Expressive exercises that provide an array of motivational pointers.

ALPHABET ADVICE FOR ADULTS

FROM THE LETTERS A TO Z, INTROSPECTIVE WORDS COME INTO BEING- CREATING A COLLECTION OF INSPIRATIONAL WRITINGS

The 26 characters of the English language serve as springboards for life advice and reflection in this debut self-help guide.

In a brief introduction, Hayman sets forth this collection’s mission: “Each letter of the alphabet has words of wisdom to share, assembled in diverse writing styles designed to give you, the reader, a morale boost and an extra dose of motivation to take steps toward improving your quality of life.” The contemplations that follow have headings ranging from “Awareness” to “To Zenith and Beyond,” with essays, poetry and what the author terms “visual guided imagery” to offer insights into a more mindful, fulfilling existence. Sometimes a letter stands for a key word within the title; “Coming Home,” for example, stands for “H” in this alphabetically organized book, with a four-paragraph essay on remaining grounded. Some letters merit repeating, with “O,” for example, inspiring two entries: “Overcoming Obstacles,” offering the advice to “[s]earch deep within yourself to find those abilities that will serve you well in the future,” and “Obligation means Commitment,” a two-and-a-half page musing that concludes, “To be kind to others is not a choice, it’s a must.” Although Hayman refers to “clients” in this collection, her background as a licensed clinical social worker isn’t fully revealed in the text. It’s unfortunate that Hayman doesn’t bring more of her professional experience into her book; as a result, the content comes off as rather generic at times. More specifics on how her ideas have helped actual clients would have lent this collection more punch. Nevertheless, Hayman has created a charming “concept album” of a book that offers gentle, encouraging prompts for a proactive approach to self-improvement.

Expressive exercises that provide an array of motivational pointers.

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-0692027622

Page Count: 78

Publisher: R. R. Hayman

Review Posted Online: Oct. 9, 2014

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

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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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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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