Blaise’s July Suggestion

No Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson – audiobook

no drama coverBlaise says: “No Drama Discipline advocates for a more thoughtful approach to discipline and parenting. This is the first ‘how-to’ book I have ever listened to as an audiobook and I highly recommend it! I feel like I am actually absorbing what I am listening to and applying what I’ve learned much more easily than if I was trying to read this book in the traditional sense. (Plus it gives me more time to read novels!)”

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Also by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson: The Whole Brain Child


Hadley’s January Recommendation

Breed by Chase Novak

breed“While most would agree this book is ‘not appropriate’ for me to be reading right now (I’m 7 months pregnant), my love of the macabre wouldn’t let me wait.  Breed centers on the lives of wealthy New York couple the Twisdens, who test the limits of infertility treatments in their obsession for a child.  After submitting to dangerous, questionable procedures, the Twisdens successfully conceive children…but at a horrible, gruesome price.  Breed is original fast-paced, scary and stomach-turning, and at times also funny and sad.  Stephen King even says it’s “the best horror novel (he’s read) since Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans

The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


Ellen’s December Recommendation

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

Here is summary of this book from the online catalog: “In this irresistible memoir, the #1 New York Times bestselling author writes about her life and the lives of women today, lots of candleslooking back and ahead–and celebrating it all–as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all that stuff in our closets, and more”.  Ellen says, “I have always enjoyed Anna Quindlen’s writing, and this work is no exception.  Her stories are encouraging, though-provoking, sometimes comforting and sometimes discomforting.  She says, ‘First I was who I was.  The I didn’t know who I was.  Then I invented someone and became her.  Then I began to like what I’d invented. And finally I was what I was again'”.  Claudia also recommended this book in November! Click here to access a list of readalikes!

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Claudia’s November Recommendation

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

“Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen looks back in this memoir on what has mattered most to her over sixty years.  Her wit and insight shine through as she puts into words thoughts I could certainly relate to.  Comments relating to her present and future are also illuminating and humorous.”

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3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

2) Forward From Here by Reeve Lindbergh

2) The Slippery Year by Melanie Gideon

3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) Testimony by Anita Shreve

2) This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

3) On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

Julia’s January Recommendation

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

“This is the perfect book to read if you are thinking about your new year’s resolutions and wondering how you will keep them. Author Gretchen Rubin describes her year-long project of figuring out how to live a happier life. She focuses on different themes each month beginning in January with how to increase her energy. I really enjoyed this book and found many great ideas to apply to my own life. Happy New Year!”

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Kimberly’s September Recommendation

iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up by Barbara Hofer

“I just sent my oldest off to college and this book came highly recommended by a dean at his university.  The ability to text, email, phone, tweet, and skype at will has changed the way parents and their somewhat adult children communicate.  This offers some interesting studies and observations about how to help our children achieve their independence, while still keeping up a solid relationship.  I found it wise and practical.”

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Ellen’s July Recommendation

YesYourTeenisCrazyYes, Your Teen is Crazy: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind by Michael Bradley

“I have recommended this book to a number of parents; I wish it was around when I had teenagers! Bradley is at once funny & effective; he draws on current brain research to explain why teens are “crazy” – and how (and when) parents can respond in the most helpful way.”

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