An accessible read with candid advice on how to maintain a healthy weight—for good.




In her debut book, Lewis offers straightforward strategies for sustaining a healthy weight.

After seven years of research as a weight-loss coach, Lewis shares eight common-sense steps to prevent weight gain after an initial weight loss. At the outset, she clarifies that her guidebook is “not a weight-loss plan” but a lifestyle approach with specific instructions on “how to keep the weight off once you’ve lost it.” Lewis believes “food is not the enemy we’ve made it out to be. I don’t believe that we’re meant to spend our lives counting calories, grams of fat, or anything else….I believe that life and food are meant to be enjoyed.” To strike a balance between the two, she aims to help readers keep unhealthy weight off for good. Some of her tactics are obvious—e.g., being self-accountable and prepared—while others are more demanding, such as having a day consisting of protein-only meals (aside from a small salad or piece of fruit). This quick read is divided into nine chapters that, aside from her strategies, feature success stories from her clients as well as her own. One particular client, a 65-year-old diabetic fond of artificially sweetened diet soda, enlisted Lewis’ assistance to help him lose 35 pounds. By following Lewis’ instructions, he quit his lifelong affection for diet soda and saw his blood sugars drop from “their highs of 400 to 125” after one week. Lewis advises readers to regularly step on the scale and to be prepared by sticking to a preplanned grocery list. Her other weight-loss tips are refreshing, even to the experienced dieter. She points out (notably, without citing any research) that “[w]hen the low-fat, high-carb diet became popular in the United States, the health of Americans took a serious nosedive.” As such, she attempts to debunk the notion that low-fat diets are healthy, instead advocating for the elimination of “bad fats,” artificial sweeteners and starches from daily consumption. Saying she doesn’t want to “bore” her readers, Lewis excludes scientific research citations, referring readers to the Internet and other weight loss–related books for details.

An accessible read with candid advice on how to maintain a healthy weight—for good.  

Pub Date: Jan. 20, 2014

ISBN: 978-1492258650

Page Count: 94

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: April 9, 2014

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Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and...


A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later.

In a well-paced, vibrant narrative, Popular Science contributor and Culture Dish blogger Skloot (Creative Writing/Univ. of Memphis) demonstrates that for every human cell put under a microscope, a complex life story is inexorably attached, to which doctors, researchers and laboratories have often been woefully insensitive and unaccountable. In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five, was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal form of cervical cancer. At Johns Hopkins, the doctors harvested cells from her cervix without her permission and distributed them to labs around the globe, where they were multiplied and used for a diverse array of treatments. Known as HeLa cells, they became one of the world's most ubiquitous sources for medical research of everything from hormones, steroids and vitamins to gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, even the polio vaccine—all without the knowledge, must less consent, of the Lacks family. Skloot spent a decade interviewing every relative of Lacks she could find, excavating difficult memories and long-simmering outrage that had lay dormant since their loved one's sorrowful demise. Equal parts intimate biography and brutal clinical reportage, Skloot's graceful narrative adeptly navigates the wrenching Lack family recollections and the sobering, overarching realities of poverty and pre–civil-rights racism. The author's style is matched by a methodical scientific rigor and manifest expertise in the field.

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.

Pub Date: Feb. 9, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2010

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Authoritative and, most helpfully, accessible.



Self-help guide for diabetes sufferers, mostly in question-and-answer format, with an emphasis on helping racial and ethnic minority diabetics.

Coleman is a pharmacist with a doctorate in her specialty, Gavin a Ph.D. and M.D. Aside from acknowledgments and a foreword signed by Gavin alone, their voices and expertise are indistinguishable, offering lucid, simple solutions for diabetes patients. Gavin relates watching his great-grandmother endure debilitating pain as a result of diabetes while he visited her as a youngster. He remembers hearing adults mention that sugar killed her, and he wondered how something that tasted sweet could cause so much harm. As an adult, he realized that his great-grandmother's affliction could be controlled through treatment. The authors focus on Type 2 diabetes, the most common form in minority populations. An estimated 18.2 million Americans are diabetic, with perhaps 5 million unaware of their situation. About 11 percent of U.S. diabetics are African-American, and about 8 percent are Latino. The question-and-answer format begins with an overview section about diabetes, with an emphasis on risk factors. Section Two covers management of the disease, including nutrition, exercise, blood-testing, oral medications and insulin use. In addition, the authors continually recommend smoking cessation, as well as instructing patients on the readiness of self-treatment. Section Three explains the complications—high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease—that could arise if the condition remains untreated or treated ineffectively. The questions in all of the sections are worded simply, and the answers are usually free of medical jargon. Though the sudden shifts in tone and voice are occasionally jarring, the writing remains clear enough to distill the facts. The real downside here, though: patronizing, laughable illustrations that degrade the overall product.

Authoritative and, most helpfully, accessible.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2004

ISBN: 0-9746948-0-0

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 27, 2010

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