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THRIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN

A HOLISTIC GUIDE TO RECLAIMING YOUR LIFE

A comprehensive guide to living with constant pain.

Meshorer (The Bliss Experiment, 2012), who stretched and tore several ligaments in his right sacroiliac joint, draws on his own experiences to present a broad overview of the options available to people living with chronic agony and discomfort. He posits that “the secret to thriving with chronic pain is to simultaneously engage with it physically, mentally, and spiritually.” The book is readable and practical in its approach, as it’s oriented toward helping people live better lives without pushing any one agenda or path. The author examines different types of pain and the ways the body, the mind, and one’s own personal experiences can provide tools for healing. He sees pain not as a negative but as the body’s way of communicating information, and to that end, he highlights the concepts of acceptance, mindfulness, and positive thinking. Especially notable is his inclusion of his own experiences; he details all the ways that his own constant pain forced him to re-evaluate and improve his life while also encouraging readers to do the same. The book is full of practices and exercises, with an emphasis on looking for and valuing incremental improvements rather than relying on what he calls “magic-bullet thinking,” which he asserts is “counterproductive to our long-term well-being.” Spirituality also figures heavily, with the author looking at different faiths’ ideas regarding pain and how they can inform readers’ own lives. Although nothing he presents in the book is particularly new or unique, Meshorer’s empowering approach and positive outlook will certainly prove valuable to his fellow sufferers. He opens up space to encourage readers to use anything that works for them, including medical interventions and alternative therapies. Overall, the book is a well-meaning, useful guide to living with a misunderstood condition.

A positive, open-minded, and practical overview.

Pub Date: Feb. 20, 2015

ISBN: 978-0986203008

Page Count: 210

Publisher: Param Media

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2015

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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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