Gradually she came to learn that these paroxysms came about whenever her husband was reading a Bill Bryson book. Bryson is a master of doubling or tripling up on his humor. A story is funny at first. But then Bryson circles around later to hit it again from an unexpected angle. And then again. The result is comedic depth that will swallow you whole.
Who could have ever guessed that a book about both the history and travel related to a country could be so funny? If there were a Nobel Prize for comedic travel-writing, Bryson would take the honor. If you want to find a way to look in an upbeat way at the weird and wacky things that can happen during travel—or in life itself—you can do no better than to read Bill Bryson.
This has just become our favorite travel and outlook-on-life book. So we read this book when not long after it first came out in Highly recommended if you want to get a feel for the seedy underside of union life. What a wonderful and eye-opening book about the educational system! Eva Moskowitz is a take-no-prisoners, never-blink pioneer in the K sector. A lifelong Democrat, Moskowitz understands politics through her participation at a variety of levels.
She came to the conclusion that education was the place where her natural talents could have the biggest impact, because it was most in need of reform. Moskowitz names names of the cabal of successfully sinister leaders who have succeeded in harming children and wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through subterfuge and intimidation, all under the guise of helping children. This short book reframes your creative work, whatever that might be, as war. The battle goes to the most cunning! Pressman has the street cred to write a book of this sort—it took him 17 years of writing to get his first paycheck, but his debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance , became the film directed by Robert Redford and starring Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron.
Pressfield graduated from Duke, and has been a U. Marine, an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, attendant in a mental hospital and screenwriter. This is also a good book for audio. Two free audiobooks may be possible through this link.
Augustus, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Constantine—you may have heard the names, but Ten Caesars will help flesh them out and connect the dots between, so you can better understand an ancient world that, in surprising ways, held similarities to our own. What a revelation to find a book that can even-handedly parse one of the most gut-wrenching wars of the late 20th century. This book about an important, but often neglected, area of the world is well-worth reading.
As with elsewhere in the US, governmental intervention was devastating for the Native American tribes of the Dakotas—Risjord lays out the blatant scheming and corruption, which carried through to the Swedish and other immigrants. An insightful look at the history of one of the most beautiful, but less-often-visited, areas in the US.
We have to start out with an admission of bias—we have always loved anything Cal Newport has ever written. An excellent book for audio. Steven R Gundry M. We stumbled across this book several weeks ago, when we were reading some of the other books on neuro-nutrition.
And was there ever! These proteins, which are found in the seeds, grains, skins, rinds, and leaves of plants, are designed by nature to protect them from predators including humans. Once ingested, they incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions. The Europeans may be quite right to look at American food products with a jaundiced eye.
Truly a provocative thesis and book. Pretty much anyone who puts forward a new thesis is going to be criticized by those who see benefit for themselves in being perceived as the expert critics. See Cordain, L. Modulation of immune function by dietary lectins in rheumatoid arthritis.
Again, take a look at the Keystone Approach. Skloot spent ten years unearthing the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor—and consequently poorly educated—black woman who had pieces of her cervical cancer tumor taken without her consent. Those cells lived on, and on, and on, spawning a multi-billion dollar industry.
The real story involves Henrietta Lacks herself—how she lived, how she died, and what effect the seemingly immortal life of her cells has had on her family. It has become one of our all-time favorite books of science. All author profits from the book are donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues. Like Klebold and Harris, Brown was an alienated teen who saw the dark side of the bullying and factionalism at Columbine. A quick read and an eye-opening book about how laissez-faire policies underpin sadly simmering rage. Historians and writers understandably like to focus on Queen Victoria, whose lengthy reign had such an impact on the Great Britain and Europe.
A memorable book. Well-produced extra virgin olive oil, incidentally, is considered of standout importance. We got the sense that Brain Food was based on information cherry-picked to coincide with the way Mosconi was raised in her eating habits , rather than an impartial review of recent research literature. And sometimes her recommendations are based on rocky research ground: for example, she refers glowingly to the herb ashitaba without regard for the fact that in vivo research results have not been conducted, and royal jelly is touted notwithstanding the lack of research evidence.
