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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ?As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.? from the foreword by Au...gusten Burroughs Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them) had earned him the label ?social deviant.? It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It s a strange, sly, indelible account sometimes alien yet always deeply human. ISBN-13: 9780307396181 Publisher: Crown Publishing Group Publication date: 9/9/2008 Edition description: Reprint Pages: 320 Sales rank: 60,749 Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d) Read More

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Is Your Home Out of Order? Do your kids expect clean folded clothes to magically appear in their drawers? Do they roll their eyes ...when you suggest they clean the bathroom? By racing in to make their lives easy, have you unintentionally reinforced your children s belief that the world revolves around them? Dismayed at the attitude of entitlement that had crept into her home, Kay Wyma got some attitude of her own. Cleaning House is her account of a year-long campaign to introduce her five kids to basic life skills and the ways meaningful work can increase earned self-confidence and concern for others. With irresistible humor and refreshing insights, Kay candidly details the ups and downs of equipping her kids for such tasks as making beds, refinishing a deck chair, and working together. The changes that take place in her household will inspire you to launch your own campaign to dislodge your kids from the center of their universe. ?If you want your children to be more responsible, more self-assured, and more empathetic, Cleaning House is for you.? Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family Read More

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When Rosalind Wiseman first published Queen Bees and Wannabes, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls friendships... and conflicts?from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influenced by their interactions with one another. Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls and explores: ?How girls experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success ?The different roles girls play in and outside of cliques as Queen Bees, Targets, and Bystanders, and how this defines how they and others are treated ?Girls power plays?from fake apologies to fights over IM and text messages ?Where boys fit into the equation of girl conflicts and how you can help your daughter better hold her own with the opposite sex ?Checking your baggage?recognizing how your experiences impact the way you parent, and how to be sanely involved in your daughter s difficult, yet common social conflicts Packed with insights about technology s impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity. Read More

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Happy is good. Holy is better. Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline desi...gned to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God s primary intent for your marriage isn t to make you happy . . . but holy? Sacred Marriage doesn t just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time tested wisdom from Christian classics, and examples from today s marriages. Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God s presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and more. The revised edition of Sacred Marriage takes into account the ways men s and women s roles have expanded since the book was first written. It has been streamlined to be a faster read without losing the depth that so many readers have valued. Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God s overarching purpose. This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ. Read More

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An information-packed, month-by-month guide to all the emotional, financial, and yes, even physical changes the father-to-be may e...xperience during the course of his partner s pregnancy-now significantly updated and expanded. Incorporating the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists, the Third Edition of The Expectant Father includes the latest research about assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and many other topics and is filled with sound advice and practical tips for men, such as: Ways to support and encourage your partner throughout pregnancy Overcoming infertility What childbirth classes don t teach you How to make sense of your conflicting emotions How to juggle your work and family roles Special ways to prepare if you re adopting a baby How to become the father you really want to be Illustrated throughout with New Yorker cartoons that will make even the most anxious fathers-to-be chuckle, this book-the essential reference for all expectant couples-reassures, commiserates, informs, and entertains. Read More

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The classic guide of the post-Dr. Spock generation has been revised to include the latest information on virtually every aspect of... infant and baby care. THE BABY BOOK is unrivaled in its scope and authority, and presents a practical, contemporary approach to parenting that reflects the way we live today. Focusing on the essential needs of babies eating, sleeping, development, health, and comfort it addresses the questions of greatest concern to parents. The Searses acknowledge that there is no one way to parent a baby, and they offer the basic guidance and inspiration you need to develop the parenting style that best suits you and your child. THE BABY BOOK is a rich and invaluable resource that will help you get the most out of parenting for your child, for yourself, and for your entire family. Read More

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Here is the help you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions. Drs. Henry Clou...d and John Townsend take you through the ins and outs of establishing boundaries in your parenting and of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. Learn how to: set limits and still be a loving parent; bring control to an out-of-control family life apply the ten laws of boundaries to parenting define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids ... and much more. Read More

