Thumbs up for Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. Nonfiction/organization.
I am not the white-collar professional that this book is so obviously geared towards, but nevertheless my personal to-do list is expanding to the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica. This is not a self-help book in the style of “let’s meditate on how you see yourself as a person.” It’s strictly practical.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax. Nonfiction/psychology.
A fascinating, easy-to-read look at what Sax thinks may contribute to the huge numbers of boys and young men who don’t want to get off their asses and have a life. (Wait, that’s not how he puts it….) The five topics covered are the ongoing alterations in our (American, that is) early education systems; video games; over-reliance on medications for ADHD; endocrine disruptors in our environment; and the lack of guidance and instruction from older males.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind by Debra Ollivier. Psychology.
This book interested me because it was by and large descriptive rather than prescriptive; it was not a how-to book about how to become happier by “being more French.” That, I am not interested in; and it would have been ridiculous anyway, because it quickly becomes clear in reading that in order to be a French women you need to live in France among French people.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Psychology.
So me reading a book on child psychology is kind of like a lion reading a book on aeronautical engineering. (He may see an airplane now and then, but he hates flying….) But I do have a horrible weakness for pop psych books. This one, written so conversationally the pages fly by, was fascinating – especially the chapters on the problem of praise and the attitudes young kids take about race when their parents remain silent.… >> Read more