A fine diet and exercise manual, enlivened by the author’s take on body-image issues.


The New E.A.T. and Be Healthy

In her second diet book, Fields (E.A.T. and Be Healthy, 1991), a longtime registered dietician and fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, offers standard weight-loss techniques, along with some of her own innovations.

Before Fields delves into the basics of planning a moderate, balanced weight-loss diet, she astutely notes that keeping weight off is often more of a struggle than losing it. It’s fitting, then, that the majority of her book focuses on helping readers train themselves to have a positive relationship with food. Fields include familiar weight-loss tips, including journaling your food intake, but her writing and expertise are at their best when she includes offbeat advice, such as how to be assertive with loved ones who don’t understand your new, healthy habits. In a genre that’s often reduced to a calories-in, calories-out mantra, she offers a welcome observation: “Weight lost or gained has no magical value by itself to make your fantasies come true or self-destruct,” she writes. “But learning how to take control of your life…can help you move on to realizing your dreams.” The book lags a bit when the author discusses the technical side of building a meal plan, presenting detailed information about nutrition content and serving sizes with little context to help readers understand how it all fits together. Fields also includes a charmingly illustrated section on exercise, although the exercises themselves—in particular, deep squats that send your knees far forward past your toes—may seem a bit antiquated. That said, although the book sometimes bogs down in details, it will likely provide some readers with the tools to make a change.

A fine diet and exercise manual, enlivened by the author’s take on body-image issues.

Pub Date: Dec. 19, 2012

ISBN: 978-0963143440

Page Count: 372

Publisher: Nutrition For You

Review Posted Online: March 8, 2013

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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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