How Not To Be A Boy (Canongate Books, 2017)

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Title:

How Not To Be A Boy

Subtitle:

N/A

Author:

Robert Webb

Review…

Opinion in short:

 

This book is very funny. In fact, it’s laugh out loud funny. But it’s also a very poignant treatment of commonly held masculinities and gender biases which boys inherit as they grow up. Very well worth a read!

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An Abbreviated Life (Harper, 2016)

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Title:

An Abbreviated Life

Subtitle:

A Memoir

Author:

Ariel Leve

Review…

Opinion in short:

 

Beautifully written – an acute observation of middle class parenting gone terribly wrong. It’s a retrospective, told from the child’s point of view. One to challenge the standard definitions of child abuse.

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The Brain: The Story of You (Canongate Books, 2016)

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Title:

The Brain

Subtitle:

The Story of You

Author:

David Eagleman

Review…

Opinion in short:

This is one of those books that opens your eyes to new ideas and possibilities. It’s an easy and accessible book to read, written by an expert with lay people in mind.

Star rating 3.5

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My Name is Leon (Penguin, 2017)

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Title:

My Name is Leon

Author:

Kit de Waal

Review…

Opinion in short:

This one is a beauty.

It’s about the journey of an 8 year old boy into foster care. It’s both a moving and uplifting book. It might be about “work stuff” for many of us – but it reinforces all the reasons why we do the job – to help troubled kids get through tough stuff!

 

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TRM-related books…

Easy access to books recommended during our training!

I’ve been training a lot on the Trauma Recovery Model recently and frequently get asked for further reading and pointers to good books…

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So I thought I’d put together a quick guide to some of the main ones so that folks can easily get through to them for a nosey – and buy them if you wish.*

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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds (Macmillan, 2014)

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Title:

Talk Like TED

Subtitle: 

9 Public Speaking Secrets From the World’s Top Minds

Author: 

Carmine Gallo

Review…

Opinion in short: Interesting, well-organised and full of illustrations. Not short on inspiration either. Best of all it’s eminently practical. If you train, present, speak or otherwise find yourself talking to groups of people publicly, you should buy this.

Star rating 5

 

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Small Great Things… (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016)

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Title:

Small Great Things

Subtitle:

N/A

Author:

Jodie Picoult

Review…

Opinion in short:

This isn’t a “work book” in the normal sense. But it’s a book that will certainly twist your dials and get you thinking. It’s a book about racism – but it rocks! It’s not technical or academic in the usual sense, but it has sooo much to say.

It’s a compelling story that tackles all the major issues…and then some. I read it in a couple of days over the holidays and loved it. Comparisons with “To Kill A Mockingbird” shouldn’t be made lightly. But they can be made here with some merit.

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The top 3 of 2016…

It’s the time of year for looking back, taking a break and getting ready for what’s to come in 2017.

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As part of my looking back I thought I’d share the top 3s from the website this year.

  • Top blog post
  • Most shared quote, and
  • My favourite read

Here goes…

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Teens Talk Tough Times (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2013)

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Title:

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Teens Talk Tough Times

Subtitle:

Stories About the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager

Author:

Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen – Edited by Amy Newmark

Review…

Opinion in short:

Star rating 3.5

This one left me in a quandary. It’s not a fun read by any stretch. But there’s something extremely poignant about it – almost shocking. As an adult it’s so easy to dismiss much of what teenagers go through. To look down on it – just a little bit.

This book will challenge that. There are some heart-warming stories of genuine joy and some that leave you cold with dread – at what can happen. ALL of them underline the sense that we look down on teenagers and their experiences at our peril…

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