A solid, nonjudgmental advice book for parents.

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Eye to Eye Volume 3

BECOMING A MORE RELAXED AND EFFECTIVE PARENT

A detailed guidebook, the third in a series, on how to make more conscious decisions as a parent.

While the first two volumes of this series were spearheaded by Lichtman’s wife and co-author, Gloria J. Walther, Lichtman (co-author Eye to Eye Volume 2, 2011) takes the lead here in a book that’s half parenting advice, half self-help. As with the first two volumes, in which parents were taught ways to help their children learn by understanding the consequences of their behaviors, the focus here is on helping parents navigate their own thought processes. In Lichtman’s view, the key to successful parenting is to change one’s unconscious habits, that seemingly never-ending chatter in one’s mind, so as to effectively isolate and solve everyday parenting problems. With a sympathetic tone, he writes, “Given that your Unconscious Mind does all the doing, unless you can find a way to consciously choose what your Unconscious does, you are consciously out of control.” While this may sound familiar to readers who’ve studied meditation, the ideas here are presented in a relatively new and fresh way. For instance, rather than simply encouraging readers to slow down and visualize a different outcome for how to deal with, say, a procrastinating child, Lichtman argues for a more well-rounded approach, something he calls creating “imaginary experiences,” in which a parent imagines a solution using a variety of senses: “An Imaginary Experience can include visual (images), auditory (sounds), kinesthetic (intuitive feelings, touch, movement, pressure, temperature), olfactory (smells) and gustatory (taste) aspects.” Many of his suggestions involve homing in on specific situations and reimagining them through writing as a way of slowing down and consciously framing a particular issue. While the book feels slightly repetitive at times, the author does a fine job of explaining his theories in clear-cut, accessible language. Although the science behind his ideas could be presented more thoroughly, the anecdotes he uses to help readers along are generally very effective.

A solid, nonjudgmental advice book for parents.

Pub Date: Feb. 24, 2014

ISBN: 978-1453796023

Page Count: 212

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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