Making and Breaking | Self-Help Reviews, September 15, 2015


MAKING AND BREAKING is a pertinent theme for this month’s column. The titles go from connecting with nature and other people to cutting the ties that bind to exploring New Age philosophies and the lost art of grace.

Daily Wisdom from Bancroft and End-of-Life Guides from Schaper, Van Bronkhorst | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2015


Bancroft presents daily readings to help women achieve clarity, strength, and faith in themselves; Schaper’s comprehensive book on preparing for death; grief counselor Van Bronkhorst uses dreams to help give new insights.

From Sisters in Law O’Connor & Ginsburg to Expanding Children’s Brains | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 4,


Ananthaswamy, Anil. The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self. Dutton. Aug.  2015. 320p. ISBN 9780525954194. $26.95. MEDICAL If you like Oliver Sacks, you’ll love this new work by Ananthaswamy, an award-winning science journalist and former deputy news editor and current consultant for New Scientist. His smart approach to […]

Guidance on Mastering Habits, Coping with Alzheimer’s, Positive Relationships | Self-Help Reviews, February 1, 2015


This month’s titles delve into specific areas of concern such as suicide prevention, retirement, and the care of elderly family members, with tips and suggestions for leading a more satisfying, productive life.

Elliott on Healthy Relationships, Smallin Tackles Clutter, Wehrenberg on Anxiety | Self-Help Reviews, December 2014


The New Year’s offerings begin with guidance on making life more enjoyable and even exciting through embracing surprise, rediscovering one’s creative self, and clearing out the impediments of resentments and fear.

Social Sciences Reviews | December 2013


Reviews of The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, and The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love, plus a full list of Social Sciences titles from the December 2013 issue.

Self-Help Reviews | November 15, 2013

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Self-Help reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, November 8, 2013


Drinking in the French Quarter, speaking, again, with Susan Sontag, The Paris Gourmet, Polish author Hłasko, an important African American figure, 1001 movies to see, a passionate work about community activism, End of Days on Kennedy, only for Rihanna fans

American Fun, SAT Prep, & the Financial Divide | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 4


Beckman, John. American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt. Pantheon. Feb. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780307908179. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307908186. SOCIAL HISTORY Author of the debut novel The Winter Zoo, a New York Times Notable Book, Beckman challenges our understanding of American Puritanism by showing that we’ve been an essentially prankish, fun-loving nation. Colonists reveled wildly, […]

Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2013, Pt. 2: Sports Stars, Classical Music, & Anxiety


  Bradlee, Ben, Jr. The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Little, Brown. Dec. 2013. 784p. ISBN 9780316614351. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316084482; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316163712. CD: Hachette Audio. BIOGRAPHY/SPORTS On leave from 25 distinguished years as a reporter and then deputy managing editor at the Boston Globe, Bradlee gives us a biography of […]