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Overrated Underrated
100 Experts Topple the Icons
and Champion the Slighted!
by The Editors of American Heritage Magazine
From the Publisher:

"Is Robert E. Lee getting a free ride? Is Donna Reed the unsung sex symbol of her era? Is it high time someone spoke up for the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich? And does anyone have the lonely courage to finally call Moby Dick and great crashing bore? There are inflated reputations in every field of American history - and neglected ones, too. In 100 inspired, irreverent, illuminating essays, experts from every field give the overpraised their comeuppance and rescue the unappreciated from obscurity ... "

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

Overrated / Underrated by the editors of the American Heritage Magazine seems to me to be a monumental achievement. They took 100 topics/categories such as "Automobile", or "Generation", or "Sports Moment" and then teamed a writer with some expertise in the matter and had him or her come up with an "Overrated" and "Underrated" event, person, device or happening.

While I certainly did not agree with every dissertation, there were few subjects that were not  interesting, and I did learn quite a bit. For instance who knew that Amelia George Putnam
Amelia Earhart-Putnam Earhart was recruited (and later married) by publisher George Palmer Putnam in hopes of making her the female flipside of Charles Lindbergh. Odd how both aviators suffered such immense losses.

As a matter of fact this book could easily be made into a game. For instance when your relatives for Thanksgiving or Christmas over stay their welcome, you might bring out this book and, spying your uncle (who is and has been the owner of several Chevrolet Corvettes) approach him with, "Hey, uncle Bob, it says here in my "Overrated/Underrated" book that the Corvette is the most overrated car ever." And then stand back, so he can take a look in the book at the most underrated car, for he will surely stroke-out and hit the floor (as I did) and then the paramedics will take him and his family away.

I'm sure countless editions of Overrated/Underrated were used as bathroom companions, as most comparisons cover only two opposing pages with large font that can easily be read in the time it takes to ... do it. Apparently it did not sell well, and this could be due to all the photos inside being grainy black and whites in this day of at least 256 colors available everywhere.

Yes this is an excellent book for the library with the ivory throne and for picking up on history that you missed in high school because you were trying to look up Terri Seymour's skirt. It's also good for many of us, who don't get out much, because it exposes us to ideas and opinions often time contrary to our own and our friends.

reviewed: January 19, 2008
(Restroom Reading)
Begun: 10/16/2007   Finished: 01/14/2008
Purchased: October 2007
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ISBN-13: 9781579121631
Copyright © 2001
by Elmore Leonard
From the Publisher:

"Psycho mama's boy Teddy Magyk has a serious jones for the Miami cop who put him away for raping a senior citizen -- but he wants to hit Vincent Mora where it really hurts before killing him. So when a beautiful Puerto Rican hooker takes a swan dive from an Atlantic City high-rise and Vincent naturally shows up to investigate the questionable death of his 'special friend,' Teddy figures he's got his prey just where he wants him. But the A.C. dazzle is blinding the Magic Man to a couple of very hard truths: Vincent Mora doesn't forgive and forget ... and he doesn't die easy."

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

Glitz by Elmore Leonard is simply a fun and easy to read book of the crime genre containing no lessons to steal away with or heavy philosophical points to ponder. Giltz is pretty much as the 'From the Publisher' statement above says it is.

It is easy to see why author Leonard's works are so often transformed into screenplays. Glitz started out with a bang, literally, and had me laughing out as Vincent, the police detective, began to sound like Woody Allen wearing a shoulder harness for his 9mm automatic and possessing a wicked right hook.

Elmore Leonard paints the picture and, in a delightful manner, shoots his character's messages across with very few adjectives and adverbs, so that the reader doesn't feel he is reading some formula-derived 'paint-by-numbers' novel.

