Your mom was famous for her chocolate chip cookies (extra vanilla) and impromptu rock-outs to Journey (extra cheese).
Evelyn McDonnell is not your mom. The former alt-pub editor (The Village Voice, SF Weekly, Register) and current Miami Herald pop culture expert has a tattoo of the Chrysler building and an encyclopedic knowledge of every musician from Jay-Z to Jared Leto.
In her new autobiography, Mamarama: a Memoir of Sex, Kids, and Rock ’n’ Roll, McDonnell tells of bringing her progressive views and unconventional lifestyle to her roles of wife, stepmother of two teenagers, and mother of baby Cole.
She also recalls her past as a punk-rock bohemian and considers the culture of “new momism” — the growing trend of women raising children while maintaining nontraditional values — alternately describing doing drugs while babysitting as a teen and attempting to put her son in organic diapers.
Which sends a message to future cool moms everywhere.
Don’t stop believin’.
Reading and party Friday, 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables (305-442-4408).