A readable and wide-ranging compendium of New Age nostrums, all presented with a cleareyed vigor that aficionados of the...

LIVE TRUE

A MINDFULNESS GUIDE TO AUTHENTICITY

A comprehensive guide to achieving greater mindfulness in life.

In her latest book, Nadrich (Says Who?, 2015), a life coach, meditation teacher, and founder of the Institute for Transformational Thinking, urges readers in a busy, modern world of worry to stop, take deep breaths, and embrace a greater degree of mindfulness. The author characterizes the latter as a state that will help them to return to their “conscious homeland.” As the centerpiece of her method, Nadrich advocates a regular practice of “living our truth in the present moment,” and this theme runs throughout the book—specifically, the notion that now is the most important moment of all, and one must live it consciously and lovingly to give one’s life meaning. In such moments, she asserts, people get an opportunity to decide who they truly are and may alter their consciousness accordingly. The book’s brief, highly readable chapters are organized as a sequence of broad concepts, such as “The Future,” “Self,” “Consciousness,” and “Perception,” and each includes meditations that concentrate primarily on its specific concept. Every chapter ends with a koanlike “Note to Self,” as well, usually consisting of just a handful of words. Along the way, readers are always encouraged to focus on the present rather than worry about lost possibilities: “Happiness will continue to elude us,” Nadrich writes, “if we are constantly longing for what ‘could be’ rather than accepting ‘what is.’ ” Readers on the path of self-realization, she says, should always be working to lift “the veils of the inauthentic self” even if, in the process, they end up confronting unwanted truths about themselves. Readers who are already familiar with mindfulness guides will find much of what Nadrich writes in this one to be reassuring. In our path to self-knowledge, she writes in a typical passage, “we strive to meet our full potential, and live true to who we really are”; it’s very comforting to assert that one should strive to be perfect while simultaneously acknowledging that one already is perfect. It’s a win-win scenario and one that readers may have encountered before. That said, not everything in this guide is as hand-holding; for example, Nadrich also warns readers that it’s very hard to lie to yourself when you’re in a state of true mindfulness, and her frequent acknowledgement of the importance of love (“If love is not what sends you out in your day, you will feel something missing, and not know quite what it is”) adds a welcome note of compassion to the book. That said, it does sometimes lean a bit too much on New Age clichés, and readers may feel that some of the author’s statements, such as, “Love is all there is” or her description of Bob Dylan as the “modern version” of William Shakespeare, are a bit overenthusiastic. Overall, though, the tone of the book is one of endearing optimism.

A readable and wide-ranging compendium of New Age nostrums, all presented with a cleareyed vigor that aficionados of the genre will find appealing.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-578-41596-3

Page Count: 290

Publisher: IFTT PRESS

Review Posted Online: April 8, 2019

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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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IN MY PLACE

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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