If you are like us (and probably one of the many thousands of book lovers across the globe) and have had the misfortune of spending your hard-earned cash on an apparent "best-seller"; you will probably also have experienced the dull thud as you bang your head against the wall, thinking "Why did I listen to the reviews on the back?!" The truth is: reviews found on books are usually self-promoting, PR stunt-type hype and not necessarily a true reflection of the books' quality at all.

It is our aim to tell the truth about books, but don't for one second assume that that is synonymous with us creating a blog to 'diss' authors' work - to the contrary - our intention is to provide an honest appraisal of each and every book we read. If the book is any good - it'll get a good review. If it's awful and a tragedy to the literary world - then it won't. It's that simple.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Nurtureshock: Why Everything We Think About Raising Our Children is Wrong by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

This controversial book aims to challenge our preconceived notions of child rearing - from querying the causal link between obesity and sleep deprivation, to why white parents are reluctant to talk to their children about racial difference - some of the ideas can make for extremely uncomfortable reading.

Written by award winning American journalists, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, it would be easy to disregard the substaive scientific evidence put forward as non-applicable to any non-US family; but that would be counterproductuve - besides, some of the suggestions make a strange kind of sense. Like our fetish for heavily praising our offspring for fear that any negative commentary may make they less confident in this harsh world - but in fact, in doing so, we are potentially making things worse, not better...

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