A guide for mothers returning to the workplace after maternity leave.
In her nonfiction work, Mihalich-Levin (Medicaid Graduate Medical Education Payments, 2013, etc.) draws on her own experiences to present a point-by-point, concept-by-concept overview of the issues and attitudes faced by new mothers going back to work. After the birth of her first child, the author noticed that there was a lack of books on this subject, and her dissatisfaction only deepened after the birth of her second child. She created a blog called Mindful Return, on which she oversaw an online community of mothers in the same predicament. This book is the distillation of their discussions. It naturally has ample advice on the practical side of returning to the workplace: “how to nourish her baby, how to find a child care provider she trusts, and how to get out the door (relatively) on time and without spit-up all over herself in the morning.” The author consults medical experts and other mothers on such questions as how to get enough sleep, maintain a balanced diet, and get some exercise. Some chapters dig deeper, drawing on Mihalich-Levin’s six years of working-motherhood to offer engaging and potentially very helpful advice regarding stress, guilt, and the bewildering logistics of balancing the challenges of everyday life with the care of one’s child. Indeed, the book’s focus on the baby’s priority never wavers: “Remember: committing to getting yourself organized and learning new mama tricks of the trade can free up your precious brain space to focus on your even more precious baby.” And whether it’s dealing with day care centers, nannies, or too-short weekends, Mihalich-Levin’s prose is always humorous and approachable. Young mothers reading these chapters will feel themselves in the company of a sympathetic friend.
A lively, readable trove of invaluable personal and practical advice for new moms.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
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)