Momma Hunt

  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Bartlett

    288 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; First Edition edition (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594488916

This true story is a great read for anyone who loves books. This story follows our author through her introduction to the book collecting world and one of the world's largest bad guys-John Gilkey. The story follows Bartlett as she learns the ropes of the collecting world and her interactions with a very active book thief Gilkey. There is a great parallel between Bartlett's connection to some of the greatest collectors and sellers of fine books and to an amazing book thief.

I really enjoyed this book because of the look it gave me into the world of book collecting. I never knew that book collecting was such serious business and that thieves like Gilkey were a part of this world. I also loved how Bartlett gave us an in depth look into the mind of this thief. This look allowed us to see what people think about when they are obsessed about something, book collecting in Gilkey's case.

Although I really did enjoy this book it might not be for everything. I think someone who does not love books as much as I do might not enjoy the detailed looks into the collecting world that Bartlett gives. An "outsider" if you will, might find the book collecting details unnecessary or overdone. Again, personally I enjoyed this part of the book, but not everyone might. Overall I would suggest this book to my many book loving friends.

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Sunday Stealing: The ABCs of Meme

A- Advocate for : My family and my students
B- Best Feature: Smile
C- Could do without: Drama at work and me creating my own drama with stuff at home
D- Dreams and desires: to get a PH.d
E- Essential items: Coffee, my computer
F- Favorite past time: reading and scrapbooking
G- Good at: being a teacher and mom and I like to think friend
H- Have never tried: Too many things
I- If I had a million dollars: I'd pay off my college loans
J- Junkie for: Books and scrapbooking, and a growing blog addiction
K- Kindred spirit: My best friend Nicole
L- Little known fact: I only pretend to be as confident as I am
M- Memorable moment: The birth of my son
N- Never again will I: Doubt what my heart really tells me to do
O- Occasional indulgence: Sweets
P- Profession: High School Teacher
Q- Quote: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
R- Reason to smile: My adorable son
S- Sorry about: not having more patience with my little man
T- Things you are worrying about right now: having enough money to make it through my maternity leave
U- Uninterested in: The drama at work

V- Very scared of: rats

W- Worst habits: Nail-biting and doubting myself

X- X marks my ideal vacation spot: Hawaii

Y- Yummiest dessert: cheesecake!

Z- Zodiac sign: Aries

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This week we had a really tough time at our household. My little monkey got really sick. So sick that I ended up missing two and half days of work. I have been desperate to save my sick time for the upcoming baby (I have to use sick time to get paid while on leave) but he was super super sick and I just couldn't leave him. He was so sick this past Wednesday that his Dr. told us to take him the children's hospital. It may be the flu or may be a super virus, but regardless there was nothing they could do for him. So there I was up till all hours just hold him and rocking him in the chair wishing him to get better. Never have a felt so helpless, I can't imagine what I would do if he was really sick. It was a moment like this that made me realize just how great of a child I have and I couldn't wait to hear his laugh and giggle and see his smile again. Well now several days later my man is on the mend and is back to his old self, and the only person who is worse for wear is mommy and daddy.
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The Essential Guide To Breastfeeding
By-Dr. Marianne Neifert
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sterling (July 7, 2009)
Language: English
I just recently finished reading the Essential guide to Breastfeeding that was sent to be for review. I really thought this was a great informative book for the first time mom or a nice refresher for the second time around mom like myself. My favorite part of this book was the layout which is set up like the always popular "What to Expect Books" with areas of tips, and pop up boxes of information. My favorite sections were on how to problem solve those first critical days of nursing once your baby is born and the section on working mothers. More and more mothers are returning to work and it is nice to include a section on this. My only complaint about the book is how anti-bottle feeding they are. I do realize that for some people introducing a bottle to a nursed baby can spell disaster, but for me my son was nursing and using a bottle and two weeks and I successfully nursed him for a year. Overall this is a great how to guide for any woman who is expecting. I am going to passing this along to one of my expecting friends now that I am done with it!