Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Books of 2010 - May

1. The New Strong Willed Child. Non-fiction by James Dobson. I've read this one before. Let's just say I needed a refresher. All of my children have strong will elements in their natures (some more than others) and none of them are as bad (thankfully!) as some of the stories in this book. Still, a little parenting reminder was helpful.

2. The Art of Eating In. Non-fiction by Cathy Erway. This is a NYC food writer who gave up eating out for two years. Part food memoir, part manifesto it was fairly entertaining but not great.

3. Wedding Season. Fiction by Katie Fforde. This is a British author who writes frothy but surprisingly deep character fiction. Just what I wanted to read at this point in May.

4. Be CentsAble. Non-fiction by Chrissy Pate & Kristin McKee. Nothing ground breaking (for me) here but it was probably written for a different demographic. Like people who have never even considered not buying a new car or using a coupon.

5. Just Food. Non-fiction by James McWilliams. This was a thought provoking book for me. The author challenges the presumption of the local food movement and some logical fallacies but because he is an environmentalist he didn't quite go far enough for me. I found myself agreeing with a lot of what he wrote and discussing the rest with Prince Charming (who hadn't read the book and is very skeptical of environmental issues in general). I recommend this book as an alternative to Michael Pollan, et al.

6. House of Havoc. Non-fiction by Marni Jameson. Part memoir, part organizational guide. Funny and realistic.

7. The Double Comfort Safari Club. Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith. The latest installment in the Ladies' #1 Detective Agency series. Fun to read, as always.

8. The Mother at Home or The Principles of Maternal Duty. Non-fiction by John S. C. Abbott. This parenting book was written in 1834. The prose style is, of course, often melodramatic and takes some getting used to. But the content is good, challenging, and many parents could stand to read this. He isn't harsh at all, which surprised me.

9. Intellectuals and Society. Non-fiction by Thomas Sowell. I can't recommend this book highly enough. For that matter, I can't recommend Thomas Sowell highly enough. I'd love to have just a small percentage of his brain power. Prince Charming and I were reading this at the same time and we kept reading it out loud to each other with comments like, "This is exactly right" and "Everyone should be required to read Sowell".

Totals for May:
Fiction: 2
Non-fiction: 7
Dickens: none. Worked steadily on Bleak House (which I'm loving!) but didn't finish it.

This post is linked to Life as Mom's Booking It.

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