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In today s increasingly complicated world, it s often difficult for parents to connect with their daughters-and especially so for ...fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman s relationship with her father is far more important than we ve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life-and his own-for the better. Inside you ll discover: the essential virtues of strong fathers-and how to develop them, the cues daughters take from their dads on everything from self-respect to drugs, alcohol, and sex, the truth about ground rules (girls do want them, despite their protests), the importance of becoming a hero to your daughter, the biggest mistake a dad can make-and the ramifications, the fact that girls actually depend on their dads guidance into adulthood, steps fathers can follow to help daughters avoid disastrous decisions and mistakes, ways in which a father s faith-or lack thereof-will influence his daughter, essential communication strategies for different stages of a girl s life, true stories of "prodigal daughters"-and how their fathers helped to bring them back. Dads, you are far more powerful than you think-and if you follow Dr. Meeker s advice, the rewards will be unmatched. Read More

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The long-awaited revised edition! It s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. D...edicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book s range of nursing advice, stories, and information from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers ? real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience ? new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions ? strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more ? reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications ? recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding ? helpful tips for building your support network at home or when back at work ? nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws ? guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications Plus Internet references for further information, including La Leche League support sites and groups. Mothers bringing babies into a new world want sustainable, healthy, positive ways to help their children blossom and thrive. There is no better beginning for your baby than the womanly art of breastfeeding. "Mothers of healthy babies and those with special needs will learn how to recognize and overcome common problems, maintain an ample milk supply, and safely lose weight while breastfeeding...revised and updated." Read More

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"The drawings aren t very good, Mama." Crappy Boy, age 5 Of course you love being a parent. But sometimes, it just sucks. I know.... I m Amber Dusick and I started my blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures because I needed a place to vent about the funny (and frustrating) day-to-day things that happened to me as a parent. Turns out, poop is hilarious! At least when you re not the one wiping it up. This book won t make your frustrating moments any less crappy. But these stories about my Crappy Baby, Crappy Boy and my husband, Crappy Papa, will hopefully make you laugh. Because you re not alone. And sometimes the crappiest moments make the best memories. Parenting is wonderful! And also, well, you know. Read More

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Only when you and your mate know and respect each other s needs, choices, and freedom can you give yourselves freely and lovingly ...to one another. Boundaries in Marriage gives you the tools you need. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, counselors and authors of the award-winning bestseller Boundaries, show you how to apply the principles of boundaries to your marriage. This book helps you understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in your marriage -- and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy you both long for. Read More

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In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDon...ald s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers communication skills (?they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news?), to the eating habits of four year olds (?there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor?). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home. Read More

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True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference. A date won t take "no" for an answer. The new ...nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust and act on our gut instincts. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including...how to act when approached by a stranger...when you should fear someone close to you...what to do if you are being stalked...how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life. The man whom Oprah Winfrey calls "the nation s leading expert on violent behavior" shows how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it s too late. Abridged. 3 CDs. Read More

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The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones o...pening up, an attempt to find a deeper sense of place, and a slower pace, in a small New England town. It is a story of mid-life longings and discoveries, of lessons learned in the search for home and a new sense of purpose, and the bittersweet intensity of life with teenagers holding on, letting go. Poised on the threshold between family life as she s always known it and her older son s departure for college, Kenison is surprised to find that the times she treasures most are the ordinary, unremarkable moments of everyday life, the very moments that she once took for granted, or rushed right through without noticing at all. The relationships, hopes, and dreams that Kenison illuminates will touch women s hearts, and her words will inspire mothers everywhere as they try to make peace with the inevitable changes in store. Read More

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At the age of eight, the author began a three-year odyssey through a series of orphan asylums and foster homes, punctuated by epis...odes of living in the streets a journey through a world of hostile strangers, abusive adults, and suspicious children. Read More

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One of the country s leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving and preventing your children s sleep proble...ms Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child s natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that - Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child - Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more - Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock naturally - Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep including the inclination to rock and feed - Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers - Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule - Rest is vital to your child s health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems Read More

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A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate When Temple Grandin was born in ...1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. From the ?aspies? in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field. Read More

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What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every mo...ment of David Sheff s journey through his son Nic s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help. For further information regarding Nic Sheff and his father David, check out Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Read More

