Howard Zinn: People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (P.S.)
I like to just pick this book up and read a section every now and then because they stand alone, which is different from most history books. Of course Zinn is not a moderate historian... he's very much on the left. However its nice to get a different perspective on history that what you read in college texts. It should however be paired with a more conservative text to get a balanced view. (*****)
A. Christine Harris: The Pregnancy Journal, Revised Edition: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy
This is a day by day account of what's happening to Critter and I. Matthew and I have read the daily entry outloud each night. It's sort of our way of bonding with critter. My only complaint is that some of the information is repetitive. I'd also love to see pictures of fetal development. (****)
Leslie Morgan Steiner: Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families
Thought the idea of the book was promising; to examine the debate between career moms and stay at home moms from their eyes. It was awful because all of the mothers who contributed were not the norm. It did nothing to help me understand why this issue is so thorny. (*)
Jodi Picoult: Nineteen Minutes: A Novel
Only about 1/3rd of the way through. A novel about what makes a school shooter. Tells a story of a fictional shooter and the impact the shooting has on the lives of those affected and the community. Also weaves in and out of past to examine what events shaped the shooter. So far it has been a fascinating read.
Carol Cirulli Lanham: Pregnancy after a Loss
A wonderful book from a woman who lost her first son at term due to a cord accident. She and others who suffered losses report about their subsequent pregnancies. It includes sections about each trimester and special concerns that might arise in those trimesters. Also includes a section about medical care in subsequent pregnancies. Great to read while trying to conceive and to have to re-read during the pregnancy. (*****)
James M. McPherson: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
A slow read, but an exhaustive one volume account of the Civil War including the causes. So far I haven't even made it to the election of 1860.
Michael Shaara: The Killer Angels
Just finished and it was the most amazing Civil War book I've ever read. Gives an account of the Battle of Gettysburg from the viewpoint of those involved. (*****)