Glow Kids amply and convincingly documents the potential connections between screen time and a number of mental health conditions including depression, ADHD, aggression, and even psychosis.
Like Twin Peaks reimagined by Roberto Bolaño, Gesell Dome is a teeming microcosm in which voices combine into a rich, engrossing symphony of human depravity.
The book is easy to read and doesn’t contain a lot of dry research. Instead, the author writes to the parent in real life language using real life situations.
Gopnik is not the first to have argued for a less instrumental and more playful view of childhood, but her book is still a welcome corrective to the results-driven approach to parenting.
Research and common sense back solid strategies that allow children to navigate the ups and downs of divorce with minimal damage.
One might wish for more insight into the life of a transplanted Northerner and less emphasis on all-purpose bits of insight and what seems at times a one-sided love story, but it’s hard to resist Sullivan’s spunky, outgoing personality.
Watching Edie is written in Edie’s voice with both her current tale and the backstory of a traumatic event. It proves to be a spine-tingling suspense thriller filled with obsession, rage and betrayal.
Bergen’s more helpful suggestions about ways to live well would be better suited to a mother-to-daughter letter, with all of the straining to impress shorn away.
Stein’s compelling, sincere voice emerges full strength from this illuminating, soul-searching story of an emotionally crippling romance.
Encapsulated within are Yukiko’s surviving letters, which are suffused with her stunning personality, captured as well in the author’s re-created portrait and dialogue of a woman “knocked down” by life but capable of such passionate feeling that she knocked the boy off his feet. As startling and memorable as fiction and ripe for film adaptation.
In a graphically detailed, at times solipsistic memoir, Australian novelist Leigh (Disquiet, 2008, etc.) chronicles her efforts, over several years, to conceive a child...A brutally honest and sad testimony of a desperate desire for motherhood.
Generous and heartfelt, Johnson’s book offers an intimate look at family and especially mother-daughter connections. It is an uplifting affirmation of human relationships and the cycle of life itself. A warmly candid memoir of navigating family, aging, and death.
There are times in Ali’s novel when you wish his hero could pull himself together and assert some boundaries — but that would be to break Maria’s rules. It would also be to contravene the narrative’s propulsive principle, which requires the woman to be one step ahead of the man at all times.
Not my favorite Shakespeare. I thought it lacked the depth of Hamlet or MacBeth. But perhaps that is my fault for not reading this in an academic setting...But Iago’s character is certainly interesting with all of the conniving and manipulation.
Writers routinely withhold information, but in Our Mutual Friend Dickens walks the fine line between withholding from his readers and manipulating them. I’d prefer it if the Lammles were the novel’s only conspirators.
Rather than encouraging a passive consumption of Buddhist thought, the work seeks to cultivate an attitude in readers that will pay large dividends for those who follow the course.
While the book adequately covers a good deal of research and systematically examines the rewards and challenges of intimacy, it doesn’t make love sound like a whole lot of fun.
...Dudgeon explores the man and his character, his obsession with death and the afterlife, the cruel side to his writings, and the strange illusions he created around himself. A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children’s heroes.
Family is a perennially popular subject, and Scottoline and Serritella bring wisdom and laughs to make sure it never gets boring.
And if all of this has made the book sound like some sort of keep-calm-and-carry-on-you-idiot Bible for subscribers to tough love … well, it kind of is that. But it’s also steeped in some remarkably fine-tuned compassion.