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  1. 11.4 hrs • 9/27/2016 • Unabridged

    More than a decade after the New York Times bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House spoke up loud and clear for a generation of young woman, nine of the original contributors are back—along with sixteen captivating new voices—sharing their ruminations from an older, stronger, and wiser perspective about love, sex, work, family, independence, body image, health, and aging: the critical flash points of women’s lives today. “Born out of anger,” the essays in The Bitch in the House chronicled the face of womanhood at the beginning of a new millennium. Now those funny, smart, passionate contributors—today less bitter and resentful, and more confident, competent, and content—capture the spirit of postfeminism in this equally provocative, illuminating, and compelling companion anthology. Having aged into their forties, fifties, and sixties, these “bitches”—bestselling authors, renowned journalists, and critically acclaimed novelists—are back … and better than ever. In The Bitch Is Back, Cathi Hanauer, Kate Christensen, Sarah Crichton, Debora Spar, Ann Hood, Veronica Chambers, and nineteen other women offer unique views on womanhood and feminism today. Some of the “original bitches” (OBs) revisit their earlier essays to reflect on their previous selves. All reveal how their lives have changed in the intervening years—whether they stayed coupled, left marriages, or had affairs; developed cancer or other physical challenges; coped with partners who strayed, died, or remained faithful; became full-time wage earners or homemakers; opened up their marriages; remained childless or became parents; or experienced other meaningful life transitions. As a “new wave” of feminists begins to take center stage, this powerful, timely collection sheds a much-needed light on both past and present, offering understanding, compassion, and wisdom for modern women’s lives, all the while pointing toward the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.

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    The Bitch Is Back by Cathi Hanauer

    The Bitch Is Back

    Edited by Cathi Hanauer
    11.4 hrs • 9/27/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.7 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.5 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children-if parents help them. Using the foundation of their own values and experiences, parents and educators can learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology. Screenwise is a guide to understanding more about what it is like for children to grow up with technology, and to recognizing the special challenges-and advantages-that contemporary kids and teens experience thanks to this level of connection. In it, Heitner presents practical parenting “hacks”: quick ideas that you can implement today that will help you understand and relate to your digital native. The book will empower parents to recognize that the wisdom that they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid’s digital savvy, and help them develop skills for managing the new challenges of parenting. Based on real-life stories from other parents and Heitner’s wealth of knowledge on the subject, Screenwise teaches parents what they need to know in order to raise responsible digital citizens.

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    Screenwise

    6.5 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.0 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What issues should your college-bound trans child be thinking about when selecting a school? How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? These questions and more are answered in this book offering a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens.

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    The Transgender Child

    8.0 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.9 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    A paradigm-shifting model of parenting children in two homes from an internationally recognized expert. A researcher, therapist, and mediator, Robert Emery, Ph.D., details a new approach to sharing custody with children in two homes. Huge numbers of children are affected by separation, divorce, cohabitation breakups, and childbearing outside of marriage. These children have two homes. But their parents have only one chance to protect their childhood. Building on his 2004 book The Truth About Children and Divorce and a strong evidence base, including his own research, Emery explains that a parenting plan that lasts a lifetime is one that grows and changes along with children’s—and families’—developing needs. Parents can and should work together to renegotiate schedules to best meet the changing needs of children from infancy through young adult life. Divided into chapters that address the specific needs of children as they grow up, Emery: Introduces his Hierarchy of Children’s Needs in DivorceProvides specific advice for successful parenting, starting with infancy and reaching into emerging adulthoodAdvocates for joint custody but notes that children do not count minutes and neither should parentsHighlights that there is only one “side” for parents to take in divorce: the children’s sideHimself the father of five children, one from his first marriage, Emery brings a rare combination of personal and professional insight and guidance for every parent raising a child in two homes.

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    Two Homes, One Childhood

    11.9 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.9 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    In Raising Human Beings, the renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence. Parents have an important task: figure out who their child is—his or her skills, preferences, beliefs, values, personality traits, goals, and direction—get comfortable with it, and then help him or her pursue and live a life that is congruent with it. But parents also want to have influence. They want their kid to be independent, but not if he or she is going to make bad choices. They don’t want to be harsh and rigid, but nor do they want a noncompliant, disrespectful kid. They want to avoid being too pushy and overbearing, but not if an unmotivated, apathetic kid is what they have to show for it. They want to have a good relationship with their kids, but not if that means being a pushover. They don’t want to scream, but they do want to be heard. Good parenting is about striking the balance between a child’s characteristics and a parent’s desire to have influence. Now Dr. Ross Greene offers a detailed and practical guide for raising kids in a way that enhances relationships, improves communication, and helps kids learn how to resolve disagreements without conflict. Through his well-known model of solving problems collaboratively, parents can forgo time-out and sticker charts, stop badgering, berating, threatening, and punishing, allow their kids to feel heard and validated, and have influence. From homework to hygiene, curfews, to screen time, Raising Human Beings arms parents with the tools they need to raise kids in ways that are non-punitive and non-adversarial and that brings out the best in both parent and child.