It produces a correspondingly low tolerance for all sorts of discomfort and difficulty, even if these are not considered offenses as such. Okay, so Turchin does go on a bit about the Cossacks…. But this is actually an uplifting book overall, with plenty of insights from cognitive behavioral therapy to help you get, and keep, your own life in order.
This is the deepest, most meaningful book on parenting I have ever read. If you want to raise your child to be a happy learner, whether via homeschooling or conventional schooling, read this book. In fact, retiring at 65 may not be the best option at all. This book gives an insightful overview of how to effectively plan your own life, and reinvent yourself as necessary to live long and prosper.
What we love about this book is not only that it brings fat to life as the fascinating substance it is, but Tara is also a great story-teller, able to wrap us into the lives of various genetic syndromes that manifest as humans becoming too fat or too thin. One of our tricks for finding good books, especially biographies, is to look through the books at historical tourist sites that we happen to visit. What a book! Shades of pathological altruism.
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This book gets right to the heart of how to tame distractions and get your attention keenly focused on the task at hand. But even so, this is also a fine book for audio. We first read this book not long after it originally came out in The best biographies are often older ones, and this is definitely one of the best.
Atomic Habits is also good for audio. David grew up in an unbelievably tough environment with a deeply abusive father. He experienced prejudice and poverty, and suffered learning difficulties that left him graduating from high school barely able to read or do math. He became a depressed, overweight young man with an attitude. To find a self-published book as 2 on Amazon, with a five-star rating and over reviews, speaks volumes about how good it is.
Yes, despite the price, we bought the hard copy so we could mark it up—the color pictures are a treat. See this fascinating article on changing concepts in working memory in Nature Neuroscience.
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This is a good, much-needed book—what we particularly like is that Dan takes a step back to look at the big picture of what educators and parents want to get from education. This book ranks amongst our favorite biographies ever. Boyd took on idiocy where ever he found it, whether with bombastic Pentagon generals who were happy to fake important tests, or those who thought they could out gun him in the air. OODA away! We love Palomino Blackwing Pencils for our note-taking. Once past the initial sharpening with a standard pencil sharpener, we use a cheap plastic Staedtler manual pencil sharpener , which we set right beside us whenever we are writing.
As for the actual note taking, we tend to use either quadrille pads or Moleskine squared notebooks. It goes heavily into the research that helps guide our understanding of how human beings learn. Hardcover not e-book copy is recommended. Nothing could be further from the truth—this is a very deep and useful book for any serious educator. Early on, the book describes how to find and evaluate good research. Sure, some of the guidance seems straightforward, but when put all together, this book provides a great set of principles that will help instructors from any discipline better understand, and reach, their students.
We unfailingly recommend Khan Academy , not only for math, but for pretty much anything. You may not be aware that Sal has written a fantastic book about his experiences in starting Khan Academy and his vision for education: The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. Or our LHTL videos that show the instructors? Feel free to comment in the discussion forum here. Her observations involve seven widely held beliefs that are harming students:.
Although this book was written for UK audiences, its findings are perfectly translatable to what is going on in the US. So we took the opportunity to reread the book before our meeting. Barb had the chance to read this superlative book pre-press, and she has a beautiful hard copy beside her as she writes this.
The deep learning revolution has brought us driverless cars, the greatly improved Google Translate, fluent conversations with Siri and Alexa, and enormous profits from automated trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Deep learning networks can play poker better than professional poker players and defeat a world champion at Go.
In this book, Terry Sejnowski explains how deep learning went from being an arcane academic field to a disruptive technology in the information economy. This self-published book has sold over four million copies in the decades it has been in print, perhaps making it one of the most successful self-published books ever. We found the practice of placing entire bibliographic references into the middle of sentences, instead of just referring to them in an endnote, to be pretty clumsy—it was clear this is a self-published book.
But even so, there was a lot of great advice. Yet, as Christensen and Eyring show, deliberate and judicious choices to not emulate Harvard can result in tremendous cost-savings for students. The Great Gatsby , by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nick, the narrator, is an honest guide to how love led his friend Jay Gatsby to the boundless, tragic pursuit of money. This book is a beautifully written reflection on life, idealism, and ambition, all framed in the excesses of the Roaring Twenties.
