It was greatly enjoyable and well written and made me think. But it definitely did not cover enough and it certainly did not cover everything. I wouldIt was greatly enjoyable and well written and made me think. But it definitely did not cover enough and it certainly did not cover everything. I would like liked to have seen an analysis and debunking of "superfoods" , more information on herbal supplements particularly Valerian root (St. John's Wort was mentioned and people usually mention these two as a pair).
Some ideas were criticized without evidence, and I want evidence. Please explain the difference between the "cleansing" and "detoxify" myths as compared to avoiding tuna fish to lower mercury in our bodies. If one is false and the other is true, how do we know the difference?
The best points of the book were at the first in the fitness chapter. I want to blare his words on a big screen for all to see, particularly with the "exercise does not lead to weight loss" and "stretching before running is bunk" parts. My fiance still doesn't believe me.
I do agree that most things out there that scientists believe are pseudoscience do not work for the general population and do not stand up in controlled studies with a general sample of participants. I can accept that most "cure" stories are non-scientific anecdotes. BUT, part of me wonders if certain remedies and treatments may work (beyond a placebo effort) for certain subgroups of the people who have certain characteristics. For example, some natural remedies for upset stomach may not work very well for MOST people, but might work consistently well for people who meet 2-3 certain criteria (like a certain medical condition, or age, or gender). I know in psychology, moderated regressions are all the rage, and I would love to poke at some of the medical data to see if positive anecdotes are really placebo effects of if certain subpopulations benefit from certain treatments.
I guess...maybe this book wasn't meant for me? I do plan to have a family in the next 3 years. My doctor did put me on prenatal pills to boost my calcI guess...maybe this book wasn't meant for me? I do plan to have a family in the next 3 years. My doctor did put me on prenatal pills to boost my calcium & folic acid while I'm still under 30. I've been working today a more active and healthy lifestyle for the past 14 months in the aim to "get fit for pregnancy down the road."
So, I thought this book would be useful.
There was a useful chapter. That's right, one chapter. The stuff about caffeine, and weight, and PCOS (which they make it sound like EVERYONE has). The stuff about guys and hottubs, cell phones, laptops and bicycles was interesting too.
But it was mainly stuff I don't need to think about yet - like artificial reproductive technology.
And it was missing all the stuff I really want to know, the stuff I'm currently trying to do, like condition my body and get my metabolism and eating behaviors where they should be. It didn't really talk about fibre, sugar, deli meats, processed cheese, soy, or anything of the things I'd heard about being issues but wanted confirmed.
As a developmental doctoral student, there was a lot of stuff that they generalized about that I know it wrong. I know the people who wrote this are well educated. But they skewed facts a few times, particularly early on. And that just made them loose any credibility in my books.
I *was* excited to read this line of books and to finally be approaching the stage in my life where it made sense to read them. Now, I'm not sure if I want to shell out the money for the rest of the set. I'm hoping the book about actual pregnancy will be better....more
This book wasn't really about Jack Layton, it was about the political topics that meant a lot to Jack Layton. It started with his famous letter to CanThis book wasn't really about Jack Layton, it was about the political topics that meant a lot to Jack Layton. It started with his famous letter to Canadians, it ended with Stephen Lewis' eulogy. In between were very short essays written by various people from Rex Murphy, Craig Kreilburger (Free the Children), Jane Doe and Steven Page.
Some of the essays were great, they brought up a topic, explained why it mattered to Jack, gave a quick anecdote, and carried to topic forward to a depth of passion that grabbed the reader.
Some of the essays were more questionable, and even suggested mixing our fear with hope..(err?). Some just used the opportunity to soap box in a way that maybe wasn't *quite* in the way Jack Layton would have.
It was basically an NDP propaganda piece, melted down to a layperson level. Except for Rex Murphy, that was non-partisan and scholarly, and very interesting. I wish the chapters were longer, I wish there was more stories and more details about Jack's involvement and interest in each area. I wish there was more information about resources and groups and things the readers could do to get involved with the different topics touched upon.
It was a light, fluffy, magazine read. It was interesting and enjoyable, but I question the editing of some chapters, and I really wish it was longer and gave me more. ...more
I bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good. The first chapter introI bought this book and started reading it because it was advertized as a sociological study of how people are inherently good. The first chapter introduced the concept of jen, which comes from Eastern philosophy and means all the positive social interactions, and positive social capital. The first chapter was amazing and I thought I was going to read a boo about Buddhist philosophy, or media analyses, or a sociological critique that we're all motivated for good.
