This book could have had the children's voices spoken by actual children. Her children did not want to be mentioned by name in this book and were given hilarious aliases. It's nice to be able to listen to someone's life who does not work, does not teach her own children, has financial security on one income, and who can roll with childhood behavior with amazing disrespect. The parental disrespect actions are always mild, but in the context of the near complete lack of empathetic actions towards the parents the household is a model of what entitled parents and children look like.
Oh, not at all, just if you think that this is going to help you get your household in loving order, it will only be a great model of what not to do. In listening to this book my children kept stopping the play to tell me what a great mom I am because I don't "act as the enforcer" among many other actions.
Tavia Gilbert was wonderful to listen to, I would love to listen to her more.
This book was like satire. We ended up listening to it as a family, especially sections where the parents handled entitlement issues by paying out of family people to do the work -- cooking days handled by the child ordering fast food, gardening chores delegated to a yard crew, and many other throw money at the problem fixes.
What a contrast from Hold on to Your Kids, which is the sort of book I wanted more of.
This is a book best listened to in a group of people and then hearing the book as heard by all the people.
The book most like this is one I found in my grandmother's collection, the Art of Writing by Dorothea Brande because of the courage of their voices. That book is now on Audible; check it out.
When her husband proposed -- over and over again.
Now I know someone famous does stuff I've done all along.
Like Dorothea, Amanda is way ahead of her time. I plan on living in a world with many of her kind if I live long enough -- and humanity will be better for it.
I loved the book that was not written, Without going out and saying so explicitly every time Carl Hart made a choice that changed the direction of his life at least one other "how this could have gone down" was clearly available. It was like an origami book, folding in on itself every which way.
I don't know if this counts as a book but my first reaction to finishing it was to go to people I had not talked to in years, make re connections, and collect their stories while they still could. This book reminds me of the best of what autobiographies can do and made me wish to collect my own.
I wish that this book could be read by everyone, especially people who are at the social far ends.
I'm going to be listening to the back half of this book over and over again. The ongoing research and instructions for lucid dreaming will take time to learn but puts into words something that I have done myself since my teen years.
The idea that your dream life can be a video game of your waking life allowing you to create new paths to go on, to practice and rehearse, and to explore so that you have the opportunity to experience in your waking time a far richer and more confident "time when it counts".
How to succeed in Dreamland without really trying
The beginning of the book covers the history of sleep research, which I think everyone knows. I enjoyed his retelling of Thomas Edison's flexibility with the truth as far as how much he in fact slept. Taking another look at The Wizard of Menlo Park's life as opposed to his legends is pretty common lately but both Peter Noble and author Richard Wiseman gave an especially funny "behind the curtain" look at a not so well known figure in history.
I've listened to it more than once and will be listening again.
The rich, personal and true to the moment exchanges between the people who created history. It's possible to have a dialog with a book and this is one of the best examples I've ever read on how someone can have as a mentor someone hundreds of years in the past.
The most gut wrenching moment for me was the author's candid, frank and short explanation of why this period produced no women who were great lights. This came early in the book and in it explained how so much learning never passed out of the courts and to the common people.
I hope to find more of the source material and read it, then return and read this book again.
I Loved the contradictions and internal disconnect -- I've rarely seen the concept of a person without empathy more clearly acted out. For someone to express that they are broken, abused and stunted while at the same time crowing that they are the apex and possibly an improved part of the human condition -- yes, that's these people at their most two dimensional. What I liked least was the lingering feeling of pity. The mood brought on by reading hung on after like a bad smell.
The concepts were overexplained and the book could have gotten in and out in a much shorter time.
I enjoyed the varieties of experience, many points of view within the nonbelieving community.
If you are looking for a book putting forward the virtues of the Freethinking experience, this is more of the reverse -- some of the strongest negative language is reserved for descriptions of groups of freethinkers. Interesting . . . .
I'll be listening to this book again, at least once. I will be putting time into some changes based on the compassion fatigue concept and the lek concept -- really new ideas for me.
The idea that people don't burn out due to overwork but instead underwin -- I'm going to be putting that into action right away.
There's all kinds of myth about the founding of Tae Kwon Do and the effect that ITF and WTF have now. If you want the underbelly, with lots of documentation, this is your book. You'll be going to resources again and again to supply some historical background for the events described, and you will read it again and again.
This was a book to work with in sections, and best with community, and the author provides a community online. Very well done.
Any book by Eleanor Cameron, or Sylvia Waugh. There's a just next to of this reality, fully realized alternate reality to play in. People who love the Mennyms will enjoy this book.
The ending was a choker, but in a good way.
I will be looking for more books by this author.
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