The only problem with this book is that it is severely geared toward the idea that women either have or want children. When Sandberg says family, sheThe only problem with this book is that it is severely geared toward the idea that women either have or want children. When Sandberg says family, she doesn't mean extended family, pets or spouses. She means a spouse and children or that those are the goal. Not all women want children of their own, but we still value family time. I personally want to spend time with my boyfriend and my nephews, but work places don't tend to view those relationships as important as even the family that Sandberg mentions. If work places have difficulty granting time (and women have trouble asking for time) for traditional definitions of family, then what about the rest of us? This book doesn't really offer many solutions. Even for the traditional family, the big suggestion is to simply speak up until the bosses hear you. For anyone who isn't an extrovert or who isn't very assertive, that sort of tip is pretty useless whether you are male or female. I do agree that more good female leadership will improve work places, but you have to add that qualifier. Women aren't automatically better than men as leaders. Women are just often more qualified and better suited than the men promoted ahead of them. There are cases where the women in charge are the problem in the work place, but at least they might have been promoted fairly....more
After seeing this book on the Colbert Report, I came to GoodReads to see what the reviews looked like. At the time, they were mostly rages against Ms.After seeing this book on the Colbert Report, I came to GoodReads to see what the reviews looked like. At the time, they were mostly rages against Ms. Bazelon for her coverage of the Phoebe Prince case, which made me hesitate. I was considering suggesting the book for my library because so many parents were asking for books about bullying, but a reporter illegally revealing mental health records was concerning. I researched a bit more and couldn't find anything conclusive. I didn't really like the tone of the original articles on the case, but the book had sounded fascinating. So, I got it from another library to read before buying it for mine.
This book troubles me a bit because it distills bullying into such simple terms that I can't really reconcile with my own middle school experiences. Middle school was when I got teased a lot and I wasn't the kid that got it the worst. I still remember most of those taunts and it's difficult to read a book where the author says that there has to be an actual power imbalance between the kids for it to be bullying.
What kind of power are we talking about here? Social power could be the kid who has friends versus the one who has one or two, or it could be the rich kid versus the poor one. It could be the huge kid that no one can stand up against or it could be that little weasel that always has one last word to say to send you home crying.
For kids who don't have very many friends to start with, bullying can cause all sorts of problems. I just can't agree with the conclusion that suicide isn't at all linked to bullying because those bullies can sometimes be all the straws necessary rather than simply the last one.
I might still get this book because it does present some solutions that the parents in my area might like to have, but I would be hesitant to recommend it rather than just have it on the shelf. ...more
This one wasn't as good as the authors' take on Hunger Games despite this book having more scholarly impact. There is much more substance to this bookThis one wasn't as good as the authors' take on Hunger Games despite this book having more scholarly impact. There is much more substance to this book and the chapters I did enjoy were exceptional, but some of them were boring.
Expect excerpts to contain spoilers as well as the same level of violence as the trilogy....more
While this was probably what would be considered a liberal biased presentation of facts, I thought that Presidents from both sides were treated with tWhile this was probably what would be considered a liberal biased presentation of facts, I thought that Presidents from both sides were treated with the same amount of respect and derision. I also think that the military was given credit for what it does well and that Maddow attempted to explain the reason behind some of the failures that have occurred.
Maddow is easy to listen to and she speaks in a voice that neither talks down to people nor uses excessively complex language. Her reasoning was easy to follow and I largely agreed with her. If I disagreed, it might have been more difficult to keep listening, but there were a couple of instances were my opinion and hers weren't exactly the same. That said a conservative or someone who never wants to hear anything about the military being too large probably wouldn't like this.
There might have been a few curse words for dramatic effect, but this is adult non-fiction written by a TV news reporter. No real sexual/romantic content because the subject is the military so any talk about women is about gender roles, support of the military and advertising to recruit people into the military. There is talk about what occurs in war zones, but it is to a large degree factual, distant and not very detailed....more
I have to admit that this book read a bit like it had a health agenda and a grudge against overweight people and current lifestyles (fast food, soda aI have to admit that this book read a bit like it had a health agenda and a grudge against overweight people and current lifestyles (fast food, soda and less exercise than we probably should). Cat is determined to be a scientist when she grows up. The first step towards that is to get a good grade in this class with this project which she also hopes to win the science fair with. She got a picture of hominids around a dead animal. Insects she would have great ideas, but this she was initially stumped.
Then she comes up with the idea to use herself as a test subject for determining whether modern lifestyles are worse for our health than hominid life styles. She cuts out all technology, processed foods and Diet Coke (her salvation). This means she prepares all her food, walks everywhere and spends less time getting ready for school.
As her project continues, she loses weight, her skin improves and boys start to notice her. She's still stuck on the guy who used to be her best friend though. Something happened at a science fair that changed their relationship and she still hasn't forgiven him.
With all the eat healthier and you will feel so much better. If you walked more, you would lose weight and your peers would be interested. At least the author finishes with the important people having liked her before and after her project. If that hadn't happened, this whole book would have been a wash rather than an after school special. It was mostly an entertaining one, but it definitely lost points for the agenda.
There was some cursing, but no f-bomb that I remember and very little cursing otherwise. The sex factor was pretty low although as she loses weight Cat does attract more attention from guys. There was absolutely no violence aside from scientific talk about how hominids got meat....more