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?Alan Kazdin delivers the evidence-based, gold-standard method for parents who want simple, effective responses to the everyday ch...allenging behaviors of their children.? Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Flourish and The Optimistic Child Alan Kazdin s The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child is the gold standard for research-backed advice on being a better parent for difficult children. But what about children who are not ?defiant?? Now, in The Everyday Parenting Toolkit, Dr. Kazdin addresses how parents can deal with the routine challenges that come with raising a child. Dr. Kazdin s methods are based on the most up-to-date research and are implemented in real-world ways. These are the problems that plague parents on a day-to-day basis: from getting ready for school on time to expanding the palates of picky eaters to limiting computer time, no parenting book does a better job at helping parents understand and correct problematic behaviors. Dr. Kazdin s methods foster lifelong positive character traits such as respectfulness, honesty, kindness, and altruism. With The Everyday Parenting Toolkit, Dr. Kazdin helps transform parenting and helps develop ideal child-parent relationships. ?Jam-packed with solid advice any parent can use.? BookPage ?A useful guide to eliminating stress, improving communication and providing a more nurturing family environment.? Kirkus Reviews Read More

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What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin,... the nation s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:? Reducing the pain of labor without drugs and the miraculous roles touch and massage play ? What really happens during labor ? Orgasmic birth making birth pleasurable ? Episiotomy is it really necessary? ? Common methods of inducing labor and which to avoid at all costs ? Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth ? How to avoid postpartum bleeding and depression ? The risks of anesthesia and cesareans what your doctor doesn t necessarily tell you ? The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers ? How to create a safe, comfortable environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital ? And much more Ina May s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention. Read More

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Newly revised, featuring the most up-to-date research, effective strategies, and real-life stories The spirited child often called... "difficult" or "strong-willed" possesses traits we value in adults yet find challenging in children. Research shows that spirited kids are wired to be "more" by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. In this revised edition of the award-winning classic, voted one of the top twenty books for parents, Kurcinka provides vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint. Raising Your Spirited Child will help you: understand your child s­ and your own temperamental traits discover the power of positive rather than negative labels cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they do occur plan for success with a simple four-step program develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations "A spirited child, often called difficult or strong-willed, has certain needs that may make parents feel overwhelmed and frustrated; this book explains how to understand and nurture these special children." Read More

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Perfect for expecting parents who want to provide a soothing home for the newest member of their family, The Happiest Baby on the ...Block, the national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, is a revolutionary method for calming a crying infant and promoting healthy sleep from day one. In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries an automatic ?off-switch? for their baby s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. ?I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history ?and I explain exactly how they work.? In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses: The Missing Fourth Trimester: as odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three months too soon. The Calming Reflex: the automatic reset switch to stop crying of any baby in the first few months of life. The 5 ?S s?: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) that trigger the calming reflex. For centuries, parents have tried these methods only to fail because, as with a knee reflex, the calming reflex only works when it is triggered in precisely the right way. Unlike other books that merely list these techniques Dr. Karp teaches parents exactly how to do them, to guide cranky infants to calm and easy babies to serenity in minutes?and help them sleep longer too. The Cuddle Cure: the perfect mix the 5 ?S s? that can soothe even the most colicky of infants. In the book, Dr. Karp also explains: What is colic? Why do most babies get much more upset in the evening? How can a parent calm a baby in mere minutes? Can babies be spoiled? When should a parent of a crying baby call the doctor? How can a parent get their baby to sleep a few hours longer? Even the most loving moms and dads sometimes feel pushed to the breaking point by their infant s persistent cries. Coming to the rescue, however, Dr. Karp places in the hands of parents, grandparents, and all childcare givers the tools they need to be able to calm their babies almost as easily as?turning off a light. Read More

