French Twist by Catherine Crawford

Title: French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting Author: Catherine Crawford Publisher: Ballantine Books Expected Release: March 12, 2013 Source: publisher (NetGalley) Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads Synopsis: Adventures in Franco-inspired American parenting—a winning mix of witty cross-cultural observation, hilariously blunt French wisdom, and one American mom’s journey to create her own hybrid parenting approach. "If there is no blood, don't get up." This single nugget of parenting gold, offered by a French friend at the end of a long dinner party, changed everything for writer Catherine Crawford, her husband, and, especially, the couple’s two young daughters. Crawford immediately began to see that while the United States had become the land of too-involved parents forever wanting to…

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Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas

Title: Confessions of a SociopathAuthor: M.E. ThomasPublisher: Crown PublishingExpected Release: May 14, 2013Source: publisher (Edelweiss)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:The first memoir of its kind, Confessions of a Sociopath is an engrossing, highly captivating narrative of the author's life as a diagnosed sociopath. She is a charismatic charmer, an ambitious self-promoter, and a cunning and calculating liar. She can induce you to invest in her financial schemes, vote for her causes, and even join her in bed. Like a real-life Lisbeth Salander, she has her own system of ethics, and like Dexter, she thrives on bending and occasionally breaking the rules. She is a diagnosed, high-functioning, noncriminal sociopath, and this is her world from her point of view. Drawn from…

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Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Title: Z Is for MooseAuthor: Kelly BinghamPublisher: Greenwillow BooksReleased: February 2012Source: my personal libraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:Z is for Zebra. Zebra is absolutely certain he'll be able to direct everyone to appear on the correct page, at the appropriate time, without any mishaps, unnecessary drama, or hurt feelings. It's the ABCs, for goodness' sake. How difficult can it be? Oh, dear. Zebra forgot about Moose.Last week my daughter's godmother gave her the picture book Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.Moose is so excited about being in this book! He can hardly wait. With each page we see his patience dwindle. Finally, we arrive at the letter M, and it's not what we --…

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At Least You’re in Tuscany by Jennifer Criswell

Title: At Least You're in TuscanyAuthor: Jennifer CriswellPublisher: Gemelli PressReleased: September 2012Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:Jennifer Criswell's move from New York City to Tuscany was not supposed to go like this. She had envisioned lazy mornings sipping espresso while penning a best-selling novel and jovial group dinners, just like in the movies and books about expatriate life in Italy. Then she met reality: no work, constant struggles with Italian bureaucracy to claim citizenship through her ancestors, and perhaps worst of all, becoming the talk of the town after her torrid affair with a local fruit vendor. At Least You're in Tuscany is the intimate, honest, and often hilarious tale of Jennifer's first year in Montepulciano. During that…

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If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother by Julia Sweeney

Title: If It's Not One Thing, It's Your MotherAuthor: Julia SweeneyPublisher: Simon & SchusterExpected Release: April 2, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:While Julia Sweeney is known as a talented comedienne and writer and performer of her one-woman shows, she is also a talented essayist. Happily for us, the past few years have provided her with some rich material. Julia adopted a Chinese girl named Mulan ("After the movie?") and then, a few years later, married and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. She writes about deciding to adopt her child, strollers, nannies (including the Chinese Pat), knitting, being adopted by a dog, The Food Network, and meeting Mr. Right through an email from a complete stranger who…

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Notes from a Coma by Mike McCormack

Title: Notes from a ComaAuthor: Mike McCormackPublisher: Soho PressExpected Release: March 5, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:JJ O’Malley, adopted from a Romanian orphanage by a single father in the west of Ireland, grows up a permanent outsider, and yet he finds his place in the community. At least until his world is shaken by the death of his best friend, and he volunteers for the “Somnos Project,” an experimental program testing deep coma as a potential option in the EU penal system. In a prison ship docked in Killary Harbour, JJ is hooked up to monitoring devices that feed out to the Internet, and he and his fellow guinea pigs become global celebrities. A beautifully rendered look…

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Read, Give, and Share with We Give Books!

I've been using a wonderful free resource with my daughter for the past few months, and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. We Give Books is a free online library of children's books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they're reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, "combining the joy of reading with the power of giving."This is a perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children's books. When you go to www.wegivebooks.org, you'll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have…

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Il grande albero by Susanna Tamaro

When I read through this year's first "Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks" discussion thread, there was a member who posted that her goal would be 26 books this year, because she reads very slowly and English is a foreign language for her. That comment stayed with me for several days, nagging at me... 26 books! Certainly I could attempt at least one or two in my foreign language.It's been a while - about 20 years! - since I've read a book in Italian. Message boards and reading the La mucca moka and La nuvola Olga stories to my 3-year-old aren't exactly the same kind of challenge. I came across a discussion thread that recommended Susanna Tamaro's Il grande albero for intermediate readers. This novel was…

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Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

I finished Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin a few days ago, but needed some time to organize my thoughts. This novel is incredible. Gut-wrenching, eye-opening, and just incredible.Title: Golden BoyAuthor: Abigail TarttelinPublisher: Atria BooksExpected Release: May 21, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is a highly successful criminal lawyer, determined to maintain the facade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the…

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

An 11-year-old flute student of mine enthusiastically recommended I read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. She was so excited while describing the book, I had to stop her so I wouldn't hear any spoilers. I love that! Originally published in 1975, this novel is geared for ages 10 and up. How did I miss out on this book as a kid?!Title: Tuck EverlastingAuthor: Natalie BabbittPublisher: Farrar, Straus and GirouxReleased: 1975Source: borrowed from Open LibraryAmazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis:Doomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why…

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