by Liz on 06.04

I’ve been a slouch with this whole library thing lately. I’m STILL working on the copy of The Thirteenth Tale that Alyssa sent me (Chapter 1. For shame.) But, I just grabbed these few others. Because no one ever reads just one book at a time, right? Right.


Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
Yes, there’s buzz about this one. And yes, in likely fashion, I’m way behind it.  I was originally resistant to the idea of this book when I first saw the description on A Cup of Jo. Sooo, this woman tells you how to be a sensible mom with common sense things that I already do? Oh, but she calls them FRENCH. Got it. Then, I heard what Cara and a few others had to say about it and decided, aw hell. I’ll give it a shot. Haven’t cracked the binding yet, but I may post a few thoughts when I do (assuming I’m not just regurgitating whatever else is on the internet).

Marriage Confidential: Love in the Post-Romantic Age
I haven’t started this one yet, but I always like a good read about love and marriage (and she mentions the elusive Having It All on the back cover).

Power of Our Words, The: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn
This one I actually have started, after borrowing it off of my sister (an elementary school teacher). It’s intended for teachers and talks about carefully choosing the language we use with kiddos. But, like many things intended for teachers, I would recommend it to anyone who lives with or works around children. I don’t think we fully understand the subtext of the things we say to kids, and sometimes it takes a smart person with a PhD to point it out for us. Some of what’s in the book is very much over-thought or becomes less necessary with older kids or ones who are around you often. (For example, this book- in addition to everything else I’ve ever read on the topic- suggests to avoid sarcasm because it usually confuses and hurts a child. However, many older kids that I’ve worked with totally pick up on sarcasm and it builds a great rapport. Also, though he’s younger, my own son has already developed an understanding of my sense of humor, just by nature of being around me and living with me and getting used to it.) Most of it, however, is really solid and has me reconsidering the ways I speak to my son.


What have you been reading lately? Summer always feels like a good time for light, short reads- books that are easy to pick up while you’re at the park, and easy to put down when you have to run and catch a kid falling off a swing. If you haven’t yet, make sure to friend me on Goodreads! Even though I’m not reading much lately, I pop in there constantly.


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Maggie says:
Jun 4, 2012 9:33 am

I (mostly) read Marriage Confidential. Had very mixed feelings about it, lots there to discuss. Would love to hear your thoughts on it eventually! I want to get on the waiting list at my library for that Bebe one, though I don’t know if I’ll have a very strong reaction to it either way.

I have a stack of books next to my bed that’s constantly in danger of toppling. A few titles:

-Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down By Rosecrans Baldwin (really enjoying this so far)

-A Wedding in Haiti By Julia Alvarez (this just arrived at the library and I snapped it up, since I like so much of her work)

-In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play By Sarah Ruhl (I got this after watching the trailer for that vibrator movie w/Maggie Gyllenhaal- “Hysteria”- I’m intrigued by the movie, but the play is supposed to be better, more nuanced)

-Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama By Alison Bechdel (graphic novel, like her last fantastic book, “Fun Home”)



liz says:
Jun 4, 2012 9:45 am

In the Next Room was just in Philly recently! I’ll add Paris to my list- let me know how the others turn out. I’ll be writing about Marriage Confidential in a couple weeks.


Sheryl says:
Jun 4, 2012 10:04 am

I love all the non-fiction you read!

Recently, I finally got myself around to reading some Amy Tan (The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and it was great) and right now I’m reading an old favourite, Guy Gavriel Kay’s the Lions of Al-Rassan (historical fantasy fiction, and it’s glorious). Next up I’m toying with the idea of finally picking up A Game of Thrones.


Sharon says:
Jun 4, 2012 2:54 pm

I’m currently racing to finish Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” before my Philly trip and am LOVING it. (Big, sprawling coming-to-America epics with a dash of history seamlessly woven in are a bulletproof kink of mine [see also: "Middlesex"]). Am trying to figure out what to bring with me for plane/vacation reading!


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