Category Archives: Book Review

Want to change our overparenting culture? Read Free Range Kids and Join Let Grow

This book is serious fun.  Serious because no other book – and arguably no other personality – has done more to help loosen the lock-hold helicopter parenting has on our kids than Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy. Fun because … Continue reading

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FREE TO LEARN: Recommended reading for raising free kids

An evolutionary psychologist Peter Gray argues that human children, like all mammals, learn best through play – and by play, Gray means without adult involvement. If adults are directing, coaching, even observing, it isn’t real play. Gray shows how our … Continue reading

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THE WAVE: recommended reading for raising free kids

Nearly all German teenagers read this book about how easy authoritarianism can take hold. Americans might want to read it too — because it happened here. The book is based on an experiment at a high school in Palo Alto, … Continue reading

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Four great books for writers

In honor of my return to the blog, I’m putting a post for my fellow writers. Because that’s why I’ve been away. I’ve been writing the whole time, working on a new novel. I swear. Writers must read. It’s the … Continue reading

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A believable dystopia: review of Feed

Feed by M.T. Anderson If you found the Hunger Games and Divergent far-fetched (and they are), Feed shows a dystopian novel that seems possible. In Feed, everyone is hooked up to a network that tracks their interests and purchases. It also allows them to … Continue reading

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Worth the tears: review of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness I don’t normally go for tear jerkers, but this one is well worth the crying. A Monster Calls is simply a stunning book. It doesn’t just aim for sadness; it tackles a difficult subject the death … Continue reading

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American Gods and the absent Jesus

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Another fantastic book by Neil Gaiman. This one is very dark. (Definitely not intended for a YA audience.) The subject matter is also huge: Jesus, just look at the title! American Gods . But that’s just the thing. There’s … Continue reading

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