If you are of the same generation as Nora, you will relate to the stories better than I. I wanted to love this book. I was hoping for some wisdom on aging in that Nora Ephron wit of her screen plays. The stories are like a comentary on the events of the times in which she was living through, many read out like a diary entry. The narnators voice is a good fit for the author, so it is like you are hearing the author read her stories. This book is long if you don't or can't relate to the stories. For example the storie about returning to Wellesley... was a bit of a 'you had to be there'. Unfortunately I could not finish this book as I lost interest.
The Alchemy of Air is a fasinating story. From the need to feed the increasing population of the world, to chemical warfare... This is an amazing history that has all the elements of a great story. And best of all, it is a true story told extreemly well. If you have an introductory knowledge of chemistry, the information on nitrogen fixation will be in your grasp of understanding. The history has a frame of reference that is easy to follow through the 20th century. The narration is smooth and relaxed and well suited to the story that it just carries you along from start to finish.
Susan Stiffelmans voice is perfect to the reading of her book. She is calm, soothing and reassuring as you absorb her advice on Parenting without Power Struggles. Be the captian of your ship. Show your children that you can guide them through the rough and calm patches of day-to-day life, the ins and outs, and the operation of your home. Imagine how amazing it would feel to not get sucked into a back-and-forth verbal struggle with your kids about little things. And remember, you are the parent!
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