The Happiest Baby on the Block

UnknownThe Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
Harvey Karp, M.D.
Published May 28, 2002
267 pages (paperback)

When you’re visibly pregnant, you get bombarded with lots and lots of unsolicited parenting advice. At my last visit to the dentist, my hygienist tucked a post-it into the little baggie with my free toothbrush and floss that told me I had to read a certain sleep schedule book (a little independent research showed that the practices suggested in that book are a bit extreme and not condoned by most pediatricians).

But not all advice you receive is unsolicited and unhelpful. As I’ve gotten closer and closer to baby time, there’s one resource that keeps getting mentioned by parents I trust and respect: The Happiest Baby on the Block. The title is cheesy and, frankly, so is the presentation of information . . . but many young parents I know swear by its practices. Continue reading

Funny Girl

UnknownFunny Girl 
Nick Hornby
Published February 3, 2015
456 pages (Kindle e-book)

I have suffered from some unfortunate insomnia during pregnancy. When I wake up in the middle of the night, if I read for about an hour, I can usually manage to get back to sleep. But when it’s 4:00 in the morning, and you’re wide awake, you’re not looking for anything particularly deep or thinky or heavy. You want something fluffy and brainless. And, recently, this book fit the bill.

Nick Hornby is probably best known for authoring books that have led to some pretty good movie adaptations (like High Fidelity and About a Boy). His stuff tends toward light, funny (in a witty, Brit-humor kind of way), and fast-paced, with just the right amount of sentimentality. These are fun books—perfect for summer reading (or middle-of-the-night reading, as the case may be). Funny Girl isn’t his best book, but it doesn’t stray from his signature style.

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