A stirring narrative with plenty of positive energy.


One woman’s midlife crisis becomes a catalyst for personal change in this memoir and self-help book.

Debut author Nikutowski remembers her early years, growing up in Argentina to cautious parents who lived through World War II, as being filled with fear of the unknown. After she traveled to Egypt in her 20s, it became clear to her that the world wasn’t quite as scary as her parents made it out to be. According to Nikutowski, the way one looks at life is the key to contentment: “Everything is possible. See yourself in all the details as the person you want to become.” But this knowledge was hard-won; she went through an emotionally draining time at the age of 40, as she grappled with such questions as “Was I living the life I had always dreamed about?” Here, she shares the techniques and exercises that helped her to renew her zest for life, in the hope that they’ll help to guide readers who may be experiencing their own crises. Each chapter includes thoughtful exercises called “Action Steps” that aim to put readers into a proactive state of mind, such as “Make a list of ten goals that you have already accomplished.” Chapter summaries offer key takeaway points, making it easy to skip around the book, if one desires. The author shares several stories from her own life to illustrate her concepts; some are sad or shocking, while others are more reassuring. It’s clear that Nikutowski has done her research, citing international studies, with endnotes, to back up her claims, such as “it takes an average of 66 days to change a habit.” Some habits hold us back, she asserts, and these need to change if one is to live a richer, more fulfilling life. Throughout this book, her tone is insistent, but never demanding; like a trusted friend, she asks readers to face some tough questions about themselves, and not all of the answers will be flattering. But for those willing to do the work, Nikutowski asserts, the rewards outweigh the challenges.

A stirring narrative with plenty of positive energy.

Pub Date: Sept. 23, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-73260-900-6

Page Count: 196

Publisher: Spring Rain Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



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").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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