The research covered by this accessible, fascinating book was riveting. I loved learning about everything we have been learning about neuroplasticityThe research covered by this accessible, fascinating book was riveting. I loved learning about everything we have been learning about neuroplasticity from patients suffering from severe brain injuries, traumas, and/or abnormalities. It was an inspirational book that teaches us what we can all do to improve brain function, prevent brain disease, heal from brain trauma, and develop new habits of behavior!...more
Understanding Depression should be required reading for everyone who has ever known anyone with a clinical depression or depression-related illness (mUnderstanding Depression should be required reading for everyone who has ever known anyone with a clinical depression or depression-related illness (manic-depressive/bipolar disorder; dysthymia; long-term depression; atypical depressionseasonal affective disorder; premenstrual syndrome; etc). It covers the diagnostic requirements of these illnesses - how a depressive disorder differs significantly from a general malaise, and/or from general feelings of sadness/loss/grief. If you have ever told someone with clinical depression or another mental illness (or thought it to yourself, or told someone else) that they ought to be able to just 'snap out of it,' or that you can't understand why they're crying/sad all the time, when it's so beautiful outside and/or when they have so many wonderful relationships or other things going on in their lives ... please, please, please read this book.
If we demystify what depressive illnesses actually are, if we study and learn how they actual affect the minds and lives of those with these illnesses, we can stop being so insensitive to the life-threatening struggles they are facing, and start encouraging them (and/or ourselves) to seek the help and treatment that is available. Readily available! There is NO reason for depressive patients to continue to suffer in silence, or to try to hide their very real illnesses. There is NO shame in seeking treatment, because no one deserves to live life with these disorders, and they are, clearly, medically, biologically, disorders. Stop the guilt and shame associated with mental illnesses.
You can begin by reading this book, about one of the types of mental illnesses that affect literally millions of human beings the world over, from every single race, from every single socioeconomic background you can imagine. This is not a first-world problem. It is a very real issue that we as a human race need to stand up and acknowledge, demystify, and de-stigmatize. NOW. ...more
Linda Hirshman is a heroine of our time, and you know it because liberals and conservatives both don't want to have anything to do with what she's askLinda Hirshman is a heroine of our time, and you know it because liberals and conservatives both don't want to have anything to do with what she's asking them to consider - that we are all wrong, together, about how we view women in our culture. We've spent too many years patting ourselves on the back for winning the right to vote and have a few women in board rooms, as CEOs, and even representing us in government positions. But when we look at the vast numbers of men still outnumbering women in every position of power and prestige in our country, we have to take a step back, ask why, and re-evaluate what we truly believe and value.
I can't wait to read more books like these from minority perspectives, because when "research" focuses on so few individuals (predominantly from highly-educated, upper-class, wealthy family backgrounds), it really is just a book about trends and observations, and less of a journalistic or research-based approach. However, the trends and observations Hirshman makes here are valid, and if you just want to call her names because you disagree, guess what? You're proving her points, because you're refusing to add anything of value to the conversation. Grow up, and get to work....more
Jessica Valenti researched this work intensively, and it is by far the most well-thought-out and well-reasoned work I have ever read on the myriad issJessica Valenti researched this work intensively, and it is by far the most well-thought-out and well-reasoned work I have ever read on the myriad issues every person should take into account when deciding how, when, and why to have a child/children. This should be required reading for every feminist, every parent, and every parent-to-be, particularly in America.
This country was founded by and for (white) men, and while women may have the right to vote, we clearly have not been using that right to further our interests. It is time for a revolution in the voting booths of epic proportions.
All children deserve loving parents, all parents deserve basic human rights, and in America today, children are being short-changed and adults are most certainly paying heavy prices for the tax and social policies we are living under. Fix it! We deserve better, for all families....more
I was disappointed in the presentation of this book - it seems to have been written for upper-class, predominantly white, heterosexual couples only ..I was disappointed in the presentation of this book - it seems to have been written for upper-class, predominantly white, heterosexual couples only ... which really counts out huge segments of the population. It mentions things about being overweight or underweight, but all the pictures are of perfectly healthy individuals. And the only mention of LGBT anything is under "Lifestyle Choices" in the "Risks" section, saying that it's a risk if you have a bisexual partner.
I'm a lesbian planning on naturally conceiving a child, talking with my partner and my chosen donor and his spouse about all conception issues ... people like us should be included in books like these.
The only good information I got out of this were some suggestions for herbal teas "said to increase fertility," to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Basically ... be healthy ... and you'll be more fertile ......more
This was a very excellent read. I was always annoyed when my Mom would read parenting books while I was growing up, but I'm really getting into readinThis was a very excellent read. I was always annoyed when my Mom would read parenting books while I was growing up, but I'm really getting into reading "parenting books" now that I'm planning on having kids of my own!
