A fun, easy-to-read guide for those seeking basic advice on living a more balanced life.

101+ Secrets from Nutrition School

THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A health coach shares tips on living well in this debut self-help guide.

As the single mom of an infant with a variety of health problems, Dorner decided to use diet and nutrition as a way to help her child thrive. She started with experiments in gluten- and dairy-free eating, which eventually led her to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and ultimately start a new career as a certified holistic health coach. She shares what she has learned in a book that’s packed with bite-sized advice, offering the “promise of a fulfilling and healthful life founded on the informed choices you make.” The secrets she reveals run the gamut from the straightforward and sensible (“Exercise. Now. Period”) to the more touchy-feely (“Hug a tree until you embrace nature”). Clever illustrations accompany each secret, which the author briefly explains in a fun, chatty way. This approach makes the book easily digestible; it can be effectively read in small chunks, which will allow readers to easily skim or skip over some of the less revelatory sections. For example, the book explains that cooking an entire week’s worth of meals on Sunday will save time and encourage healthier eating—a “secret” that anyone who’s ever picked up a cooking or health magazine will likely already know. But other pieces of advice are more useful, as when Dorner cautions against relying too much on confusing and potentially deceptive food labels, or discusses the emotions that drive food cravings. Despite the book’s titular reference to nutrition, however, a number of its “secrets” have little to do with diet, including exhortations to recycle more and to use planners to better manage one’s time. Overall, though, this book’s uplifting, positive tone may inspire readers who are looking to make a change.

A fun, easy-to-read guide for those seeking basic advice on living a more balanced life.

Pub Date: Dec. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-0990915522

Page Count: 242

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2015

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

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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