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    Raising Human Beings

    7.9 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.5 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    An engaging and practical guide to raising the happiest children in the world. What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world—and what are the secrets of Danish parents for raising happy, confident, succesful kids, year after year? This upbeat and practical guide brings together the insights of a licensed psychotherapist and a mom—a Dane and an American married to a Dane, respectively—on the habits of the happiest families on earth. The book delivers fresh advice on how to:encourage free play,foster authenticity and confidence,nurture empathy,emphasize teamwork over power struggles, and celebrate togetherness. Filled with practical takeaways and inspiring examples, this unique book will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

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  8. 9.8 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Following her previous New York Times bestsellers, Dr.Laura Schlessinger, the conscience of talk radio, now addresses an issue near and dear to her heart: the stupid things parents do to mess up their children. Never one to shy away from tough truths, Dr. Laura marshals compelling evidence for the widespread neglect of America's children and convincingly condemns the numerous rationalizations to excuse it. These are just a few of her hard-hitting points: Don't Have Them If You Won't Raise Them: "The cavalier manner in which our society treats child care, not as a matter of intimacy and love, but as a matter of convenience and economics, is deeply destructive to our children's sense of attachment, identity, and importance." Dads Need Not Apply: "Single motherhood may be more acceptable to society, but it is not acceptable to children; nor is it in their best interest." Brave New Baby: "In our society, reproductive freedom means anyone can decide to create a life by any means with no, and I mean no, consideration of what is in the best interest of that new human being." Spare the Rod: "Children without discipline often become adults with temper tantrums, defiance, rage, depression, anxiety, poor school and work adjustment, drug and alcohol abuse." Stupid Things Parents Do to Mess Up Their Kids covers all aspects of parenting and also tackles such cultural and societal concerns as abortion, modern sexuality, drug and alcohol use, violence, discipline, and a child's right to privacy.

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    Parenthood by Proxy

    9.8 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.6 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Of all life’s financial shocks, few compare to bringing home an infant. Just one tiny person costs $250,000 to raise—not including college! How will you pay for it? That agonizing question fuels mothers’ choices about their careers, budgets, and families. Some lean in, some scale back or seek new opportunities—there are no easy answers, but lots of rewarding possibilities. Smart Mom, Rich Mom explores how women today are navigating the financially challenging career/parenting years. Written by a national money columnist and mom of two, the book chronicles people who have stayed in the game—full time, freelance, self-employed, and more—and emerged more prosperous and empowered. Smart Mom, Rich Mom mines their experiences to uncover both career advice and spending and savings strategies that everyone can use. Stories, checklists, action steps, planning tools, and more explain how toprepare financially for parenthood—whether you’re expecting your first child or your third;balance thrift with generating income and investing wisely;find flexibility at work while safeguarding your earning potential—save for both college and retirement despite increased expenses; plan for unexpected events, like a layoff or illness;and much more. Kids change our lives, adding joy but draining bank accounts. Smart Mom, Rich Mom helps you adopt healthy habits—and make hard decisions—that pay off in abundance.

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    Smart Mom, Rich Mom by Kimberly Palmer

    Smart Mom, Rich Mom

    6.6 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 4.6 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    Navigating Life is an inspiring, piercingly honest user’s guide to life, written for the author’s daughter and given to her on her first day of college, reflecting tough lessons about family, work, and marriage. You learn a few useful things at school—the three Rs come in handy, and it’s good to know how to perform under pressure and wait your turn—but most of what matters, what makes you into a functioning human being, able to hold your own in conversation, find your path, know what to avoid in relationships and secure a meaningful job, no teacher will ever tell you. This diamond-sharp, gut-punchingly honest book of hard-earned wisdom is one mother’s effort to equip her daughter for survival in the real world. Margaux Bergen began writing this book when her daughter Charlotte turned nine and gave it to her right after graduation from high school, when she was setting off for her first day of college. “I am not writing this to groom or guide you to professional or academic success,” she writes. “My goal is rather to give you tools that might help you engage with the world and flourish…Think of this as a kind of developing bath-time wisdom.” Wise, heartbreakingly funny, and resonantly true, Navigating Life has invaluable lessons for students of life of all ages. It will challenge you to lead a more meaningful life and to tackle the bumps along the way with grace, grit, style, and ingenuity. What The Blessings of a Skinned Knee did for the early years of parenting, Navigating Life does for the next, far more perilous chapter, when new graduates are cast out on the high seas and have to learn to swim and find their way by themselves.

