As one whose makeup leads to conflict avoidance in most negotiations, I thought -- correctly -- that Getting To Yes might contain a few concepts, approaches, and tactics which would be valuable to me. I can confirm that there is much wisdom in this book, but I did find the narration to be a little difficult to follow. The 30-second replay was employed many, many, times during the listening of this book in order to jump back in an effort to understand what was just said. I am going to buy the print (e-book) version of this title so that I might more fully understand the teachings; bulleted lists and section headings are fine in print, but in this case did not translate well to the spoken word. Even with the troublesome narration, I found this book to be well worth the money.
Brave Girl Eating is a mother's memoir describing the time when anorexia emerged in her 14 year old daughter's life. As a person without anorexia, I was mainly interested in this book to try to learn more about the disease, its causes, and cures. I had no particularly great interest in anorexia specifically, and took a bit of a chance on this book after its being recommended to me by Audible. My main criticism of this book is probably the venomous and angry voice of the author as she recounted her interactions with various health care professionals, insurance people, and even her family members. I can imagine that this book might be useful to other families touched by eating disorders, either as a comforting note of solidarity, or as a field journal from one particular implementation of family based treatment for anorexia. For me, the author's own ambivalence about food, and aforementioned acerbic tone, detracted from the book's attempts to shed light on various theories on the origins of eating disorders, and different treatment options. Also, bear in mind that the author is a not a medical professional by trade, and what she is doing is passing along her own ruminations on different studies, medical journal entries, and articles. I do believe that the author was trying to get helpful information out to the families of eating disorder sufferers, and yet I also think that she used this book to do a goodly amount of spleen venting.
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