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Sunday, May 11, 2008

beautiful books

On this Mother's Day, I want to appreciate a dad -- David Sheff, the author of "Beautiful Boy" -- which I just finished reading last night. I don't think I've ever read anything so honest and touching by a father -- and a lot of it seems to echo what mommy-brain scientists have found: that the more time either parent spends with a child, the deeper the bond and the more each of you transforms the other. Sheff, who divorced when his son was young, spent years as a part-time single parent, which may well account for how devoted, engaged and sometimes, as he says himself, too-enmeshed, a father he became. It seems fairly clear that he ended up saving his meth-addicted son's life. A few times.

Also, in my blog about children's literature the other day, I made the terrible mistake of not extolling Rick Riordan's wonderful series based on Greek myths, starting with The Lightning Thief. The other day, we got a copy of the latest, "The Battle of the Labyrinth,", and first my 12-year-old and then my 9-year-old gulped it down within a several-hours marathon. The peace in the house was an early Mother's Day gift...


Anonymous Kaylin Rose said...

As I’ve been reading your book, “The Mommy Brain” I kept wondering to myself how old your two boy are in comparison to my two boys (three if you count my husband which I sometimes do). My husband told me about your blog page the other day and I finally found time to check it out today. Question answered.

I have to agree with you on the Rick Riordan series, my youngest is 11 and he has really enjoyed them. After he’s done reading them he’ll read them a second time out loud to me. We pre-ordered “The Battle of the Labyrinth” and I enjoyed several hours of uninterrupted study time when it arrived. Now that my courses are over I’m looking forward to some one-on-one time while he reads to me. (My oldest is 13 and this series is a little below his reading level now; he has read all except the last book anyway and I’m sure he’ll zoom through this one too.)

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Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks for your comment! I hope you're enjoying "The Mommy Brain." That's great that it was your husband who found the blog!

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