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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Modern Romance

Lea Anna, July 16, 2015

Man, I really enjoyed this book. Aziz Ansari worked with Eric Klinenberg to create an insightful and well researched look at dating in the modern world. The book looks at how dating and finding "the one" has changed over the last several decades and how quickly it has changed even further in the last 15 years or so. Online dating, smart phones and societal expectations play a big role in the stress and riggers of dating life today. Ansari and Klinenberg do a great job analyzing how these technological and cultural changes make a difference in how people approach dating. I personally find Ansari hilarious, so I especially liked reading this with his voice and inflections in my head. He brought a lot of humor to the subject! An interesting read even if you aren't dating anymore because we all know people that are going through this.
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More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B Miller
More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting

Lea Anna, May 18, 2015

After reading "Bringing up Bebe" which was focused on the differences between French and American parenting techniques, I was interested to also learn the differences between Amish and "Englisch" (the Amish term for non-Amish Americans) parenting. Serena B Miller, along with Paul Stutzman present thoughtful and respectful examples of the many differences while also showing the similarities in what parents want for their children. Why are Amish children so well behaved? Why do teenagers, when given the opportunity to choose, often choose the Amish way of life? What do children and parents do without electricity? How do community, family and faith play a part of parenting? While Miller is a wife of a minister and Stutzman was raised Amish and converted to Mennonite, there is a fair amount of discussion about religion. But this makes sense since so much of the Amish way of life is based on religion. They are careful to point out ways to take Amish principles in parenting without the religion which is nice for those who choose to practice a different or no religion at all. They didn't come across as preachy in my opinion. I found the book very interesting and it has broaden my view of not only Amish people, but also the choices I could make in parenting without converting to Amish. Definitely made me think a lot.
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Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
Once Upon an Alphabet

Lea Anna, November 16, 2014

I just love Oliver Jeffers' books! This one does not disappoint. While it may seem like a typical alphabet book, Jeffers' accompanies each letter with a delightful short story or poem. His illustrations are fantastic as always too. They made me giggle and I'm sure children and adults will enjoy this book too. Now we just need to convince Jeffers to write more books about the Owl and the Octopus solving problems!
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The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

Lea Anna, February 3, 2014

A quick and interesting look at education and how students, parents, teachers and the education system all combine to teach children. Ripley focuses on three of the top scoring countries and examines how they work from the inside (following three American exchange students within the countries) out. Seeing the differences in teaching, learning and attitudes compared to America is something to think about. America definitely needs to rethink some things, but it turns out some of the simplest things to correct are parent driven, like reading to your child every night and asking them questions. She also gives a good "guide" to spotting a world-class school which will be helpful to any parent.
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Can I Play Too? (Elephant & Piggie Books) by Mo Willems
Can I Play Too? (Elephant & Piggie Books)

Lea Anna, March 19, 2013

I love all of Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggy books! This one is about accepting someone for who they are and including them. These books are great easy readers with good lessons. I can't rave about them enough.
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