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What I’ve been reading.

August 12, 2010

I generally don’t have very much time to read books, of any sort, but as pregnancy progresses I am having difficulty sleeping through the night.  So I’ve read a fair bit lately, cookbooks especially but also some parenting books as well as some books related to our faith.

I recently finished reading Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by pediatrician Meg Meeker, M.D.  I found it a very good book, and I generally don’t read books twice but am seriously contemplating reading this one again before handing it to my spouse for him to read.  I enjoy both the material presented and the author’s writing style.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that in the wake of the feminizing of young boys and young men, a book like this would be recommended by a friend and actually be helpful to me.  Most of the suggestions are quite logical and it helps mothers and fathers in providing a healthy framework in developing a relationship with your son that meets his needs checking your own at the door and understanding your hesitance at expanding the relationship in certain ways (such as, men hugging their boys or mothers who hen peck their sons).  Boys are boys, not girls, and they really do need all the roughness, outdoor play, and time with their fathers to develop into healthy, responsible, honest young men.

Of the cookbooks I’ve recently checked out from the library, my favorites are The Essential Baker: the comprehensive guide to baking with chocolate, fruits, nuts, spices and other ingredients by Carole Bloom, and Essentials of Slow Cooking : delicious new recipes for slow cookers and braisers, published by Williams-Sonoma.  I don’t own many cookbooks due to their cost, even buying used they’re still expensive.  I use the Amazon wish list feature and hope for the best. The taste of the baking recipes that I have tried to date, fig pound cake (I substituted peaches) and peach cobbler have been excellent, although with both recipes the items were slightly underdone.  I know this often points to a faulty oven, which is the prime suspect.

The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian was recommended to me as a good read, but I haven’t been able to track down a library copy or a friend’s copy to borrow yet.  Additionally, I need to actually buy a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League for my own personal library.  I have the earlier version, but want the new edition.  I do have a copy of Strong Fathers Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, also by Med Meeker, M.D., that I would like to peruse.  It was given to my spouse for Christmas, but curiosity killed the cat and I’m always open to more insight about myself and my little girl’s thoughts.

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