Rich in research findings, this frank how-it-was-with-me account is perfect for intellectually curious mothers-to-be.

9 MONTHS IN, 9 MONTHS OUT

A SCIENTIST'S TALE OF PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD

A scientist with an eye for human interest takes the mystery out of pregnancy and first-time motherhood.

LoBue (co-editor: Handbook of Emotional Development, 2019), a professor of psychology and director of the Child Study Center at Rutgers University who writes “The Baby Scientist” column for Psychology Today, brings her expertise in child development and knack for translating scientific research into everyday language to an account that blends personal experience with solid information. Her story, which is especially pertinent for career women aware of the ticking of their biological clocks, begins with an introduction in which she chronicles her experience as a 33-year-old specialist in child psychology contemplating pregnancy. “As an expert in child development,” she writes, “I am intimately aware of the risks of having your first child when you’re well into your 30s, starting with problems conceiving and ending with the frightening possibility of developmental problems for the child.” What follows is written in real time, and while this would seem like a personal journal, it is much more. Surrounding sonograms of the author’s developing fetus are simple charts, diagrams, and pictures explaining heredity, fetal development, and differences in gender preferences. LoBue shares her discomforts, including weight gain and loss of sleep, and she enlightens readers about the sleep habits and learning abilities of the unborn. In her account of the nine months after birth, she includes photographs of her infant son, and she clearly shows stages of development, perception changes, emotional responses, and the beginnings of language. The author does not hide problems with breastfeeding or concerns over bouts of crying, but on the whole, her message is one of reassurance. The scope broadens over the months to include a discussion of separation anxiety and the pros and cons of child care options for working mothers.

Rich in research findings, this frank how-it-was-with-me account is perfect for intellectually curious mothers-to-be.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-19-086338-8

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

NIGHT

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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