A well-written, motivating book about managing disabilities and finding workarounds.




A business owner who has trouble reading shares insights and strategies.

In this debut self-help book, Manzanares focuses less on the mechanics of dealing with a learning disability—in his case, a lifelong difficulty with reading that was never formally diagnosed—and more on strategies for surmounting the extra challenges that are part of living with a disability. The book addresses both parents of children with learning disabilities and readers (or listeners; the book is also available in audio) who have such conditions. Through his own anecdotes and insights gained from his wide reading on related topics, Manzanares encourages readers to be realistic about their difficulties without letting those difficulties limit their objectives. Manzanares draws connections between the skills (“my superpowers”) that allowed him to make it through school— memorization, asking for help—and what has made him successful as an adult, reminding readers frequently that coping techniques are legitimate ways of overcoming a problem, rather than cheating: “When speaking with your child or loved one about their challenge or reading disability, help them see it as a means of amplifying another ability they might have.” The book’s frank, reassuring tone, with Manzanares willing to share his failures as well as his successes (“If I had to do it over again? Honestly, I’m not sure” he writes of sharing his disability with his employees), makes for an engaging narrative and solidifies Manzanares’ status as a reliable, generous mentor. Although the guide doesn’t focus on explaining dyslexia or teaching the reader about specific tools, the recommendations of technologies (audiobooks, Grammarly, dictation software) and resources Manzanares finds most helpful are among the guide’s strengths. Readers from marginalized communities may also appreciate the perspective that Manzanares, a member of the Puyallup Tribe, brings to the topic.

A well-written, motivating book about managing disabilities and finding workarounds.

Pub Date: June 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1415-4

Page Count: 124

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: July 16, 2019

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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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