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Best nonfiction book: “How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds” by Dana Carpender

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Lately, I’ve been reading a ton of great nonfiction. And now, I’m blogging about it. Here, one of my favorite finds.

Best nonfiction book: How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds by Dana Carpender

Is this really one of the best nonfiction books out there? Why?

What can I say? I like a book about a girl on a diet, especially if the diet is successful. Carpender blends good science, and good advice, with her compelling personal story.

What will I get out of this best nonfiction book that will make it worth my time?

If you’ve never tried a low-carb diet before–maybe even feel a bit skeptical–you may find Carpender’s book helpful. It’s great introduction to a very complex topic, a mix of scientific studies and commonsense advice.

A few notable points:

  • A 2000 New English Journal of Medicine low-carb study showed there are no health benefits to low-fat diets at all.
  • 5-HTP and niacin may help people avoid emotional eating.
  • L-glutamine helps reduce carb cravings.
  • The book also gives a good description of insulin and ketosis.

Where can I further investigate this best nonfiction book?

How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds on Amazon

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Best nonfiction book: “Einstein Never Used Flashcards”

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Nonfiction books aren’t a drag anymore; they’re an indulgence. Now featured on my blog: a few notes on some of my absolute recommend-it-to-anyone favorites.

This week’s best nonfiction book: Einstein Never Used Flashcards by Kathy Hirsh Pasek and Robert Michnick Golinkoff

This is really one of the best nonfiction books out there? Why?

First of all, what a great title. And the book really delivers on it–seriously. It’s probably the starting point for homeschooling families looking for the latest information, stats and techniques on the science of learning. Whether or not you’re one of these families, read this for help facilitating your child’s education–and your own.

What will I get of this best nonfiction book that will make it worth my time?

Quite a bit, particularly if you’re a parent. And not just anecdotal stuff, but statistics, studies and cutting-edge research on how to help children help themselves learn.

A few main points:

• Play is learning.
• Asking questions and having conversations is learning.
• Memorization isn’t helpful without understanding and context.
• There are seven different kinds of intelligence. IQ isn’t everything—not even the main thing—to concern yourself with.

Where can I further investigate this best nonfiction book?

Einstein Never Used Flashcards on Amazon

Einstein Never Used Flashcards on Goodreads

Best nonfiction book: “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell

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Law of attraction book: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Law of attraction author: Malcolm Gladwell
Law of attraction book summary writer: Mollie Player

This law of attraction book’s particular appeal:

Malcom Gladwell, y’all. He’s not just another writer. Please read something by him if you haven’t already, or I won’t be able to consider you a true intellectual.

This law of attraction book’s essence:

This book is about what happens when we make crucial decisions in the tiny span of time between external stimuli and logical thought. It takes you from a doctor’s office to a forest fire to a police shooting, recounting true events in vivid, journalistic detail. Love.

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Best nonfiction book: “The Well-Fed Writer” by Peter Bowermann

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Best nonfiction book nominee: The Well-Fed Writer
Best nonfiction author nominee: Peter Bowermann
Book summary writer: Mollie Player

Best nonfiction book? Why?

The Well-Fed Writer encourages the self-proclaimed starving artist to man up, pick up the phone and sell his work. That is why it’s among the best.

Best nonfiction book? What’s in it?

Cold calling. Lots and lots of cold calling for freelance writers.

Some of the authors’ freelance writing tips:

  • Make a portfolio.
  • Write a professional bid letter and cover letter.
  • Get a logo.
  • Save receipts.
  • Use an assistant.
  • Get a recorder.
  • Get Strunk & White, a style manual and other books of the trade.
  • Make peakerphone and microcassette recorder, color printer, etc.
  • Make a brochure or info packet.
  • Get a business card.
  • Be a standout vendor! Under-promise, over-deliver.
  • Deliver early.
  • Get referrals to new clients from every client you work for.
  • Form personal relationships with clients and check up on them from time to time.
  • Send thank you notes and Christmas cards to remind clients you’re around.
  • Include in your quote meeting time, two rounds of edits, transport time, research and interviews, etc.
  • Use job agents.
  • Learn technical writing and writing software.
  • Do pro-bono work for nonprofits and friends.
  • Did I mention cold calling? Cold call 50 businesses per day.
  • Keep notes.

Contact: ad agencies, graphic designers, marketing companies, PR firms, book publishers (for editing work), event production companies, and the communication departments, marketing departments and sales departments of corporations.

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Best nonfiction book: “Nurture Shock” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

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Best nonfiction book: Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children
Best nonfiction author: Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Book summary writer: Mollie Player

Best nonfiction book? Why?

In the growing tradition of recently published nonfiction, Nurture Shock is a treat for the educated, modern reader. It’s a collection of short, well-written, well-researched pieces–sort of the Reader’s Digest idea, but cooler.

