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Buenos niños, malas costumbres : la guía RealAge para criar niños saludables por Jennifer Trachtenberg ; traducido del inglés por Rosana Elizalde.

Cuando los chicos empiezan a volverse adictos a la televisión o a devorar puñados de galletitas, es fácil decir “ya se les va a pasar cuando crezcan.” Lo más probable es que estén adquiriendo malas costumbres que pueden conducir a la obesidad en la infancia y a enfermedades crónicas en la adultez, desde diabetes y depresión hasta problemas cardíacos y osteoporosis.

Pero haciendo cambios simples ahora, puede ayudar a que tus hijos eviten estos problemas más adelante. Buenos Niños Malas Costumbres provee las herramientas que necesitarás, comenzando con el único Test RealAge® Para Chicos Saludables. Basado en el exitoso Test RealAge, que mide la edad biológica y no la de calendario, el Test de Chicos Saludables revela en qué aspectos los chicos están bien y en cuáles están encaminándose a tener problemas de salud.

Sin importar de qué problema se trate -desde falta de sueño a adicción a los video juegos— la Dra. Jen ha visto y resuelto todo, trabajando con los padres y los chicos juntos. Sus consejos perspicaces, pasos preventivos y su agudeza de niña, aprendidos a través del trabajo con miles de niños, hacen de éste un libro de incalculable valor. Ayudará a que tus hijos se conviertan en los adultos más sanos posibles, permitiéndoles al mismo tiempo ser niños. – Publisher description

Salud e hygiene, Niños

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Robert Blair Kaiser has written a roman a clef set in the very near future which projects a Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles kidnapped from his mountain cabin in his own helicopter to face a televised trial in the jungle of Mexican Chiapas over the child abuse scandal.  After this Grishamesque  opening, and a rescue that seems to kill all those involved except the title character, he is left in the hospital in Los Angeles to contemplate  this shattering experience.  The changes to his own outlook on his role in the Church and the actions he begins to take as a result of his new viewpoint begin a change in American Catholicism toward a “People’s Church”.  The characters he gathers around himself, and the opposition he meets offer a rich portrait of clerical, and media personalities from Kaiser’s own past.

Written as a novel, with a mix of real, thinly veiled real and completely fictional characters, this is actually a polemic written to advance the cause for a change in the American Catholic Church toward autochthony like the Maronites, Melkites, Assyrians and Chaldeans who are in union with Rome, but have their own languages, liturgies and customs, including a married clergy. The novel goes from the jungle to the centers of power in both Rome and the American Church.  We meet thinly veiled versions of people Kaiser knows who are the thinkers, power politicians, and strategists who run large organizations, like the Catholic Church.  After his own career in the media, both the strategies used by both sides in publicizing their views and the real people like Michael Moore and Bill O’Reilly who occasionally are part of the plot are sharply and humorously drawn.  While there is an air of unreality here (it is set in the future, after all) this succeeds in giving information and entertaining the reader.  The end of the book implies that there will be a sequel.

Molly Spore Alhadef

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Hemon is plainly and ardently in love with the music of English consonants and vowels.

“The genre inaugurated by Jonathan Safran Foer‘s 2002 novel Everything Is Illuminated has finally found its standard bearer. Like Everything before it, Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project comprises a mildly successful, yet deeply neurotic author living in America, a character who speaks in a funny patois, an intriguing story of a murdered Eastern European Jew, the author/narrator’s journey back to Europe to write a book about the aforementioned Eastern European Jew, existential concern about writing said book, and the crafting of this concern into the very book that the reader is holding. ” – Josh Stein for Boldtype a literary blog worth checking out!

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For those who love biographies, and especially biographies of artists,
this is a gem. During his lifetime, Joseph Cornell rose to international
acclaim for his enigmatic collage boxes. Solomon paints a picture of a
man just as mysterious as his art. -jdavis

Zoli by Colum McCann

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McCann’s story is loosely based on a real Gypsy poet, Papsuza, who was exiled by her people when her poems were published. He has enriched that story with insightful and evocative prose, and in Zoli has created a vibrant character who is able to maintain her identity and proud heritage, even when abandoned by those she loves. – BookPage

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I’ve been waiting for YEARS for Tobias Wolff’s new story collection and this one does not disappoint. Read “Her Dog” – it is the perfect example of Wolff’s skill: quiet storytelling that packs a big punch.

“A long-recognized master of the short story genre, Wolff brings together 21 favorite stories culled from three previous collections and adds, for this occasion, 10 new stories never before gathered in book form. This retrospective of his three-decades-long career testifies to the short story being his natural agent for personal expression.” – Booklist

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One of last year’s books that landed on many “Best of” lists:

“The explosive first long work by “the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time” (Ilan Stavans, Los Angeles Times), The Savage Detectives follows Belano and Lima through the eyes of the people whose paths they cross in Central America, Europe, Israel, and West Africa. This chorus includes the muses of visceral realism, the beautiful Font sisters; their father, an architect interned in a Mexico City asylum; a sensitive young follower of Octavio Paz; a foul-mouthed American graduate student; a French girl with a taste for the Marquis de Sade; the great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky; a Chilean stowaway with a mystical gift for numbers; the anorexic heiress to a Mexican underwear empire; an Argentinian photojournalist in Angola; and assorted hangers-on, detractors, critics, lovers, employers, vagabonds, real-life literary figures, and random acquaintances.” – Publisher description