A joyful book that will appeal most to self-help enthusiasts, but some tips may resonate with a broader audience.

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I'VE DECIDED TO LIVE 120 YEARS

THE ANCIENT SECRET TO LONGEVITY, VITALITY, AND LIFE TRANSFORMATION

Lee’s (Chance, 2017, etc.) newest entry in his Body & Brain series discusses the benefits of devoting what he calls the “second half” of life (from age 60 to 120) to the betterment of the Earth and mankind.

Korean-born Lee has spent most of his life studying and teaching self-actualization, and his Body & Brain Yoga and Brain Education seminars have taken him around the world. His teachings, he says, are based on “Sundo, a traditional Korean system of mind-body training.” Now in his late 60s, Lee says that he has found a new purpose: he suggests that one can “decide” to live to be 100, or even 120. With this mindset, he asserts, one can face later stages of life with enthusiasm for how much can still be accomplished rather than with fear of old age: “the second half of life, more than any other time, is optimal for finding and realizing that [true] self.” His current project is Earth Village, a retreat that he founded in a region of the North Island of New Zealand. He describes it as “a residential school and community...where hundreds of people can experience a self-reliant, earth-friendly lifestyle in a place where humans and nature live in harmony.” In articulate, well-organized prose, Lee ebulliently shares his methods for overcoming life’s stumbling blocks, be they external or emotional. For example, here’s how he describes a meditation exercise to release the soul from weighty baggage that’s been collecting over the years: “Feel the ardent desire to become a free soul, and feel only that desire. Feel the earnest desire in your heart to soar freely in the heavens, like a bird.” His lifestyle and training methods for maintaining a healthy brain as one ages effectively focus on a critical element: hope, which he calls “Vitamin H.”

A joyful book that will appeal most to self-help enthusiasts, but some tips may resonate with a broader audience.

Pub Date: Dec. 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-935127-99-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Best Life Media

Review Posted Online: Dec. 20, 2017

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and...

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.

In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached, to which doctors, researchers and laboratories have often been woefully insensitive and unaccountable. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. At Johns Hopkins, the doctors harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Known as HeLa cells, they became one of the world's most ubiquitous sources for medical research of everything from hormones, steroids and vitamins to gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, even the polio vaccine—all without the knowledge, must less consent, of the Lacks family. Skloot spent a decade interviewing every relative of Lacks she could find, excavating difficult memories and long-simmering outrage that had lay dormant since their loved one's sorrowful demise. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, Skloot's graceful narrative adeptly navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The author's style is matched by a methodical scientific rigor and manifest expertise in the field.

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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