A couple new books in the store have had a lot of press recently. One is Amy Chua’s Hymn of the Tiger Mother which has been really controversial. Chua’s strict, you might say draconian mothering style has been harshly criticized yet she makes some good points about the over-softness of American parenting, a lack of discipline and expectation for hard work. Maybe we have gone too far in the high self-esteem model when everyone gets a trophy, win or lose and so on. Chua gets a conversation going, that’s for sure.
Another new/old book is a re-issue of Water for Elephants in anticipation of the movie. I love this book and anyone who missed it first time around should pick it up now. It’s a great story with an unusual set of characters and circus setting.