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

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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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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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

A LITTLE HISTORY OF POETRY

A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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