The Myth of the Spoiled Child

Author: Alfie Kohn Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Coddled Kids, Helicopter Parents, and Other Phony Crises Published: 2016 I read it: May 2017 We live on a busy street, with all the constant dread that fact brings when our children are quite small and adventurous. Cars and motorcycles…

Radical Homemakers

Author: Shannon Hayes Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture Published: 2010 I read it: April 2017 We have backyard chickens. I never predicted this. But my wife is a DIYer who built the coop herself as well as several functional wooden items inside and outside our home.…

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Author: Jon Ronson Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 2015 I read it: March 2017 Consider me convinced. Ronson’s book about public shaming is instantly fascinating; it’s a perfectly modern subject matter to pair with his light and accessible writing style. He’s funny, of course, with dry quips dropped here and there: In fact, ever since…

But What If We’re Wrong?

Author: Chuck Klosterman Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past Published: 2016 I read it: January 2017 Chuck’s gone and done it again. A layman’s idea man, he’s went deep this time and the twisty pathways are a treat as usual. The…

The World Without Us

Author: Alan Weisman Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 2007 I read it: October 2016 (re-read) Certain images from this book stuck with me after I first read it in 2008. Parking garages collapsing as the walls shear off; the New York City subway system flooding within 36 hours; cats hunting from the windowless rooms of…

It Takes a Village

Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us Published: 1996 I read it: September 2016 I found this book on the Salvation Army shelves and figured I should learn a little more about our future president, as I was already supporting her with…

Unfortunate English

Author: Bill Brohaugh Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth Behind the Words You Use Published: 2009 I read it: September 2016 (re-read) My wife’s hometown friends claim that backyard bonfires are a common evening event in the summertime. I can never resist asking for more details, as I doubt most…