A heartfelt parenting manual from the father’s point of view.




A film producer and writer offers a guide to pregnancy and parenthood from the male perspective.

Golebiowski makes two important disclaimers in the foreword to his debut book: He is not a doctor, so don’t look for medical advice, and he hates to read, so don’t expect long chapters. He holds true to his promises, prefacing anything remotely resembling health care counsel with additional disclaimers and keeping most of the chapters in the two- to four-page range. Divided into two sections—“Before Baby Is Born” and “After Baby Is Born” (logically enough)—the manual is aimed primarily at men who may not wish to read What to Expect When You’re Expecting or who are seeking frank answers to the less medically oriented questions (for example, the chapters entitled “To Have Sex or Not to Have Sex… That is the Question” and “Is Mom Really Going to be a Bitch?”). The author relies entirely on his personal experiences through four pregnancies with his wife—two that resulted in miscarriages and two that led to the births of his son and daughter. He focuses on his emotional responses to these events, hoping to help other men come to terms with the unfamiliar routines. He reassures readers that it is perfectly all right not to feel immediately bonded to a new baby—that the infant is an individual each parent must get to know. Told with humor, good cheer, and, most of all, relatability, Golebiowski fills a void on the shelves of pregnancy guides. Most of the information he provides can be found elsewhere—magazine articles and other books about pregnancy—but he delves into how men feel (a brave undertaking for any writer), emphasizing that fatherhood is the most fulfilling job he has ever had. Without giving medical tips or going too deep into any subject, he explains common tests and complications in easy-to-understand language and with considerable humor.

A heartfelt parenting manual from the father’s point of view.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-0-9996549-0-3

Page Count: 216

Publisher: Three Wide Productions

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2018

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


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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