Parenting Recommendations 3: Parenting Books

My final post on parenting for the moment: here’s a list of postpartum┬áparenting books I’ve read so far, again sorted by my rating, descending. The Science of Mom (another evidence-based book for the first year postpartum) is the only top ranked of these for which I have notes: Good review of scientific method, publication DelayedContinue reading “Parenting Recommendations 3: Parenting Books”

Parenting Recommendations 2: Prenatal Books

Each time we became pregnant, I was both elated and scared as it reminded me that I don’t know anything about babies! My way of dealing with that anxiety was to read everything I could get my hands on. And since we were cumulatively pregnant much longer than nine months, I managed to read aContinue reading “Parenting Recommendations 2: Prenatal Books”

Review: The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower by Stephen KingMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! The Dark Tower series really blew me away. I’m not a fan of the horror genre so IContinue reading “Review: The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower”

Review: Capitalism: As If the World Matters

Capitalism: As If the World Matters by Jonathon PorrittMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This book has a good premise – that capitalism can be the SOLUTION to – not just the source of – our sustainability challenges. It has some good ideas as well: environmentalism needs more effective messages than doom and gloom proclamations,Continue reading “Review: Capitalism: As If the World Matters”

Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah HarariMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book. It is “pop history” not “history” to be sure, but it offers some keen insights, asks some provocative questions, and is engagingly well written. Harari captured my attention from the get-go as he defined fourContinue reading “Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”

Review: The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story by Michael EndeMy rating: 5 of 5 stars WOW! Just wow! This book completely took me by surprise! I was impressed by the movie version of The Neverending Story as a child but it didn’t move me enough to warrant repeated viewings or motivate me to seek out the source material. ForContinue reading “Review: The Neverending Story”

Review: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt RidleyMy rating: 2 of 5 stars THE GOOD: Ridley’s first and most consistent argument is that specialization (the ability of one person or organization to do one thing while another does another thing) and exchange (the ability to trade the products of those two things) set humansContinue reading “Review: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves”