Welp, before I jump into a bingo card, I should PROBABLY get caught up on my review backlog. <sigh> Here we go! I initially heard McManus at a conference, and he is a powerful and dynamic speaker. Then a couple friends suggested this as a book club option. I had read (and enjoyed) a couple of his other books, but this one fell a bit flat for me. The basic premise is to encourage people to not give up on their dreams, passions, and goals. Don’t settle for a generic, bland life – you could be travelling the world, having […]
I originally bout Jenny Lawson’s You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds for one of my sisters. And then kind of ‘forgot’ to give it to her. Not really – I did, eventually give it to her. It was just a pre-read (and now, dutifully reviewed), pre-notated copy. She seemed to enjoy the parts I highlighted for her, the things I thought she should pay especial attention to, the parts I really needed her to hear/see/KNOW, so no harm, no foul. I couldn’t resist underlining and circling, starring and drawing little purple hearts at the parts I felt fit her/us […]
Two notes: First, I’m not interested in having the “fat = unhealthy” argument in the comments. BTDT. If you’re the type of person “worried” about fat people’s health, I know. Keep it to yourself, kthx. Second, this is apparently the year of reading books that heavily feature “the F-word” and I swear there was a book out there somewhere about that word in particular that I should probably find, buy, and close the year out by reviewing. (And now, some filler to keep the stuff behind the “more” cut actually off the feed of people reading this in […]
I think this self-help book was originally mentioned in the comments to a Captain Awkward post, but of course I can’t find it now so who actually knows? Emily and Amelia Nagoski are here to tell you that feelings are good, we need to complete the stress cycle, and that “wellness” isn’t another should to beat yourself up over. Over which to beat yourself up? Anyway…it’s above average, I’d say, and in large part because their target audience is very specific.
Several lovely people on this site have reviewed “Unf*ck Your Habitat” with rave reviews, and I’m totally a sucker for a fun title and I hate cleaning, so I decided to give this book a go. And it’s every bit as good as everyone says. Hoffman breaks cleaning down into short bursts of what she refers to as 20/10s or 20 minutes of doing something and 10 minutes of rest. That way something is always getting done, but it never feels overwhelming. It starts to feel less like a chore and more like part of the day. As a person […]
Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, has spent two decades studying shame, vulnerability, and courage. This doesn’t necessarily make her a lot of fun at parties. In fact, she jokes that when she tells people she studies shame, they look away uncomfortably and find someone else to talk to. Yet she also has five best-selling books to her name, and her TED Talk on vulnerability is one of the top 25 most popular TED talks of all time. I hesitate to pick up anything that book stores shelve in the “self-help” section, but after watching some […]
Do you love Oscar the Grouch? Then get his book, The Pursuit of Grouchiness: Oscar the Grouch’s Guide to Life on how to be a good… I mean bad… Grouch! This is a counter book: a gem at the checkout you see and know it is the perfect “little something” you needed to fill out your gift for Uncle Bob or that pesky high schooler who is just graduating. Or you are one of millions of kids who asked, “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?” and know you just have to learn every nugget of wisdom […]
As the title of this book about adoptees indicates, author Nancy Newton Verrier views adoption as a process that wounds adoptees on a fundamental level. Her central theory based on research and personal experience is that severing the connection between a mother and child leaves a wound which profoundly impacts sense of self, including self-worth and self-esteem. She has a strong message for adoptees: What adoptees need to know is that their experience was real. Adoption isn’t a concept to be learned, a theory to be understood, or an idea to be developed. It is a real life experience about […]