Saturday, November 22, 2008

Parenting from the Heart

Didn't like it. At all. Makes me remember why I don't read parenting books as a general rule.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Innocent (Harlan Coben)

Really liked this one... it's one of his earlier books, and it was interesting to see the differences between those books I've already listened to and this one.

One thing about this author - he has this quirk of making repeated mention of some new technology and technology is often a theme in his books. I'm OK with that, but I wish he would be a little more subtle about it. ALso, he tends to repeat phrases throughout his books a lot. I don't know if that's intentional (I hope so) but it bugs the crap out of me.

Other than that, I love his stuff. The plots are always very interesting and generally they focus on what could be a real moral ambiguity. I like that.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Primal Wound (Nancy Verrier)

As an adoptive mom I think it was my responsibility to read this book. And I want to preface this review with saying that I am glad that I did and I went into it ready to hear about the impact of adoption on my girls and the negatives attached to being adopted. I know full well that adoption is never the best choice for kids and I have very mixed feelings about adoption in general.

That said, this book was not the masterpiece I was hoping for. I've heard people say such great things about it, but to me, it seemed inflammatory and anecdotal, which is definitely one of my least favorite combinations. Do I think that some (or even all adoptees) suffer because they've been separated from their birth families? Yes. Do I believe that one adoptees experience = all adoptees experience? No.

Perhaps I don't know enough about Verrier - maybe she's been in practice with lots of adoptees and this book doesn't demonstrate that. But from my perspective she drew on a handful of experiences to try to classify and describe an experience that a uniquely personal one.

WHich leaves me scratching my head because I don't know what I expected her to do. But whathever it was, this wasn't it.

All that said, I do know that many adoptees connect with her writing and so perhaps she really has hit the nail on the head. I just don't know.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dedication (Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin)

I liked this book only moderately. I'd give it a C overall. I really liked the younger Katie character but I kind of had no respect for the older Kate she grows into. Katie was witty and slightly snarky which is what I loved about the Nanny Diaries. Older Katie was just kind of sad and pathetic. I also liked their perspective of outsider observing privelage better in Nanny Diaries than I did here - it seemed more... genuine... though jake's handler is awesome.

The switching back and forth in time was interesting but it seems like this has been overdone for me before.

My biggest complaint about Kate is that I didn't buy her ridiculous need for closure. My biggest complaint about Jake is that I didn't believe he could really be two entirely different people as he is portrayed in the book. However, the idea that his mom completely ruined his ability to maintain healthy attachments is an interesting one, I don't think it was explored enough in the book. The back story about Katie's parents' relationship was pretty interesting.

Like I said, overall, just OK.

One thing about these authors... overall I'm really curious about how two people write together. It's an interesting idea.