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The Journals Of Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, Joel Myerson
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
The Awakening
Kate Chopin
Ulysses
James Joyce
Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders
Henrietta Webb, Josephine Ross
Becoming Jane Austen
Jon Spence
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Brendan Gill, Dorothy Parker
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Anne Brontë
Don't Tell Alfred
Nancy Mitford
Autobiographies (Collected Works, Vol 3)
Douglas Archibald, William O'Donnell, W.B. Yeats
Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five - John Medina

My kid isn't very old yet, but Brain Rules for Baby seems to have pretty reasonable advice for raising a smart and well-adjusted child: no spanking, explain your rules, help your child label her emotions, etc. 

 

The author cites peer-reviewed research to back up his advice but also intersperses the book with plenty of anecdotes about his own family. Hilariously, he says that life isn't a competition! Babies develop at their own rates! Don't worry if your baby isn't reciting Shakespeare by age 3! But also, let me tell you about my son, whose first word was octopus (surrre) and he said it at 6 months old. Side-eye for days, dude.