But that's not what I got. I instead received a chapter on the evolutionary and neurological basis for embarrassment. Then another chapter on smiles. Then laughter. Then teasing.
By this point I had learned that the author is a Psychology professor who specializes in facial feature analyzes. These chapters all contained lengthy discussions and details about tiny facial movements and how to distinguish between genuine and false smiles. There was lots of heavy discussions of psychology methodology and how to set up research studies, and lots of technical, scientific details. At some points, you completely forgot you were supposedly reading a book about why people are good - it felt like a psychology textbook on emotional development.
I was greatly disappointed that I did not have an existential book that argued how we're do good things for society and world. However, I just magically happen to be a psychology PhD student. In any other circumstance, I think the long scientific rants would have made me close the book. But once I accepted this was a psychology book and turned on my "work" brain, I really enjoyed it. It was written at a much more accessible and interesting level than a scholarly article, and the long discussions on emotional development was quite complementary to my field of study in social development.
When shyness and Jerome Kagan was mentioned I giggled with joy. I have cited Kagan in both my MA and PhD theses, and the deeper understanding of vagal tone was much appreciated. And of course, I loved the interesting discussions of research methods. The Darwinian rants and longwinded "histories" of smiles and teasing was still boring.
And if you are not a PhD student in psychology, then the entire book is likely going to be boring. The end of the book began to combine the psychology and the sociology a bit. The final chapters were on love, compassion and awe. These chapters redeemed the book and the awe chapter made me realize that although I have experience many moments of awe, I have never really thought about them (or the emotion) before - so that was trippy.
However, the ending was terrible. A few chapters at the end of the awe chapter attempted to wrap things up and did it quite poorly. Given the wonderful introductory chapter, this was a definite let down. ...more
If you've never read a blog post, or watched a documentary, or studied this topic in a scholarly way then this is a great book to use as a launching pIf you've never read a blog post, or watched a documentary, or studied this topic in a scholarly way then this is a great book to use as a launching point for hyperfeminine culture that we are witness to, and how consumerism fuels it. It's written at a very accessible level, so mothers, fathers, even teens can read and understand the thesis of this book and have their assumptions challenged. It's a great mix of anecdotes and theory, narratives and factual recitations. It's very entertaining.
However, if you know anything about this topic, most of this will be redundant to you. It's more of an introductory book than "taking it to the next level." I'm doing a PhD in child psychology, so almost everything was old news to me. Some of the specific research findings were interesting. It was worth reading. I did enjoy it. But I was shocked when my Kobo said I was 67% way through, and I turned the page to see the end (there's 300 ereader pages of bibliography and footnotes). With a larger reference section than main body of the text, I was underwhelmed by the content.
I did like the inclusion of Dr. Carol Martin. I've met her, and her research is definitely worth mentioning.
But speaking of Dr. Martin, I noticed some hypocrisy on the part of the author:
1. She argues that we shouldn't focus on body-image, and the problem with girlie girl culture is the explicit focus on being pretty. Yet she makes certain to give a full physical description of all her female friends, and takes the time to note Dr. Martin's "shock of white hair" and "piercing blue eyes." Why continue to promote a focus on physical appearances?
2. She criticized the excitement over the Disney Princesses, but also told lots of fun anecdotes that would get the reader wrapped up in the excitement. When she said her daughter when to see Princesses on Ice and dressed as Pocahontas (because she's the least materialistic Princess), all I could visualize was a theatre of little girls in the blue of Cinderella, yellow of Belle, pink of Aurora, and green of Jasmine/Mulan/Tiana with a lone brown of Pocahontas. Everything she preached that you shouldn't get wrapped up in something, she gave lots of motivation to do so.
3. In one chapter she criticizes Bratz doll Yasmin for enjoying reading biographies of her favorite celebrities. Then a few chapters later, she takes a full chapter to recite the life history of Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, and Britney Spears. What?
It was an ok read, but the title wasn't appropriate. Cinderella never ate her taught. If anything, her daughter successfully circumvented the Princess craze quite well. Yes, there was a fleeting interest, but compared to her peers as described by the author, she seemed to be doing quite well. It could be titled "How I prevented Cinderella from eating my Daughter."
I want to end on a plus note. I honestly loved that a author used color descriptors such as teal, turquoise, azure and chartreuse. That completely made my day. ...more
Since July, I had reread the following DragonLance titles (in this order)
Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragons of WinThis is a book worthy of Five Stars.
