Midwestern mom uses her superpowers to battle evil.
Hauser picks up where she left off in Confessions of Super Mom (2005). This time around, the citizens of Astro Park face corrupt politicians, a Little League steroid scandal and environmental terrorism. But Birdie Lee, aka Super Mom, is always on the lookout for evildoers. Birdie has been endowed with the ability to squirt cleaning fluids from her fingertips and clean with the “power of ten thousand Swiffers.” When Super Mom’s not administering her Merciless Gaze (which causes mere mortals to speak the truth) or satisfying the cravings of hungry teens with snacks from her Apron of Anticipation, she works at a local grocery store as a checkout clerk. Though she has enviable cleaning prowess, Birdie is saddled with commonplace woes. She’s a single mom raising two teenagers—enough to bring even Wonder Woman to her knees. Hauser expertly sketches adolescents Kelly and Martin, complete with zits, crushes, broken friendships and all the other messiness involved in their hyper-emotional lives. But it’s when she writes about Birdie’s second-chance romance with local scientist Carl Sayers that the story is most compelling. After being burned by her handsome ex, Doctor Dan, Birdie’s instinct is to shield her heart from future pain; it’s a struggle to let Carl join her close-knit family. Hauser’s belief in happy endings where justice and love prevail at times makes her tale too saccharine, but it provides a welcome break from the proliferation of urban mommy books. For those who rely on Fresh Direct and nannies to run a household, this will read like a foreign text. The women in Hauser’s world clean their own toilets, volunteer for the PTA and bake a mean tuna casserole.
A quaint behind-the-scenes look into the modern-day problems of middle age.