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I bought this on the recommendation of a Schnoodle group, because it was said it described this great breed well. It did do that, but the rest of the story was disjointed. The ending will certainly be a surprise, as there was really no foreshadowing - kind of as if it was plopped in there just to get the book over with. Not worth my time....Read more
As someone who has organized and executed one GREAT adventure - a 3330 mile bike ride for my 50th birthday (about 1/2 with my husband and child), and is currently planning an Appalachian Trail hike for the next milestone - I loved this! Pat is far wiser than I could have hoped to be with her children. I couldn't put it down. Her children are extraordinary, and I'm certain that is because of her attitude toward parenting. A must read for hiking enthusiasts and parents alike. It will motivate you in both endeavors....Read more
Those looking for Bill Bryson's usual humor will find the book lacking, but those interested in history will love it! Forget the usual political history taught in schools, however. This one is a lot more personal. It does jump from subject to subject based on the author's tour of his house, and where his research led him about the history of various rooms - i.e., landscape architecture history for the lawn to Otze the iceman's wardrobe for the dressing room - just go with it and enjoy it! You'll learn a lot and be entertained to boot....Read more
I own all of Lloyd Kahn's books. They are all beautiful and inspirational. If you want a box house built by a builder with no character, you don't need to read further. If you want a home that is functional, reflects your tastes, that speaks to the art of building, and is a joy to live in, buy his books! This book continues his amazing series, and makes you think about tiny homes in entirely different ways. They are a perfect solution for younger owners looking to minimize or eliminate debt, downsize their ecological footprint, and wanna-be vagabonds. Yes, tiny homes on wheels are a large part of the book. Before you think about building a home, just get his books. You won't be sorry....Read more
I just finished my second read through of both books by the Letcher sisters.
As amazing as hiking barefoot sounds, I was far more impressed by their account of hiking through the winter. . . an experience that both women will certainly carry with them for the rest of their lives. It keeps you up well past your normal bedtime!
If you're even thinking of doing the trail, I highly recommend this book, as well as its sequel, Walking Home. It gives a realistic picture of trail life, including its ups and downs.
This book is a mixed bag. Dr. Rone is a practicing endocrinologist, but he's a member of the American Thyroid Association. If you haven't read it elsewhere, it's a professional organization that gets about 1/2 of its grant funding from Abbott Labs, maker of Synthroid. Dr. Rone tries to please both camps in the Thyroid world - he adamantly states he believes that T4 supplementation is perfectly OK for most thyroid patients, while at the same time hemming and hawing that certainly mixed therapy with Armour and other natural thyroid hormones seems like it would be helpful for many patients. He doesn't define "many," so it's not clear whether taking the book with you to the doctor's office would be helpful. Still, he probably risked his reputation with the American Thyroid Association going as far as he did.
His condescending attitude toward patients made me glad I'm not from Tennessee, though. There are certainly better books out there for your own knowledge, but it's worth buying if you need to show your doctor something from an endocrinologist.
I also met David at a book reading for his new book, Nibble and Kuhn. I found both books to be wonderful, but where Nibble and Kuhn was a light-hearted, satiric jab at the legal profession, I sense this book was amazingly personal. It has a lot of emotion in it - not only the romantic story, but about growing up with apartheid, of losing one's country and the longing for that loss. It's well worth reading. Nelson Mandela reviewed it and thought it worthwhile as well....Read more
This book is a great look at how law and law firms really works through the eyes of an attorney who's been there! Totally different than the legal thriller - which I also devour - this book satirizes the legal profession, and does it well. I found everything believable about the office, the court, and even the now-taboo subject of office romance....Read more
This book is not only well researched and written, Steven Baskerville has done an excellent job of comparing today's family courts shenanigans to the courts of totalitarian states and dictators. In doing so, he makes a compelling case for the proposition that the abuses of family courts in this country - widely ignored by mainstream media - signal the beginning of the end of all of our constitutional freedoms.
As an attorney that has frequently represented fathers in the family court system, I've seen first hand that everything he talks about in this book is true. Judges simply don't care about the constitution any more because the political clout of the feminists has either convinced them that either all men are really evil or the consequences of being fair to men in court will result in a backlash from this well organized, federally funded womens' rights advocates. The fundamental nature of parental rights in this country has been completely ignored not only by trial courts, but has actually been held in New Hampshire to be non-existent in the case of non-custodial parents. It's far too late to convince the judiciary that the what they are doing is undermining freedom itself. We need to convince legislators that they must take back the broad discretion they permit judges in all family law matters. They must write laws that mandate to the court that they cannot simply ignore parental rights simply because the parents, often through no fault of their own, no longer live with the mothers of their chidren.
Buy two copies of this book - one for yourself and one for a family law legislator in your state. And if you've been hurt by the family court system in your state, commit to writing to legislators to change the laws, show up at hearings on the legislation, and tell them first hand what harm separating children from parents has done to your family. Give them a copy of the book to put into the legislative record as well. It's time to stop hurting children using the fallacy that the courts are "protecting" them.
Speaking as a child abuse defense attorney, life would be much easier if social workers would learn the mistakes they can make resulting in false disclosures of child abuse. My job would be much easier if the results of these interviews were more reliable. This book shows how and why social workers need to use proper interview techniques. It's a great book from a defense attorney's standpoint to cross-examine a social worker with, but if every state mandated this book as training for social workers in the first place, we would have fewer cases in the system, and more reliable evidence....Read more