An informed, updated look at soy’s health benefits from a longtime soy advocate.


Holt (The Anti-Aging Triad, 2017, etc.) returns to double down on the benefits of soy in this work on nutrition.

Twenty years ago, America was undergoing a soy revolution, and medical doctor Holt explains why in a book of the same name. Now the revolution has become a full-blown renaissance, but questions about soy remain. “In this book, I enumerate the health benefits of soy for a variety of diseases,” writes Holt in his introduction, “but I describe shadows of continuing, sometimes biased criticism which comes with varying degrees of proof of claims.” The enthusiasm for soy as a superfood has been dulled in recent years by a subtle backlash in the health food community, but Holt argues that recent research has only strengthened soy’s position as “the food of this millennium.” The author explains how soy can lower a person’s risk for gastrointestinal disorders, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer while also (mildly) lowering cholesterol and aiding in weight loss. He breaks down the chemical components of soy to see how the common elements—carbs, fat, protein, phytochemicals, and nutrients—interact with the body in a different way than those of meats, eggs, and dairy. The guide analyzes the relative benefits of various soy-derived products like soy oil and soy milk and addresses how soy might apply to specific lifestyles, like those of athletes or growing children. Soy may not be the solution to every problem facing modern man, but Holt is here to show you that it’s good for more than you think. The writing is sometime technical but always clear, ensuring readers follow along with his arguments. Some of Holt’s claims sound far-fetched—“I believe that soy may contribute to slowing the aging process”—but he is able to cite research for almost all of his claims and is critical of those on the “soy bandwagon” who overstate the food’s benefits. Readers might not feel convinced to eat soy every day, but Holt is persuasive enough that even soy skeptics will likely feel the need to get some soy into their rotation.

An informed, updated look at soy’s health benefits from a longtime soy advocate.

Pub Date: May 31, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-64045-207-7

Page Count: 254

Publisher: LitFire Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 8, 2018

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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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Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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