Archive for October, 2012

Bringing Up Bebe, by Pamela Druckerman

October 16, 2012

[Lesley] I liked this book much more than I was expecting to. Of course, I wish I had read it when my daughter was a bit younger 🙂 Still, I found the principles of parenting (which are so culturally ingrained – as ours are) to make a lot of sense and to be so respectful of everyone in and around the family. “The Pause” (giving babies the opportunity to self-soothe) would have been very useful during that first year, and the way food is presented is so much more civilized than the way we do it in our house. I’m not sure I completely understand the parental authorite (or how to achieve it myself), but I definitely admire it. I have seen myself the benefit in a child’s autonomie being allowed to blossom. It would certainly be easier to apply some of these parenting techniques (or ways of life) being surrounded by them and having them experienced by your child at a creche (like daycare) or maternelle (preschool), but I’m hoping that I can use some of them with the kiddo (if it’s not too late!).

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Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon

October 11, 2012

[Lesley] Michael Chabon’s writing is so beautiful and so captivating. Even though I don’t have much interest in jazz, midwifery, or the culture in Oakland CA, it was a delight to read this book. The characters are vividly drawn in all of their very real flaws and virtues. Chabon never offers excuses nor does he pull any punches – just lets the reader get to know these people and their lives. Highly recommended.