An easy read about the causes of gradual hearing loss and how to cope with it.


Hearing Loss: Facts and Fiction


A debut guide that may help start a conversation about an underdiagnosed issue that affects 1 in 7 Americans.

Frantz, an ear, nose, and throat physician, frames hearing loss as a disability that frays a patient’s connections to other people. He looks closely at the physiology of hearing and explains how exposure to loud noise can damage one’s perceptions of high frequencies first yet preserve those at lower frequencies. This is why, Frantz explains, elderly people can hear people talking yet not understand what they’re saying. In his holistic approach, he illuminates the psychological impact of losing one’s hearing and how denial, often stemming from pride, precedes diagnosis and treatment. He says that physicians in his particular field are best at treating this disability because they have more options than others, including surgery and medication. In a conversational, informative tone, he demystifies the process of diagnosis and treatment in three steps: he clarifies the various facets of audiograms, the comprehensive tests that ENTs use to gauge a patient’s auditory abilities; he illustrates the components of the modern hearing aid; and, most importantly, he breaks down the high cost of such equipment for consumers. The author’s friendly explanations will help enlighten patients. Despite some prosaic “fact” and “fiction” statements that appear between chapters, he also engagingly addresses common myths; for example, he points out that up to 10 percent of hearing-loss issues can be corrected without using hearing aids at all. The book also includes anecdotes from the author’s own hospital rotations and gives straightforward advice for preserving one’s hearing, guides for self-assessment, and state hearing-aid regulations. It even offers tips for clearer verbal communication that can benefit all readers. His recommendations don’t replace a private consultation with an ENT, but they may help many readers to take such disabilities seriously.

An easy read about the causes of gradual hearing loss and how to cope with it.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-0990854302

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Hear Doc, LLC

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2015

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


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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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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