Books I’ve Read

This is a list of books I’ve read and links to notes that I’ve taken the time to type up. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and I will continue to add notes from past books as I have time.

Please note, links are to my notes. They are NOT a summary of the book or a review. The notes are sections of the book that struck me in some way while reading them. I find it interesting to go back and see what I found interesting and looking at my notes together lets me see themes in my thought that I don’t always notice otherwise.  Some books have a lot of notes, particularly if it’s a new topic for me. Some books have very few notes, this tends to happen if I’m already familiar with a lot of the ideas and have already digested them. 

Authentic Relationships in Group Care for Infants and Toddlers – RIE: Principles Into Practice, by Stephanie Petrie and Sue Owen

Date Read: November 2020

An incredibly thorough resource about putting using the RIE approach as taught by Magda Gerber and Emmi Pikler to efficiently improve the quality of early education and infant care and why it is imperative that we do so. 

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The RIE Manual: For Parents and Professionals, Edited by Magda Gerber

Date Read: November 2020

An amazing resource on the philosophy and research supporting the Educaring™ approach developed by Magda Gerber as she learned it from her mentor Emmi Pikler. Dense but easy to read and very rewarding. So very glad I read this book.  

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SENSORY AWARENESS FOUNDATION: BULLETIN 14: EMMI PIKLER

Date Read: November 2020

A great resource on the work of Emmi Pikler that argues for allowing the natural development and learning of young children.   

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Parent Effectiveness Training, by Thomas Gordon

Date Read: July 2020

Practical steps to use right away to improve your relationships with your kids or anyone else. Though the book has been around forever, it is just as relevant today. Highly recommended.

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Experience & Education, by John Dewey

Date Read: July 2020

A short but dense book by one of the most important figures in progressive education theory. This book discusses the need for a new theory of education that avoids the “either-or” thinking and is based on the student’s experience. 

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Mathematician’s Lament, by Paul Lockhart

Date Read: July 2020

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The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, by Alice Miller

Date Read: May 2020

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The Continuum Concept: Allowing Nature to Work Successfully, by Jean Liedloff

Date Read: May 2020

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For Your Own Good, by Alice Miller

Date Read: February 2020

 

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Instead of Education, by John Holt

Date Read: January 2020

 

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Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving, by Pete Walker

Date Read: Jan 2020

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Air-Conditioning America, by Gail Cooper

Date Read: May 2019

 

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The Simple Path to Wealth, by JL Collins

Date Read: MAy 2019

 

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Your Self-Confident Baby, by MAgda Gerber

Date Read: Mar 2019

 

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Punished by Rewards, by Alfie Kohn

Date Read: February 2019

 

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No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline without Shame, by Janet Lansbury

Date Read: Jan 2019

 

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Elevating Childcare, by Janet Lansbury

Date Read: Jan 2019

 

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Thermal Delight in Architecture, by Lisa Heschong

Date Read: Dec 2018

 

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How Children Fail, by John Holt

Date Read: Dec 2018

 

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Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect, by Magda Gerber

Date Read: November 2018

The foundational work for Magda Gerber’s Educaring™ approach known as RIE® or Resources for Infant Educarers. A practical and useful book that shows parents how to put respectful parenting into practice. 

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo

Date Read: September 2018

This book lives up to the title. I really can’t believe how much this book has changed my life. Every week or so for the last couple of years I think of this book and how grateful I am that I read it. 

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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by La Leche LEague

Date Read: August 2018

Every new mother who has any interest in breastfeeding should read this. So much information that you won’t get anywhere else. Can’t recommend it enough.

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Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World, by Stan Cox

Date Read: July 2018

 

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki

Date Read: June 2018

 

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Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill

Date Read: November 2014

 

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Deschooling Society, by Ivan Illich

Date Read: 2012

 

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Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

Date Read: 2011

 

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Food Rules: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Date Read: 2009

 

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In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

Date Read: 2009

 

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Dumbing Us Down, by John Taylor Gatto

Date Read: 2009

 

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The Ascent of Humanity, by Charles Eisenstein

Date Read: 2009

 

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The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto

Date Read: 2009

 

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The Yoga of Eating, by Charles Eisenstein

Date Read: 2008

 

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver

Date Read: 2007

 

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A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander

Date Read: 2007

 

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A natural History of Four Meals, by Micheal Pollan

Date Read: June 2006

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Vino Italiano, by Joseph Bastianich & David Lynch

Date Read: 2006

 

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The Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life, by Angelo Pellegrini

Date Read: 2006

 

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The Wine Bible, By Karen MacNeil

Date Read: Jan 2005

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by thomas S. Kuhn

Date Read:  2004

 

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The War of Art

Date Added to List: August 2020

Recommended by Derek Sivers (see his notes). This is one I really need. Definitely familiar with resistance.

From Derek’s notes:

“Inside the Actors Studio: The host, James Lipton, invariably asks his guests, “What factors make you decide to take a particular role?” The actor always answers: “Because I’m afraid of it.” The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself. Is he scared? Hell, yes. He’s petrified. (Conversely, the professional turns down roles that he’s done before. He’s not afraid of them anymore. Why waste his time?) So if you’re paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”

“None of us are born as passive generic blobs waiting for the world to stamp its imprint on us. Instead we show up possessing already a highly refined and individuated soul. Another way of thinking of it is this: We’re not born with unlimited choices. We can’t be anything we want to be. We come into this world with a specific, personal destiny. We have a job to do, a calling to enact, a self to become. We are who we are from the cradle, and we’re stuck with it. Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”

“A hack, he says, is a writer who second-guesses his audience. When the hack sits down to work, he doesn’t ask himself what’s in his own heart. He asks what the market is looking for. The hack condescends to his audience. He thinks he’s superior to them. The truth is, he’s scared to death of them or, more accurately, scared of being authentic in front of them, scared of writing what he really feels or believes, what he himself thinks is interesting.”

“Of any activity you do, ask yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it?”

“If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.”

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

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