Are You Prepared?


A no-nonsense organizational guide that strives to demystify end-of-life planning.
Life's final chapter doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but Anderson's debut guide certainly comes close. This no-frills book tackles every step of the often-overwhelming and stressful process of end-of-life planning, from advice about where to store extra keys to choosing the executor of a will. The manual provides fill-in-the-blank forms to help keep useful information like bank account numbers and family members' addresses in one place, and the guide's step-by-step format makes writing a will and planning funeral arrangements seem much less daunting (although a lawyer is still recommended). Although the information is nothing new—you don’t need a copy of this book to know that you’ll need to make arrangements to give away your pets, for instance—having these details all in one comprehensive package is an effective way to streamline the information that family members will need to know if the unthinkable happens. As a how-to guide, this is an informative read, but it doesn’t delve into deeper, more personalized instructions, like what to do if you own a large business. “I don’t intend to walk down the yellow brick road with you on that one,” Anderson writes in a passage about publicly held corporations. At times, the manual falls flat when the author delves into personal anecdotes. “My father kept everything in its original envelope in the drawers of his desk,” he recalls in an otherwise instructional passage about how to file paperwork. “He knew what was what but my poor mother had no idea.” But these momentary digressions don't take away from the overall helpfulness of this book, which streamlines overwhelming tasks and attempts to make them slightly easier to swallow. Although death is never an easy topic to broach, the guide serves as a handy tool to make gargantuan tasks feel far more manageable.
This useful how-to guide helps keep personal information organized and in one place—but it’s no substitute for a lawyer.

Pub Date: May 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-1460233429

Page Count: 88

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Aug. 7, 2014

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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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