Such a sweet book, ostensibly about food, but also just a sweet memoir of Amster-Burton parenting his daughter. He is the primary care provider duringSuch a sweet book, ostensibly about food, but also just a sweet memoir of Amster-Burton parenting his daughter. He is the primary care provider during the day for Iris, a now 4 year old, with a great imagination. (As he says, "My wife brings home the metaphorical bacon, but I bring home the bacon." He is a food writer and foodie and his wife is a librarian.)
It is easy to become a little neurotic when you read most books about feeding your baby (i.e. Don't do this or they will DIE!) and this book brings much needed humor, fun, and joy to the act of feeding and eating with kids. Plus, recipes, many of which you can cook with toddlers and pre-schoolers. He is a little heavy on the meat and sugar for my tastes, but that hasn't diminished my pleasure in reading this so far. ...more
Like many good books for young adults, this graphic novel got me intellectually with an engaging story and also with a whirlwind of emotions. However,Like many good books for young adults, this graphic novel got me intellectually with an engaging story and also with a whirlwind of emotions. However, this is clearly a book meant to engage adults as an equal if not primary audience.
If you want to know what it was like to grow up in a progressive household with parents empowering you while surrounded by the oppressive Iranian regimes, war, and the revolution, you will enjoy this book. The Goodreads 'description' available when you click on the book is an excellent synopsis if you want to learn more.
While I often am too annoyed by the small and 'interestingly' placed type in graphic novels to read them, this one is very clean and easy to follow. The drawings add much to the plot and mood of the story--and make it an even more visceral experience. Like others have noted, I appreciated her humor midst the tragedy and her idealism. I can't imagine I was anywhere near that sophisticated as a child, but she makes it believable somehow. This was one of my favorite books this year!...more
LOVED this book. A great book for all parents that both gives a philosophical grounding as well as real world strategies for dealing with struggles. ILOVED this book. A great book for all parents that both gives a philosophical grounding as well as real world strategies for dealing with struggles. I love the focus on the relationship with your kid(s) rather than a "getting kids to do what you want" focus on discipline. Will probably reread this book every few years. Certainly not perfect or comprehensive, but I felt it was well worth my limited free time as a parent who also works outside the home. ...more
Sacks is considered by most to be the leader in addressing issues of world poverty. I was surprised by some of his stances: we must not wait until govSacks is considered by most to be the leader in addressing issues of world poverty. I was surprised by some of his stances: we must not wait until government corruption ends to work with countries facing extreme poverty, for example. But, upon reflection, most make sense to me. (If we wait for corruption to end, we will never act, among other reasons.)
I haven't quite finished the end--and it gets a bit "wonky" at the end, but I bought it at the airport, which goes to show it is really written for a large chunk of folks, particularly Americans.
I feel more educated about global aid issues. I am left with a feeling of hope about the positive changes that have taken place in our lifetime and the hope for the future without extreme poverty--if we push for it.
If we can just get our country out of wasting money on that trillion dollar war...all the things we could do!...more