If a person needs to pick up a book or two for the weekend, the beach, any trip to the airport or for the typical waits in either the lines of the government Social Security Administration or Post Office, you can't go wrong by purchasing a non-pretentious Elmore Leonard paperback to enjoy.

reviewed: January 13, 2008

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ISBN: 0060089539
ISBN-13: 9780060089535
Copyright © 1985

(1986 Cover)

The Fuhrer's Reserve
by Paul Lindsay
From the Publisher:

"For more than fifty years, its whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery, its aging keepers sworn to take its secrets to the grave. Now its diabolical purpose is about to be unveiled. A huge cache of priceless paintings—including works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Picasso—looted by Hitler from Jewish families during World War II—is the key to an elaborate plot for financing a new generation of Nazis ... "

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

The Führer's Reserve by Paul Lindsay is simply a great mystery, detective who-done-it read. It has lots of murder in it, but there isn't much mystery as to who did it, so it can't be termed a 'murder mystery. Reserve started out as a bedtime read, but soon I could not put it down. From the first page to the last, without a single break, this book is action-packed. While there is romance, there are no sloppy sex scenes thrown in for those readers who cannot get enough for free from the Internet.

Based in the fact that the WWII machine of Hitler, after sending away many wealthy although still 'inferior', Jews to die in the gas chambers by the millions, then stole and secreted away many of their extremely valuable works of art. (And though this may sound crass, it is fortunate for us today that the Nazis did cherish these paintings and sculptures and such, since in too many past wars, the conqueror--often Muslim--destroyed all the art of the vanquished.)

In Reserve we meet an FBI agent who occasionally colors outside the lines, a seductive beauty named Sivia, who works to recover stolen WWII art, pitted against a team of ruthless gunmen hired by 21st Century Nazis to recover the huge cache of 80 plus masterpieces known as the 'Führer's Reserve', so that their future auction might generate the income needed to fund an arisen Nazi Party.

Decker, the head gunman, studies and gains such an appreciation for art, you know that author Paul Lindsay must be the 'source' of this appreciation, as a few of the rediscovered paintings are described by Decker in such a manner that the reader wants to stop reading and scour the Internet for a visual of the mentioned masterpiece.

Much like the movies "National Treasure" and the "Indiana Jones" series, Reserve is a find and follow the clues, track 'em down adventure, however, involving many more twists, turns, cold blooded murders, double-crosses with occasional bits of the German language thrown in.

Reserve is a well-written, researched and intricately plotted book that I think anyone, especially those familiar with World War Two, will find exciting and enjoyable.

reviewed: January 12, 2008

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Page 174: " 'Where are you?' " d Begun: 12/31/2007   Finished: 01/10/2008 Purchased: Unknown
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ISBN: 0684854031
ISBN-13: 9780684854038
Copyright © 2000

A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
From the Publisher:

"In the Utah desert, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: the relics of the martyr Isaac Leibowitz himself, including the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list. They may provide a bright ray of hope in a terrifying age of darkness, a time of ignorance and genetic monsters that are the unholy aftermath of the Flame Deluge. But as the spellbinding mystery at the core of this novel unfolds, it is the search itself—for meaning, for truth, for love—that offers hope to a humanity teetering on the edge of an abyss."

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, is an excellent read.

Written in the late 1950s, reading Canticle brings back the every day, never-ending, twenty-four hour threat of world-ending nuclear conflict we lived with during the Cold War. And it reminds us, who were around during those times, upon reading this story, centered around a Catholic monastery and seeing text littered with Latin phrases, the days when Latin (mother to all the Romance languages) was studied, even in public schools.

I couldn't deter the smile that crept across my face, as I learned a character had lost a bet when he had come in second at the game of mumbly peg, a knife throwing contest popular during the middle of the last century prior to the discovery of 'dangerous' lead in paint, hazardous monkeybars, lifesaving seatbelts or XBox 360s. Yes, those were simpler times, when this boy of five could crawl up onto the sturdy and felt-covered shelf behind the rear seats in our four steel-doored 1951 Kaiser sedan and fall asleep bathed in the rays of the mild Arizona winter sun.

