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treatment. Paramount is his participation
in a clinical trial with an investigational immunotherapy drug which proves highly
effective for Gordon and is later approved by
the FDA. Cornwall paints the fight against
cancer as truly a team effort. Worry and uncertainty accompany the disease, but standing
in their way are the bulwarks hope and love.
Cornwall’s passionate account highlights
the importance of diligence and persistence,
hunches and luck. — Tony Miksanek
The Change: Transforming Yourself and
Your Body into the Person You Want to Be.
By Milan Ross and Scott Stoll.
Aug. 2016. 240p. Square One, $24.95 (9780757004322);
e-book (9780757054327). 613.2.
Stoll, a U.S. Olympic bobsledder turned
medical doctor, spells out how he helped
Ross lose more than 250 pounds. Ross,
a Whole Foods employee, had a 56-inch
waist, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure,
and high cholesterol. In the fall of 2013, he
attended Stoll’s seven-day immersion program, which promotes a plant-based diet. As
Stoll and Ross note, the restaurant industry
knows that people feel more satisfied when
they get a heaping dish. Why not heap up
broccoli and beans instead of refined carbs?
Processed food is the number-one addiction
in the country, says Stoll, who recommends
avoiding it. “Moderation as a dietary recommendation does not work,” he says.
“Would you recommend a moderate intake
of cocaine to a cocaine addict?” Ross gives
up meat, dairy, and eggs and becomes slim.
“You are not stuck in the life you are leading,” says Stoll, who convincingly argues that
people will “focus on the moment” and, step
by step, change old habits and “decide to eat
well, move more, sleep more and stress less.”
Informative and inspiring. —Karen Springen
Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later
By Mary Jo Saavedra.
Aug. 2016. 264p. Rowman & Littlefield, $38
(9781442265462); e-book, $37.99 (9781442265479).
Gerontologist and “aging life-care manager”
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes
Saavedra, with the help of other experts on the
elderly, delivers on the promise in her subtitle.
She divides her guide to caring for parents and
other family members into six useful sections:
“Legal Ease,” “Money Matters,” “Living En-
vironment Options,” “Social Considerations,”
“Navigating the Medical Maze,” and “Spiri-
tuality and the End of Life.” Making ample
use of boldface type and shaded boxes, she
defines such terms as power of attorney (a legal
document that gives someone the authority
to sign documents and conduct transactions
on another person’s behalf) and intestacy (dy-
ing without a will) in each chapter and also
in a glossary at the end. Some of the advice
seems obvious, some of it can be found on
the web, and an index would have been a nice
addition. But this just-the-facts service guide
gathers a large amount of good information in
one place and fills a serious need: the over- 65
population will number 54 million by 2020
and 80 million by 2030. Saavedra’s book will
get a lot of use. —Karen Springen
within Us and a Grander View of Life.
By Ed Yong.
Aug. 2016. 256p. Ecco, $27.99 (9780062368591). 616.
You are not alone. “Smothered in and
transformed by microbes,” each one of us is
a “we” not a “me,” insists science-writer Yong.
A dazzling and dynamic, pliable and evolving menagerie of microorganisms—known as
the microbiome or microbiota—exists within
every human being. Recent estimates figure
around 39 trillion microbes (mostly bacteria
but also fungi, viruses, and
archaea) and 30 trillion human cells share a symbiotic
relationship in the typical
person. There is no escaping
these miniscule creatures.
On average, we swallow
about a million microorganisms per gram of food we
eat and breathe out approximately 37 million
bacteria per hour. Banish the stereotype that
microbes are bad guys that beget only disease.
In our bodies, they guide the immune system,
make vitamins, assist in digesting food, degrade chemical toxins, and, very importantly,
squeeze out pathogenic bacteria. Yong delves
into research on the microbiome across a spectrum of species—humans, mice, Hawaiian
squid, citrus mealybugs, Mojave woodrats,
coral, and giant tube worms, to list just a few.
The title of the book, repurposed from Walt
Whitman, is indeed apt. Bottom line: don’t
hate or fear the microbial world within you.
Appreciate its wonders. After all, they are
more than half of you. — Tony Miksanek
Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon.
By Kelley French and Thomas French.
Sept. 2016. 336p. Little, Brown, $26 (9780316324427).
Journalism professor Kelly French, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and her husband, a Pulitzer
Prize–winning journalist and author, tell
a heartwarming, healthily-ever-after story
of their “micro-preemie” daughter, Jupiter,
born at 23 weeks instead of the usual 40.
They take turns narrating as they recount
the tale of their high-tech miracle baby, conceived through IVF and kept alive with the
help of an incubator, surgery, medication,
and amazing medical providers. The book
begins when teenage Kelley listens to Tom,
who is 17 years older, speak at a high-school
journalism camp. They don’t start dating until Kelley is 28 and Tom is a divorced father
in his forties. Their chronicle of Juniper’s
survival is based not only on recollections
but also on their carefully reviewing their
daughter’s 7,000-page medical chart and
interviewing their doctors and nurses. They
candidly bring up the ethical issues of their
daughter spending 196 days in the hospital,
which cost $6,000 a day to keep her in the
neonatal intensive-care unit, but, ultimately,
this is an uplifting story, concluding with
their 4-year-old daughter happily at home.
Bicycle: The Definitive Visual History.
Ed. by Chauney Dunford and others.
2016. 256p. illus. DK, $30 (9781465443939).
This eye-popping survey of cycling history details emerging trends in gears,
sprockets, handlebars, saddles, and
wheels. A superb layout presents meticulously drawn frames, along with
explanations of improved use and speed.
Commentary and photos identify who
rode bikes and trikes and where they
went, from mountain peaks to the French
countryside. For researchers and historians of inventions, chapters advance from
1817 to segments of the twentieth and
This Is Who We Were: In the 1970s.
twenty-first centuries. Five pages of pri-
mary and secondary indexing cover such
minutiae as folding bikes, rod gears, drive-
trains, cruisers, and the role of women in
Olympic road racing. The chronology tends
to slight commercial and pleasure cycling
to favor racing, mostly by male contes-
tants. A valuable addition to the sports or
transportation sections of most libraries,
this well-priced reference will thrill readers
of all ages. —Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Ed. by Laura Mars.
2016. 500p. illus. Grey House, $155
Following in the pattern of previous volumes in this series, this is a user-friendly
and inviting reference that combines
census and other government data with
personal narrative, advertisements, clippings, and so forth to provide a portrait
of a decade. The first section is made up
of 28 profiles (such as “1972: Grateful
Dead Fanatic” and “1979: Vietnamese
Immigrants”); other sections cover the
economy of the times, reprints of news
articles, and a variety of census tables.
The series is a useful source for student
assignments and general browsing. Recommended for school and public libraries.
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