14 June 2009

What I Read... For Fun

Couple of book reviews coming your way in the upcoming weeks; I went to the library and loaded up on a bunch of books for me. When I go to the library with my mom I can take a minute to bolt up the steps to the super-quiet adult section! which I do not go to when I have 4 kids in tow. Here's a taste of what I read for fun:

"C. S. Lewis sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society." -C. S. Lewis

"We are a generation of men and women with mixed emotions about the very concept of commitment. The internet and speed dating give us a sense that we have endless options. A consumer sex revolution leaves us feeling that settling down is more like "settling" Media messages convince us that single life is sexy and married life is boring." -Jillian Straus

"... six characteristics of extraordinary teachers, the powerful positive influence that teachers have on our lives, the joys of teaching, and how to be a better teacher. It also provides readers with an in-depth and personal glimpse of top teachers: what, why, and how they teach; their lives and interests; and their wisdom about teaching and about life. It is a book about character, values, and priorites." -Fred Stephenson, Ph.D.

"... disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship. Countless women call Dr. Laura, unhappy in their marriages and seemingly at a loss to understand the incredible power they have over their men to create the kind of home life they yearn for." -Dr. Laura Schlessinger

"...students reveal the circumstances that have led to the rise of the booty call and the death of dinner-and-a-movie. Whether is is an expression of post-feminist independence or a form of youthful rebellion, hooking up has become the only game in town on many campuses... The book sheds light on everything from the differences in what young men and women want form a hook up to why freshman girls are more likely to hook up than their upper-class sisters and the effects this period has on the sexual and romantic relationships of both mena and women after college." - Kathleen A. Bogle

"...we need to raise children who feel competent, autonomous, and secure in their relationships to others. Kids will be self-motivated to learn when they feel capable and skilled, and confident of becoming more so; when they have some choice and control over their learning; and when they feel loved, supported, and respected by their parents. Children who love learning also believe that intelligence isn't fixed and inborn, but that they can get smarter by working hard." -Deborah Stipek, PH.D. and Kathy Seal

"In as age where pornography is mainstream, teen clothing seems stripper-patented, and "experts" recommend that we learn to be emotionally detached about sex, a key (and callously) targeted audience -girls- is fed up. Shalit makes the case that today's virulent "bad girl" mindset most truly oppresses young women. Nowadays, as even the youngest teenage girls feel the pressure to become cold sex sirens, put their bodies on public display, and suppress their feeling s in order to feel accepted and (temporarily) loved, many yong women are realizing that "friends with benefits" are often anything but. And as these girls speak for themselves, we see that what is expected of them turns out to be very different from what is in thier own hearts."
-Wendy Shalit

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