A 16-step program for overcoming addiction and dependency that speaks to the special needs of women and minorities; by a self-described ``feminist, Quaker, psychologist, healer, peace and social justice activist and a woman on [her] own spiritual journey.'' While acknowledging that AA's 12-step recovery program works for some, Kasl (Women, Sex, and Addiction, 1989) found that its allegedly upper-middle-class, white, male, Christian value system did not meet her own needs. The reaction from hundreds of women to a revised 12-step program that she published in Ms. in 1990 has led to the present book. After analyzing AA, which she sees as too dogmatic and reflective of the patriarchal nature of our society, Kasl examines the approaches of other programs and methods, such as Women for Sobriety, Secular Organization for Sobriety/Save Our Selves, Rational Recovery, and aversion therapy. Taking a holistic approach and adopting a special vocabulary (to Kasl, ``faith'' is a verb, and since ``recovery'' implies ``covering over,'' she prefers ``dis-covery''), the author offers a program designed to build a sense of self and to empower one to take charge of one's life. Those disturbed by references to chakras, mandalas, the sacred spirit, and life- force energy, however, may be made uneasy. And the unity of the book is marred by a curious chapter on chronic yeast infections and diet that reveals Kasl's cynicism about mainstream institutions and her credulity about unscientific claims; in it, she faults the medical profession for failing to acknowledge the significance of Candida albicans and recommends Harvey and Marilyn Diamond's controversial Fit for Life (1985), a questionable source for nutrition advice. Likely to offend those committed to orthodoxy, but offering a strong case for flexibility and diversity in programs for recovery from substance abuse. (Illustrations—not seen.)

Pub Date: June 3, 1992

ISBN: 0-06-055263-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1992

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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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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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