'Canticle' which means religious chant, is unabashedly Catholic, as is demonstrated when a brother fights for a natural death of a radioactive and terminally ill mother and daughter pair, rather than give in to the quick, convenient, and no charge 'Soylent Green-style' euthanasia. Canticle also meets another one of my preferred old-school moral criteria for Science Fiction, and that being that there are no sexual copulations within its covers.

Canticle is not a Harry Potter 'type' happy ending book, and as Joe Bob Briggs says about good horror movies, "Anyone can die, at anytime and anyplace." For a book written almost fifty years ago, author Miller does an excellent job of predicting future technology. And he did not make the mistake I've seen often in mediocre SciFi books, that of centering the majority of the action on the 'predicted' technology, which, if the author has guessed wrong, and when read in later decades simply renders the book just silly.

Covering a span of six hundred years on Earth, the book exposes the unrelenting greed, lust for power and pride of a few men that will forever threaten those wishing to live in peace and, if their weapons are sophisticated enough, threaten continued civilization on this planet.

Canticle offers to the reader a compelling, effortless writing style that, after a few moments, other than the turning of pages, one doesn't feel like one is reading. It allowed this reader to develop affections for believable characters and presented entirely believable future technologies, while at the same time the strong moral code adhered to by the clergy of the Catholic faith, in this day of anything goes, even for this lapsed Lutheran, was quite refreshing.

I bestow A Canticle for Leibowitz my highest recommendation and have awarded it the coveted Five Sun MustoWn (Must Own) Award® from the MW Review of Books.

reviewed: January 5, 2008
Begun: 12/24/2007   Finished: 12/31/2007 Purchased: December 2007

B&N Net Rank: 20,801
Pages: Paperback, 302pp
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"In Archangel Protocol, Lyda Morehouse creates a not-too-distant future Earth where the lines between technology, politics, and religion are blurring at the edges. Deidre McMannus is an ex-cop who was recently involved in a heinous crime -- the assassination of the Pope! Her partner, Daniel Fitzpatrick, pulled the trigger; but as the novel begins, the motivation behind the crime is unclear. Although Deidre had nothing to do with the crime, she loses her job, gets excommunicated, and -- most importantly -- loses her connection with the LINK, an interactive computer implanted under the skin."

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

Archangel Protocol is Lyda Morehouse's first novel and it is a commendable effort that few wanna-be-writers accomplish. I won't mention any names.

The story centers around a never seen in the flesh U.S. presidential candidate in a post war America where all parties must have a religious affiliation, where all citizens are connected to cyberspace by an implanted link and where recently 'angels' have begun making appearances.

The author's metaphors always were just a smidgen off the mark. Her descriptions rarely left me with the feeling that I was there, although she did chose one of the very hardest destinations possible: Cyberspace, where, like the movie Tron, characters found themselves wandering cyberspace represented by an avatar. And try as she might to get the reader to gin up affections for her people, well it just did not happen.

Reading Archangel Protocol Christians will be surprised to learn an angel impregnated Mary, mother of Jesus, rather than the Holy Spirit. Muslims will likewise be startled to read that Allah did not dictate the Quran to Mohammad, but the angel Jibril did. Yes, I know it is a work of fiction.

Once again, what may have dulled my reading enjoyment, was the fact that I read the book a very few pages at a time. However, I think the author simply had too many things going on, too many plots, too many characters for someone like me to keep track of.

reviewed: December 29, 2007

Page 317 "The black liquid of Phanuel's image pooled around my feel and began ..." Begun: 12/05/2007   Finished: 12/24/2007 Purchased: November 2006
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Nerve Endings
The Discovery of the Synapse
The Quest to Find How Brain
Cells Communicate
Richard Rapport, M.D.
From the Publisher:

"In this dramatic story of perseverance and battling the scientific authorities, the rural Spanish doctor and researcher Cajal toils alone, to be the first to prove that brain cells are not physically connected to each other in a network but have a gap—the synapse—between the transmitting axon of one nerve cell and the receiving dendrite of the next. His findings revolutionized science and medical treatments, including those for Alzheimers' and Parkinsons—and won him the Nobel."

