” Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery” by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin #Spotlight

by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Genre: Nonfiction/Medical

Release Date: May 9, 2017

The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn’t, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.

In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.


“Don’t Call It Bollywood: An Introduction to the Hindi Film Universe” by Margaret Redlich #BookSpotlight

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“Don’t Call It Bollywood: An Introduction to the Hindi Film Universe”

by Margaret E. Relich

Genre: History/Nonfiction

Release Date: June 1, 2016

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Do you think “Bollywood” is just flashy dance sequences and unbelievable plots? Think again! Explore the rich history and artistic traditions of Hindi film in this engaging book, which intersperses stories from the author’s path to dedicated fandom with scholarly analysis of the films and their context. If your only exposure to Hindi films is action sequences that defy the laws of physics and dance sequences full of colorful, swirling silk, this book will open your eyes to a rich and rewarding art form. If you’re already a fan, it will enrich your appreciation of your favorite film moments by placing them in their larger context.



“Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes” by Angela Rose #Review

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“Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes”

by Angela Rose

Genre: Technical/Desktop Publishing

Release Date: November 28, 2016

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5/5 Stars!

Stress-free Instruction!

As someone who used Word Perfect when dinosaurs once roamed the planet, I was an instant fan of Microsoft Word and all its subsequent updates/revisions/versions, and am a current subscriber to Microsoft Office 365. I have taught my children and family members, students, and senior citizens the basics of using Word, sometimes with many challenges. It would have been so much easier if I’d had Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes!

I did read the book in about thirty minutes, and even learned more than a few things I’d been doing wrong! Images and I have never gotten along in Word. And, I can now insert a chart or modify a table in minutes! (You do not want to know how I was ‘accomplishing’ it before!)

To truly test it, I turned to the one person I have never trained on Word – my husband! After going over the book with him, I left him alone and forty-five minutes later, he had created a document about our children, inserted bullet points AND an image, and sent it to me for review! SCORE!

Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes is a definite asset regardless if you know nothing about the program, or have been using it for years. It’s simple, easy instructions lead you through not only document creation but to professional-level documents without the stress and guesswork.

Sometimes, the best way to learn a program is to use it, and this manual allows you to do that by getting you up and running in less time than it takes to complete an actual document on your own.

I definitely recommend it!

(Review is for the paperback edition.)