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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Wow, this is one of the best memoirs I've read in a while! Funny, dark, and searingly honest.

Alexandra Fuller (known as "Bobo") grew up in Rhodesia,...more
Apr 10, 2009
Jun 14, 2008
The Poisonwood Bible
I started this novel with some reservations. From the first few pages, I could tell that The Poisonwood Bible has a strong political and (anti)religio...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
Ice Blink: The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Polar Expedition
A page-turning account of the Franklin Expedition's failed attempt to find the Northwest Passage. There is lots of good history here, and some very co...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jan 09, 2008
Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence
This book is almost unbearable. Rebecca Walker tries to be honest and funny, but comes off as whiny, self-indulgent, bitchy, and stereotypically Berke...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-Reliance Series)
I really enjoyed this little book, despite the huge number of typos (even for an independent press, it was a bit extreme). Great information to get yo...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
The Woman Warrior
Another amazing memoir! One third poem, one third fable, and one third memoir. Terrifyingly dark, Maxine Hong Kingston spares no one, least of all her...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 25, 2008
The Unknown Shore
I read this in the middle of the night while feeding my baby and while stranded in San Diego with my husband and baby, trying to claw my way home. As...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
This little introduction to "ethnopediatrics," the study of child-rearing across cultures, is by no means a how-to manual, but nonetheless may be one...more
Nov 06, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Nursing Mother, Working Mother - Revised: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding Your Baby Before and After Your Return to Work
An excellent little book for women who wish to continue to breastfeed after going back to work. It is full of practical advice about pumping, finding...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
Ah, the politics of childbirth. There is a lot of good information here, and I largely agree with the author, but found her aggressive polemics to be...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Lord God Made Them All
Probably my least favorite of the series, but even not-so-great Herriot is an utter delight. I'm very sorry to be done.
Jul 30, 2009
Aug 06, 2007
Call The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
This is such a wonderful story! I enjoyed every moment. It reads like something your extremely interesting grandmother might have written, and the det...more
May 17, 2009
May 01, 2009
Where I Was From
One of the most interesting things about the book is its unique form: alternating historical and personal essays centering around California and its h...more
Apr 28, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
Phineas Redux
Only Anthony Trollope could make British parliamentary politics and fox hunting (two topics that I had barely considered before reading these books) s...more
Dec 19, 2009
Sep 29, 2008
The Lover
I am bit torn about this one. This is a well-written, lyrical little novella, and quite lovely in many respects. But it's about a 15-year-old, emotion...more
May 31, 2009
Jul 28, 2008
The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child From Birth to Age Ten
I'm not sure whether this is less helpful than other Dr. Sears books I've read, or if I've just overdosed on him a bit, but this is definitely not my...more
Jun 26, 2009
May 20, 2009
Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner
This is poorly-written and annoying to read, but I like the mellow approach to early (but not insanely early) potty training. If the advice works, I m...more
Sep 2009
Aug 08, 2009
Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest
Ranulph Fiennes, a polar adventurer in his own right, wrote this book about Robert Falcon Scott's two expeditions to Antarctica. I found this book har...more
Sep 23, 2009
Dec 06, 2007
Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding
These essays are really underwhelming. The longer I breastfeed my own baby, the more annoyed I get that this book pretends to offer an honest portraya...more
Jun 04, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons
I read most of this in the middle of the night while taking care of my newborn baby boy, which was a bit ironic (or something). It's an entertaining a...more
May 25, 2009
May 21, 2009
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Well, this is definitely my favorite approach to getting babies to sleep so far. I like that it is flexible, I like that it is compatible with the "fa...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding
This was released on a Monday, I received it on Friday (Amazon pre-order), and I finished it Sunday. As a how-to manual, it's not my favorite (my favo...more
Oct 04, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!)
Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that you went with the family bed because your baby would not sleep in a crib to save your life, and now you've go...more
Oct 29, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
The Birth That's Right for You: A Doctor and a Doula Help You Choose and Customize the Best Birth Option to Fit Your Needs
While I really like the laid back attitude of this book, it's almost too flexible. Flexible to the point of resisting dispensing any kind of advice. L...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
I, Robot
I spent the first half of this book noting the similarities between I, Robot and Foundation. Short vignettes that build on each other - check. Clever...more
Aug 18, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
This is a well-written, balanced account of one branch of the Christian right, and I recommend it, despite the fact that it filled my heart with fear...more
Nov 29, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
Okay, this book rocks. The reason everyone recommended this book (and the companion DVD) to me - it works! Really well. I'm a huge fan. I agree with o...more
May 03, 2009
May 01, 2009
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
May 25, 2011: I really need to reread this. Last night Joe refused ICE CREAM and picked the BREAD CRUMBS off his macaroni and cheese. It seems we have...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga: Chronological Order, #1)
This book has fun moments, but Horatio Hornblower's inner monologues drove me crazy:

"He was dancing with rage, he observed with some curiosity."

And th...more
Oct 05, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
Jesus Land
This memoir of the author's childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in Indiana and at a reform school in the Dominican Republic, surrounded by...more
Apr 16, 2009
Oct 01, 2007
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