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Not with a Bang. . .

Post-apocalyptic books not about the Apocalypse

Post-apocalyptic stories - a sub-genre of science fiction - usually are misnamed. Instead of focusing on what happens after society collapses, they narrate the dramatic, action packed moment of crisis in which the world as we know it ends. These books are often very plot focused, moving at a quick pace with little character development. But there is another kind of post-apocalyptic book: one that is not really about the apocalyptic event at all. These books - a few of which are listed here - tend to be more literary fiction.

1, 2, 3 The Toddler Years

Tame Your Terrible Toddler

Toddlerhood is hard, on both the child and the parent. Your sweet infant - who you just figured out - has now become a mobile, talking tornado of tantrums and demands. The world for your child is suddenly a big, scary place in which they don't know the rules and often have very little control over themselves or others. Parents try to help, but whatever we do often seems ineffective. Thankfully lots of people have been there before and lots of experts have written books promising to help you through this.

Animal Vegetable Miracle

Always in Season

Americans spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about what we're eating. And if we're not eating like we "should" we often carry a lot of guilt to the table with us. These cookbooks and memoirs encourage healthy eating to be joyful and indulgent, connecting us to both good taste and to the earth. The cookbooks range from easy, family friendly meals to more complicated gourmet fare, but they all focus on eating in season. By doing this the food is fresher, grown nearby and more likely to support a local farmer. 

All Joy and No Fun

I Think, Therefore I Parent

Reflections on Parenting

While parenting seems to often sap your brain of any ability to think deeply, it is the kind of work that it is often good to reflect on. What does it mean to be a parent? What are society's expectations of us? How can I do best by my kids? Am I imparting my most important values to my children? These are all things that float through parents' minds, but we rarely find answers to. The books in this list are a hodgepodge of people reflecting on raising kids and suggesting some general philosophies of parenting. Some are more academic and research based, while others are more memoirs.

Happiest Baby on the Block

Night-Night Time

Gentle Sleep Techniques for Babies

Parenting books probably contain more conflicting advice on helping your child sleep than on any other topic. Everyone seems to feel strongly that their way is the only right way to guarantee a good night's sleep for baby and parents. While the books in this list are all focused on "gentle" sleep solutions (as compared to "cry it out" methods), even they do not all agree with each other about how to get your child to sleep.

The Birth Partner

Push!

Books About (Mostly) Natural Childbirth

While no childbirth experience is probably "by the book," reading others' experiences and some professional tips can be empowering and encouraging. These books focus mostly on encouraging natural childbirthing methods and outline some of the difficulties with unneeded medical intervention in the process. However, as all these books will point out, part of the birthing process for many women is learning that they are not in control, and so there is also information here about what happens when medical intervention is called for.