A friendly, practical, easy-to-read road map that may indeed take some of the sting out of an alarming cancer diagnosis.

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CANCER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A radiation oncologist and health researcher provides counsel on navigating one of the most feared maladies in modern medicine.

As devastating and derailing as a cancer diagnosis can be, debut author Rosenberg recognizes the urgent need for information and sound, patient-centered advice that is devoid of confusing jargon and mistruths. “We’ve all been touched by cancer,” he writes, categorizing it as the second most common cause of death (behind heart disease). The guidebook focuses on processes and treatments and seeks to arm patients with a useful “flashlight in the darkness of cancer information.” Delivering concise data in straightforward, readable language, the author begins with an overview of cancer cells, using basic biology to describe their framework; how the disease functions and grows; and the intricate hijacking process employed to mutate and replicate within host organs and tissues. Other chapters detail diagnosis criteria through scans and biopsies and how best to mitigate risk factors like family genetics and environmental exposures. He also stresses the importance of prime self-care support options to address the disease’s physical and emotional tolls. The myriad of treatment options and alternative integrative therapies form the most significant chapters in the manual, as they directly pertain to a patient’s curative path and future quality of life. A chapter on boosting one’s vitality through diet and lifestyle during therapy is also invaluable. While some of Rosenberg’s advice could be considered pedestrian, for readers in times of bodily crisis they will serve as priceless reminders on maintaining and preserving optimal health. He urges everyone involved to never be afraid to ask questions or seek a second opinion. Rosenberg also outlines what he considers the top 10 mistakes patients can make upon receiving a diagnosis involving cancer, such as not knowing what type and stage they have and failing to remain attentive to overall personal wellness before, during, and after treatment. A concluding glossary and resource list round out Rosenberg’s impressive continuum of patient care for cancer sufferers searching for cleareyed guidance and compassionate clinical direction.

A friendly, practical, easy-to-read road map that may indeed take some of the sting out of an alarming cancer diagnosis.

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9992774-0-9

Page Count: -

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 4, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2017

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    

 

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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