An often uplifting and refreshingly brief outline of basic mental and physical self-care.

ALIVE WITH LIFE

A MEDICAL DOCTOR'S GUIDE TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE!

A compact and comprehensive system for finding health and happiness.

The latest from medical doctor, professor, and entrepreneur Epler (Fuel for Life, 2013, etc.) is a read-in-one-sitting book with one clear goal—to give its readers more good days, the kind in which everything goes just right, when they’re feeling healthy, happy, and well-adjusted. To that end, the author’s approach is two-pronged. On the one hand, he lays out five “components” of well-being, including “being engaged in life,” “finding meaning in your life,” and having positive social interactions. He matches these strategies with 10 health practices—basics that most people already know, such as a nutritionally balanced diet, regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and constantly learning new things. Epler’s prose is clear and energetic throughout, whether he’s writing about ordinary subjects, such as the benefits of regular daydreaming, or extraordinary ones, such as the puzzling assertion that people can learn to heal their own “complex dysfunctional disease” by using the power of the mind. The bulk of the book offers elaborations on the five components and 10 health practices. Some are very specific and helpful, such as Epler’s discussion of the dangers of trans fats and saturated fats. Other are less so, such as the vague and aphoristic encouragements that pepper the book (“Live and enjoy the moment”). Epler dramatizes and humanizes his points with short vignettes that depict ordinary people dealing with situations that relate to the topic at hand (“Let me tell you about my friend and work-out partner John”). His own experience as a medical doctor comes through in every discussion, whether it’s about the dangers of processed sugars or the benefits of getting enough sleep and steering clear of caffeine late in the day.

An often uplifting and refreshingly brief outline of basic mental and physical self-care.

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-939116-58-1

Page Count: 230

Publisher: Waterside Press

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2019

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NUTCRACKER

This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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