I think this is a wonderfully written book. I can't believe how quickly I read it, was pretty much unable to put it down, and I care nothing about fashion, magazine publishing, or the young, hip, NYC lifestyle. I think that the author draws you into the main character's life and you become engrossed in it, in the same way that the main character became obsessed with trying to please her obviously psycho boss. Not a deep book, or one that is designed to evoke thoughtfulness, but good escapist fiction (although I am pretty sure this is based on the author's experience, as it rings just a little bit too true).
This book is written for parents, yet it is a substantial book based on applying the recent research on silencing in girls. Lots of narratives and an engaging, hopeful writing style make this a book well worth reading.
I had a hard time putting this book down, although I also had some character confusion in the beginning. I adored the characters in this book, who are richly textured and interesting. The relationships between the women are equally endearing. Just an all-around great book.
THis is a lovely and simple children's book for preschool-elementary age kids about the meaning of art and what you can do if you know how to do "only" one thing. Self-affirming without being nauseating, clever without being like a wiseacre, and non-judgmental without being ridiculous. We have two copies of this book, I would otherwise never swap it away.
This is a complicated book and the ending takes you by complete surprise, and it's not too often that I feel like that. It will probably be mildly disturbing to those who are not prepared to deal with understanding the aftermath of a sexual attack. Like Alice Sebold's Lucky, it can be raw and tough and brutal in its straightforwardness about how survivors struggle with relationships and other life issues. I am glad I read it, and it make me think about these issues more deeply.
Great book on simple, easy math games to enjoy with your preschool or toddler. Incorporates sensory, visual, and conceptual ideas for introducing math concepts, including counting, patterns, measuring, and puzzles.
This is a very wholistic-oriented book, examining all the many ways that the world looks and feels different to women and men. Beautifully written yet academic, it is thought-provoking about your own life experience as well as your relationship with the opposite sex.
Excellent basic reference book on tropical aquariums (both freshwater and saltwater). Assisted our family in understanding what it takes to keep a fish tank and in selecting appropriate fish. Two years later, we still rely on the advice from this guidebook. Beautiful color photos of the most popular aquarium fish.
Judith Herman is a fabulous writer as well as one of the foremost scholars on psychological trauma. This book on incest is a classic: helpful to both those interested in the subject because of academic or personal reasons.
I've been on a celebrity autobiographical kick lately, and this was a disappointment to me. Unless you're interested in her email correspondence with a severely disturbed woman, there isn't much of interest in this book. I think she is a very good person who has overcome much in her life, but this was a very disjointed and ultimately uncompelling book. On the other hand, now that Rosie's back on TV (on The View), this might be some interesting insight into her personal relationships.
In the spirit of the Devil Wears Prada, but where the "bosses" are more lovable (if still pretty crazy and demanding). I could not put this book down, as the storyline surprised me at various turns and I liked the main character enough that I wanted to see how things turned out for her. One of those books that I was happy to spend the $$ to buy hardback. It was recommended to me by someone who prowls the NYTimes Sunday book section for current reads, and she was right. Great beach reading, the advertisement promised-- and it was half right. The other half is that it's great reading anytime.