Book Review

Book Review-Mad Women

Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and BeyondMad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I am a big Mad Men fan and was interested in hearing a real-life behind the scenes story. I was also curious to see how she juggled everything. I have to admit that everytime I see a successful professional woman with children and a shred of her sanity the first thing I wonder is how she does it.

Jane Maas explains exactly how; by putting her career 1st, husband 2nd, and children last. That and having live in help during the week, and a true partner for a spouse.

However hearing about the history of advertising in the 60’s and 70’s and her role in it was good (and quick reading).

However, while I enjoyed the book, I am glad I borrowed it from my local library and did not spend $12 downloading it from Amazon.Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond

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Book Review-Journal Of Best Practices

This was an excellent book. As the mother of a son recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, I have found myself consumed by the following:

1. Learning how to correctly spell Asperger’s without having to look it up;
2. Learn more about the syndrome and finding strategies and best practices to help my son thrive in the demands of a neurotypical world.

David Finch proves himself to be a very likeable subject and I found myself rooting for him, and could easily see my son in parts of Finch.

While I did enjoy the whole book, I found this section alone to be worth the price:

“Prior to my diagnosis, such a revelation would not have been possible. Perhaps that’s what a diagnosis does: it helps you to understand that you have unique operating parameters—unique limitations and preferences. Knowing why you don’t naturally fit in alleviates the shame and embarrassment. (That’s my brain, folks. Can’t help it. Who wants more champagne?) My diagnosis gave me an explanation as to why I was relatively alone in my circumstances whenever I went places, and that knowledge somehow made me feel less lonely. Best of all, I wouldn’t have to use a persona anymore. I could just be me. ”

Finch, David (2012). The Journal of Best Practices (p. 211). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Keeping this in mind when I work with my sweet boy, or work with the school to make accommodations is priceless. Reminding myself, my son and others that there is nothing ‘wrong’ with him, just that he operates a little differently, takes the shame and the pressure off of the work of helping him thrive in a world where people are programmed differently from him.

Whether or not your life is touched by Asperger’s Syndrome, it is impossible to read the book and not be touched by David Finch’s journey.

Book Review-The Wedding Wager

The Wedding Wager (McMaster the Disaster)The Wedding Wager by Rachel Astor

I stumbled on the “McMaster the Disaster” books while traveling to Paris for my 40th birthday in October. I loved the fun, frothy book with a relate-able heroine and quickly devoured Bridesmaid Lotto and Gamble on Engagement.

I found the third book in the series to be fully delightful, and I am hoping that The Disaster will strike again!

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