A licensed marriage and family therapist offers his advice on improving intimate relationships.
In his debut book, Rosenthal draws on his experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist and a relationship-advice columnist for the Denver Post. As a nationally recognized expert on intimacy, he provides valuable insights about finding harmony, contentment and passion. He addresses dozens of topics, including how to romance a woman, handle criticism and discover one’s own hidden issues. Other subjects include how to let down one’s guard, communicate when one is angry or hurt, and keep things together during a crisis. He also looks at how to add spark to one’s sex life, even addressing the fine art of erotic talk. Each chapter ends with quotations and quips about relationships, adding sage advice and a lighthearted feel. The author’s selection of quotes reveals the wisdom he’s accumulated over 25 years, such as this example, credited to the late Canadian novelist Robertson Davies: “As a general thing, people marry most happily with their own kind. The trouble lies in the fact that people usually marry at an age when they do not really know what their own kind is.” Rosenthal also quotes from comedian Bob Hope (“People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy”), helpfully reminding couples that they should also keep their senses of humor. There are quizzes to help readers determine whether they are empathetic, good listeners, walled-off, controlling or possibly sabotaging their relationships. There’s also a concluding “Notes” section, with citations of other publications, indexed by chapter and topic. Overall, the guide is informative and entertaining, and the writing, devoid of jargon. Unlike other books in this genre, there’s no attempt here to fit men and women into predetermined categories––just down-to-earth advice. Like a sort of car manual for couples, this is a useful book to consult before (or after) the “check engine” light flickers on a relationship’s dashboard.
A wise, witty and helpful guide for couples wishing to improve and enliven their romantic connections.
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)