Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Map of Home

By Randa Jarrar

A book about a half & half girl (half Palestinian, half Egyptian) growing up in different cultures, forced to move multiple times throughout her childhood, and how these moves affected her.

The book is somewhat interesting, but I didn't care to some parts of it. Sometimes it felt like the narrator was trying to be funny, but it didn't really work. Other times the style changed too frequently and erratically. It was hard to stay focused. [292 pp.]

Link to book

Last Child in the Woods:

Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder

By Richard Louv

A fairly extensive review of literature and anecdotes that link lack of outdoor experience in childhood with various modern-day problems throughout life. Makes me feel glad I got to spend so much time outside, even if "nature" meant agricultural fields and some wasteland. [390 pp.]