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The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with Daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom. New York Tim...es bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash-hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with Daughter Francesca to give their mother-daughter perspective on everything from blind dates to empty calories, as well as life with the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, Mother Mary, who won t part with her thirty-year-old bra. Three generations of women, triple the laughs -and the love. Inspired by their weekly ?Chick Wit? column for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets -which will sound a lot like yours. And you ll have to put this book down, just to stop laughing. LISA ON DIETING: I m backsliding with carbohydrates, which is the food version of ex-sex. FRANCESCA ON CUTTING THE CORD: I thought I said, ?I am going to see my cousin s new apartment,? but in Mom-speak that translates to: ?I am going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb.? LISA ON MOTHER MARY: Most people have a list of Things To Do, but Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. At the top is Don t Go to the Movies. Other entries include Don t Eat Outside With The Bugs and Don t Walk All Over This Cockamamie Mall. FRANCESCA ON BEING SINGLE: I m addicted to the wedding announcements. Worse, I find myself subtracting my age from the bride s. I thought I was a modern woman, turns out I m a Cathy cartoon. LISA ON AGING GRACEFULLY: Today I noticed my first gray hair. On my chin. And so much more! ISBN-13: 9780594495383 Publisher: St. Martin s Press Publication date: 10/26/2010 Pages: 256 Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.90 (d) Read More

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There is us. Our Family. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky . . . From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampto...n had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, and a thriving photography career. When she learned she was pregnant with their second child, they were ecstatic. But when their new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her sister, Lainey, had at birth. As her friends and family celebrated, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift. With lyrical prose and gorgeous photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella s first year of life a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. Read More

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?Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child s struggles.? Harvey Karp, M.D. ?Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have cr...eated a masterly, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence. This brilliant method transforms everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments. Anyone who cares for children or who loves a child should read The Whole-Brain Child.? Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain and make accessible the new science of how a child s brain is wired and how it matures. The ?upstairs brain,? which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child s brain and foster vital growth. Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. ?[A] useful child-rearing resource for the entire family . . . The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.? Kirkus Reviews ?Strategies for getting a youngster to chill out [with] compassion.? The Washington Post ?This erudite, tender, and funny book is filled with fresh ideas based on the latest neuroscience research. I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift.? Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other ?Gives parents and teachers ideas to get all parts of a healthy child s brain working together.? Parent to Parent Read More

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John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married cou...ples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the culmination of his life s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential. Read More

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When Molly Wizenberg s father died of cancer, everyone told her to go easy on herself, to hold off on making any major decisions f...or a while. But when she tried going back to her apartment in Seattle and returning to graduate school, she knew it wasn t possible to resume life as though nothing had happened. So she went to Paris, a city that held vivid memories of a childhood trip with her father, of early morning walks on the cobbled streets of the Latin Quarter and the taste of her first pain au chocolat. She was supposed to be doing research for her dissertation, but more often, she found herself peering through the windows of chocolate shops, trekking across town to try a new pâtisserie, or tasting cheeses at outdoor markets, until one evening when she sat in the Luxembourg Gardens reading cookbooks until it was too dark to see, she realized that her heart was not in her studies but in the kitchen. At first, it wasn t clear where this epiphany might lead. Like her long letters home describing the details of every meal and market, Molly s blog Orangette started out merely as a pleasant pastime. But it wasn t long before her writing and recipes developed an international following. Every week, devoted readers logged on to find out what Molly was cooking, eating, reading, and thinking, and it seemed she had finally found her passion. But the story wasn t over: one reader in particular, a curly-haired, food-loving composer from New York, found himself enchanted by the redhead in Seattle, and their email correspondence blossomed into a long-distance romance. In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with thekitchen at its center. From her mother s pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won t be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots. ISBN-13: 9780594496984 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Publication date: 3/23/2010 Pages: 352 Sales rank: 12,537 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d) Read More

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Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There s the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the... constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy! In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress and new mother Jenny McCarthy reveals the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or, indeed, has ever been born! Read More

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How to navigate healthily and tastily from conception through delivery and beyond at home or at the office, in restaurants or over... the holidays, when you re short on time or money, and when you re too queasy to eat. How to satisfy your taste buds and your baby s nutritional requirements at every meal (and in between). How to keep your weight gain on target, ease pregnancy symptoms, gratify your inner gourmet, and nourish yourself pre-pregnancy and postpartum. Plus the latest lowdown on low carbs, vegetarian diets, caffeine, supplements, food safety, and more. Includes 175 delicious, easy-to-prepare, and nutrition-packed recipes, developed especially for mom-to-be and her baby (but yummy enough to satisfy the whole family). Expect to eat well! Read More

