Ramblings of the Girl

My life as a mom, wife, and student…

Get Your Read On September 10, 2010

Here you have a list of books either I have already read, or are on my want to read list.

What’s on your list?

An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda by Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner

I came across this book in a used book store, with the unbeatable price of about $0.50. I made it a point to see the film when it was released in 2005; though it never made it to a mainstream theatre in my area, I found it playing at a small artsy theatre in a nearby town. This is an autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina, who sheltered over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide. I highly recommend this book, though I myst say that you probably need at least a minor interest in the subject for it to keep your attention. If you are wondering, I would say that the film had a pretty accurate portrayal of the events as told by Rusesabagina in the book.

It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I recently finished this book, and while it won’t make it to the top of my recommendation list, I will give it a ‘should read’ because I found many of the ideas to be things that we should all stop and think about on several levels. What can parents, families, and society overall do to help today’s children; what should we ALL be doing?

Learning Joy From Dogs Without Collars by Lauralee Summer

This is a memoir about a girl that went ‘from homeless to Harvard’. It was an interesting read that was overall pretty good. The Manchild read it and absolutely loved it. For me there were some unanswered questions, but I appreciated the frankness of Lauralee, and gained some new perspectives.

The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

I’m not usually into reading self-help parenting type books, but The Popo truly rocked my world from about day one. I have to admit that when she was in the hospital, the nurses warned me repeatedly, that one is going to be a little spit fire. The word I use to describe her is spirited. She needs a special type of guidance, you can’t get through to her any old way. She has her own ideas, even more so than ‘normal’ toddlers, and there’s not much that will distract her from her mission. I found this book to be an amazing tool in helping me come up with some more creative ways to handle typical issues we have. We were already doing several things Dr. Karp recommends, but not in quite the same way. With a little twist or turn in our approach, there was a HUGE difference in the reaction. If you have a spirited (strong-willed, independent, determined, curious…) child, and need some fine tuning or new ideas, this is a must read 🙂


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