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I've been wondering for a few days what to post. When in doubt, review books!

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD was the first book that I've read on infant care. It was recommended by essentially everyone on my doulas mailing list. It was written for new parents who don't know much about babies. It uses a casual, engaging style that may seem simplistic to some. The techniques Karp espouses seem sound, however, and the pictures were very funny. Four stars. If you're having a baby, you should read this book.

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue was somewhere in between The Lovely Bones and The Time-Traveler's Wife. It was a ghost story about love, and I like those. I enjoyed it very much. I liked the theme of activisim running through the book, as well as the multiple storylines. The idea of "what if?" was also fairly central. I was flabbergasted by the surprise ending, but felt I should have seen it coming all along - the best kind. One is left with the reminder that life is precious. Hug your sweetie today! Four stars. Especially recommended to fans of magical realism - it's fairly close to that genre.

Coming up next, I'm reading Mothering the New Mother, about what the new mother needs in the postpartum period. I'm still slowly making my way through Flights and have just started The Well-Favored Man, both of which are very enjoyable.

Date: 2005-11-18 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supercheesegirl.livejournal.com
Ooh. I adored both The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveler's Wife, so I should look up this one. Have you read The History of Love? It was very beautiful in the same sort of way as the others--not as good, but I highly recommend it.

Date: 2005-11-18 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-anemone.livejournal.com
Nope, I haven't read it, but I just requested it from the library. It looks sweet. :) Thanks.

I loooove your icon. :)

Date: 2005-11-18 06:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2005-11-18 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artemis44.livejournal.com
I've heard several good mentions of the happy baby book - I'll definitely have to look that one up!

i think you'd like this

Date: 2005-11-18 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyclothemia.livejournal.com
speaking of babies-
X: A Fabulous Child's Story, by Lois Gould, is great... something i found on the 'net a while ago and have loved since.
it's fictional, and short, but REALLY makes one think. :)
http://www.trans-man.org/baby_x.html

Re: i think you'd like this

Date: 2005-11-19 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-anemone.livejournal.com
*nod* Actually, I read it once for a class in high school. An earlier version, I guess - it was shorter. Great story. :)

Date: 2005-11-19 12:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nepenthedreams
Are you thinking of becoming a mother soon, or just interested in the topic?

Date: 2005-11-19 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-anemone.livejournal.com
Actually, it's for my job. :) I have been attending births, and am branching out into the field of postpartum doula work. It's exciting.

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