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Book reviews spring 2006
By Gayla Marty
From M, spring 2006
"I'm, Like, SO Fat!"
By Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices About Eating and Exercise in
a Weight-Obsessed World
A faculty member in the School of Public Health, Neumark-Sztainer leads Project EAT (Eating Among Teens), one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of adolescent eating behaviors. This highly readable book addresses the spectrum of weight-related problems, identifies four cornerstones of healthy weight and body image, and gives practical guidance, from spotting an eating disorder to learning to talk effectively about food and fat.
Guilford Press, 2005; ISBN 1-57230-980-6; $16.95 pb
African American GriefBy Paul C. Rosenblatt and Beverly R. Wallace
This is the first book to explain how racism, economic disadvantage, and distinctive African American beliefs, practices, and institutions have an impact on the grief process. Twenty-six people speak on topics from the role of the clergy to exploring the meaning of their loved ones' lives. Rosenblatt, a teaching-award-winning faculty member in family social science, and Wallace, an ordained pastor, write clearly in short chapters on a complex topic.
Routledge, 2005; ISBN 0-415-95152-6; $26.95 pb
Los malditos amantes de CarolinaBy Vicente Cabrera Funes
In this novel, mysterious Carolina so captivates Federico that he keeps a chronicle of her friends and lovers until, after much trouble and internal conflict, he passes the stories on to his friend Carmelo. But Carmelo disappears and his daughter picks up where he left off. Eventually, the story's publisher must decide: Should additions be allowed? Whose story is it, anyway? Cabrera is on the Spanish faculty at Morris. In Spanish; an English translation is in progress. Cabrera will speak at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union at 2 p.m., Monday, April 3. Libresa, 2005; ISBN 9978-80-990-2; $10.00 pb
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