This one relates awesomely inspiring real-life occasions of families and kids standing up to violence and making the world a better place to live. Very educational, with so many great tips about what to do when confronted with pain, death, disease, bullying, and even hate crimes and drugs and gangs....more
I've read this book cover to cover at least 5 times throughout my life. I'm currently reading it for the 6th time, and the first since no longer beingI've read this book cover to cover at least 5 times throughout my life. I'm currently reading it for the 6th time, and the first since no longer being LDS. It makes me want to read the King James Version of The Bible again, because so much of it is lifted from or influenced by that book, and I would like to compare the messages. I only give this book 2 stars because it's premise is a lie.
The book is put forward as "truth" but the Native Americans have been genetically proven to not have come from Jerusalem. There is also NO archeological evidence for the animals and plants specifically mentioned in the book being in the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in the 18th century, and The Book of Mormon clearly claims those animals and plants were brought to the Americas in or around 600 B.C. If those things were here, we would have scientific evidence of their presence. The book was very apparently not sent as revelation from any heavenly beings, which the Introductory messages claim it to been. It was written by white, Christian males in the 19th century.
I would only recommend it to people studying religion or history, because the beginning of the LDS church and all of the religions that have branched from that church since this book was published is quite an interesting piece of American History - becoming world history - and I think it only right for the truth to be well known in relation to this book....more
This book is INCREDIBLE. I want it more than I want most books - because I want to mark it up, and, even more importantly, make notes in the margins/oThis book is INCREDIBLE. I want it more than I want most books - because I want to mark it up, and, even more importantly, make notes in the margins/on sticky notes stuck throughout it about how it relates to how I'm currently teaching English to a speaker from the Dominican Republic. But it's $50!? No matter where I look! I can't believe it's so much . . . ...more
This book made me simultaneously happy and depressed. The writing was more beautiful and original, fresh and real, than I can describe. A memoir aboutThis book made me simultaneously happy and depressed. The writing was more beautiful and original, fresh and real, than I can describe. A memoir about a girl born in China who moves to America when five years old - a story about her family, immigrant life, cultural differences, languages. I can't stop thinking about it. It will stay with me forever.
Excerpts I love:
". . . as an American I continue to lie if I perpetuate the myth of a classless, integrated America."
"I wanted to tell my family that I have not forgotten. And although she can't read the words, I sent my mother several copies. She called recently to tell me that she'd received them. "I only recognize one word," she said, and pronounced very carefully, in English, "daugh-ter."
"I can only express certain types of hunger in Chinese."
"If I followed style manuals and transliterated according to accepted academic standards, I would destroy everything that is precious to me about the Chinese language - the urgency, the intimacy, the multiplicity of meaning that memory imparts."
"varying shades of gray, dove to slate"
"On Tuesdays I breezed through school. On Tuesdays, the children's laughter didn't hurt. For the rest of my life, I will awake on Tuesdays expectantly, before consciousness hits and I realize that I have grown up."
"I had no choice - I resigned myself to second grade."
"Donna had delicate, papery skin that looked like sleep had not quite been scrubbed from it."
"Because what was the point of having the most important job in the country, if you were only going to get in trouble and let a roomful of first graders vote to put you in jail?" (referring to the day her teacher told the class President Nixon "had done something bad")
"To me, church and Mother were like math and spelling, two different parts of truth."...more
This book has excellent excerpts and if I had nothing better to do I would love devouring the mountain of research and information that must have goneThis book has excellent excerpts and if I had nothing better to do I would love devouring the mountain of research and information that must have gone into creating it. However the topic - WHY Christians are misinformed - just isn't relevant to my life as an Atheist. I gave it just over 50 pages and I'm ready to move onto re-reading The Blind Watchmaker. Apologetics just aren't my thing. The field to me seems to comprise of circular arguments that are never going to convince "one side" or "the other." Why can't we just focus more on commonalities than on why we all disagree? ...more
The first time I read this book I read it fairly quickly, enjoying that it was well-written and fairly accessible to an every-day reader. However by tThe first time I read this book I read it fairly quickly, enjoying that it was well-written and fairly accessible to an every-day reader. However by the end of it, I wasn't able to recount anything from it! All-in-all the subject matter was very scientific, and although Richard Dawkins is a highly talented writer and can speak to an every-day audience, he still is a biologist and the topic of the book made for very dense reading. I'm glad to be reading it a second time, with highlighter in hand!...more