestors lived a century earlier, when they needed to whip up antidotes for snake bites, for example, or get rid of roaches forever.


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