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

Santiago Ramón y Cajal discovered the synapse, the then unnamed gap between neurons when "common knowledge" (similar to today's "common knowledge" that Global Warming is man made) said that all the nerves in the human body were physically connected. The Spaniard Cajal, along with an imperious Italian scientist, Golgi, eventually received a Nobel Prize in 1906 (back when it was awarded on merit, not a worldwide PR campaign.)

The problem in the 1800s, was being able to see the individual details of the cells of the nervous system under the 19th Century light telescopes then available. Italian Golgi created a staining process "la reazion nera"--the black reaction--which enabled scientists around the world to finally see the workings of the human cell.

Cajal, genius, artist and scientist painstakingly modified Golgi's technique for staining cells and in his remote Spanish laboratory, for years, was clearly viewing intricacies no other biologist could. The procedure he came up with required several days of work to stain one set of slides and took many weeks of trial and error to perfect. Cajal displayed a dedication and tenacity that today, only one hundred years later is as rare as an accurate count of votes for President ... in Russia.

At one point, the Spaniard Cajal was asked to give a speech but was hesitant because his German was so poor. That's okay, the requester replied, you can give your speech in French. How many American scientists today could do that?

The book includes several photos and drawings. One of them shows the actual synapse as viewed through an electron microscope, and seeing that image, I have no conception of why Cajal would have even suspected there was a gap between neurons.

The book has endnotes but they are not superscripted in the text, and since virtually all are from Cajal's own autobiography, they add little to the discussion. There is also a handy 'Glossary' explaining many of the scientific terms used.

Nerve Endings: The Discovery of the Synapse is a good book to read if one is interested in the early beliefs and methods of and about the human brain. While it is far from a page-turner, I feel better educated having read it.

reviewed: December 22, 2007
Begun:12/09/2007   Finished:12/18/2007 Purchased: November 2007
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"All the Pretty Horses - the first volume of the Borders Trilogy - tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons - beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood."

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy is a great read. If you like horses, cowboys, the American Southwest, Mexico, black-tressed, straight-backed horse riding Spanish senorita's, adventure, intrigue and romance this is your book. And even though it is advertised as one of a trilogy of books, each title stands entirely on its own. It also would help to know the name and particular use of every rope knot used by a cowboy and read Spanish so that you might also understand most every word on every page.

This is another book that I feel unworthy to critique but anyone who has read it already is aware of that.

At first, being a perfectionist self-editor, I was upset that there were no quotation marks when characters spoke:  I appreciate you lightin the candle, he said.

And then leaving out the apostrophes on contractions really put me on edge:
You know it aint what I wanted dont you?

But soon enough I learned to discard my prejudices and even got fairly decent at translating the Spanish text, usually made easy enough by what was occurring, written in English around it. As a matter of fact, I went out and bought a stack of tortillas after finishing the book. But actually, reading without the punctuation, without the quotation marks somehow brought me deeper into the story, like I was experiencing it, not simply reading a book.

All the Pretty Horses is about 1949 horse-driven adventure of three young men, the oldest being seventeen, and their journey into Mexico where they meet the good, the bad and the ugly. The protagonist, John Grady, is made of the same stuff that the men and women who settled the 1800s West. He is one super-tough "Sum buck."