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The best just got better. Expect the best! A brand-new fourth edition filled with the most up-to-date, accurate, and relevant info...rmation on all things pregnancy. Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you ll need and want to know about life s most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It s all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options. Comforting answers to hundreds of questions: ? I m so queasy I can t even eat for one. How can I eat for two? ? Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax? ? I m only in my second month why am I showing already? ? Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I m expecting? ? Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it? ? What s safe when it comes to sex? ? I think I felt the baby kicking but I m not sure. How do I tell? ? Will my body ever be the same after I deliver? A month-by-month pregnancy guide. Read More

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For expectant parents who want to know everything about their developing baby at every stage, Pregnancy Day by Day provides a dail...y countdown to the date of delivery. Covering each day of pregnancy in detail, as well as labor, birth, and life with a new baby, Pregnancy Day by Day is an unprecedented and comprehensive guide that is written by a team of experts and is the one resource no parent-to-be should be without. Read More

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After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-...three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him: "That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won t screw you. Don t do it for them." "Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking." "The worst thing you can be is a liar. . . . Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two." More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern s philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes. An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny s, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh*t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice. Read More

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Some things about babies, happily, will never change. They still arrive warm, cuddly, soft, and smelling impossibly sweet. But how... moms and dads care for their brand-new bundles of baby joy has changed and now, so has the new-baby bible. Announcing the completely revised third edition of What to Expect the First Year. With over 10.5 million copies in print, First Year is the world s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don t come with, but should. And now, it s better than ever. Every parent s must-have/go-to is completely updated. Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too. Among the changes: Baby care fundamentals crib and sleep safety, feeding, vitamin supplements are revised to reflect the most recent guidelines. Breastfeeding gets more coverage, too, from getting started to keeping it going. Hot-button topics and trends are tackled: attachment parenting, sleep training, early potty learning (elimination communication), baby-led weaning, and green parenting (from cloth diapers to non-toxic furniture). An all-new chapter on buying for baby helps parents navigate through today s dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items, and gear. Also new: tips on preparing homemade baby food, the latest recommendations on starting solids, research on the impact of screen time (TVs, tablets, apps, computers), and ?For Parents? boxes that focus on mom s and dad s needs. Throughout, topics are organized more intuitively than ever, for the best user experience possible. Read More

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Heidi Murkoff s What to Expect has delivered again. Announcing the arrival of a brand-new member of the What to Expect family: Wha...t to Expect the Second Year. The essential sequel to What to Expect the First Year, with 97 million copies in print, What to Expect the Second Year picks up the action at baby s first birthday, and takes parents through what can only be called ?the wonder year? 12 jam-packed (and jam-smeared) months of memorable milestones (from first steps to first words, first scribbles to first friends), lightning-speed learning, endless explorations driven by insatiable curiosity. Not to mention a year of challenges, both for toddlers and the parents who love them, but don t always love their behaviors (picky eating, negativity, separation anxiety, bedtime battles, biting, and tantrums). Comprehensive, reassuring, empathetic, realistic, and practical, What to Expect the Second Year is filled with solutions, strategies, and plenty of parental pep talks. It helps parents decode the fascinating, complicated, sometimes maddening, always adorable little person last year s baby has become. From the first birthday to the second, this must-have book covers everything parents need to know in an easy-to-access, topic-by-topic format, with chapters on growth, feeding, sleeping, behaviors of every conceivable kind, discipline (including teaching right from wrong), and keeping a toddler healthy and safe as he or she takes on the world. There s a developmental time line of the second year plus special ?milestone? boxes throughout that help parents keep track of their toddler s development. Thinking of traveling with tot in tow? There s a chapter for that, too. Read More

