Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Non-Fic Picks

You know you've had a good vacation when you can dig your way through a big bagful of books. This trip my faves were all non-fiction. Here's where my nose was buried...



This book is smart, well-written and makes me want to completely change my lifestyle and eating habits. I agree with just about everything Pollan says. Eat whole foods. Mostly plants. Don't buy foods with more than five ingredients. Now I just need him to come to my house and do the grocery shopping, lunchbox packing and cooking for my four little omnivores. Until he does this, I can only swallow his advice with a very large grain of (organic) sea salt. Three and a half stars.

I read this book twice in 48 hours. I was so emotional during the first read that I had to go back for the tear-free version. Excellent. Every mom who wonders "Why am I doing this?" needs to read. Full of good quotes, stories and examples. I would lend you my copy, but it is going to be permanently stationed on my nightstand for those days when I need inspiration. Five stars.

Ever notice that there are a zillion infant/toddler/adolescent/teenager books and almost nothing for the 5-10 year old demographic? This is the perfect one for the ages and stages of my children right now. Greenspan writes great parenting books. His advice is realistic and helpful. After reading I felt reassured. My kids are normal after all. I think. Four and a half stars.

8 comments:

kansasdunaways said...

I am new to your blog and I love it! Your book recommendations are exactly what I've been looking for. I've been wanting to eat better, and to feed my family healthier foods, and I need to read Contentment. It sounds exactly like what I've been feeling lately and I need to hear it. So glad I stopped by, thank you!

Robin said...

I like everything Pollan writes.

diane said...

So when you say whole food do you mean a whole bag of chips? A whole pizza? How about a whole package of cookies. I'm good at that.

wenderful said...

Love Michael Pollan. I wish I had a personal chef. I'd hand that book right to her and tell her to get on with it.
I'll check out the parenting one. I love a good parenting book. I could use it with my 3 boys.
I always love your book recommendations. I chose to give books as teacher gifts this year. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll blog about it soon.

Ilene said...

I'm sure my children's dinosaur nuggets are totally included in Pollan's book.

Of course homemade ice cream is approved, right? Cream, milk, sugar, vanilla. Add some strawberries and you still make the five ingredient limit and get a serving of fruit. So healthy.

queenieweenie said...

Thanks for the tips...they all look pretty good.

Christie said...

Those look like fabulous reads. I was in need of something new, so perfect timing!

Lauren in GA said...

I want to read every one of these, now...so thank you.

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