All the Pretty Horses is one Western everyone should experience and I very much enjoyed reading it.

reviewed: December 6, 2007

Begun:11/23/2007   Finished:12/05/2007 Purchased: September 2007
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"Earth took three days to fall. On a day that would become known as Black Friday, a fleet of alien ships appeared out of nowhere and destroyed anything that moved. Billions of people were killed and the rest enslaved by the nomadic, technologically advanced Sauron race." "As earth's cities lie in ruins and human slaves are forced to build mysterious temples, one man emerges from the wreckage. Jack Manning used to kill in the line of duty. Now he's working for the enemy - first as a slave in the Sauron asteroid mines, then as a member of the puppet government created to ensure humanity's cooperation in the temple construction ... "

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After investing nineteen precious days reading a book that I thought had an ending, and I come to the above statement, I believe I have a right to be disappointed. I quadruple-checked Deathday's dust cover and located no notice that it was "number 1" in a series of books.

Deathday by William C. Dietz (another author who should go faceless) is a good old fashioned Earth versus alien invaders story. And while having one big strike against it being a 'Surprise! I'm book one in a series', it also deserves kudos for not having even one explicit sex scene in it.

Oh but Dietz's character's utter the most powerful word in the English language (sadly it is no longer 'freedom') and that is 'nigger'. And author Dietz will probably be hung with a noose from the nearest tree for using it too.

His concept is that the insect-invaders, the Zin's, being dark-brown, and many African-Americans also being dark-brown, the Zins make our human Blacks overseers of the Whites just as the Zin's are masters of their own lighter-skinned brethren, the Fon. Got that?

The ruling Zin race is able to leap thirty feet straight up and sometimes come squat down on an unwary human and are as ruthless as ruthless can be and I loved it. Their religion, which causes them to conquer Earth in order to build their temples, has more fables and falsehoods than Scientology. (Knock! Knock! Who's that at my door but Cruise, Smith, Travolta and Phoenix, Arizona's own 'Wonderful Russ'?)

'White Separatists', American-Blacks segregated out by the bugs for the higher slave positions, professional ex-soldier bodyguards for the Black human 'president', 'Survialists', a love triangle, and hidden unrest among their fellow-cockroaches-made-slaves, all add to the suspense, turmoil and action of Deathday.

The title of 'Deathday' refers to another unique and interesting concept author Dietz dreamed up concerning the life-cycle of our alien-invaders.

Some of the metaphors are silly. One being that, since the Zins have pincers and not hands, several times an idea is rejected "... out of pincer." Har! Get it, ha, ha, ha, not.

I found more than one odd metaphor along the lines of, "... as the Suburban's huge mud and snow tires whispered down the street ..." I've heard mud and snow tires, but I've never heard them whispering down any of my streets. He also lards his sentences with so many adjectives that rather than drawing the reader deeper into the scene, he is distracted by having to chew up and then spit out so many unneeded descriptors.

Deathday is a good 'Mankind versus the Aliens' book. And if you don't mind reading several books to get to the conclusion, it'd be a fun series to read. However, I continue to be upset by being tricked into buying a book that does not end when I have a good-sized unread library of books that do  have endings and are waiting to be read.

reviewed: November 25, 2007
Begun:11/04/2007   Finished:11/23/2007 Purchased: Unknown
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From the Publisher:

"A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of "the end of history," Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition. Fukuyama sketches a brief history of man's changing understanding of human nature: from Plato and Aristotle to the modernity's utopians and dictators who sought to remake mankind for ideological ends. Fukuyama argues that the ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person's descendants will have profound, and potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken with the best of intentions . . ."

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

When the epigraph (the quote shown after the dedication and before the contents page) referenced an endnote of twelve sentences, the reader should be immediately forewarned of some difficult text ahead. Speaking of the superscript text-noted endnotes, this book has twenty-one pages of them.

Thankfully many endnotes list only source notes, however they have the added feature that the endnote pages, rather than simply showing the number of the chapter they refer to, instead display the actual name of the chapter, making things so much easier on the reader, because every page he is reading has the chapter name along the top of it. A small thing but it made using the endnotes much more pleasurable and much more likely.

The book also sports a twelve page bibliography however, in this college textbook-like work there is no index where surely one is needed.

