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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

missy, November 26, 2013

If you're a parent, this incredible book will change the way you think about parenting. But even if you are not, it will change how you think about humanity. Solomon deftly explores nature verses nurture and delves deep into identity in ways you doubtless haven't considered. How parents adapt when confronted with non-typical offspring is explored on the surface, but what emerges is a deep unearthing of the roots of what we think is true. It's challenging my assumptions in a good way. The book is long and sometimes the ideas need to chewed on for awhile, but so worth the read. It knocked all my other books off the shelf for a while.
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I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project by Paul Auster
I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project

missy, May 18, 2013

I'm not embarrased to admit that read this book one bathroom break at a time. It's perfect for that. Most of the stories are pretty good - I remember some made me cry but I don't remember which. Though some stories will still, from time to time, flash in my mind. Like the one about the guy who gets shot by a hitchhiker he picked up. Only he doesn't die and, astoundingly, convinces the guy who shot him to let him live. He promises never to tell anyone, and offers his forgiveness. And the shooter, seeing a chance to redeem himself, takes him to the hospital. The storyteller keeps his word and everyone lives happily ever after. Crazy, right?
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Ida by Gertrude Stein
Ida

missy, May 17, 2013

I got through it. I read it at a time when I was feeling crazy and its verse calmed with predictable waves of ida ida ida over and over again. It's a short, quick and hypnotic read.
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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

missy, May 17, 2013

We've been on a Mo Willems kick around our house. Just picked this one up at Powell's yesterday and it's instantly a favorite. There's naked mole rats, one. And two, Naked Mole Rats!!! Though my husband still thinks the Knuffle Bunny series is the best, my bet is that this one might edge it out in time. Oh, and my kids love it too.
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

missy, January 1, 2010

While I already thought myself thoughtful about food, this book revealed yet another branch on the tree of good eating, choosing ones nourishment locally. The "locavore movement" as it's now called, while not started by Kingsolver, was certainly thrust into the public consciousness, and with good reason.

Kingsolver and her family share their experiences of a year of devoted locavorism in this book, and make it seem not only accessible, but, in delicious prose, desirable.
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