Category Archives: Health

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 192 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I was drawn in by a line in the blurb: ‘This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending.’ I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but that’s certainly a promise to a reader that you won’t stop turning […]

The Little Butt & Thighs Workout Book by Erika Dillman

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 178 pages, 2005 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: It’s always nice to have some variety in your exercise routines. Synopsis: Dillman begins the book by outlining the facts of exercise, eating habits, and weight loss. From there, she moves into four illustrated workouts, each getting progressively more challenging. Each individual exercise […]

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 148 pages, 1975 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I was looking for a simple how-to book on meditation. Synopsis: Hanh, a zen master, explains meditation techniques that keep the mind focused on the current moment. Through short anecdotes and instructions on breathing techniques, Hanh shows the reader how […]

The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market), 336 pages, 2003 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve become mesmerized over the past few months by Dr. Phil’s big shiny head. No, really. Synopsis: Dr. Phil looks at a triad of weight loss factors: eating, exercising, and perhaps most importantly, the psychological aspects that hold people […]