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The Exceptional Seven Percent: The Nine Secrets of the Worlds Happiest Couples
Popcak lays out the foundation for an exceptional marriage. I felt like a lot of what he said made total sense to me. He talks about marriage being a ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Your Child's Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them
This just reinforces all our philosophies about raising children. Children need empathy and respect and it isn't helpful to focus on failures and puni ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 18, 2009
Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line
Somehow this fascinating story of a mixed marriage at the end of the 19th Century was a big slog. The story picks up after King dies, but the first ha ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 29, 2009
Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
I just finished this book and was struck with Waldman's honesty as well as her insights. In many ways, she hits tender spots dead on for me (an upper- ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 19, 2009
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
If you like to eat, I think you will like this book. If you are a parent, you will love this book. Amster-Burton writes in a casual style about his ad ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 16, 2009
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot did an amazing job with this book. It was an ambitious project and she won big time. The story of Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells is int ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 19, 2011
Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
This slim little volume is a quick read and has some meaty issues to chew. I really appreciated having some perspective on the women in the 30s, 40s, ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Eat, Pray, Love
Someone commented that this book is the whining of a privileged upper class white woman and they didn't care for it. I have to say that Gilbert's whin ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 25, 2010
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
I have only read something like 20 pages, but it's fascinating so far. I had no idea that alcohol played such an important part in history. More later ...more
Feb 2009
Jan 13, 2009
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman tackle several different parenting topics and look at the science behind what pop culture says we should do. I think th ...more
Jun 2010
Jul 04, 2010
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Everyone needs to read this book. Pink focuses on the corporate world and what motivates people there, but I really think you can extrapolate much and ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 28, 2010
How Doctors Think
I thought this book was very good overall. It gives a good picture of how doctors are trained to think and where some of the pitfalls are in that proc ...more
May 2009
Jun 07, 2009
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
Orenstein explores how marketing affects girls. I found the conclusions that I drew from the book chilling. Imaginative play is less creative yes, but ...more
Jun 2011
Jun 23, 2011
Divided Lives
Walsh focused on three women in this book. The first is Meredith Viera. Viera talks about how conflicted she feels about working and being a mother.

Apr 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
Dan Savage is quite funny and reveals much about himself, yet he always keeps just on this side of propriety. I think it's what makes his writing so i ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 16, 2008
The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else
The author talks about a spark and deep practice, but he didn't really talk about it in a way that was very helpful to me. I did feel inspired to do s ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 07, 2010
MotherStyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths
Excellent book for anyone looking to learn about themselves what makes them tick as a parent. It illuminated my responses to my kids and also made me ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 24, 2009
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Ripley talks about what happens psychologically to someone after a disaster and how you can try to prepare for the maximally optimal outcome. I found ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 07, 2008
Chicken with Plums
This book is about Satrapi's great-uncle who decides to die after his tar gets broken. The book is quite short (I think it took me half an hour to rea ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 04, 2007
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
This was an incredibly ambitious project, but for me, it fell a little flat. I love the idea of having drawings in with the story, but I really didn't ...more
Jun 2011
Apr 19, 2011
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hersbey and Mars
This book is about Hershey and Mars; both the companies and the men. I found it fascinating, but it lacked coherence. I wasn't sure what the takeaway ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
This book has some really good information, but it is kind of slow going. I was especially interested in the last third or so of the book where he act ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 31, 2008
The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession
The chapter on Marston (the guy who wrote the Wonder Woman comic) was the most interesting part of the book in some ways, but completely unrelated to ...more
May 2007
Jul 12, 2007
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
This was a very interesting book. Ariely is a behavior economist and he talks about many different studies in this book. I think there are about 10 ch ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 22, 2008
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
This book is about food and how to recognize it from foodlike things that are sold in the grocery store. He says that getting your food outside the su ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 19, 2008
The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters
This book is all about what's going on with girls from a biological perspective. Both my husband and I found it interesting and possibly something we ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
The Power of Mindful Learning
I thought the basic idea was very good, but I wanted more information on how to use it. I would have liked some techniques instead of just anecdotes.

Jul 2007
Jul 12, 2007
Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
This graphic novel is a powerful telling of a Jewish survivor's experience with Nazi Germany. It was a fast read, but not easy.
Aug 2008
Aug 13, 2008
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
Jan 2005
Oct 04, 2007
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
Jan 2006
Oct 04, 2007
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