Posts Tagged ‘Book Review’

Member Musings: Vegetarian Book Reviews


Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Jerusalem broke new ground with fantastic flavor combinations and inventive dishes that were at once exotic but approachable and appealing. The recipes blended different culinary traditions in a way that is fresh and exiting. Like so many people, I marveled that every dish I made from the book […]

Book Review: Overwhelmed

In her best-selling book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Brigid Schulte offers an illuminating analysis of the trends, myths, policies and historical circumstances that have resulted in overwhelmed modern mothers while providing a hopeful vignette-based prescription for what they can do to enjoy life and motherhood again.

Book Review: All Joy and No Fun

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In All Joy and No Fun, The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, author Jennifer Senior takes readers through a history and analysis of how modern parenting has become the paradox that it is today. Rather than asking, as most parenting books do, about what effect parents have on their children,

Book Roundup: Holiday Picture Books


 In my family, the kids look forward to the holidays all year long—which makes the season especially precious when it finally arrives. Holiday traditions like family time, feasts, and gift-giving and receiving are all part of what makes the season special. Another tradition that can add to the magic of the season is reading holiday […]

Book Roundup: New Beginnings for Rosh Hashanah


Back-To-School is a time for new beginnings.  For the Jewish community, it is also a time to start fresh with a new year in the Hebrew calendar called Rosh Hashanah (this year starting the evening of September 4th).  On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the creation of the world while dipping apples in honey to represent […]

App Review: The Waking Prince


Requirements for this app: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Not available on other tablets or digital readers. “The Waking Prince” is a 75-page book with 35 elven couplets (or extra scenes) written and designed by The Story Elves.  Their first original fairy tale, “The Walking Prince” tells the story of a young prince […]

Minimalist Parenting

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When I first heard the title of Christine Koh and Ahsa Dornfest’s new book, Minimalist Parenting, I felt a wave of calm and relief come over my body. Finally, I thought, a parenting book which cuts to the chase and addresses the root of so many modern parents’ anxiety, worry and over-parenting issues, giving us […]

Book Roundup: Picture Books About Summer


Summer is just around the corner and kids will love hearing summer-themed stories. Here are some recommendations for fun, magical, thought-provoking, and multicultural picture books to get us into the summer spirit. Enjoy! All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee Ages: 3-5

The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

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As parents, we are often looking for the perfect answers about what our children most need from us. By the time many of us arrive at parenthood, we’ve often achieved success in our careers and feel as if we should be able to transfer that success to each of our interactions with our children. But […]

Book Roundup: Elections and Presidents


  With Election Day fast approaching (Nov. 6), now is the perfect time to introduce children to the concepts of a president and elections. Whether you prefer books about fictional presidential races or true accounts of real-life presidents, all of the following provide great segues to discussing current events.  

Book Roundup: Popular Parenting Books from the PAMP General Forum

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Parenting is tough—so tough that many of us (myself included) look to parenting books for guidance. The evidence? Two hot discussion threads seeking suggestions for parenting books on the PAMP General Forums. These threads generated numerous recommendations. Below are details on 11 of the most popular books according to your fellow members.

Book Roundup: Safety

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It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day parenting and delay addressing safety issues such as fires, strangers and earthquakes. Part of the problem may be that these emergency situations don’t naturally come up in everyday conversation. Picture books are a great way to broach topics that may not arise until it’s too late.

Book Roundup: Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is fast approaching. Have you thought about how you will celebrate? How about topping off your festivities with some reading time? The staff from Books Inc. in Palo Alto recommended some of their favorite titles for Father’s Day. Books Inc., which calls itself “the West’s oldest independent bookseller,” was established during the Gold […]

Parenting Insight from the Playing Field

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I am always on the lookout for life lessons that can be applied to parenthood. And, if you are like most parents, you can use all the guidance and inspiration you can get.  So when I find inspiration, I am compelled to share.  This is why I wrote a book, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers […]

Book Roundup: Mother’s Day

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The month of May brings mayflowers, the Indianapolis 500 and, of course, Mother’s Day. In addition to brunch, flowers and (hopefully) some spa time, squeeze in some bonding time with the reason(s) you’re celebrating Mother’s Day by reading together. This month, the book roundup includes picture books especially for mothers and their children.