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Does your child speak a different language? Sometimes they wager for your attention, and other times they ignore you completely. S...ometimes they are filled with gratitude and affection, and other times they seem totally indifferent. Attitude. Behavior. Development. Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved? Since 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman s best-selling book The 5 Love Languages has helped millions of couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak each others love language. Each child, too, expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child s primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child s emotions and behavior. Read More

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Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? #1 N...ew York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse s primary love language-quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together. The 5 Love Languages® is a consistent New York Times bestseller - with over 9 million copies sold and translated into 49 languages. Read More

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Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stresses each day. Despite these peer pressures; it... is still parents who can influence teens the most. Get equipped to be a better parent as The Five Love Languages of Teenagers explores the world in which teenagers live, explains the developmental changes, and give tools to help you identify and appropriately communicate in your teen s love language. Get practical tips on loving your teen effectively and explore key issues in your teen s life including anger and independence. Finally, learn how to set boundaries that are enforced with discipline and consequences, and discover useful ways for the difficult task of loving when your teen fails. Get ready to discover how the principles of the five love languages can really work in the lives of your teens and family. Over 400,000 copies sold! Read More

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Husbands are commanded to love their wives. But do you know what really makes your wife feel loved? Are you tired of missed cues a...nd confusing signals? Everyone has a primary love language-quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. In The Five Love Languages Men s Edition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides husbands in identifying, understanding, and speaking their wife s love language. Each chapter concludes with ten simple and practical ideas for expressing that love language to your wife. You ll both enjoy taking the new love languages assessment and building a lasting, loving marriage. Includes a promotional code to gain exclusive online access to the new comprehensive love languages assessment. Over 225,000 copies sold! Read More

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A proven system to naturally eliminate problems with your period, improve your fertility, and get your body, mood, and sex drive b...ack. The prescriptive program in WomanCode has successfully helped thousands of women regulate their periods, clear up their skin, lose weight, alleviate PMS, get pregnant naturally, have more successful IVF, restore their energy, improve their moods, and have better sex. Vitti s revolutionary five-step program gives you the tools you need to: Work in harmony with your body s natural rhythms Minimize the impact of toxins in the environment, your diet, and the products that you use Target and support the parts of your endocrine function (blood sugar, adrenals, elimination, or reproduction) that need attention Tap into the immensely transformative power of your feminine energy The WomanCode protocol gives women from their teenage years to perimenopause the keys to unlock their hormone health and to make their whole bodies thrive. Read More

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it ...has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well. No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. In Sticks and Stones, she brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its sometimes devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book that takes us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of Facebook, the website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now unfolds. Along the way, Bazelon defines what bullying is and, just as important, what it is not. She explores when intervention is essential and when kids should be given the freedom to fend for themselves. She also dispels persistent myths: that girls bully more than boys, that online and in-person bullying are entirely distinct, that bullying is a common cause of suicide, and that harsh criminal penalties are an effective deterrent. Above all, she believes that to deal with the problem, we must first understand it. Blending keen journalistic and narrative skills, Bazelon explores different facets of bullying through the stories of three young people who found themselves caught in the thick of it. Thirteen-year-old Monique endured months of harassment and exclusion before her mother finally pulled her out of school. Jacob was threatened and physically attacked over his sexuality in eighth grade and then sued to protect himself and change the culture of his school. Flannery was one of six teens who faced criminal charges after a fellow student s suicide was blamed on bullying and made international headlines. With grace and authority, Bazelon chronicles how these kids predicaments escalated, to no one s benefit, into community-wide wars. Cutting through the noise, misinformation, and sensationalism, she takes us into schools that have succeeded in reducing bullying and examines their successful strategies. The result is a groundbreaking book that will help parents, educators, and teens themselves better understand what kids are going through today and what can be done to help them through it. Praise for Sticks and Stones ?Intelligent, rigorous . . . [Emily Bazelon] is a compassionate champion for justice in the domain of childhood s essential unfairness.? Andrew Solomon, The New York Times Book Review ?[Bazelon] does not stint on the psychological literature, but the result never feels dense with studies; it s immersive storytelling with a sturdy base of science underneath, and draws its authority and power from both.? New York ?A humane and closely reported exploration of the way that hurtful power relationships play out in the contemporary public-school setting . . . As a parent herself, [Bazelon] brings clear, kind analysis to complex and upsetting circumstances.? The Wall Street Journal ?Bullying isn t new. But our attempts to respond to it are, as Bazelon explains in her richly detailed, thought-provoking book. . . . Comprehensive in her reporting and balanced in her conclusions, Bazelon extracts from these stories useful lessons for young people, parents and principals alike.? The Washington Post Read More

