The Sisters Brothers - Patrick DeWitt
I'd heard MAD GOOD things about this and also that it was like True Grit, which is an unfortunate comparison because I balls-out loved that movie. So, The Sisters Brothers was fine.
This was probably also super good, I just wanted more scandal. I AM NEVER CONTENTED. Because this is about SECRET BIGAMISTS and their SECRET OTHER FAMILIES. Dana's father was married ten years before he met (and accidentally impregnated) her mother, and now he has two families but only one knows about the other. That's dramatic, right?
Not dramatic enough, apparently
I mean, it's careful and respectful and insightful and more about identity and definitions of legitimacy and I obviously just wanted Jodi Picoult to have written it so that there would be a Shocking! Twist! on every second page. Silver Sparrow is proper good, though.
Feeding Your Baby the Healthiest Foods - Louise Lambert-Lagacé
This is a DNF because EVEN THOUGH IT IS FROM 2000 (which is not, as far as I can remember, the 50s) it still says things like 'children of mothers who are discontented, nervous, and unhappy with their role of mother and homemaker have poorer diets and lack the full benefits of good nutrition' which is fear-mongery and blamey AND assumes that all mothers are also homemakers and DID I MENTION THE BLAMING?
Stop it, Baby Goose. You are not every parenting book ever, don't act like you are.
And the bits I read on breastfeeding were superficial at best, and the half-page on returning to pre-pregnancy weight suggested substituting 'oatmeal cookies with larger servings of brown rice' which...I don't think she understands how 'substituting' works. After all this idiocy, I'm not about to trust this woman on feeding my baby. In the end, we were just like, Well you're almost five months old now so here's a wedge of banana. Have at it.
Now back to my Ice and Fire and RAMPANT CHARACTER DEATH. GRRM and Connie Willis should hang out.