Best nonfiction book? What’s in it?

Nurture Shock is a collection of pieces offering unexpected ideas about teaching children more effectively.

The advice:

  • Don’t praise kids for smarts, or they’ll be afraid of failure. Instead, praise them for effort and for other things that are under their control. This will motivate them to take on difficult challenges.
  • Teach kids that intelligence is a muscle and can be developed.
  • Kids who get even fifteen minutes more sleep do much better in school.
  • Talk about race. Kids are always looking at differences. If you don’t talk to them about the differences, they will draw their own conclusions. Kids want to belong so they exclude others unless told not to.
  • Deal with lies calmly. All kids lie.
  • Teach kids to see and interact with siblings as they would a friend—someone whose loyalty isn’t taken for granted.
  • Play-based learning is extremely important. Tools for the Mind classes incorporate: (1) Sustained play. Kids write out a play plan for imagination games. (2) Self-criticism, self-reflection. Kids are taught to pick out the best examples of their own work and the work of their peers. (3) Buddy reading.

To help child learn how to talk:

  • Words should accompany interaction, especially facial cues. This is why TV doesn’t help babies learn.
  • Follow baby’s lead. Say words for items he’s showing interest in already, when the motivation to learn it is already present.
  • For small babies, wiggle a toy or object to draw attention to it before naming it.
  • Incorporate common sentences with new words.
  • Say the same idea in several different ways.
  • Respond to almost all vocalization in some way, teaching the child they affect you by their sounds.

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Best nonfiction book: “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes

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Best nonfiction book: Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

Why Good Calories, Bad Calories is one of the best nonfiction books out there:

Gary Taubes is a pretty awesome scientist-rebel. It’s fun reading good evidence that the establishment (including the government) is wrong.

What you’ll get out of Good Calories, Bad Calories
that truly makes it worth reading:

Taubes handily disproves at least the following:

• The fat-cholesterol hypothesis (the idea that dietary fat raises cholesterol levels in the body);
• The calorie hypothesis (the idea that we can control our weight by counting calories); and, most significantly,
• The pro-carbohydrate hypothesis (the idea that a diet high in the right carbs is good for you).

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Best nonfiction book: “Neanderthin” by Ray Audette

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Best nonfiction book: Neanderthin: Eat Like a Cave Man to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body
Best nonfiction author: Ray Audette
Book summary writer: Mollie Player

Best nonfiction book? Why?

Put simply: science. It’s cool, even when it’s not.

Best nonfiction book? What’s in it?

Neanderthin makes a very convincing, research-based argument that meat is still good for us. It advocates paleo-style eating: eating natural- or near natural-state fruits, vegetables and meat but no dairy or grains.

Paleo rules: Do eat meats, fish, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and berries. Do not eat grains, beans, potatoes, dairy or sugar.

On why certain foods are unhealthy: Many grains are inedible without human agricultural practices (milling, long cooking); legumes filled with aflatoxins, alkaloidic (toxins), etc. Must be cooked. Dairy not available till farming, or sugar. Potatoes not edible until fire.

The Paleolithic Era is the time in human history when we were hunter-gatherers. It is also the time when we were healthiest.

“Indeed, if we look at the skeletal remains of man prior to 10,000 years ago before the technological innovation of the Neolithic (Agricultural) Revolution—we find no evidence of obesity and very little evidence of the plethora of other immune system diseases that are so common today. When we examine the remains of humans immediately following the Neolithic Revolution, we see at once evidence of the obesity and diseases common in the modern world.”

The physical characteristics of humans shows that they are natural carnivores.

“. . . More than 95 percent of primates have a single-chambered stomach incapable of digesting most complex carbohydrates as they occur in nature (in the absence of technology).”

“Within this savanna environment, man is the only primate . . . There are few of the trees whose fruit and leaves provide the bulk of food for the creatures of the forest. Life on the savanna is dominated by grasses, grass-eating animals called herbivores, and the carnivores and omnivores that, in turn, prey upon these herbivores.”

“Our unique characteristics include a large lopsided brain, bipedalism, eye dominance, a lack of fur, and a unique variety of sweat glands. None of these physical traits (except bipedalism in some bird species) is found in other animals.”

Big brains are necessary for hunting large animals, and not as needed for gathering.

Social dependence is most often seen in pack animals that are carnivorous and protective.

Brain size increased as humans developed tools for hunting and therefore ate more meat. Big brains need more nutrition.

Humans also have a “relatively small lower gastrointestinal tract,” making concentrated calories like meat, fruit and nuts much easier to digest.