Since July, I had reread the following DragonLance titles (in this order)
Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragons of Winter Night Dragons of Spring Dawning Time of the Twins War of the Twins Test of the Twins Soulforge Brothers in Arms Dragons of Dwarven Depths Dragons of Highlord Skies Dragons of the Hourglass Mage
Well, I didn't "reread" the last three, I read them for the first time. I reread all the other ones because DragonLance Nexus said that they go better after reading the Chronicles and Legends. The first 6 books are classics, no doubt. Soulforge and Brothers in Arms were messy, and lacked the detailed, twisty plot that I craved (and had) in the first 6. Dwarven Depths was "good" but fell out of touch with the original spirit of the first 3, and dwarves honestly bore me. Highlord Skies was a complete disaster. It was rudendant and had a TERRIBLE ending. I was bored the whole time I read it.
But Dragons of the Hourglass Mage was perfect. The tone, the twists in the plot, the depth, the emotions, the descriptions, the players, ahhh. It was beautiful. It is such a perfect ending to this series. I had everything after Dragons of Summer Flame. I was contemplating rereading Summer Flame as well, but I don't want to now. Nothing can touch how perfect this was.
If it's your first book in the DL series, you'll be massively confused. Highlord Skies and Hourglass Mage are both not meant for novices. For one, the Maelstorm that is constantly talked about is never explained. You need to read Spring Dawning to understand that.
I don't want to post spoilers, you need to read this for yourself. It all the interesting, detailed stuff about Raistlin that you get in Soulforge, but with the classic storytelling and excitement that you get in the first Chronicles. It's simply wonderful.
And it's a really quick read. It earns my award of "could literally not put down." I was up at 3am with this last night. ...more
The beginning chapters grabbed me and they were great - but then it became a mirror image of Dragons of Winter Night. While I was ok with that in theoThe beginning chapters grabbed me and they were great - but then it became a mirror image of Dragons of Winter Night. While I was ok with that in theory, it became intensely boring. There was nothing new to look forward to. About the chapter after Lillith Hallmark exits from the plot, everything becomes dull.
And if it was your first book in DL - the untimely death of a main character would totally disturb you. If you've read the Chronicles, it's boring and painful to see the terrible lead up.
Near the end, there were some novel things that I previously didn't know the details of. But the last 4 chapters, which should have been exciting were exhausting. Most fan fiction is better. Basically, a drooling, hyper explaination of Lord Soth. That's the friggen climax. Lord Soth's story has been told in every DL book, ever. I'm pretty sure.
I'm going to start reading Dragons of the Hourglass Mage. It's the final of the series. Weis and Hickman, you better friggin deliver....more
The first few chapters are disturbingly graphic - but they need to be. The reader needs to be aware of the disturbing things that are happening to womThe first few chapters are disturbingly graphic - but they need to be. The reader needs to be aware of the disturbing things that are happening to women and girls around the globe. As the book progresses, it pulls back gradually to a more systematic review of women's health and rights. At the end it gives a great appendix of resources.
The book was wonderful for so many ways. For bringing the reader up close with stories of women, for empowering the reader through lots of critiques and info on charities and NGOs, and for the general factual information. I never knew that iodine could improve school performance, that there are 4 "types" of pelvic bones and some lead to more difficult birthing practices. Although I've heard the fluff about maternal health, I thought the issues were limited to gestational diabetes and hypertension. I never knew a fistula was even possible.
The advanced and well-thought-out criticisms towards charities and movements was great. Of course I already knew that have local people and local interests spearhead movements was good, but there were lots of findings mentioned that I didn't expect. The fact that indirect and less-efficient strategies are sometimes the most successful completely blew my mind. Of course, I was relieved to see the authors make the conclusion that education is key, and to reinforce movements and charities which place access to education as a central focus (even if supporting education is most successful through supplying uniforms rather than books).
I am critical at the acceptance of China, and the outpouring of positive comments towards China. I do acknowledge that one author is a Chinese American, so that might be why. The pro-sweatshop and anti-man arguments in the book pissed me off. Perhaps women are better at managing money, but that's due to power and social reasons not biological reasons. Once women are empowered, they will likely have the same issues as men in terms of spending family assets on sugar, alcohol and tobacco. So the book shouldn't be so anti-men. I also would have liked to have read about movement and issues in the New World, such as in Central America. ...more