Imagine a moment of low-grade, but daily, agony. It is time to put your child to bed. This is supposed to be a moment to bond, a moment to read a story, to support future literacy and your relationship. You believe in all that.
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Conn and Hal Iggulden have come up with an idea so great and obvious it’s hard to imagine why no one thought of it before. The Dangerous Book for Boys is a big red hardback full of information about the sorts of things 10-year-old boys obsess over, from building a tree house, a really good paper airplane, and a homemade bow with arrows, to reading a compass, identifying constellations in the night sky, and even knowing basic English grammar.
Acouple months ago, I was in Bermuda for vacation, hanging out with my sister, her roommate, and another NorCal pal on the beach. Beach bummin’ being what it is, talk turned to the books we pulled out of our respective bags.
Jan Baross has been a painter, teacher, filmmaker, playwright, film critic, travel writer, cartoonist, and photographer; now, the Oregon-based Jill-of-all-trades is trying her hand at fiction writing.
We are surrounded by the basic ingredients for human survival, but most of us don’t even know it. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from the new book Chumash Ethnobotany by Jan Timbrook, curator of ethnography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.