A thoroughly researched, well-articulated study of mindfulness practice and its potentially powerful effects.

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A DAILY DOSE OF MINDFUL MOMENTS

APPLYING THE SCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS AND HAPPINESS

A book that sorts out common misconceptions and offers a wealth of research while exploring how, why, and if meditation can help one achieve mindfulness.

From this work’s outset, Larrivee (Cultivating Teacher Renewal, 2012, etc.) seeks to dispel the idea that mindfulness meditation and mindfulness practice are one and the same. Mindfulness meditation, she explains, is one single path of many that may be used to achieve a state of calm awareness of the mind, its thoughts, and emotions. By delving into her own personal experiences, along with a wealth of other literature, the author explores not only meditation’s benefits, but also other ways to achieve them. To that end, she pulls statistics and findings from numerous studies from sources such as the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine and the Rand Corporation, which claim that mindfulness meditation helps with sleep, depression, memory loss, and one’s ability to remain in a calm state despite outside stress. But the book also emphasizes incorporating different types of techniques in smaller segments throughout the day. Specifically, the author suggests that taking a two-minute mindfulness-practice break may produce better results for one’s well-being than longer sessions at the beginning and end of the day. Additionally, the book discusses changes in the brain that meditation may help to bring about, such as greater awareness of one’s own impatience and that negative emotions can essentially be “interrupted” and redirected through “mindful moments.” Overall, this book effectively sets itself apart from many other books in its genre by exhaustively curating research, statistics, and empirical studies to discuss its ideas. It’s a well-rounded work that will engage and guide any reader who’s seeking to introduce more mindfulness into their daily life in order to stimulate wellness, positivity, and other benefits.

A thoroughly researched, well-articulated study of mindfulness practice and its potentially powerful effects.

Pub Date: Jan. 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9651780-0-6

Page Count: 264

Publisher: Shoreline Publications

Review Posted Online: Feb. 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2018

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY

A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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