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she made for her husband’s actions. Intercut
with her painful recollections are brief pieces
on mental-health issues, including treatment,
drug use, denial, caregivers, hospitalization,
and suicide. After David’s suicide, Hamilton
and her daughter struggle with guilt, family
issues, and a mountain of debts left from her
husband’s failed business as they put their lives
back together. Instead of detracting from the
narrative, these asides dovetail perfectly, adding important, thought-provoking facts. The
result is a powerful narrative that speaks out
about the effects of mental illness on families
and the importance of seeking early treatment
for afflicted loved ones. —Candace Smith
The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide
to Understanding Mood, Memory, and
Behavior after Brain Injury.
By Vani Rao and Sandeep Vaishnavi.
Nov. 2015. 192p. Johns Hopkins, paper, $18.95
(9781421417950); e-book (9781421417967). 617.4.
Neuropsychiatrists Rao and Vaishnavi
authoritatively explain how traumatic injuries hurt the brain (a lot). Better yet, they
talk about how families can handle behavior
changes, memory problems, sleep disturbances, and other complications caused by car
accidents, falls, battle injuries, and blows to
the head during sports. Emotional support
from family and friends helps injured people
rest and may also help the brain recover. A
regular schedule, with plenty of sleep, is
important, too. The authors include many
tips for people suffering from various issues
(memory problems and apathy) and discuss
potentially helpful medications and their side
effects. This excellent guide provides essential
information and great comfort and advice for
families with loved ones who have suffered a
traumatic brain injury. A healthy brain, after
all, is priceless; it “houses our sense of self”
and “is in many ways the conductor, the maestro, coordinating the orchestra of the body.”
Why Therapy Works: Using Our Minds to
Change Our Brains.
By Louis Cozolino.
Nov. 2015. 256p. Norton, $23.95 (9780393709056). 616.
Cozolino sets out to answer a former
patient’s excellent question: “How does psy-
chotherapy actually make you better?” As
both a practicing clinician and a psychology
professor at Pepperdine University, he makes
an authoritative guide. He explains that the
brain is adapted to err on the side of cau-
tion and fear, which is good when it comes
to predatory animals but bad when it comes
to modern-day mental health. “Evolution
favors an anxious gene,” says psychiatrist
Aaron Beck, which is just one of the many
wonderful, relevant gems Cozolino shares,
from such luminaries as Florence Night-
ingale and Winston Churchill. Anyone
interested in therapy and the brain will find
much compelling information here, though
occasionally Cozolino writes too wonkily
for general readers. Not everyone will feel
that the author fully spells out why therapy
works, but he certainly takes an intriguing
look at how anxiety, stress, and trauma affect
the brain and discusses in detail how psy-
chologists can help their patients “connect
and heal.” —Karen Springen
Raw Organic Goodness: 100 Recipes,
100% Raw and Plant Based, for
Everyone Who Loves Food.
By Megan May.
2015. illus. Quarto/Fair Winds, $25 (9781592337088);
e-book (9781627887168). 613.265.
The elegant, well-styled color photographs
go a long way in dispelling any preconceptions about the attraction (and ultimate
edibleness) of raw foods. As does the enthusiasm and experience of New Zealand author
and restaurateur May—her life story of
various maladies, cleared up by a raw-foods
regime. No kidding; most of the 100 recipes
require investing in a large dehydrator (not
to mention blenders and other equipment)
and a substantial amount of time. After all,
most of the dishes consume at least one page
plus hours to fashion. On the other hand, the
appeal of real unprocessed foods is becoming
more worldwide. In between her longish explanatory introduction and the choices for
breakfast, drinks, juices, lunch, salads, dinner, and dessert are portraits of some of her
favorite suppliers: the Art of Produce, Mushroom Whisperer Phil Matheson, and others.
And, of course, the seductions of an iced-coffee milkshake, zucchini-layered lasagna,
a dinner-party cheese plate, and blueberry
cheesecake are beyond mere words. A terrific
proselytizer about the benefits of raw foods.
Glossary. —Barbara Jacobs
Crafts & Hobbies
30 Slippers to Knit and Felt: Fabulous
Projects You Can Make, Wear, and Share.
By Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison.
2015. 138p. illus. Trafalgar, $24.95 (9781570767418).
Authors will know they’ve arrived when
first names only headline their latest work.
For Norwegian artists Arne (Nerjordet) and
Carlos (Zachrison), that’s one of the highest
accolades—considering that their multiple
tomes (e.g., Knit and Crochet Garden, 2013,
among others) experience delayed publication
dates in the U.S. Nonetheless, the subject is
timely—and filled with two-and-a-half dozen
colorful slippers. They offer three forms—
clogs with a cuff and slippers with shorter and
longer cuffs—crafted in colorful, multicultur-al patterns. Flowers are big, with roses, tulips,
and generic blooms adorning the shoes. Both
Scandinavian and Native American themes
factor into the choices, too, whether fringed,
embellished with horses or reindeer, or borrowed from traditional Norwegian designs.
The upfront general directions set the stage
for knitting do’s and don’ts (like don’t twist
the cast-on row), while each design receives
its own special individualized instruction,
including graphs, charts, top-notch color
photographs, and direction, with materials
needed and notes. Arne and Carlos always
leave needleworkers wondering what’s next.
Ancient Worlds Modern Beads.
By Mortira Natasha van Pelt.
2015. 144p. illus. Barron’s, paper, $21.99
At the other end of the DIY spectrum is
van Pelt, who’s all about 30 patterns inspired
by ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Her
province is beads only, creating designs from
the jewelry of well-known historical figures
and artworks. Amana earrings showcase the
type of jewelry Queen Nefertiti might have
worn. A number of collars look to Helen
of Troy, the Greek goddess Demeter (
symbol of agriculture), and King Tut for ideas,
with short explanations of the original individual, object, or mythical being. Designs
have been translated into today’s styles; a
Cassiopeia coil bracelet easily passes for
the popular leather and rubber armbands.
Instructions for each design are thorough,
featuring skill level, techniques, illustrations,
and color photographs as well as notes about
possible variations, stitch help, and securing
the beadwork. A few pages at the end cover
core thread and cord techniques, like sliding
knots and herringbone weave. Old literally
made new again. —Barbara Jacobs
By Amanda Bassetti.
2015. 144p. illus. Barron’s, $17.99 (9781438007304).
A newbie to the book-publishing world
scores big in this introduction to arm knitting. There’s no question, to dedicated
aficionados, that knitting takes a long time to
complete. So Bassetti began her instructions
• Young adult recommendations for adult,
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• Adult titles recommended for teens are
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for books of general YA interest; YA/C,
for books with particular curriculum
value; YA/S, for books that will appeal
most to teens with a special interest in
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best suited to mature teens.
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