Monday, November 30, 2009

Recently Read

Somebody Else's Daughter
This is a skillfully crafted novel dealing in a subtle way with adoption, alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography, sexual abuse, murder, AIDS, prostitution, adultery. Thanks to Brundage's skill as an author, there is a lot going on, but it doesn't overwhelm. She slowly weaves together seemingly disparate story lines and characters in a masterful way...a talented storyteller.

A well done suspense novel...

Nurture Shock
An outstanding book on children (from babies to teens) recommended by Kathy Barber....thank, Kathy!
The central premise of this book by Bronson and Merryman, a is that many of modern society's most popular strategies for raising children are in fact backfiring because key points in the science of child development and behavior have been overlooked. Two errant assumptions are responsible for current distorted child-rearing habits, dysfunctional school programs and wrongheaded social policies: first, things work in children the same way they work in adults and, second, positive traits necessarily oppose and ward off negative behavior. These myths, and others, are addressed in 10 provocative chapters (Amazon)....

The latest Stephen King...This novel will inevitably be compared to The Stand because it deals with the horrors of the world around us. Forget ghosts and vampires and space aliens--there's nothing as horrifying as what humans are capable of doing to one another. Stephen King knows that: it's the reason his stories are so effective. In his long, distinguished career, he's rarely been as effective--or as entertaining--as he is here.

A great book...Beals, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957, tells an incredible story of faith, family love, friendships, and strong personal commitment. Drawing from the diaries she kept, the author easily puts readers in her saddle oxfords as she struggles against those people in both the white and black communities who would have segregation continue.

Thanks, Val, for the great recommendation...a wonderful book with the dog as the'll love it even if you don't have a'll cry...but it has a great ending!

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