Bipedalism is only found in humans and some flightless birds. “As a human, when walking or running your hands are free to use a weapon which, if thrown while moving, greatly increases the weapon’s velocity . . . Bipedalism also allows us to use our hands to carry over large distance more efficiently than other primates. The long-distance carrying ability allows us (through sharing) a highly efficient division of labor in our hunting and gathering efforts.”

The human is the best long-distance hunter, partly because there’s no fur and therefore less overheating. The ability to hunt other animals when tired and hot in mid-day also helps. Head hair protects humans from the sun.

Handedness, which developed thanks to eye dominance, helped us learn to “throw an object with accuracy. This ability is what has allowed humans to become the most efficient hunters on earth.”

Our long-time relationship with dogs helped humans hunt, too. Dogs circled the prey and humans shot at them from afar.

On vegetarianism: “All the plants and animals that once inhabited the cultivated land must be killed to provide space for vegetable crops.” Kills ecosystem that naturally provides balance for all. “In fact, it is for this reason that the person wearing a fur coat has killed fewer than 10 percent of the animals killed by the person wearing a cotton coat.”

There are no vegetarian primates.

“Since ancient times, the most destructive factor in the degradation of the environment has been monoculture agriculture. The production of wheat in ancient Sumeria transformed once-fertile plains into salt flats that remain sterile . . .”

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Best nonfiction book: “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein

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Best nonfiction book: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir  
Best nonfiction author: Carrie Brownstein

Book summary writer: Mollie Player

The particular appeal of this best nonfiction book:

I’m no indie band afficianado. Or feminist. But I like Carrie Brownstein’s style, her ability to philosophize in a succinct way. Fans of Chuck Klosterman, take note.

The essence of this best nonfiction book:

This book follows the career of the author, a well-regarded musician.

Notable quotes from this best nonfiction book:

  • My story starts with me as a fan. And to be a fan is to know that loving trumps being beloved.
  • It was about knowing you were going to be underestimated by everyone and then punishing them for those very thoughts.
  • They were like really loud librarians. And as the audience, you better shut the hell up because you’re in the library of rock right now.
  • My entire style of playing was built around somebody else playing guitar with me, a story that on its own sounds unfinished, a sonic to-be-continued, designed to be completed by someone else.
  • The more comfortable you get, the more money you earn, the more successful you are, the harder it is to create situations where you have to prove yourself and make yourself not just want it, but need it. The stakes should always feel high.
  • Laura had dimples and an infectious, conspiratorial laugh. She was a sprightly, elfin Scot who had grown up in Perth and played drums and guitar and sang. Unlike the ruddy surfer Australian stock, her hair was dark and her skin was light. She had a way of darting through a room.
  • I love being a new onlooker, a convert. To become a fan of something, to open and change, is a move of deliberate optimism, curiosity, and enthusiasm. Touring with Pearl Jam allowed me to see how diminishing and stifling it is to close yourself off to experiences. It was a tour that changed my life.

For more information on this best nonfiction book, see:

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl on Amazon

Best nonfiction book: “The Child Whisperer” by Carol Tuttle

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Best nonfiction book: The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children
Best nonfiction author: Carol Tuttle
Book summary writer: Mollie Player

Unique appeal of this best nonfiction book:

Personality tests are one thing–energy profiling, quite another. The Child Whisperer and other books by Carol Tuttle offer a paradigm-changing understanding of onesself and others. Notably, the book isn’t just about kids.

This best nonfiction book’s essence:

Each of us are characterized by a particular energy that influences almost everything we do–even the way we walk, eat and dress. Personalities can be taken on and off, like clothes. Energy is what’s underneath.

The four major energy types correspond to the elements of wind, water, fire and earth. They also, and more significantly, correspond to four underlying life purposes that affect many of our decisions and at times make it hard for us to understand each others’ decisions.

These life purposes are as follows:

  • Wind – Type 1 – To enjoy life
  • Water – Type 2 – To love and connect with others
  • Fire – Type 3 – To accomplish goals
  • Earth – Type 4 – To see that things are done in the correct way

Important quotes from this best nonfiction book:

