An affirming self-care journey.


A multistep self-help process for letting go of family-related emotional baggage.

Washington (7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, 2017) draws on personal stories of unsupportive and abusive family relationships in a book that aims to “move people to take action to heal from their pasts and live their futures in peace and joy.” Throughout the text, she provides examples to back up her main theme that “Childhood trauma turns into…adult dysfunctional behavior.” For example, she writes that her brother’s physical attacks when she was younger normalized her habit of taking late-night walks, which she originally started taking to escape her sibling. Washington’s tone is warm, conversational, and encouraging, actively urging the reader to cut dysfunctional ties and make space for personal growth. The works centers on a seven-step process that starts with mapping one’s life journey, moves through understanding the reasons for problematic self-talk, and concludes with a celebration of the good things in one’s life. Each step consists of a short affirmation, such as “Having boundaries shows I want self-respect”; a practical technique to employ when experiencing trouble; and an activity that channels general thoughts into concrete actions. Throughout, Washington’s storytelling is vivid, and she’s quick to cite the blessings of her Catholic faith, extended family, and educators when she couldn’t connect with her nuclear “bio-fam.” She refers readers to her website for work sheet templates to complete suggested activities, which keeps the book brief and concise. Some elements are repeated often, such as her the positive belief that mindfully addressing one’s behaviors can help one get closure. However, her often lighthearted attitude toward life’s frustrations demonstrates that she practices what she preaches.

An affirming self-care journey.

Pub Date: Aug. 25, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9986972-3-9

Page Count: 216

Publisher: That Anita Live

Review Posted Online: May 10, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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