Book reviews

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(Full disclosure: These links take you to my Amazon affiliate page, but you are obviously more than welcome to buy the books independently if they sound interesting! What’s important is that you have the information you need [or want], not how you get it.)

Rush Revere
The newest Rush Limbaugh book is targeted toward kids and is…uhm….I guess I would call it enhanced nonfiction. It’s about the Pilgrims and the Revolution told from the perspective of a time-traveling teacher and a talking horse. Without looking it up, I’m guessing it’s about a 4th-grade reading level. I’m reading it to my kids (2nd, 3rd, and 5th), and we’re talking about it as we go. I can’t give a full review of this book because I’m only in Chapter 2, but my kids are begging me to keep reading, and they don’t usually have much interest in being read to.

Fiction

In general, I don’t like chic books. I love political thrillers – probably because I grew up raiding my dad’s book case, which was full of Tom Clancy. I also like realistic apocalyptic fiction (meaning viruses and EMPs, not zombies or aliens). But you never know…I do sometimes stray. I read a lot of fiction, so this section will be for only the not-to-be-missed books on my list.

Our Home, Our Team: This is one of the only times you’ll see me recommend a book I haven’t read yet. But I worked with the author for many years. He’s a great writer and a great guy, and I have no doubt the book will be worth the read, especially if you share a love for New Orleans.

One Second After: This is one of the most fascinating – and disturbing – works of fiction I have ever read. It’s about the effects of an atmospheric nuclear explosion (which produces an EMP) in modern-day America. Some experts predict that, within the first year after the loss of the power grid, 90% of Americans would be dead. This book will make you believe it. Think about it…pharmacies wouldn’t have drugs, grocery stores wouldn’t have food, etc. This one will keep you up at night long after you’ve finished it.

Deep Winter: This trilogy (also including Shattered and Remnant) is similar to One Second After in that it imagines an America after the collapse of modern society. In this case, it’s an act of nature rather than man. Mt. Ranier erupts, and the resulting devastation is more than a debt-laden America can handle, so it all falls apart. There are a few too many typos and grammatical errors for my taste, but both the story and the characters will suck you in.
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Shatter

Remnant

Parenting

Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Plan That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD: Covering everything from prescription drugs to nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback and self-hypnosis, this book was a little too touch-feely for me. I didn’t even make it all the way through. But I know there are many folks out there who prefer a more natural, holistic approach. This book came highly recommended from a doctor I trust, so if that sounds like you, you might want to check it out.
 Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son: Lori Duron is an awesome writer, and her book illustrates how disrupting, heartbreaking, confusing, etc., it can be to realize your child is not what you expected. She writes about the importance of making sure your decisions are based on what’s best for your child rather than your own comfort level. Plus it’s just a darn good read. Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

Kids in the Syndrome Mix: This is, in my opinion, one of the best books out there for parents who are just starting to wonder what’s going on with their child. It brings information about a number of diagnoses together in one place. Then, if you recognize your child in a particular chapter, you’ll know where to start doing additional research:
 Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More!: The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In – When to Worry and When Not to Worry: I just started reading this, but I think it will end up being my favorite recommendation for parents who are just starting to suspect their child has a problem. It’s aimed specifically at that audience and looks like it does a fantastic job of helping parents get started.
Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry

Transform Your Child: This is the “Total Transformation Workshop” guy, and I have mixed feelings (for one thing, the radio ads drive me nuts; I can’t listen to them). It’s certainly an interesting read, and I think Dr. Lehman has an amazing grasp of what these kids are like. But I don’t think he digs deeply enough. For instance, he blames a lot of bad behavior on “poor problem-solving skills”. I would agree with that; for instance, a 9-year-old falling to the floor in hysterics over brushing his teeth certainly has poor problem-solving skills. But why is tooth brushing so overwhelming in the first place? He writes about “learned behaviors”. I would agree with that, too. But why do these kids need to develop bad behaviors to handle things that most children could handle with equanimity? It’s a really interesting book with great information and engaging case studies. But it focuses on symptoms, not the root problem. Transform Your Child

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