  • Understanding your child’s true nature will help you better recognize their natural gifts and talents, more clearly see their personal challenges, and know how to guide them more easily.
  • When honored for who they really are, children will cooperate more easily as a by-product of parenting efforts, and you will experience increased cooperation and harmony in your parent-child relationships.
  • As a result, you will develop a unique parenting approach that honors and supports your child, eliminating a high percentage of conflict and discipline.
  • “Child Whispering” is my philosophy of working with children based on the model of Energy Profiling. Energy Profiling is an assessment tool that considers body language, communication, learning processes, personality, physical characteristics, and numerous other qualities. This model provides parents with an intuitive understanding of how their children see the world and innately express themselves.
  • As a result of identifying your child’s true nature—or Type—based on my Energy Profiling system, you will become your own “Child Whisperer.”
  • The most powerful gift you can give your child is the permission to be their best.
  • Every person alive has their own unique Energy Profile—a natural movement that expresses itself in body language and earliest sounds from the day a child is born. In fact, it even starts earlier than that. 
  • Personality is actually just a by-product of something much deeper, much more innate in a child’s expression. I suggest that a child comes to this life with a natural expression of movement that profoundly influences personality. If this natural expression is ignored or stifled, children’s personalities can develop in contradiction and conflict with their true nature.
  • Energy Profiling is not a personality test.  
  • Each Type is labeled with a number—Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4.
  • Type 1: The Fun-loving Child Primary Connection to the World: Social Primary Movement: Bouncy and random Primary Need: To have fun and happy parents May be described as: animated, fun, bright, light-hearted, friendly May be negatively judged as: flighty, hyperactive, unreliable
  • Type 2: The Sensitive Child Primary Connection to the World: Emotional Primary Movement: Subtle and flowing Primary Need: To have feelings honored and everyone in the family feel loved and connected May be described as: tender, gentle, kind, thoughtful May be negatively judged as: wimpy, shy, hyper-sensitive
  • Type 3: The Determined Child Primary Connection to the World: Physical Primary Movement: Push forward and determined Primary Need: To be challenged and have new experiences with support of their parents May be described as: Strong, active, persistent, energetic May be negatively judged as: Pushy, loud, demanding, rambunctious
  • Type 4: The More Serious Child Primary Connection to the World: Intellectual Primary Movement: Straightforward and exact Primary Need: To be respected by their parents and family members and respect them in return May be described as: Thorough, efficient, responsible, analytical May be negatively judged as: Critical, judgmental, know-it-all . . .

For more information on this best nonfiction book, see:

The Child Whisperer on Amazon

Best nonfiction book: “Aspects of the Novel” by E.M. Forster

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Best nonfiction book: Aspects of the Novel 
Best nonfiction author: E. M. Forster

Book summary writer: Mollie Player

Unique appeal of this best nonfiction book:

Could the author of A Passage to India, Howard’s End and A Room With a View possibly have anything to teach us about masterful novel writing? I’d say so. I heard several of the quotes below long before reading this book, and little wonder: they’re unique, revealing and succinct.

Selected quotes from this best nonfiction book:

On story:

  • What the story does do in this particular capacity, all it can do, is to transform us from readers into listeners, to whom ‘a’ voice speaks, the voice of the tribal narrator, squatting in the middle of the cave, and saying one thing after another until the audience falls asleep among their offal and bones. The story is primitive, it reaches back to the origins of literature, before reading was discovered, and it appeals to what is primitive in us. That is why we are so unreasonable over the stories we like, and so ready to bully those who like something else.”

On characterization:

  • “And now we can get a definition as to when a character in a book is real: it is real when the novelist knows everything about it. He may not choose to tell us all he knows—many of the facts, even of the kind we call obvious, may be hidden. But he will give us the feeling that though the character has not been explained, it is explicable . . .”
  • “The test of a round character is whether it is capable of surprising in a convincing way. If it never surprises, it is flat. If it does not convince, it is a flat pretending to be round.”

On point of view:

  • “The novelist who betrays too much interest in his own method can never be more than interesting; he has given up the creation of character and summoned us to help analyse his own mind, and a heavy drop in the emotional thermometer results.”
  • “May the writer take the reader into his confidence about his characters? Answer has already been indicated: better not. It is dangerous, it generally leads to a drop in the temperature, to intellectual and emotional laxity, and worse still to facetiousness, and to a friendly invitation to see how the figures hook up behind. ‘Doesn’t A look nice—she always was my favourite.’ ‘Let’s think of why B does that—perhaps there’s more in him than meets the eye—yes, see—he has a heart of gold—having given you this peep at it I’ll pop it back—I don’t think he’s noticed.’ ‘And C—he always was the mystery man.’ Intimacy is gained but at the expense of illusion and nobility. It is like standing a man a drink so that he may not criticize your opinions.”
  • “It is not dangerous for a novelist to draw back from his characters, as Hardy and Conrad do, and to generalize about the conditions under which he thinks life is carried on. It is confidences about the individual people that do harm, and beckon the reader away from the people to an examination of the novelist’s mind. Not much is ever found in it at such a moment, for it is never in the creative state: the mere process of saying, ‘Come along, let’s have a chat,’ has cooled it down.”

On plot:

  • “Let us define a plot. We have defined a story as a narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence. A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis falling on causality. ‘The king died and then the queen died,’ is a story. ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief’ is a plot.”
  • “If it is in a story we say ‘and then?’ If it is in a plot we ask ‘why?’ That is the fundamental difference.”

For more information on this best nonfiction book, see:

Aspects of the Novel  on Amazon

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