A standout, approachable self-improvement guide that emphasizes mental, spiritual, and physical integration.


Mind, Body, Spirit Connection: Your Pathway to Better Health: The Power of Staying Connected

Authors Rhoades and McDonald’s useful handbook offers actionable concepts, based on well-researched methods, as tools for improved health.

Rather than offer a new, gimmicky plan, the authors provide solid steps toward affecting positive personal change. Rhoades and McDonald first point to scientific approaches, such as the scientific method, placebo effect, and probability. They suggest that by using the scientific method of testing a hypothesis, a person can arrive at a conclusion that subverts the normal human tendency to face a setback and give up. Next, the guide delves into the connection between mental and physical health. Citing ample research in endnotes, the book presents a fresh perspective on self-empowerment that circumnavigates the world of prescriptions, quick fixes, and gimmicks. For example, the guide explores the way strong emotions can play a factor in creating irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. The book also suggests forms of biofeedback practices, from meditation to relaxation exercises, to help readers discover the links between their systems of beliefs and their systems of bodily processes. Anyone who has ever started a new job, traveled to a foreign country, or encountered a similarly exciting yet stressful situation will notice physical changes like stomach discomfort, headache, or anxiety. The authors explain how to manage stress before it negatively affects mental and physical health and point to examples like Tibetan monks, who ”override” physical discomforts by changing their mindset. The book closes with home remedies for common ailments, such as peppermint, ginger, and salt—all shown to have healing properties. In sum, the book presents an unconventional, appealing approach to solving “problems” of busy 21st-century lifestyles, offering readers an actionable way to connect the mental, physical, and spiritual states and thrive.

A standout, approachable self-improvement guide that emphasizes mental, spiritual, and physical integration.

Pub Date: Aug. 5, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4575-4147-6

Page Count: 367

Publisher: Dog Ear

Review Posted Online: Sept. 17, 2015

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


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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