Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts, by Fiona Giles.
From the back cover:
While countless breastfeeding guides crowd bookshelves, not one of them speaks to women with anything approaching bestselling author Fiona Giles's level of intimacy and vitality. In Fresh Milk, through a provocative collection of stories, memories, and personal accounts, Giles uncovers the myths and truths of the lactating breast.
Remember Me?, by Sophie Kinsella.
I loved, loved, loved Sophie Kinsella's The Undomestic Goddess, about a lawyer who is mistaken for a housekeeper. I enjoyed her Shopaholic series, but not as much - I wasn't as fond of her ditzy, no self-control, overspending heroine. I think that I like Kinsella's books because they are the right balance between business/career (Kinsella was a financial journalist before turning to witting) and romance (which, as a married woman, I've officially sworn off). Remember Me has got to be one of her best yet. Because of the heroine's amnesia, the story has a real element of mystery to it - how did her life change so much during the three years that she can't remember?
Running with Scissors: A Memoir, by Augusten Burroughs.
Mr. Burroughs writes:
Some considered my brother to be a genius. And while it's true that he could program computers the size of deep freezers when he was twelve and had read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z the summer he turned fifteen...
Babies, breastfeeding, and bonding, by Ina May Gaskin.
Out of print and hard to come by (Amazon has only 1 copy available), this 1987 book by midwifery pioneer Ina May Gaskin is a treasure. I was amazed at how much useful and accurate information is in this book, written at a time when so much advice given to women about breastfeeding was just plain wrong. Try to find it at your local library or used-book store.
This looks interesting: The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program: Follow Your Child's Natural Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps, by Polly Moore.
Dr. Moore was a sleep researcher who got pregnant and thought, "No problem, I'm an expert at sleep." Then her babies showed her who's boss. Her nursery became her sleep lab and she noticed something that wasn't talked about. 90-minute sleep/alertness cycles.
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, by Alex Harris and Brett Harris.
The authors of Do Hard Things have a novel approach to book marketing. They are asking readers to pledge to order a copy of their forthcoming book - a hardback non-fiction book for teens ("a genre that is about as popular with young people as foreign language math textbooks") - on March 25th. By doing so, they hope to have a one-day bump in their Amazon.com ratings which will spur additional book sales.
Alex and Brett Harris are the younger twin brothers of Joshua Harris of I Kissed Dating Goodbye fame, and the sons of homeschooling pioneers Gregg and Sono Harris, as well as older brothers to thirteen-year-old book blogger Isaac and Fearlessly Feminine's Sarah.
All this reminds me that in five and a half years, I become the mother of a teenage boy.
Essentially, hypnobirthing stands on the premise that, "when fear is not present, pain is not present. Fear causes the arteries leading to the uterus to contract and become tense, creating pain. In the absence of fear, the muscles relax and become pliable, and the cervix is able to naturally thin and open as the body pulsates rhythmically and expels the baby with ease." This foundation is based in large part on the research and writings of Dr. Grantly Dick-Read, a physician and author of Childbirth Without Fear (first published in the mid-fifties). The Hypnobirthing movement officially came on the scene in 1989 and has been slowly growing in popularity since then.
Note: I wrote the following by hand over a year ago. List month seemed like a good time to post it.
I have a stack of eighteen books waiting to be read, all but two from the library. This does not include the three novels (one a 700-pager) on my night stand, nor the four books on Feng Shui and home design on the coffee table. I cannot possibly read even a portion of these in the six weeks (max) I am able to keep them checked out, so here I go to cull some out:
50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America, by Bill Novelli. Interesting, but not relevant to me right now.
Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas, by Tom Callahan. Why did I put this book on hold?
Buffettology: The Previously Unexplained Techniques That Have Made Warren Buffett The World's Most Famous Investor, by Mary Buffett.
You've GOT to Read This Book!: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life, by Jack Canfield & Gay Hendricks. No I don't!
The Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness, by Jordan Rubin. I would like to give this one a thorough reading, since I liked The Maker's Diet so much.
What Do You Do All Day?: A Novel, by Amy Scheibe. Mommy novel.
Faith and Politics: How the "Moral Values" Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together, by Senator John Danforth. My Mommy Brain is tired of politics.
Profiles in Courageous Manhood, by Edwin Louis Cole. I own this one, so it goes back on the shelf until some night when I am bored.
The ten books left can fit in one pile on the side table. Mission accomplished.