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The Affair (The Affair, #1)
I can't believe I'm rating this five stars. It's a book about an affair! But I could not put it down. Broken into three parts, this book revisits many...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
Sh*tty Mom: The Guide for Good-Enough Moms
First, let me clarify that this is a tongue-in-cheek parenting “guide.” Some of the other reviewers seem to have missed that aspect. So while it’s ina...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
Etiquette for the End of the World
I'm afraid I've been too liberal with my stars as of late, and this book was supposed to be first on the receiving list of my new crackdown. But the b...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
Another Place at the Table
This was a really difficult book to read. Harrison has been foster mother to over 100 children, and here she details her experiences over just a few y...more
Jul 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
I was a skeptic. There is no "magic" in childrearing, and while I was desperate enough to seek discipline help, I wasn't expecting to find it. They've...more
Feb 08, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
Moo, Baa, La La La!
It’s a Sandra Boynton book, so it’s almost not worth reviewing. You know it’s going to be 5 stars. However, this Boynton book stands out enough from t...more
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Feb 07, 2012
Three Little Words
This is going on my foster-care "must read" list. For understanding the child's perspective (they understand more than the adults think) and for truly...more
Jul 04, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss
The strength of this book is that you're halfway through it before it even begins to touch on dealing with the drama of others. Instead, the book firs...more
Apr 04, 2012
Oct 06, 2011
Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct
First, I think this book needs a new title. I like the subtitle "The twenty-five rules of considerate conduct" because that spoke to why I picked up t...more
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
Humans of New York
The photography of this book makes me fall in love with humanity, and that's a tall order since I find most people to be quite...draining. But Stanton...more
Feb 22, 2014
Dec 14, 2013
Alphabet Adventure
I do not enjoy the illustrations in this book at all. The computer-generated graphics are too busy for my taste, and there's just a lot of chaos going...more
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Jan 17, 2014
Please Is a Good Word to Say
I picked this book up on a whim because I liked Mama, Do You Love Me? so much, but I really thought this was a shot in the dark. Of course my 3 year o...more
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Feb 24, 2014
The Distance Between Us
This was a heartbreaking story of the toll of immigration on a family. Novelist Reyna Grande's memoir documents the steady disintegration of her famil...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
Healthy Choices, Healthy Children: A Guide to Raising Fit, Happy Kids
This book was so good I did something unheard of: I bought a copy. I only buy books that feel like friends to me and that I know I will read again and...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
City of Dark Magic
This book was a rollicking good time and completely sucked me in. Sarah Weston, a musicologist and Beethoven scholar, receives an opportunity to catal...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
In Their Own Voices: Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
This book was such a disappointment. In part, that's due to its age. Published in 2000, the authors conducted interviews with 24 participants about th...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
This is a great book for fall! Ouch tells the story of a hedgehog who has just finished constructing a cozy nest when an apple falls and sticks to her...more
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Oct 27, 2013
Mama, Do You Love Me?
This was a happy accident, and I cannot stress enough how much I love this book. It was a case of right book, right time.

I picked this book up based s...more
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Jan 17, 2014
ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book
When I first received this board book as a gift, I had to suppress a groan. A child’s first alphabet book? This wouldn’t even be interesting the first...more
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Jan 16, 2012
Remembering Crystal
I needed a book to introduce the concept of death to my 3 year old. My main goals: written to his level, clear that death means a permanent separation...more
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Feb 24, 2014
Little Chick and Mommy Cat
This is the story of a baby chicken that’s being raised by a cat. I picked it up because I thought it would give us a way to talk to our son about how...more
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Feb 14, 2013
"More More More," Said the Baby Board Book
We received the board book version of this Caldecott Honor book when my son was only three months old, and I thought this book (still one of the longe...more
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Feb 07, 2012
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style
Oh yes, this was the kind of book I was looking for! Gunn's book is a book you can actually use as opposed to just read, which was a great follow-up t...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Peace, Baby!
I wouldn't have normally picked this book up; it looks a little too hippy for my taste, something more designed for the moms who say things like "let'...more
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Nov 22, 2013
American Babies
This book is terrible. I picked it up because it's all photographs, and babies love looking at photographs of other babies. As expected, my son (17 mo...more
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Mar 15, 2012
Because I'm Your Dad
We are going through a bit of a monster phase in my house, with many discussions about whether monsters can be nice or mean and how sharp their corres...more
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Sep 24, 2013
Shades of People
I'm really torn on how to rate this book. On the one hand, I get what it's trying to do and like many reviewers I love how the author referred to peop...more
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Feb 26, 2013
Every Other Day
Barnes must be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. It's ok, there are a lot of us. But we're going to need to move past that comparison to really discuss...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Old MacDonald Had Her Farm
What a fun book! Ican see this one being enjoyable for my son for a long time. In a spin on the traditional Old MacDonald,this MacDonald helps teach v...more
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Jul 03, 2012
Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed
"WARNING: This book is a choking hazard and contains small parts. It is not for children under 3 years." That said, I read it to my 16 month old but I...more
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Feb 16, 2012
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