A refreshing look at wellness from a big-picture perspective.


Living Well


In this self-help guide, pillars of wellness replace quick fixes while illustrating a holistic approach to health.

Like many wellness authors, Horn (Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability, 2006) uses his own experiences to build a model for healthy living. Tired of the traditional “Standard American Diet,” he began researching and modifying his own habits, recording his physiological and mental improvements along the way. Unlike many other titles in the genre, the book suggests a six-pillar approach to wellness rather than speedy remedies, life “hacks,” or minor tweaks. This tactic seeks to find a bridge between the evolutionary history of humans and the modern realities that present obstacles to a healthy existence—tight living space, lack of movement, and the availability of harmful foods. The six pillars—thinking well, eating well, moving well, sleeping well, hosting well, and staying well—provide an all-encompassing strategy. For example, in the section “Thinking Well,” the author describes the benefits of planning and ranking. With busy lives, demanding jobs, growing kids, and complex obligations, people can easily lose sight of health as a priority. The author suggests beginning with the concept of what living healthy means to the individual—and scheduling activities that match that vision. Horn provides a great insight about objectives: “Updating your goals isn’t abandoning them.” In other words, he explains, it’s better to adapt than to stay rigidly wedded to a design that may not currently serve an individual’s ambitions. In “Eating Well,” the author deftly supplies heavily researched data about several major diets, including paleo, Mediterranean, and the standard American diet. He then points to an overarching “85% rule” (“the right percentage of the time to stay strictly disciplined” about eating well) that can be used to determine the best template for nutrition and lifestyle. Horn also discusses the benefits of intermittent fasting to rest the digestive system. The book is cleverly stocked with statistics that hit home—such as the tidbit that one hour of watching TV shortens an individual’s life by 22 minutes. “Moving Well” helpfully covers the various benefits of swimming, resistance training, and more while supplying many cited references for data and statistics. In “Hosting Well,” Horn discusses the importance of accommodating healthy bacteria and includes valuable and less common information about avoiding phthalates, BPA, and pesticides.

A refreshing look at wellness from a big-picture perspective.

Pub Date: Aug. 11, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9825159-6-9

Page Count: 180

Publisher: Dog Ear

Review Posted Online: Oct. 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2016

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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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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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