This moving account of a cathartic journey may tempt readers to engage in some tropical soul searching of their own.




In this debut memoir, a 45-year-old businesswoman leaves her job to find peace in Costa Rica.

At first glance, Henson seemed to have it all—a high-paying position in IT management, a beautiful San Diego, California, home, and a loving life partner named Dana. Thanks to her well-funded 401(k), she was even planning on retiring at 55. But beneath the surface, troubles were brewing, and one day at work, she fainted. Physically and mentally exhausted, Henson searched for a cure for her fainting but was unsatisfied with traditional Western doctors—one diagnosed her with depression and prescribed Paxil. She finally found help for her mind/body/spirit, relying on an intuitive healer, Chinese herbs and minerals, meditation, and an integrative medical doctor. After much soul searching, she also decided to pursue a master’s degree in international peace and conflict studies from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Henson’s story explores familiar themes (think Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love) in her search for inner peace in an exotic locale. But she was not divorced, and Dana patiently waited for her to return home in a year. This is not the chronicle of a rugged jungle adventure—Henson’s rented casita on the edge of the rainforest came with a housekeeper—and there is much talk of college classes and new friends. Adding a self-help feel to the memoir, chapters conclude with author reflections and useful questions to ponder, such as “What do you fear others might discover about you?” Though Henson’s voice is warm and her prose is smooth, there are some rambling passages. For example, in one scene, she ruminates about the pros and cons of tithing. The next scene describes a cut-and-paste “vision board” made as a class project with her church. Nevertheless, the author’s flashbacks are poignant as she describes horrible physical and mental abuse from her father. The strength of her story lies in her ability to understand and forgive him—and forge ahead with her life.     

This moving account of a cathartic journey may tempt readers to engage in some tropical soul searching of their own.

Pub Date: May 9, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-62865-510-0

Page Count: 236

Publisher: Motivational Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 15, 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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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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