Rose turns his struggles with bipolar disorder into advice for others in thisdebut motivational work.
Bipolar disorder, with its periods of mania, hypomania, and depression, can derail a person’s life. Although there’s no cure, per se, one can find effective ways to live with it: “I have been able to manage my bipolar illness without hospitalization for the last 25 years,” writes the author. However, success is about “more than just avoiding the psychiatric hospitalization; it is being able to have an active and meaningful business and family life.” Rose shares how he uses methods of his own design to grow what he calls “the Mid-Polar Zone”—a middle ground between depression and mania. The author comes from a family of people who have struggled with bipolar illness (including tragic victims of disorder-related suicide), and he was hospitalized for it in the late 1960s, when treatments were nothing short of brutal. This book serves as a road map to avoid such outcomes, aiming to help readers to identify symptoms of the disorder, investigate different medications, manage their activities, and find useful resources. Each chapter concludes with a “Recovery Action Sheet” that clearly states a disorder-management goal and offers a numbered list of actions that readers can take to achieve it. Rose’s prose style is earnest but direct, balancing empathy with frank advice: “One thing that happens, especially in manic waves of energy, is that we become convinced we are right….It is much more important in relationships to learn to be wrong than it is to be right.” The author makes clear that he isn’t a medical professional, and he encourages readers to seek medical treatment and to read more scientific works on bipolar illness. However, Rose’s guide may, in conjunction with professional help, provide a supportive, action-based regimen that will allow sufferers to feel more in control of their lives.
A thorough and thoughtful manual on a challenging illness.
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)