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY A haunting, unforgettab...le mother-daughter story for a new generation the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the Godfather movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, ?This is more important. I promise. You ll thank me later.? And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta s unconventional coming of age a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit 90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving. Praise for With or Without You ?A luminous, layered accomplishment.? The New York Times Book Review ?A singular new coming-of-age memoir traces one girl s twisting path up from mean streets (and parents) to the reflective life of a writer. . . . The burgeoning canon of literary memoir . . . begets another winner in Domenica Ruta s searing With or Without You. . . . [A] gloriously gutsy memory-work.? Elle ?Stunning . . . comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of The Glass Castle and marks the arrival of a blazing new voice in literature.? Entertainment Weekly ?Valiant and heartbreaking.? Bust ?Powerful . . . Ruta found an unconventional voice, a scary good mixture of erudition and hardened street smarts. Her writing is also, as they say in Danvers, wicked funny though in her case wicked is more an adjective than an intensifier. . . . [With or Without You] hums with jangled energy and bristles with sharp edges. . . . Ruta writes with unflinching honesty.? Slate ?Bracingly funny and poignant.? The Boston Globe ?Exceedingly powerful.? Booklist Read More

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This wonderfully inspiring book, with over 4 million copies in print, has helped generations of readers. A perfect gift item for a...ny occasion of loss, this timeless masterpiece of instruction and understanding is, according to the New York Times, one of the most recommended books by clinical psychologists. The classic, inspirational first aid guide for emotional hurt. Read More

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There is no more magical moment than when a newborn baby is laid in a mother s arms. What was for many months a dream and a myster...y is now a miraculous new person at the threshold of a life filled with possibilities. Through a tender, inspiring tale, The Twelve Gifts of Birth reveals the birthright inheritance that all children receive at this moment. Wise women, otherwise known as fairy godmothers, announce the twelve gifts in the form of blessings and show how to use them to enrich one s life. This keepsake book encourages new parents to nurture and protect the wondrous qualities that have been bestowed on their tiny miracles. When shared with young children, this message helps form within them a strong foundation of values and self-respect. For teens and adults, this story offers healing and hope during times of diminished self-esteem and uncertain transition. It reminds all readers to see the dignity that is inherent in themselves and others. Read More

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When Harold Kushner s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early tee...ns, he was faced with one of life s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow. Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions of readers and its author has become a nationally known spiritual leader. Wise and compassionate advice on how to cope with tragedy, what to do about anger and how to keep from feeling guilty. Read More

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"You can t just be the smartest. You have to be the most athletic, you have to be able to have the most fun, you have to be the pr...ettiest, the best dressed, the nicest, the most wanted. You have to constantly be out on the town partying, and then you have to get straight As. And most of all, you have to appear to be happy." CJ, age seventeen High school isn t what it used to be. With record numbers of students competing fiercely to get into college, schools are no longer primarily places of learning. They re dog-eat-dog battlegrounds in which kids must set aside interests and passions in order to strategize over how to game the system. In this increasingly stressful environment, kids aren t defined by their character or hunger for knowledge, but by often arbitrary scores and statistics. In The Overachievers, journalist Alexandra Robbins delivers a poignant, funny, riveting narrative that explores how our high-stakes educational culture has spiraled out of control. During the year of her ten-year reunion, Robbins returns to her high school, where she follows students, including CJ and others: Julie, a track and academic star who is terrified she s making the wrong choices; "AP" Frank, who grapples with horrifying parental pressure to succeed; Taylor, a soccer and lacrosse captain whose ambition threatens her popular girl status; Sam, who worries his years of overachieving will be wasted if he doesn t attend a name-brand college; Audrey, who struggles with perfectionism; and The Stealth Overachiever, a mystery junior who flies under the radar. Robbins tackles hard-hitting issues such as the student and teacher cheating epidemic, over-testing, sports rage, the black market for study drugs, and a college admissions process so cutthroat that some students are driven to depression and suicide because of a B. Even the earliest years of schooling have become insanely competitive, as Robbins learned when she gained unprecedented access into the inner workings of a prestigious Manhattan kindergarten admissions office. A compelling mix of fast-paced storytelling and engrossing investigative journalism, The Overachievers aims both to calm the admissions frenzy and to expose its escalating dangers. Read More