Author Francis Fukyama, who has more degrees than a thermometer, delves into the mechanics, the challenges and the deep moral questions facing a Mankind who is becoming able to manipulate his own progeny.

Who will decide what is 'too short' and when does a child deserve genetic manipulation to grow taller that he normally would? Who will decide what 'harmful' genes will be removed from what individuals, along with what determines something as harmful vs. inconvenient? Will gene-coding for attributes such as intelligence, height and aggressiveness become commonplace?

Do single genes or pairs of genes determine certain characteristics or are there unknowably complicated connections of genes that turn off and on like strings of choreographed Christmas tree lights? Will we splice animal DNA into human genes as we have spliced animal DNA into the genes of some food crops?

Can human gene experimentation be as strictly and thoroughly regulated as is The World's nuclear bomb technology?

When I began reading this book I thought to myself that everyone should also be reading it. But soon I arrived at the heavily philosophical chapters of "Human Rights", "Human Nature", and "Human Dignity" and was drug back into my too warm and too sleepy Philosophy 101 classroom.

One thing I very much appreciated was that Mr. Fukyama, although being pro-abortion, specifically listed both the Conservative's views and the Left's views on many of the challenges facing our nascent ability to design human beings.

If you want to ascend to the cutting edge of the coming human genetic modification surge in the areas of what we know, what is coming and what questions must be answered, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution is an excellent but intricately worded, primer.

reviewed: November 24, 2007

Begun:11/11/2007   Finished:11/20/2007 Purchased: May 2007
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Copyright © 2002 "... the chimpanzee and human genomes overlap by more than 98 percent, implying that the differences between the two species are relatively trivial ... It is a bit like saying there is no significant difference between ice and liquid water because they differ in temperature by only 1 degree."

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"Both depression in children and suicide attempts by the young are on the rise. This state-of-the-art book presents essential information for understanding and treating depressed children, as well as preventing depression in the young. In the past decade, tremendous advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of depression: First, new classes of antidepressant drugs have extended the limits of pharmacological treatment ... "

Mr.Wonderful Writes:

Sporting a cover that looks like "Back to the Future's" Lea Thompson posed for it, Growing Up Sad: Childhood Depression and Its Treatment is a work every parent should read.

In year 2000 on Monday, April 10, after I purchased Growing Up Sad and began reading it, I was literally tossed back into my own childhood and quickly found myself bawling like Wesley Snipes at an IRS tax audit. For seven years and seven months Growing Up Sad grew dust while it waited on my library shelves.

Published in 1996, Growing Up Sad is a tiny bit dated but remains an excellent book on understanding childhood depression, coping with it or best yet, preventing it entirely.

Biblical scholars tell us that JOB is the most ancient of all the books in the Bible. And knowing that Job himself suffered from depression we can see that the blues have been with us a very long time. It was so odd to read that at one time, medical science did not believe children could suffer from depression!

This is one of half a dozen books I have read about how the brain functions, but yet it is the first to clearly explain to me exactly how neuronal signals flow and how SSRI's work.

The book displays my old bugaboo, and that is superscripted footnotes throughout the text, however the vast majority of the nineteen pages in the back are reference notes only, so turning to them is rarely necessary.

Almost as if it was written for health care professionals, the pages are densely packed with medical and scientific terms. With highliter in hand and Webster's close by Growing Up Sad, is a book to be purposefully read.

reviewed: November 14, 2007

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Growing Up Sad
Childhood Depression
& Its Treatment

Leon Cytryn, M.D.
Donald McKnew, M.D.

ISBN-13: 9780393317886
Copyright © 1996 [Lithium] "In 1949, in fact, it was offered as a substitute for table salt (sodium chloride) in salt-restricted diets. The results were very bad."

"... a child who has a good relationship with her mother shows relatively little tendency toward depression in early life and is better prepared emotionally than other children to handle what life offers."

"There is a suggestion here that, at least in monkeys, physical closeness to a mother is more important even than being fed." You May Also Enjoy

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