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The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith
3.49
This book is not for me. However, the reason I gave it only two stars is the writing.

The writing of this book is juvenile and difficult to follow. It...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
 
Ballet Beautiful: Transform Your Body and Gain the Strength, Grace, and Focus of a Ballet Dancer
3.85
The benefit of this book (over the DVDs) is that it includes dietary guidelines (rather typical of calorie-restriction diets: high in vegetables, high...more
Aug 2013
Jan 29, 2014
 
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
4.47
I wish I'd had this information 15 years ago when I first started menstruating. So many myths and conundrums might so easily have been sorted out. For...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
Female Fertility and the Body Fat Connection
4.25
Much of the book is about the science of menarche (the onset of menstruation). The most basic finding being that girls begin menstruation when a certa...more
Jul 2009
Jun 18, 2010
 
Reckless - Acting Edition
3.70
**spoiler alert** Quite the whirlwind play. The plot does some truly wondrous loop-de-loops, you never know if you're coming or going, and yet it all...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
4.43
In a way this is just an updated version of Spiritual Midwifery. The first part of the book contains a number of birth stories; however, where Midwife...more
Sep 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
Nine Months Strong: Shaping Up for Labor and Delivery and the Toughest Physical Day of Your Life
3.25
Of the books I looked through this covers exercise in pregnancy best. The diagrams are easy-to-follow and the book is presented in a logical way.

The...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
4.03
Whenever I read a non-fiction book that I give 5 stars I like to read through the reviews of those who give the book 1 or 2 stars to discover why they...more
May 2010
May 06, 2010
 
Rock 'n' Roll
3.72
On the surface is a play full of sex, politics & rock 'n' roll. Underneath that surface is a yearning to change the world for the better. A yearni...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
Children: The Challenge
4.20
The Challenge in parenting, as presented by Rudolf Dreikurs, is democracy. Whereas previous societies were built on hierarchies the current (American)...more
May 2010
Jun 17, 2010
 
Lip Smackin' Jams & Jellies: Recipes, Hints And How To's From The Heartland
3.71
Using the Strawberry and Cherry Preserves recipe as a blueprint I made strawberry & rhubarb preserves. I've made the basic Strawberry Jam. Today I...more
Jul 2008
Jul 01, 2008
 
The Runaway Princess
3.79
**spoiler alert** Kate Coombs has such a wonderful sense of humor. The second half of the book I giggled on almost every page. All of the usual fairy...more
Aug 2008
Sep 06, 2008
 
Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be. Michel Odent
4.41
At last! A book on natural childbirth told from a rational, observational and scientific viewpoint. The books on natural childbirth I've been reading...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Coastliners
3.44
This is Joanne Harris's dud. On it's own it might get 3.5 or 4 stars but in comparison to her other books it just isn't as good. The characters aren't...more
Jan 2005
Jan 24, 2008
 
Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation
4.03
I am not this book's audience. It is designed for people who have the desire to store food and little knowledge of where to start or what to take into...more
Dec 2009
Dec 28, 2009
 
Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods
3.94
For those not familiar with Planck's previous book Real Food there is a tidy chapter in the beginning of the book explaining the basic philosophy - ea...more
Aug 2009
Apr 23, 2010
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.89
What makes this book so delightful is that, aside from the practical advice, her writing style is not overly guilt-ridden or too wordy as so many pare...more
Apr 2013
Sep 16, 2014
 
Lynne Alvarez: collected plays.
4.50
Plays in volume (& my review):

The Guitarron

Hidden Parts

The Wonderful Tower of Humbert Lavoignet

Don Juan of Seville by Tirso de Molina (a Translati...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Spiritual Midwifery
4.39
Forewarning: this book (and many, many others that discuss natural childbirth) include graphic photos. That is, most women are completely naked while...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Holy Ghosts.
4.17
Juxtaposition is the word that comes to mind:
A swearing ne'er-do-well in a church trying to get a divorce from his young wife, Nancy. But then she did...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
Eat, Taste, Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living
4.18
If you're at all interested in Ayurveda - the ancient healing system from India - this is the one book to get started with. It covers the major facets...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth, a Life Beyond "Cheaper by the Dozen"
3.89
The subject matter is worth 5 stars but the writing is not quite up to that level, being somewhat sporadic and biased.

This book has affected my way of...more
Sep 2010
Sep 25, 2010
 
Bach at Leipzig
4.24
Masterful is the word that comes to mind as I consider what to write about this comedic play. My only complaint comes from the performer in me. There...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
 
Wuhu Diary: On Taking My Adopted Daughter Back to Her Hometown in China
3.72
The first part of this book was very interesting - about Emily's life in America with her adopted daughter, Lulu - but the second part about looking f...more
Jul 2009
Jun 18, 2010
 
Brave New World
3.92
I was acting in a production of Arsenic & Old Lace (set in late 1930s) and I read this book backstage - weird to think I really could have been re...more
Sep 2013
Sep 16, 2014
 
How to Get Pregnant
4.00
Whether it be strictly biological or highly technological the ways in which humans can be impregnated is covered in this book. The science is straight...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Forever Lily: An Unexpected Mother's Journey to Adoption in China
3.29
The story is beautiful, the prose is beautiful - if a bit choppy - and most of the quirks of the text are explained in the addendum. Unfortunately I w...more
Jul 2009
Jun 18, 2010
 
Three Weeks With My Brother
3.99
What I blogged: "Three Weeks With My Brother" by Nicholas Sparks needs to be edited. There are way too many filler words. Favorite words and phrases u...more
Jun 2007
Oct 23, 2008
 
Churchill and America
4.10
**spoiler alert** Wow!! I now know so much more about Churchill, Roosevelt, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, the British Government, American Foreign Policy,...more
Aug 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.82
What I blogged: Their Eyes Were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is, I think, a "coming-of-age" story. Though it covers a period of time over thirty...more
Apr 2007
Oct 23, 2008
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