Nonfiction: Golf & African Americans, Allergy-Free Cooking, Pro Wrestling, Marriage Counseling | Xpress Reviews

Week ending August 18, 2017

Demas, Lane. Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf. Univ. of North Carolina. Sept. 2017. 352p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781469634227. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781469634234. SPORTS
Demas chronicles the history of golf for African Americans, at least until the mid-1960s, as on separate and often unequal footing. In many ways, this mirrored the travails of the civil rights movement. While there are a number of books on golf, few (for instance, Pete McDaniel’s Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African-Americans in Golf) deal with the subject of race. In this account, Demas presents a considerable amount of research on private and municipal golf clubs as well as the barriers placed on African American players by governmental regulations, the PGA, and USGA.
Verdict There are a number of lessons to be learned from this book, and one might want to consider this history through an LGBTQ lens as well. An unsettling but solid perspective on America.—Steven Silkunas, Fernandina Beach, FL

Esposito, Jennifer with Eve Adamson. Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life. Grand Central Life & Style. Sept. 2017. 304p. illus. index. ISBN 9781455596713. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781455596706. COOKING
Esposito may be better known as an actor than an author, but this is her second book after Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, Esposito became an advocate for those with the autoimmune disorder and opened Jennifer’s Way Bakery in New York. The recipes featured in this latest book are free of gluten, eggs, dairy, corn, and refined sugar. However, some ingredients, such as teff and casava flour as well as seaweed gomasio, may be unfamiliar to readers. Chapters are organized by type of food: soups, vegetables, rice, salads, pasta, bread, cookies, and pies and cakes. Most recipes are vegetarian-based, although there are a few meals that contain chicken, pork, and beef.
Verdict Recommended for public libraries seeking diet and health-related cookbooks.—Christine E. Bulson, Emerita, Milne Lib., SUNY Oneonta

Flair, Ric & others. Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250120571. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250120588. SPORTS
Professional wrestling legend Ric “Nature Boy” Flair forms a tag team with his daughter Ashley (who wrestles as Charlotte) in this dual autobiography. Nature Boy takes the mat first, beginning his story as he nears retirement and induction into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2008 but inserting countless reminiscences of his decades-long career and offering constant shout-outs to his fellow wrestlers as he proceeds to 2012. Ashley/Charlotte tags in about halfway and offers a more conventional autobiographical account of her journey from pampered child in a seemingly idyllic family to wrestling champion in her own right. Both readily admit that theirs is a carefully scripted sport. Still, they stress that wrestling is not for the faint of heart and that its participants are true athletes. Father and daughter remain relentlessly optimistic despite broken relationships and the tragic loss of a beloved son and brother.
Verdict The Flairs will please their base with accounts of action in and out of the ring, but the book may lack crossover appeal to a broader audience.—Jim Burns, formerly with Jacksonville P.L., FL

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. 4 vols. SAGE. Nov. 2016. 2008p. ed. by Jon Carlson & Shannon B. Dermer. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781483369556. $650; ebk. ISBN 9781483369570. REF
This set meets the goal set by Carlson (professor emeritus), who died in February 2017, and Dermer (chair, Division of Psychology & Counseling, Coll. of Education, both Governors State Univ.) to “accurately tell the complete…story of working with couples, family, and marriage therapy.” However, most of the articles offer little more depth than a general social sciences encyclopedia. The liberal use of jargon and acronyms presume a counseling background in readers; the addition of either in-article definitions or a glossary would have been helpful for the untrained. The 507 alphabetically organized, signed entries range in length from three to seven pages and contain “see also” references and brief bibliographies. Each volume contains an alphabetical article list and a broad topic “Reader’s Guide.” The appendix includes current organizations and publications resources (with current URLs) and a bibliography of current and classic works. The majority of the contributors are academics, while the others are in private practice or work for agencies such as the Hoarding Project. The poor-quality binding won’t hold up to heavy use.
Verdict Most beneficial as part of a professional collection for counselors, graduate counseling students, or advanced undergraduate students majoring in counseling.Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

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