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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy - this book s here to help you avoid all most of them.... And here s your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what s happening to her. She s pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That s where John Pfeiffer steps in. Like any good coach, he s been through it. He s dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby s nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You re beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process (he didn t want to wind up with a kid named Percy). And now it s your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities. Read More

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It s not easy, but someone has to do it. Okay. Y all. Here s the thing about motherhood. Before I had a child of my own, it was su...per easy. I had a lot of opinions about the right way to discipline, the way my child would dress, and how she would never throw a fit in public or embarrass me at the grocery store. I also believed the entire experience would be sweet and clean and beautiful, like one of those baby lotion commercials. (Bless my heart.) Then I had Caroline. And you know what? Real motherhood is different. It s messier. It s complicated. And it is . . . So. Much. Better. It breaks your heart and makes you laugh harder than you ever could have imagined. It s a little frightening. A lot gut wrenching. And quite possibly the most important thing you will ever do. That s what this book is about my story about those fleeting moments that get swallowed up in the daily routine of car pools and soccer practice but come together in an indescribable way to make you a mama. If you re looking for an expert on the subject of motherhood, then I suggest you put this book down immediately. But if you just need to know you re not the only person who has debated running away to a five-star hotel after spending hours ?helping? your child with a school project, this is for you. (You are my people.) If nothing else, I hope it will keep you warm at night knowing someone else shares your brand of crazy. Melanie (aka Big Mama) Tyndale House Publishers Read More

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From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of ?d...ares? challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to ?turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents? (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term. Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day. The Love Dare for Parents even includes access to a FREE online parenting assessment, helpfully keyed to select material in the book. Parents, take the dare! Read More

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What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an... annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars® moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ("Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!"), and the special bond shared between any father and son. Winner of the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication Read More

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Susan Van Sleet-artist, reunited birthmother, and writer-shares a gripping and sometimes raw account of being sent away as a pregn...ant teen in an era when the shame of giving up a child was punished by the deafening silence that followed. Her inspirational memoir sheds new light on the shadowy era of closed adoption and validates how her vow of secrecy manifested itself through emotionally saturated canvases and poignant poetry. Mary and Me, Beyond the Canvas was written following the author s reunion with her twenty-seven-year-old daughter. As an artist, Susan transferred feelings of guilt to her canvases. A series of self-portraiture began to emerge during her three-month period of confinement, in 1966. Having promised to surrender her firstborn child through closed adoption, she silently channeled her remorse through art therapy as she painted somber reflections of herself. Two months after giving up her baby, while taking a three-dimensional art course at college, Susan sculpted an unusual clay piece. The hollow-bellied, veiled woman represented loss and guilt. Following her year of studies, her artwork changed dramatically as guilt gave way to deep longing for the little girl she was forbidden to see. Susan had been told to forget about her child. That never happened. Continuing to use art as therapy, Susan processed her silenced emotions for more than two decades as the girl she privately named "Mary" grew up on canvas. When they met, Mary-whose given name is Jeanne-shared photos from her childhood. The resemblance between Jeanne s actual pictures and the paintings Susie created for two decades (never having set eyes on her daughter) were not a coincidence. There was a connection of epic proportion between mother and child, and a reunion that could not be denied. Their face-to-face experience brought eventual closure. As a writer, Van Sleet began putting pen to paper only after being reunited with her daughter. A floodgate of buried pervasive thou ISBN-13: 9781478712015 Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. Publication date: 6/25/2013 Pages: 176 Sales rank: 228,251 Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d) Read More

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