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    Navigating Life

    4.6 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 1.1 hrs • 7/21/2016 • Unabridged

    This book will help you to have your child potty trained in three days! It is the only complete guide to potty training that you will need. In this book, you will learn the secret to potty training in three days, how to deal with hurdles such as: ‘They won’t poop on the potty!” or “They were using the potty, but now they are having accidents all of the time!” (regression). You will not be going back and forth between diapers, pull-ups, and underwear anymore. You child will be completely trained in a weekend. This is a well-written book. It is very detailed and informative. This book is a great book for you that talks about all things “Potty Training”. It is going to give you all of the information and tools that you need to start potty training and complete it in three days. If your child is already trained or is in the middle of training, this book is perfect for you, as well. It will walk you through the hurdles that you will face, the struggles that you will have, the praise and reward system that you want, and more. Parents all over the world are having success with this system and now you can, too!

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    Potty Train in a Weekend

    1.1 hrs • 7/21/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 5.5 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. This six book series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron said of the fifth book in the series, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, “Lisa and Francesca, mother and daughter, bring you the laughter of their lives once again and better than ever. You will identify with these tales of guilt and fall in love with them and fierce (grand) Mother Mary.” This seventh volume will not disappoint as it hits the humorous and poignant note that fans have come to expect from the beloved mother-daughter duo.

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  13. 4.7 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Abridged

    A nationally recognized business etiquette specialist, Professor Robert A. Shutt reviews the strategies, guidelines, and appropriate behavior that can help people excel in a variety of professional environments. During the course of these lectures, Professor Shutt examines etiquette in situations such as the business dinner and the job interview. He shows how etiquette functions in the workplace and discusses such features as electronic communications and sales etiquette—all while providing fascinating commentary on the history of etiquette and including examples from ancient Egypt, renaissance Italy, and colonial America.

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  14. 4.0 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Where is the fun in your family’s life? Have you sunk so deep in the day-to-day crunch of life and forgotten how to make things fun? What The Fun?! answers every parent’s question, “What can I do to make my family happy?” Creating more fun in your days will make you a joy to be around and you’ll be a great example to your children. They will learn how to find their own happiness. What more could you want for your kids? Donna Bozzo has shared her prescription for folding tons of fantastic fun into your days with millions of people on television and in magazines. Now she gives you 427 easy peasy ideas to help you put more fun in your family’s life any and every day. This includes: Five-minute fun fixes;Zany ways to shake up the ole (yawn) daily routine;Clever bedtime, homework, and chore time struggle stoppers;Quick ways to create family memories; andEasy, exciting ways to make each and every day a special occasion. What The Fun?! will show you how to stop being so serious and find more fun in your family’s life.

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    What the Fun?!

    4.0 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 3.7 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    101 Things You Should Do before Your Kids Leave Home is packed with ideas and advice designed to help parents prepare their children for life out in the world, while making sure that both parents and kids enjoy every precious moment. From staging a food fight to serving in a soup kitchen, from planning a “tour de neighborhood” bike race to telling family stories, some suggestions are fun, some challenging, and others practical—but all will inspire parents with ideas for family time before their kids leave the nest.

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  16. 9.0 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Unabridged

    The first parenting book to bring the science and psychology of children’s behavior together to build brain/body awareness for self-regulation and success. Self-Reg is a ground-breaking book that presents an entirely new understanding of your child’s emotions and behavior, serving as a practical guide for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life. Rooted in decades of clinical practice and research by leading child psychologist Dr. Stuart Shanker, Self-Reg realigns the power of the parent-child relationship for positive change. Self-regulation is the nervous system’s way of responding to stress. We are seeing a generation of children and teens with excessively high levels of stress and, as a result, an explosion of emotional, social, learning, behavior, and physical health problems. But few parents recognize the hidden stressors that their children are struggling with—the physiological as well as social and emotional stressors. An entrenched view of child rearing is seeing our children as lacking self-control or willpower, but the real basis for these problems lies in excessive stress. Self-regulation can dramatically improve a child’s mood, attention, and concentration. It can help children to feel empathy and to develop the sorts of virtues that every parent knows are vital for their child’s long-term well-being. Self-regulation brings about a profound and lasting transformation that continues to mature throughout life. Shanker translates decades of his findings from working with children into practical, prescriptive advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop their self-regulation skills and teach their children how to do the same for optimal learning, social and emotional growth, and overall well-being.

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    Self-Reg

    By Dr. Stuart Shanker, with Teresa Barker
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    9.0 hrs • 6/21/16 • Unabridged
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