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Single-parent-family values? Disaffected youth? Societal decay in general? All these problems get blamed on Mom—as numerous new books attest. Just this season, in fact, readers can learn about welfare mothers in Kristin Luker’s Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy, explore anti-maternal sentiment in Diane Eyer’s Motherguilt, or get the hard statistics on low-income mothers and kids, courtesy of Ruth Sidel’s Keeping Women and Children Last: America’s War on the Poor. In this paperback follow-up to her 1986 study, Women and Children Last, the Hunter College professor investigates welfare reform and mothers who “have it all,” whether they want it all or not. Sidel discusses her findings at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (NodB)