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The Black Book (Vintage International) by Orhan Pamuk
The Black Book (Vintage International)

jenny, March 24, 2007

this isn't a comment on the book itself but on your summary... there are actually two celals in the novel. one is ruya's ex husband. the other is her half brother, celal bey, who is the famous newspaper columnist. your summary suggests that her ex husband is indeed her brother!
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Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

Jenny, January 16, 2007

If you read this book, you'll be taking a journey with the author. Finding out her unborn child has Down Syndrome rocks her very existance. It also sets her on a path of emotional and spiritual awakening which even her Harvard education cannot touch. Written in tender, beautiful language, this book is not easy to put down. It is in the midst of the most difficult of life's offerings that we see the most shimmering of possible beauty and this is what Martha Beck's memoir brings home for the reader.
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The Follinglo Dog Book: A Norwegian Pioneer Story from Iowa (American Land & Life) by Peder Gustav Tjernagel
The Follinglo Dog Book: A Norwegian Pioneer Story from Iowa (American Land & Life)

Jenny, September 30, 2006

Not really about dogs, this wonderful book is more about the people who owned them. A highly readable, historically accurate narrative of the life and times of a family of Norwegian immigrants who settled on the Iowa prairie in the 1800s, this book is packed with stories rich in lost details of times gone by. Peder Gustav Tjernagel was a father to many children, and each night he took it upon himself to put his youngsters to bed. As he did so, he regaled them with family history, tucked neatly and humorously inside stories he told them about the family dogs who'd been owned over the years. The children imagined they were merely hearing stories about the family dogs, but were really learning the rich history of an amazing family. This is a wonderful read; highly recommended. Although not a children's book, it is suitable to be read aloud to children,while rich and amusing enough to be savored by adults. Includes some photos of the actual family.
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Ina Mays Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Ina Mays Guide To Childbirth

Jenny, September 22, 2006

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is a long-needed addition to modern-day natural childbirthing resources. In this easy-to-read text, Ina May Gaskin begins with numerous birth stories as told by women who've experienced the empowering gift of birthing children naturally. The stories illustrate the innate power of women's bodies to gestate and birth human life. In a culture infused with fear about childbirth, these stories offer the reader a different and healing perspective-- that childbirth is not an event to be feared, but rather to be revered and relished and learned from. Key to enabling the birthing women are the midwives who support and encourage them as the births of the babies unfold. The sense one gains as one reads the birthing stories is that birth is sacred and manageable and possible and glorious; indeed, empowering.

The second part of the text is a breakdown of the components of modern day birthing choices available to women in mainstream care. User-friendly explanations of each component enable expectant parents to understand the available choices fully, as well as to understand the risks inherant in each intervention or test or available mode of care.

[a]Ina May Gaskin is perhaps the world's most reknowned midwife. She and her husband Steven Gaskin helped establish The Farm, a community in Tennessee, at which a highly succesful birthing center operates. She has done more than possibly any other person to bring midwifery back to into the consciousness and use of American women. She was president of the Midwives' Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002, and in 2003 was selected as Visiting Fellow of Morse College at Yale University. She lectures all over the world to physicians and midwives, as well as to lay people, on issues of midwifery and topics surrounding the increasing maternal mortality rate in the United States. She is known for her championing of low-intervention birth, as well as for the outstanding statistics garnered at the Farm's birthing center in outcomes for women and babies. [These statistics were published in "The Safety of Homebirth: The Farm Study," authored by A. Mark Durand in the American Journal of Public Health, March 1992, vol. 82, pp. 450-452.] Ina May Gaskin is also the author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its 4th edition.[/a]
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