A credible, heartfelt addition to the Prozac literature.


Pros of Prozac


A brief book that offers forthright, unquestioning praise for the antidepressant Prozac.

In this faith-based, pocket-sized memoir, the author relates her own voyage that led her to Prozac, and the edge-smoothing, uplifting benefits she derives from its use. Some sufferers of mental illness have feelings of shame, embarrassment and even guilt about needing professional help or medication. Mark aims to do battle with such paralyzing notions by telling her own story. This book is short by design, so that depressed readers may easily digest and apply its message. The author places particular emphasis on postpartum depression, and tells her own tale of a plunge into illness following the birth of her first child. Later, the unexpected collapse of a real estate deal filled her with unreasonably deep yet unshakable feelings of despair, anxiety and hopelessness. The floor had dropped out for her, and Prozac, she writes, helped put the floor back in. She also includes anonymous profiles of other women in similar straits, as well as well-chosen motivational quotations, light dabs of science, revealing statistics, answers to commonly asked questions and an invitation to continue the discussion at her website, prosofprozac.com. The author presents herself as no expert—just an ordinary person, motivated by her Christian faith to try to help others. Some readers may find her advocacy for Prozac controversial, but are likely to find her instinct to relieve suffering beyond reproach. That said, the book sometimes reads a bit like a Prozac advertisement, and some readers may wonder if there’s any monetary connection between the author and the object of her praise; a disclaimer listed on the copyright page dispels such doubt.

A credible, heartfelt addition to the Prozac literature.      

Pub Date: March 20, 2013

ISBN: 978-0988995703

Page Count: 122

Publisher: CTL Press, Inc.

Review Posted Online: June 12, 2013

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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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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