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Autism / Asperger

Book Review: The Conscious Parent's Guide to Autism

“The moment you receive the diagnosis that your child is on the autism spectrum, everything changes. While your first reaction might be fear, do not be discouraged. There will be disappointments and there will also be beautiful gifts that accompany his diagnosis. The good...


Book Review: Anatomy of Love

Helen Fisher, PhD, dives deep into all things love and relationships in Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray. With a PhD in biological anthropology, Dr. Fisher has been applying her expertise to the areas of love and...


Book Review: In the Slender Margin

In a compelling and breathtaking memoir about death and the end of life, Eve Joseph explores the process of dying and the pain of those who remain behind in her stirring book, In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying. Eve...


Book Review: A Mother's Reckoning

When a school shooting stops the nation in its tracks, and we all watch the coverage in stunned horror, I think first about the victims and their friends and families. Then I try to wrap my mind around the shooters and what could possibly...

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Book Review: Pound for Pound

In Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs who Loved Her Back to Life, Kopp writes of her struggle with bulimia. Weaving together memories of her childhood, her father’s struggle with alcoholism and its effects on the family,...


Book Review: Negotiating the Nonnegotiable

Life is about conflict and negotiation. We have a sense of who we are and what holds meaning for us. What is meaningful is not the same for everyone, and that causes disagreements from mild annoyance to war. There are times when someone just...

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Book Review: On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology

On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology is a new and powerful resource for newcomer and scholar alike that, instead of branching off current discussions, actually broadens our conversations about both well-being and literature.
This anthology is a difficult one to fold into a short review....


Book Review: A Different Kind of Same: A Memoir

The loss of a sibling can be a life-altering experience. Not only will the event bring up questions regarding an individual’s mortality, but depending on the circumstances, the death can be preemptive to spiritual awakenings, deeper personal awareness, or dramatic life changes. When the...