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K. Russell

Northwest | Member Since 2009

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  • 135 titles in library
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  • Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lenore Skenazy
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Lenore Skenazy called down a firestorm of controversy when she wrote a newspaper column about letting her nine-year-old ride alone on the New York City subway. In this plainspoken take on modern parenting, Skenazy offers a commonsense approach to letting kids be kids.

    C says: "Plenty to think about"
    "Perfect Book for the Worried Parent"
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    Headline for all American Parents: Mostly, Things Go Well --- This is what I really took away from Lenore's book, that yes, bad stuff happens, but mostly, things turn out okay. This doesn't mean to ignore or neglect your kids, but it notes how parenting in America has become this micro-managed activity where parents don't even feel comfortable letting their 12 or 13 year old go to the park without them.

    It reminds us how we grew up-- without cellphones, with free-range of the neighborhood, walking to school or being out of touch with our parents for hours without them thinking we were abducted.

    Why have we become such helicopter parents? Lenore's book looks at the question and considers the media and well, the disapproving looks of other parents and compares what we do as parents in America versus other parts of the world.

    It's a great book to listen to if you want to give your kids more independence, but are worried about it or what might happen. I think it will be a book I will listen to on many occasions to re-remind me how much independence we used to have and how to help our kids have a little more.

    Oh, the only negative in the book is at first you might think the reader is going to come off as annoying the whole book (almost a know-it-all), but her voice becomes more of a comfort than a hinderance as the book progresses.

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  • Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amy Spencer
    • Narrated By Amy Spencer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    We all have those days when life could use a lift. Enter Bright Side Up, a clever and comforting compendium to help you shift your perspective and appreciate what's right in front of you. With the warmth and wisdom of a dear friend, this deceptively simple guide offers emergency optimism when you need it with fresh tips that can be put to use on the spot. Dip in whenever you need a boost. Because when you can find the sunshine in your every day, you'll feel brighter, too.

    Kevin says: "Great Book!! Especially in Audio Format!!"
    "A Bright Surprise! And Many Good Reminders!"
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    I bought this book as it was one of the buy-2-get-1 free and I really wasn't expecting much from it. It seemed interesting, looked good, but I really wasn't sure if it was going to be one of those new-agey meditative books or something solid I could enjoy without having to have all my karma in row.

    It turned out to be a wonderful surprise as Amy is a wonderful writer and reader of her own work. It offered some great reminders with good stories and facts to go with them. I never felt lectured to or that she was someone who was just oblivious to life's sadder side, but her spin on how to take a bad event or moment and put a good spin on it was very wise and helpful.

    This is one book I'm keeping on my iPhone to listen to again and again. Especially when I'm not appreciating my life or all I have, this book will remind me again and again, how to lean towards optimism.

    Nicely done!

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  • Lit: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mary Karr
    • Narrated By Mary Karr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    Lit follows Mary Karr's descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness - and her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in "The Mental Marriott" awakens her to the possibility of joy, and leads her to an unlikely faith.

    Kim says: "Finally! One for the "Win" column"
    "Strong Memoir & Fantastic Narration by Mary Karr!"
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    If you could sum up Lit in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling. Interesting. Honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how this story didn't just discuss Karr's alcohol addiction, but also how she made her way as a writer and author during this time. You didn't just get "Lit" in regards to being drunk, but also in regards to "literary." I found that aspect of her early life as a writer even more interesting than her addiction.


    What does Mary Karr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having Mary Karr read her own story really gave me a sense of place and person. Mary's voice, with its slight southern accent, really added to the nuances of the words and narration. I feel as if I got so much more out of this listening to her read her memoir to me than to read it myself. It was so compelling, I'd find myself doing chores around the house just so I could keep listening to it in on my iPod!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a good story by someone who isn't afraid to share it all, to show herself in an unflattering light, and appreciate the writer's life, you'll love this.

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