Sage guidance and practical tips for the management of hearing loss along with a reminder of how “important healthy hearing...




A manual provides advice on navigating the nuances of adult hearing loss.   

In her third book on the subject, veteran journalist and lifestyle blogger Bouton (Living Better with Hearing Loss, 2015, etc.) offers additional guidance and strategic pathways to live and thrive with adult-onset hearing loss. In addition to presenting surprising statistical data and in-depth research, the author anecdotally draws from her experiences as a woman who began noticing hearing loss in her early 30s and, just a few decades later, now uses hearing aids in both ears. Supplementing basic tips, like how to talk to someone with hearing loss, the guide addresses such integral issues as the importance of assessing your own hearing abilities and looking for signs of impairment, the causes of aural problems, recommendations for finding a good audiologist, and what to expect on your first visit. A significant section thoroughly examining the wide world of hearing aids (including how to finance them) and cochlear implants is approachably written and easily readable, making the book ideal for readers of any age who suffer from varying stages of aural loss. Bouton also gets personal with this subject, noting that hearing aids involve vanity and pride factors because less than 20 percent of adults “ages 20 to 69” who “could benefit from” the items actually use them. Highly descriptive and comprehensive, this savvy book makes an attractive companion volume to the author’s 2013 memoir (Shouting Won’t Help), which plumbed the fear, denial, and stigma of coming to terms with hearing impairment, showing how its deleterious effects can extend to encompass relationships with family and significant others. Suggestions on how to travel comfortably with hearing impairment complement tips on choosing quieter restaurants and attending social gatherings. Bouton’s manual emphasizes the importance of recognizing the early warning signs of what she calls an “invisible disability” and that early treatment is key while delivering a final word of encouragement that a cure for hearing loss is surely on the medical-breakthrough horizon.  

Sage guidance and practical tips for the management of hearing loss along with a reminder of how “important healthy hearing is for healthy aging.” 

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-16498-3

Page Count: 311

Publisher: RiverWest Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2018

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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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