The narrator for this book did an excellent job. I could believe that I was listening to the author read her own book while listening to Kimberly FarrThe narrator for this book did an excellent job. I could believe that I was listening to the author read her own book while listening to Kimberly Farr. She inserted pauses into the reading and emphasis on the repetition flowing through the book that really made this a good listen.
That said, I didn't love this book the way that I loved The Year of Magical Thinking. There, I found the author's examination of her own grief completely absorbing and powerful. Here, with the focus at least partly on the author's own feelings about her own mortality, I didn't find the same gripping text. Here, there was continual name-dropping and brand-name recitations. At one moment, Didion recognizes this critique and starts to address it.
She complains that people have accused her and her family of privilege. But she rejects this critism as unfair and inadequate. Well, maybe. But she invites it here by talking about the sixty designer dresses she was given as baby gifts, the Chanel suits all her friends were wearing, the names of the swanky hotels where she stayed, the trials of trying to explain the difference between "on an expense account" and not to her young daughter who tried caviar for the first time. Ugh.
I recommend the book for fans of Didion's writing, but I'd recommend other books by her instead of this one to someone new to her work....more
This is a poetic memoir detailing the author's feelings during her pregnancy and her child's first year. The language was beautiful and felt like an hThis is a poetic memoir detailing the author's feelings during her pregnancy and her child's first year. The language was beautiful and felt like an honest recounting of the joys, fears, and sleep-deprived craziness of new motherhood. Though the book takes a bit of a romantic look at the experience, I loved the way that the author's love for her baby came through the vibrant language. At the same time, the author honestly reflected on the frustrations and annoyances--feeling a loss to her marital relationship, fear for the safety of her daughter even when there was nothing to worry about, desire to have time to herself while simultaneously feeling a physical need to hold her daughter at all times. Reading this helped me to reflect on my own feelings as the mother of a baby girl. Recommended for mothers wanting to read about the experience....more
I'm not sure how much of what I'm feeling is an attitude improvement and how much is a factual change in my son's sleeping, but either way, the book was the right book for me at this moment. Pantley does a nice job of being inclusive to a variety of parenting styles (though firmly on the non-cry-it-out side of the dividing line)....more
A decent and fast read with a few helpful suggestions about how to deal with toddlers and tantrums. I didn't find the book to be nearly as useful andA decent and fast read with a few helpful suggestions about how to deal with toddlers and tantrums. I didn't find the book to be nearly as useful and helpful as Dr. Karp's first book, The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer. Still, focusing on concrete ways to connect with my toddler even when he's upset and the notion of using "Toddlerese" to repeat his feelings back to him have definitely helped somewhat....more