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Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield
Jeremy Scahill
Badass Teachers Unite!: Writing on Education, History, and Youth Activism
Mark Naison
Across the Plains
Robert Louis Stevenson
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond

Perfect Fifths

Perfect Fifths - Megan McCafferty This book reads as though the author wrote down all her ideas for what she'd put in the book...and then stopped. Yes, events happen, but the structure and scenario are forced, the whole middle section reads like a one-act play (all dialogue, no stage direction), and the fantastically written sexual and emotional tension from the first two books is completely gone, replaced by a romance-novel-style third act.

It seemed to me that perhaps the author didn't care to finish the series but had already committed to a contract. Thirds and Fourths certainly weren't as good as the first two, but they were still considerably better than this one. So disappointing.

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old - Harvey Karp, Paula Spencer This book is very strange. Aside from the annoying use of baby talk in all the examples, I found it bizarre that a pediatrician was recommending using cookies and juice as bribes in about 80 percent of the scenarios described. These problems made it hard to believe his advice was sound.

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent - Meredith Small I think this was probably pretty groundbreaking when it came out, but most of the content is fairly well-known information by now. It also has a bit of a judgemental tone...and that's coming from someone who's pretty on board with the author's message.

MINIMALIST PARENTING: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

MINIMALIST PARENTING: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less - Christine Koh;Asha Dornfest Nothing groundbreaking, but solid info overall.

Parenting With Love and Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition)

Parenting With Love and Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) - Foster W. Cline, Jim Fay, Eugene H. Peterson I found it a touch sexist at times, and the authors' values didn't quite coincide with my own. But if you can get past that and the religious component of it, the ideas seem pretty solid.

Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding

Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding - Dana Sullivan, Dana Sullivan Most of the essays were fine, but nothing spectacular. The essays on weaning, though, were completely fantastic.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska - John Green The copyediting left a lot to be desired, but the story was quite good.

Little Earthquakes

Little Earthquakes - Jennifer Weiner While the writing is somewhat contrived (do people in real life really throw back their heads and laugh?) and the characters are a bit predictable, Jennifer Weiner did a fantastic job capturing the emotions of new motherhood.