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Many of you have already realized that is the approach we took with the creation of Learning How to Learn. This is an inspiring book about how to improve both yourself and the lives of others. Plus, who knew that Franklin almost made a living as a swimming instructor? We have a habit of reading books about rebellious, contrarian sorts of people. The historian's accounts of the tomb's grandeur may have been passed off as a tall tale had a family of peasants not stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century in A battalion of 8, clay soldiers and horses collectively known as the terra-cotta army was found standing guard near the burial mound, each one life-size and uniquely carved.
Thousands more like them may remain underground within the funerary complex, archaeologists think. Just three years after Qin Shi Huang's death in B. The imperial system that he'd set in motion, however, would remain at work in China until , when the last Emperor abdicated and China became a Republic.
At the very least, Qin's dynasty, pronounced "chin," lives on in the country's name. Heather Whipps writes about history, anthropology and health for Live Science. She has hiked with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and is an avid athlete and watcher of sports, particularly her favorite ice hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens. Oh yeah, she hates papaya.
Ever heard of Qin Shi Huang? Tomb to rival the pyramids Whether he had predicted his eventual greatness or just had a big ego from the start, the eccentric Qin Shi Huang set to work on his own massive mausoleum just shortly after taking power of the Qin tribe at the age of What's in a name? Parenting across races magnifies this conversation and makes sometimes creates a path that is difficult to traverse. Because I am well aware of the dangers of not keeping her vested in her culture and knowledge of racial issues, I am making it a priority teach her as much about what it means to be a person of color in America in This compilation of articles makes for an easy go to during tough conversations.
I have shared it with other parents that are in similar situations. I love this anecdote — absolutely wonderful! Out of the mouth of babes. Thank you for sharing it. Thank you for your insights here. I have a suggestion for 31 however.
The Bible says that God created each of us in His own image. I think it would be better to point out similarities, and more subtle differences i. Now if only we could get the rest of society to recognize and appreciate this beauty…. I think this is a great resource and as someone working in education- something we need to get into the schools as well. I had to struggle without this type of resource when dealing with racial issues in my classroom over the years- and something like this could have been really helpful. The comment about Snow White bums me out. That parent is teaching their child to hate the story the whole story, not just the character because of of THEIR feelings, instead of allowing the child to form his or her own opinion of beauty and enjoy the story on its own merit or not.
Judging someone based on their color is where racism and hatred begins and a child is much more open-minded and imaginative if we give them the room to be so. A child might end up liking the dwarves more than the heroine.
Or they may like another aspect of the tale. Sam, thanks for your comment. But from a critical thinking perspective, I agree that I want my daughter to form her own opinion. Your comment also makes me wonder about alternative versions of Snow White is there a similar story with brown-skin? Will check out when I have a moment! Thank you so much for these examples! My kids know they are Irish, and that Irish immigrants originally faced discrimination, but they had the privilege of assimilating quickly because of their skin color.
There was protection in melting into the white amalgam, and I am thankful for that, but there was also enormous loss of culture. Perhaps you address these ideas elsewhere on your blog? Coming from a not-very-diverse area of the rural PNW, I may be a little politically incorrect, so please do set me straight if you feel my ideas are off- base. Thank you again for you gentle words and example. Thank you for this wonderful resource. Can you add Thanksgiving to Holidays? It is one of those holidays that totally glorifies a white supremacist worldview to children when in fact, white people came to this continent and killed off and enslaved the people living here.
I would love to be able to explain it to my first grader in an intelligent and nuanced way. Email Address. Yes, We Can! Guidelines for your Comments Raising Race Conscious Children aims to create supportive environment for parents and educators working to actively challenge racism. As such, comments will be moderated and approved only if they meet the following guidelines: Respectful comments only, please. Blog authors are sharing personal conversations with their children in order to create an online resource for ongoing conversation. Comments that, at their core, simply disagree with the basic premise of Raising Race Conscious Children, will not be approved as we are committed to building a space for parents and educators who want to talk about race with their children.
Be mindful that some blog posts reflect conversations that take place in a private setting as opposed to a public setting. I think I need more language talk about class and economic justice. Any suggestions? Small group workshop series this summer and fall!