1. erica jong’s wall street journal article mother madness. i could take jong to task on a point-by-point basis for her description of mothers today who happen to breastfeed and use a sling and perhaps cloth diaper. mothers who, in jong’s opinion, are thus “treating children like expensive accessories [and] may be the ultimate bondage for women” (!). but after even just the first paragraph (full of sad and offensive remarks including referring to adoption as “collecting”), i realize this article is just another aimless screed by an angry woman who is simply that – angry.
2. my life in france by julia child and alex prud’homme. i enjoyed much of this book. reading about how julia child loved eating and living and learning to cook in france made me a tad envious at times. her descriptions of friends and food are great. the book started to drag at about the halfway mark, though, and her random descriptions of her dad’s political views and their strained relationship got a bit old after awhile.
3. disconnect: the truth about cell phone radiation, what the industry has done to hide it, and how to protect your family by devra davis. how’s that for an uplifting title? and the subtitle kind of explains it all. i heard davis in an interview and i appreciated how she talked about such a serious issue without sounding alarmist or stating that she believes we should all go back to landlines and discard our computers.
4. over the river and through the wood: a thanksgiving poem by lydia maria child. i checked out a bunch of children’s thanksgiving books at the library the other day and this is my favorite. i’m a sucker for any book illustrated with woodcuts. it’s a simple poem and the pictures are beautiful and full of detail.