This was a fun book, and appropriate reading for Halloween. I sadly don't know enough about Richard I's reign to comment on the historical accuracy ofThis was a fun book, and appropriate reading for Halloween. I sadly don't know enough about Richard I's reign to comment on the historical accuracy of the setting - this is probably a relief to most of you, actually. The story was good, although slightly predictable, and I think it might have been better if I had read The Queen's Man first (this is the first book featuring Justin de Quincy, the detective). There are several allusions to the previous story, and although the author explains what is necessary for this story, I got the feeling that parts of it would have made more sense with the full backstory. ...more
This is a pretty good book, but it's more about how to switch your entire life and family over to green living than anything particularly baby relatedThis is a pretty good book, but it's more about how to switch your entire life and family over to green living than anything particularly baby related. The first two chapters are on pregnancy and labor and delivery, but after that, the topics get much more general - eco-friendly flooring, furniture, laundry detergent, etc. I would recommend this book if you are choosing to change to a green lifestyle for your baby, but if you already lead a pretty eco-conscious life, there might not be much new information here for you....more
I am so glad I read this book BEFORE having these feelings myself, because I am positive this is how I will feel about parenting. The author, Vicki GlI am so glad I read this book BEFORE having these feelings myself, because I am positive this is how I will feel about parenting. The author, Vicki Glembocki, feels like she is a fraud and a horrible parent because none of this comes naturally to her, but tries to hide all of that from everyone. Which makes her miserable, because everyone is trying to hide that they're frauds, so the result is that everyone feels even more like a failure and more alone in their situation. Since this is how I feel about graduate school, I am sure it will carry over. Add to that the fact that I dress dolls by holding them by the head and shoving onesies over their arms, and I think it's a given that 'maternal instinct' does not come naturally to me. And it is nice to know that EVERYONE feels this way - as Neligh said, it is the PERFECT antidote for Babycenter and parenting magazines, which have already partially succeeded in making me feel like an inadequate mother for being more annoyed at my as-yet-unborn baby when it kicks the crud out of my ribs (it really hurts) than feeling gushy that 'the little bean sure is getting strong!'
Also, in contrast to "Baby Laughs", this book is honest and cynical about the 'joys' of caring for a newborn without regressing to elementary-age humor - because poop stories can be funny without just saying the word 'poop' over and over again. And, as it turns out, there's more to parenting than poop anyway.
What I love about this book is the acknowledgment that not all pain management techniques work for all women. Rather than present one comprehensive 'sWhat I love about this book is the acknowledgment that not all pain management techniques work for all women. Rather than present one comprehensive 'system' (a la Hypnobirthing, Bradley, etc), she suggests several methods for dealing with childbirth pain, and is non-judgmental about the use of medication as well. To me this is much more helpful - I can become familiar with several techniques and focus on the ones I like. In comparison, Hypnobirthing is presented (in the book Hypnobirthing) as the ONLY good way to give birth - and if it doesn't work for you, it is YOUR fault for not practicing hard enough/having psychological issues that make you desire pain and the attention that comes with it/buying into the 'Christian conspiracy' to keep women down. Really, do we need more guilt associated with all this??
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn is not as complete in its coverage of pregnancy issues as What to Expect When You're Expecting, but is goes into more depth, and it covers more than just pregnancy (with the What to Expect series, you have to buy the next book). There is a chapter on exercises for comfort and childbirth preparation, on nutrition, several on actually giving birth, and several on what to do with the baby afterward. ...more
I actually can't find the edition of A Christmas Carol that I have, so I rated this one. I haven't read any of the other stories included in this bookI actually can't find the edition of A Christmas Carol that I have, so I rated this one. I haven't read any of the other stories included in this book; the 5 stars are just for A Christmas Carol, which I read every year....more
Medievalists everywhere cry when this book is mentioned, especially if it's mentioned in the context of "but you know the Templars..." or "well, MaryMedievalists everywhere cry when this book is mentioned, especially if it's mentioned in the context of "but you know the Templars..." or "well, Mary Magdelene and the sacred feminine..." My personal favorite misconception from the book: "you know, Constantine called the Council of Nicea, and then as part of his plot to rule the world (oh wait! he already did), he polluted the teachings of Jesus because he really hated women..." Blah blah blah. But, having said all of that, if you realize that there is not a darn thing that's historically redeeming in this book because, hey, it's FICTION, then it's a good story. It is not the same as the movie, thank goodness (which, if you've managed to avoid, good for you and keep it up). It is also not as badly written as some of Dan Brown's other, earlier work. Bottom line: if you're a story person - someone who likes a good story and can get through poor writing and misinformation - you will probably like this. At times I couldn't put it down. If you are a mood person, or someone who loves great writing and prose above all else, or someone who can't get past the fact that Dan Brown is trying to pass himself off as having done research for this book, you should probably pass. ...more