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Bethany S. Mandel

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Bethany Shondark Mandel is a conservative American author and political and cultural commentator who writes for The Federalist, The Jewish Daily Forward and Acculturated. She was named one of "36 under 36" by The Jewish Week in 2013 and one of the "Forward 50" in 2015
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The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Greg Lukianoff - 2019-08-20 (first published in 2018)
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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable BookBloomberg Best Book of 2018The New York Times bestseller!Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak hon...
Bethany S. Mandel
A wonderful book, but the response to the damage that we have done to children over the last two years is not that they are coddled. Especially not when it is coming in response to policies that impact their emotional development.      source
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A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool
Emily Oster - 2020-04-21
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From the author of EXPECTING BETTER, an economist's guide to the early years of parentingWith EXPECTING BETTER, award-winning economist Emily Oster spotted a need in the pregnancy market for advice that gave women the information they needed to make the best decision for their own pregnancies. By digging into the data, Oster found that much of the ...
Bethany S. Mandel
And that’s a whole other conversation; the very questionable benefits of breastfeeding. I recommend @ProfEmilyOster ‘s book on this subject especially. And given the wider conversation; maybe she could free up that chapter on her substack?      source
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Celeste Ng
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The Read-Aloud Family
Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
Sarah MacKenzie - 2018-03-27
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Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own si...
Bethany S. Mandel
Another favorite in this genre is this from the Read Aloud Queen 👑 Sarah Mackenzie. I know what you’re thinking. “Do I really need three books about reading our loud to my kids?” Yes, yes you do.      source
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Irreversible Damage
The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
Abigail Shrier - 2020-06-30
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Irreversible Damage is an exploration of a mystery: Why, in the last decade, has the diagnosis "gender dysphoria," transformed from a vanishingly rare affliction, applying almost exclusively to boys and men, to an epidemic among teenage girls? Author Abigail Shrier presents shocking statistics and stories from real families to show that America and...
Bethany S. Mandel
Abigail knew she’d be under assault for writing this book. She did it anyway. It’s incredibly important work. You can buy it and see for yourself:      source
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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Siegfried Engelmann - 1986-06-15 (first published in 1983)
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With more than half a million copies in print, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is the definitive guide to giving your child the reading skills needed now for a better chance at tomorrow, while bringing you and your child closer together.Is your child halfway through first grade and still unable to read? Is your preschooler bored with c...
Bethany S. Mandel
This book also worked for us very well. This is where we started from absolute scratch outside of knowing basic letter sounds.      source
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Michael Petrilli
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Frederick Douglass
Prophet of Freedom
David W. Blight - 2020-01-07 (first published in 2018)
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**Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History** “Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–...
Bethany S. Mandel
I’ve gotten into these obscenely long biographies of great Americans in the last year. Also loved Chernow’s Washington and the Frederick Douglass book by David Blight. Plan to dive into Hamilton by Chernow next. Other recommendations along these lines?      source
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A Life
Ron Chernow - 2011-09-27 (first published in 2010)
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A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by n...
Bethany S. Mandel
I’ve gotten into these obscenely long biographies of great Americans in the last year. Also loved Chernow’s Washington and the Frederick Douglass book by David Blight. Plan to dive into Hamilton by Chernow next. Other recommendations along these lines?      source
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Barack ObamaMark Pitcavage
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Ron Chernow - 2018-09-25 (first published in 2017)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an ...
Bethany S. Mandel
This book is obscenely long and sometimes dragged. But at the end when you find out Grant had chosen Union and Confederate generals to be his pallbearers, I cried. He was a great American.      source
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Balloons over Broadway
The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))
Melissa Sweet - 2011-11-01
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2012 Sibert Medal Winner Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet ...
Bethany S. Mandel
With thanksgiving coming up, we’ve been reading this great book nonstop. First heard about it from Read Aloud Revival (if you have kids look her up ASAP)      source
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When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi - 2016-01-12
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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chr...
Bethany S. Mandel
More Shabbat reading recommendations: This book was breathtaking and such a powerful advertisement for the joy of parenthood.      source
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
Expecting Better by Emily Oster
For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer MacAulay