This book is about using natural methods to help "choose" the sex of your baby, with a 75-80+ percent success rate. The method was developed by Dr. LaThis book is about using natural methods to help "choose" the sex of your baby, with a 75-80+ percent success rate. The method was developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles, a biologist and one of the creators of in vitro fertilization, who made many other significant contributions to the areas of reproductive science and fertility in his time.
How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby is well organized, and the method very well explained. As with most nonfiction books these days, this one includes a long segment at the beginning telling the reader why one should follow the Shettles sex selection method as opposed to any of the others out there. Later follows a chapter directly debunking the other existing methods. While at first I rolled my eyes with a "here we go" long sigh, I actually found all of these sections very interesting and informative. This was a can't-put-it-down book, if you can believe it. And now I can't stop talking about it to anyone who will listen. Hah!...more
The famous archetype Jeeves the butler (valet, more precisely) was created in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves short story series, begun in 1915. In this seconThe famous archetype Jeeves the butler (valet, more precisely) was created in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves short story series, begun in 1915. In this second collection in the series, Jeeves and his employer Wooster help his hopeless friend Bingo fall in and out of love until he finally, after many misadventures, finds his match.
I first picked up Life With Jeeves for a creative writing class and enjoyed the few stories that we read. Since I bought that three-book collection for the class, I always intended to read it all the way through some day. In an effort to make space on my bookshelf, I recently delved in. However, the writing was a lot dryer than I remembered. Perhaps it was just that I didn't enjoy the content of Bingo's love life as much as whatever stories we had read in class years ago. I tried to read a chapter a night before bed, but found I couldn't even get through a whole short chapter before getting too tired to keep reading (though that's kind of a good thing, for a nightstand book). With about one third of the way to go, I set the book aside for a while and then was able to finish it pretty quickly by switching to the audio-book version.
These books are definitely worth picking up to at least take a peak, if you're not familiar. But maybe not this particular one......more
Tana French's In the Woods, the first in her loosely connected Dublin Murder Squad series, was one of my first ventures into the mystery-thriller genrTana French's In the Woods, the first in her loosely connected Dublin Murder Squad series, was one of my first ventures into the mystery-thriller genre. I've been rewatching Dexter for the past year, so when this was presented as one of my book group's choices, I was drawn to the idea of reading more about murder-solving detectives.
In the Woods is told from the (possibly unreliable) point of view of Adam Ryan (aka Ryan), a young murder squad detective with a secret past. When he was a child, he and his two best friends went missing in the nearby woods of Knocknaree. The police eventually found Ryan, his shoes full of blood, fingernails biting into the bark of the tree that he pressed himself against, practically catatonic. But his friends were never found. And he never recovered his memories of what had happened to them.
Now, Ryan and his partner Cassie have been given a murder case in Knocknaree that may be linked to the childhood disappearances of his friends. While working this new case, Ryan struggles to find his old memories and come to terms with his past, all at the risk of both his sanity and his career.
This novel was enthralling from the start, with powerful and descriptive prose that draw you in to the tensions and trials of being a murder detective. Great characterization allowed me to clearly picture and understand every character, and quickly brought me to love the two main detectives, Ryan and Cassie. In particular, I loved their special friendship and constant banter--a highlight of the book. (view spoiler)[Which made the ending all the more sad. (hide spoiler)]
I loved the slow process of unraveling the mystery surrounding Ryan's past. Although I was disappointed in the (view spoiler)[not-necessarily-resolved ending, (hide spoiler)] I was not so let down as other readers. I found (view spoiler)[the not knowing to be a kind of painful sweetness, made all the better by the several different possibilities that French hints at: Faerie kidnapping, anyone? Or Ryan himself being a psychopath that killed them himself (although I actually do not think he fits the bill for that). I personally think French intended the paranormal angle to be the real one, but it was probably better to only hint at it than to come right with it, which might have had lots more readers upset. (hide spoiler)] I also found the progression of Ryan and Cassie's friendship (view spoiler)[to be heartbreaking. Ryan totally acted like an ass, but I understood. I sympathized with him the whole time. (hide spoiler)] Which I think was quite a feat for French to manage.
When I initially finished the book, a couple of days ago, I was very happy with it but thinking that I probably would never pick up another book in the series (unless French ever writes another one about Adam Ryan, because I need to know!) This genre, even when executed amazingly, just isn't really my cup of tea. However, after a couple days of simply missing the feel of the book (good books feel like places to me, places that I miss visiting once the book is over), I think now that I will probably put the next in the series (featuring Cassie) on my To Read list....more