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Vikki rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in May, 2015
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i can't remember the last book i loved as much as this one. i was hesitant to pick it up because i couldn't imagine how long it would take me to read nearly 800 pages, but i'd loved "the secret history" and wanted very much to love "the goldfinch," t ...more
Vikki rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber
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i picked this up after a few of my friends recommended it and started using lieber's approach with their own kids. i like his take on allowances, and there are a lot of creative ideas here for how to incorporate lessons about money into daily life an ...more
Vikki rated a book 4 of 5 stars
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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i could've given this book, considered it, still kinda think maybe i should have, but i didn't, mostly because the way things wrap up in the end is just a little too perfect. which is ironic, since i hate books that leave loose ends. i came to this n ...more
Vikki rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel
Brainstorm: The Teenage Brain from the Inside Out
by Daniel J. Siegel (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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i enjoyed this book despite the fact that i cannot stand the way daniel siegel writes. he means well, i know he does--his earnestness and enthusiasm are in boldface all over every page. but i came to this book looking for information, not a new best ...more
Vikki rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Bark by Lorrie Moore
Bark: Stories
by Lorrie Moore
read in March, 2015
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meh. i've loved lorrie moore's work in the past, and i've liked it pretty well, and this time around i find i hardly liked it at all. i guess my complaint is that moore has become too much moore, or maybe a caricature of moore; she is so clever, so s ...more
Vikki rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
The Patron Saint of Liars
by Ann Patchett
read in February, 2015
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having enjoyed so many of patchett's other books, both fiction and nonfiction, i finally put aside my irrational prejudice against this book--"it's the first, it must not be that good"--and having read it, i can say it was time well spent. patchett's ...more
Vikki rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel
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meh. i picked this book up after reading bessel van der kolk's outstanding "the body keeps the score;" i was interested to see how dr. siegel applies some of the same neuroscientific understanding to the challenges of parenting--and, frankly, my 6, 9 ...more
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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk
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The New Speaking of Sex by Meg Hickling
The New Speaking of Sex
by Meg Hickling
read in January, 2015
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i didn't really feel like i needed more advice about how to talk to my kids (now 6, 9, and 12) about sex; we've already had a number of conversations around the basics of male and female anatomy and the mechanics of reproduction. i read peter mayle's ...more
Vikki rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Redeployment
by Phil Klay
read in December, 2014
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i picked this up after hearing the author interviewed on practically every NPR show following its nomination for the national book award. the collection does not disappoint. i think what distinguishes it, for me, is the way klay crafts his stories to ...more
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