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The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book: Real Stories from Women who Lived Through It and Recovered

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The Mother-to-Mother Pospartum Depression Support Book: Real Stories from Women Who Lived Through It and Recovered By Sandra Poulin Berkley Trade Paperback, $14.00 224 pages, ISBN 0425208087 Review by Prescott Carlson Postpartum depression is a real condition many women have to face after birth, despite what a certain Scientology-following actor nut job may say about […]

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

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A Dirty JobBy Christopher MooreWilliam Morrow, $24.95400 pages, ISBN 0060590270 Review by Heather Hoffman In "Chick Lit" novels, the heroine fumbles with a few Mr. Wrongs before she stumbles onto Mr. Right. Thanks to A Dirty Job, "Chick Lit" has a masculine counterpart: "Beta Male Lit". Comic novelist Christopher Moore has created an imaginative yet […]

Come Back : A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back

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Come Back: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and BackBy Claire Fontaine, Mia FontaineRegan Books, $24.95320 pages, ISBN 0060792167 Review by Jessica Carlson How does a child who has suffered to the point that her sensibilities and self worth become broken, detached and seriously damaged, come back? How does a child reconcile abuse at […]

The Pigeon strikes again — Mo Willems’ sassy bird returns in “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late”

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up LateBy Mo WillemsHyperion, $12.9936 pages, ISBN 0786837462 Review by Carol Ann Chybowski Parents and children want different things from the books they borrow from the library or bring home from the bookstore. Children want to have fun. They want to see something new, feel something new, and share something new. Most of […]

“Mommy Wars: Stay-At-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families” and Leslie Morgan Steiner on how “Mommy Wars” came about

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Mommy Wars: Stay-At-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their FamiliesBy Leslie Morgan SteinerRandom House, $24.95 368 pages, ISBN 1400064155 Review by Heather Hoffman For the last few decades, working and stay-at-home mothers have waged a covert, vicious war against each other. They are not fighting over resources, money, or influence. […]

Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum : A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs ofTeenagers with Autism Spectrum DisordersBy Chantal Sicile-KiraPerigree Trade, $14.95 288 pages, ISBN 0399532366 Since autism is usually diagnosed at an earlier age, it seems most of the books on the subject focus on information about recognizing and handling […]

The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome, Job Hopper, and Waiting for Birdy

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The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Completely Revised and Updated: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration by Patty Romanowski Bashe, M.S. Ed., and Barbara L. KirbyCrown Publishers, $27.50512 pages, ISBN 1400081521 Review by Robin Hanson This Easter, my 10 year-old son Henry did not find the “prize egg”. Last Easter I had pulled some strings to […]

Hey Kidz! Buy This Book, and Mamaphonic

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Hey Kidz! Buy This Book: A Radical Primer on Corporate and Governmental Propaganda and Artistic Activism for Short Peopleby Anne Elizabeth Moore, Illustrated by Megan KelsoSoft Skull Press, $11.95227 pages, ISBN 1932360352 Review by Stacey Greenberg Hey Kidz! Buy this Book is “a radical primer on corporate and governmental propaganda and artistic activism for short […]

Dispatches From A Not-So-Perfect Life

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Dispatches from a Not-So-Perfect Life : Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child by Faulkner FoxThree Rivers Press, $12.00272 pages, ISBN 1400049407 Review by Kristy Dallas Alley When Faulkner Fox had a three year old and a nine month old, she was terribly unhappy. So she tells us in the […]