Women and Their Cars, Survival Tactics, Love-Eat-Train, Climate Change, Hygge | Self-Help Reviews

The titles reviewed this month outline ways to achieve happiness and success in careers and relationships. While some authors address challenges that seem to be ongoing, others explain how to feel even better.

Two Big Fiction Debuts, Gaitskill, Lamott, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 3

El Akkad, Omar. American War. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780451493583. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451493590. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/DYSTOPIAN FICTION Having reported on key issues from the war in Afghanistan to the Black Lives Matter movement, Egyptian-born, Canadian-based journalist El Akkad not surprisingly offers a debut novel shaped by current events while pointing […]

Celebrating Love, Gratitude, & Heritage | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, July 2015

Harris’s road to love will offer readers hope and help, Kang’s smart, subtle essay should earn him greater renown, Twiss writes with passion and intelligence from an eye-opening viewpoint.

Atlas of Knowledge, All Things Nutrition, Dictionary of Dreams, Secrets of the Universe | Reference Reviews, April 1, 2015

An approachable and valuable resource for nutrition students, health care professionals, and laypeople; Roth addresses issues facing global citizens with wit and insight; beautifully depicted signs, symbols, and objects that make sense of our world.

Leaders Neuhaus, the Wesleys, plus Medieval Theology, Practicing Gratitude, Waiting, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, March 1, 2015

With a focus on embracing change, the known, and even the unknown, this season’s picks are sure to stimulate. From Richard John Neuhaus and Practical Interfaith to Simply Good News and In God’s Hands

Hughes’s Letters, Poetry from Sleigh, Michelangelo, Contemporary Art, Film | Arts & Humanities Reviews, January 2015

Correspondence that shows Hughes’s kindness, generosity of spirit, and commitment to craft; driven, muscular poems that wrestle with violence, love, and the hybrid self; Unger’s Michelangelo captivates the reader from the first sentence.

Interpreting the Parables, Biblical Anthropomorphism, Sisters on a Mission, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, December 2014

A must for Jewish families and congregations; Levine’s touching and scholarly readings deserve a place on library shelves; Sheridan’s superb study sheds new yet ancient light on the early Church Fathers.

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Bird on the Origins of the Gospels, A Guide to Jewish Holidays, Turner’s American God | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

A perfect fit for seminary libraries, religious leaders, and scholars; Jewish seekers and religious leaders will be attracted to Falk’s book; Our Great Big American God should be read with care by Christians across denominations.

Guidance on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Creating a Positive Life, Overcoming Hypervigilance | Self-Help Reviews

While nearly half of self-help titles give global advice to make life more successful, happy, or fulfilled, many selections in this column present a slightly different message.