December 15, 2016 Booklist 5 www.booklistonline.com
Philosophy & Psychology
Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the
Happiest People in the World.
By Malene Rydahl.
Jan. 2017. 128p. Norton, paper, $14.95
Denmark is a cold, dark Scandinavian country that has some of the highest taxes in the
world and is one of the 12 remaining mon-archies in Europe. But before grabbing your
pitchforks to liberate the Danish people, you
might want to read Rydahl’s thought-provoking explanation of why Denmark perennially
ranks at the top of world happiness surveys.
In this short read, Rydahl examines 10 reasons why she believes Danes lead happy lives.
These include trust, education, work-life balance, and gender equality, and each is carefully
explained with a combination of statistics,
personal anecdotes, and examples from Danish culture. Rydahl takes care to point out that
Denmark is not perfect and highlights some
pitfalls of growing up Danish, including prolific alcohol use and fewer opportunities for
gifted students. While it might initially feel
boastful to some readers, Happy as a Dane is,
at its core, an examination of what happiness
truly means. This international bestseller is a
conversation starter because it opens readers’
minds to other cultures and prompts reflection. —Patricia Smith
Kadian Journal: A Father’s Memoir.
By Thomas Harding.
Jan. 2017. 256p. Picador, paper, $22.99
(9781250065094); e-book (9781250065100). 155.9.
In 2012, Harding, five family members,
and friends bicycled in the English countryside. His 14-year-old son, Kadian, led the
pack downhill, but his brakes failed, and he
was struck by a van. Death was instantaneous.
Harding’s memoir eulogizes his son and likely
serves as a form of therapy for the bereaving
author, who questions his responsibility for
the boy’s death, his inability to protect Kadi-
an, and why such a horrible event happened.
Kadian’s empty seat in the car on family excursions is a haunting symbol of a tragic loss
and permanent void. Harding poignantly
communicates his grief: “My life is now tainted, stained, impure. I am broken.” He visits a
therapist, but his only fleeting escape is found
in sleep. Memory is a two-edged sword. The
good ones of Kadian alive are sustaining, but
the terrible ones surrounding his death are
unnerving. Parenthood, family dynamics,
growing up, love, and grief are effectively addressed. But mostly, Harding concentrates on
the connections and complexity of the father-son relationship, complicated by the burden
of grief, survival, and guilt. — Tony Miksanek
All the Lives I Want: Essays about My
Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous
By Alana Massey.
Feb. 2017. 256p. Grand Central, $25 (9781455565887).
In what could be research papers for the
most fun (and probably, sadly, most nonexistent) graduate course ever, thirtysomething
Massey expounds on the movies, literature,
and pop culture that have guided, inspired,
or infuriated her. Her “best friends,” female
icons well-known by women born in the late
1970s and early 1980s, are a who’s-who of the
Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web:
raised-by-MTV generation: Courtney Love,
Lil’ Kim, Princess Diana, Scarlett Johansson,
and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (who, not
incidentally, attended NYU at the same time as
the author). Massey discovers the Sylvia Plath
who lives today, voluminously, on Goodreads,
Etsy, and Tumblr (the book’s title borrows from
Plath). She knows a relationship is doomed
when her boyfriend says his celebrity crush
is Gwyneth, and Massey considers herself a
proud Winona. Anjelica Huston shows Massey
how to suffer indignities with grace. She thinks
there’s much to learn from the media’s treat-
ment of fellow-former-strippers Amber Rose
and Anna Nicole Smith. Part memoir, part so-
cial critique, and fully feminist, Massey’s first
book will reach a simpatico and appreciative
audience. —Annie Bostrom
What Everyone Needs to Know.
By J. A. Hitchcock.
Jan. 2017. 120p. Rowman & Littlefield, $30
(9781442251175); e-book, $29.99 (9781442251182).
This book will be a useful resource for anyone who wants to know how to deal with
cyberbullying. Chock-full of examples of what
cyberbullying is—each chapter opens with
the story of a victim—the narrative’s greatest
value is the well-informed and practical advice
it offers about how to handle cyberbullies and
what parents can do if their child is the one
doing the bullying. The author also provides
insightful analysis of what makes cyberbullying different and why it can be more harmful
than other forms of bullying. The work concludes with a comprehensive list of resources
and support organizations available to those
who need them. Parents will appreciate the
guidance. Hitchcock founded one of the first
organizations dedicated to combating online
abuse and is a recognized expert in the field.
She approaches the subject from the perspective of her own experiences, which testifies
to her authority on the subject, but at times
it comes across as a bit self-promotional.
However, she also interviews several other
cyberbullying experts and includes their insights, making this a well-rounded resource
for parents and educators. —John Keogh
The Handbook of European Intelligence
Ed. by Bob de Graaff and others.
2016. 532p. Rowman & Littlefield, $115 (9781442249417);
e-book, $114.99 (9781442249424). 327.124.
A precise, country-by-country overview
of European intelligence-gathering methods
and security initiatives, this analysis reframes
spying in the decades following the Cold
War and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall
and the rise of terrorism. By compiling commentary from 38 contributors, the editors
offer differing approaches to surveillance, an-ti-radicalization, and border control. Charts,
such as the investigative setups in Bosnia,
Romania, Montenegro, Slovenia, Portugal,
and Luxembourg, simplify chain of command and departmental links. Insights into
Appearing below is a list of all the print reference titles reviewed in this issue. Reference
librarians should also remember that all Booklist reference reviews can be accessed by
Booklist subscribers on Booklist Online.
African American Folklore: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. by Anand Prahlad. p. 12
The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films. Ed. by Salvador Murguia. p. 15
Global Pandemic Threats: A Reference Handbook. By Michael C. LeMay. p. 10
The Handbook of European Intelligence Cultures. Ed. by Bob de De Graaff and others. p.5
Historical Dictionary of the U. S. Constitution. By Richard S. Conley. p. 10
Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the
Garden. By Alan Branhagen. p. 11
The Rolling Stones All the Songs: The Story behind Every Track. By Philippe Margotin
and Jean-Michel Guesdon. p. 10
ONLINE ALERT! Looking for Megyn
Kelly’s Settle for More You’ll find Rebecca
Vnuk’s review on Booklist Online,
where it was our Review of the Day
on November 18.