Daily Archives: February 26, 2012

February Rewind

Somehow this month flew by with only a few scant reviews from me. I have been reading books, I promise. Not all of them have been picture books either. Until I get a chance to write the full reviews, here is a sneak peek at what I’m reading and what I’ve read this month.

Currently reading:

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckermaren

I had this book on my radar when I found out it was about French parenting. I’m neither pregnant, nor have a child, but I think its clear that my obsession with France and French life justifies this read.

First impressions of the book are terrible. The author is a self-hating American. She projects her own bad parenting skills onto the rest of America. Its very obnoxious. There is a lot of good information in this book, but it requires a heavy filter to weed out Druckerman’s neurotic whining and antagonism towards American parenting. I would like to say that I observe & interact with a lot of parents at the library where I work. I see a slew of parenting of skills and what Druckerman calls French parenting is more like common-sense parenting. I should save this rant for the formal book review, but I  might give up on the book due to the author’s overly inflated sense of self.

Finished titles:

  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: Meh. Wonderfully crafted characters in a book with no plot and predictably ending.
  • The History of the World in 6 Glasses: Informative, almost like a textbook, but full of fun facts.
  • In Pursuit of Silence by Greorge Prochnik: An informative look at noise in modern American society. A bit haphazard in terms of what he choose to research, but it is well written and well paced.