I enjoy reading these flavia de luce mysteries, but hate how mean flavia's sisters are to her and how stoic her father is. in this book there is a sli...moreI enjoy reading these flavia de luce mysteries, but hate how mean flavia's sisters are to her and how stoic her father is. in this book there is a slight warming- enough to give me hope for flavia. also, mystery series set in villages make for a lot of murders among a small population. this might be somewhat of a spoiler, but it is nice when the mystery to be solved does not end up being a crime committed with wholly malicious intent. also there is an enormous cliff-hanger at the end of this book. in the last sentence.(less)
I liked this book and enjoyed reading it. I like the style of two seemingly parallel lives that are somehow connected. I liked the characters in this...moreI liked this book and enjoyed reading it. I like the style of two seemingly parallel lives that are somehow connected. I liked the characters in this book. I liked the historical aspects of the stories. I just found the ending somewhat hopeless. this might be a spoiler, but Claire (one of the main characters) seems to just give up. I guess that I don't understand or appreciate the cultural aspects that affected women in the early 60s, but I believe that men and women have had the same relationship issues forever, yet many people work super hard to make things better in their relationships with their significant others. I just have a hard time believing there is only one side to a marriage falling apart or that it is more important to give up everything for something that fills you with butterflies than to work on what you already have. like I said, i'm sure I don't comprehend what it was like to be a middle class women in the early 60s.(less)
I really, really liked this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone that is squeamish about what happens in the "alimentary canal". also the a...moreI really, really liked this book. I would not recommend this book to anyone that is squeamish about what happens in the "alimentary canal". also the author uses some less than scientific terms for anatomy and bodily function for a humorous effect. some of these terms might be offensive to readers with very gentle and sensitive dispositions. truly, a lot of the book might be offensive to readers with sensitive and gentle dispositions. that said, I learned so much from reading this book. I learned about saliva, taste, hydrochloric acid, the lining of the stomach, the effects and methods of smuggling/ storing stuff the gi tract, flatulence, historical use of enemas, microflora transplants, elvis Presley's colon, coprophogia, and much, much more. mary roach is a very entertaing author that goes places and asks questions that I would never think to visit or ask. the bottom line is our bodies are, in a word, amazing. even the parts and functions that are rarely talked about in polite conversation. also, I added some cool new words to my vocabulary.(less)
i really love reading about people (especially parents) in other cultures and countries and how they do things. this book is written by an american wo...morei really love reading about people (especially parents) in other cultures and countries and how they do things. this book is written by an american woman that marries a british man and moves to paris and is about her observations and experiences as a mother in paris and the united states.
after reading this book i really believe that the french (collectively, it seems) have some very good ways of parenting. one of the "big" ideas is to build the "framework" of how to behave and then allow children total feedom within that framework. another very important thing to french parents is that their children always acknowledge others with a "bonjour" and leave with an "au revoir" as a way of showing respect.
i really enjoyed reading about how french parents get their babies to sleep through the night by the time they are four months old, usually by the time they are two months old. i also really enjoyed reading about the french child care facilties and the three course lunches that they fed to all the children age nine months to four years old- they even finshed with a cheese plate.
i would reccommend this book to anyone with kids that likes to read about how other parents do things. i did get annoyed with the phrase "french parents" because it was used so often, but must admit that there are not many ways to say "french parents". oh yeah- the views about pregnancy and birth are very interesting also.(less)
this book is absolutely fascinating. there are photographs of families that live in different parts of the world with the food they eat in a week. the...morethis book is absolutely fascinating. there are photographs of families that live in different parts of the world with the food they eat in a week. there are families from chad, bhutan, australia, greenland, usa, france, equador, and more. there are also descriptions of a typical day of food preparations for each of the families. there are also graphics illustrating food consumption patterns, population density, and obesity. the book was written in 2004, but it is still very relevant. we have checked it out of the library several times, and it never fails to capture my interest. the kids are interested too.(less)
i am not usually one to read graphic novels. in fact i don't even like my kids to read them as much as they do. but american born chinese looked inter...morei am not usually one to read graphic novels. in fact i don't even like my kids to read them as much as they do. but american born chinese looked interesting, and i read it. it was very good. i liked the art and the story. there are three stories that all come together at the end. one is about a chinese kid that faces some prejudice. one is about the monkey king- atraditional figure in chinese folklore. the last is about danny, a popular american kid with an embarrassing cousin. read this book. i am glad my kids read it. i hope they got it.(less)
this book showed me a different culture and different ideas about what it means to be a mother. amy chua is correct about me a...morei am not a tiger mother.
this book showed me a different culture and different ideas about what it means to be a mother. amy chua is correct about me and my parenting style (as a westerner) in that i am not willing to put the same amount of time and effort into helping my children reach their potential as a chinese (tiger) mother. reading this book confirmed my belief that children are not as fragile as crystal goblets.
i hope that my nieces and other mothers that read this book keep in mind that the author has only two kids and the salaries of two ivy league law professors to work with. she also has the example of her mother and the disposition and desire to help her kids achieve what they do.
i reccommend this book to anyone that enjoys seeing how other people live their lives.(less)