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The Statistical Life of Me
A Statistics-Based Journal
By Emily Higgins
Review by Maura Pilotti, PhD on Tue, Jan 17th 2017.
The Statistical Life of Me by Emily Higgins The content of the book entitled The Statistical Life of Me: A Statistics-Based Journal by Emily Higgins can be a bit of a surprise. It is indeed, by and large, a notebook with many empty pages to be filled by a reader who is interested in taking control over his/her daily activities. The book is based on three key assumptions: (1) Most of human thinking, feelings and actions in a person's day-to-day interactions with the material and social worlds are routine activities. That is, they are actions that can be described as automatic, unconscious, and often impulsive. (2) If such routine activ
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"How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?"
Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs
By Tahneer Oksman
Review by Sharon Packer, MD on Tue, Nov 29th 2016.
Tahneer Oksman has written an impressive book with an enigmatic title: How Come Boys Get to Keep their Noses? Fortunately, the subtitle elaborates on her thesis: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoir. The frontmatter hints at the significance of what is to come, for Oksman quotes Nicholai Gogol, the Russian author of The Nose (1835-6). Gogol's narrator muses, "My own nose, which, surely, is, for all intents and purposes, myself" as he searches for his missing nose and then learns that the nose developed a life of its own. As Professor Oksman examines seven graphic
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While the City Slept
By Eli Sanders
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 18th 2016.
While the City Slept by Eli SandersEli Sanders is a Seattle journalist, and in While the City Slept he paints a detailed picture of the local neighborhood where Isaiah Kalebu murdered Teresa Butz in 2009. Theresa lived with Jennifer Hopper, and Kalebu attacked the two women in their home. Sanders tells the life story of all three people, explaining how their paths crossed and what happened as a result. It's a humanizing approach for all three of them, giving an amazing amount of detail, starting even before their births, and showing their families and childhood experiences as well as the years closer to their lives in Seattle.&
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The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche
The Quest for Identity, 1844-1869
By Daniel Blue
Review by Bob Lane on Tue, Sep 20th 2016.
Please imagine this conversation between Plato and Nietzsche. Plato has just finished reading Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil. He paces the room. Herr Nietzsche is sitting ceremoniously on the brown couch, stroking his mustache. Plato closes the book and smirks… — A free spirit is… Plato says. — No Plato. Nietzsche interrupts. They are not like those philosophers in the cave. Free spirits do not believe in all that otherworldly Scheiße. — For Zeus sake Herr Nietzsche. Relax now. A free spirit is… at the top of the hierarchy. — Yes, at t
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The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche by Daniel Blue

Life Reimagined
The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
By Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Review by Lynne Trevisan, D. C. on Tue, Sep 20th 2016.
Life Reimagined by Barbara Bradley Hagerty The book begins with the author describing what it felt like to have a heart attack scare, with her father's passing the night the author was in the hospital with that heart attack scare.  It is a poignant moment and sets a nice tone to the rest of the book, clearly showing how the passing of the last person in the eldest generation of a family changes the way the next generation perceives their own mortality.  In the first chapter, Bradley Hagerty talks about three major themes for midlife: being actively engaged in meaningful activities, focusing on purposeful actions and long-term
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Beautiful Wreck
Sex, Lies & Suicide
By Stephanie Schroeder
Review by Kaolin on Tue, Sep 13th 2016.
I just finished the memoir Beautiful Wreck, Sex, Lies & Suicide by queer feminist writer, mental health advocate, & activist for social and economic justice, journalist Stephanie Schroeder and finished it in 1 read: Could not put it down. Schroeder stunningly exposes the reader to her experience of undiagnosed bipolar disorder, walks us through the diagnosis and on-going impact it had upon her self-esteem while informing us of the vigilance and self-care required to cope as one integrates treatment as a life-long thread of continuity offering to ensure her wellness. Extremely sensiti
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Beautiful Wreck by Stephanie Schroeder

Avalanche
By Julia Leigh
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Sep 13th 2016.
Avalanche by Julia LeighJulia Leigh, now in her forties, sets out her experience of trying and failing to have a child using assisted reproductive services. It's a tale of almost unremitting unhappiness as she persists in pursuing a child with the cooperation of doctors willing to take her money. She gets rejected by the man she gets into a brief marriage with, and then finds another man to donate sperm for her attempts. She started her attempts at the age of 38 and kept on going with ever diminishing chances of success, and despite many people close to her being uncomprehending or frankly unsupportive of her attempt
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The Maximum Security Book Club
Reading Literature in a Men's Prison
By Mikita Brottman
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 26th 2016.
Mikita Brottman is a college professor and psychoanalyst teaching in Baltimore. The Maximum Security Book Club tells of her project to read literature with prisoners from Jessup Correctional Institution. The ten books she chose all feature outsiders to society, starting with Heart of Darkness and finishing with Lolita. Her idea is that the men will be able to relate to these characters, and it will be productive to explore these works with the men. Of course, there are major differences between teaching to a group of prisoners in prison, and undergraduates in a college classroom. Brottman has
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The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman

 
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