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Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
  • Readers Guide: Andrew Weil tells about 'Spontaneous Happiness'

  • Over the years, Dr. Andrew Weil has helped many people improve their health through his unique integration of Eastern and Western medicine. In “Spontaneous Happiness,” Weil take his work a step further by showing patients how to feel good about themselves and their lives. It’s a journey he knows intimately, for Weil himself has suffered from depression for many years.

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  • - Over the years, Dr. Andrew Weil has helped many people improve their health through his unique integration of Eastern and Western medicine. In “Spontaneous Happiness,” Weil take his work a step further by showing patients how to feel good about themselves and their lives. It’s a journey he knows intimately, for Weil himself has suffered from depression for many years.
    - “When We Were Strangers,” Pamela Schoenewaldt's powerful story about Irma Vitale, a young woman from the Abruzzi Mountains in Italy who immigrates to America in the late 19th century, will strike a chord with many of us whose ancestors made similar journeys seeking a better life.
    - It seems like every 15 years a Slocumb woman has a baby. Ginny had Liza when she was 15, and Liza was 15 when she had Mosey. Now Mosey is 15, but she has no intention of becoming a mother. Instead, she is consumed by a mysterious grave uncovered when Ginny had a tree removed to make way for a swimming pool. The body is that of an infant -- Liza’s baby no doubt. But Liza has recently suffered a stroke and is unable to speak -- she is not even able to tell Mosey the truth about her birth. Joshilyn Jackson’s latest is “A Grown-up Kind of Pretty.”
    - What color were Dorothy’s slippers in “The Wizard of Oz?” What’s the real name for that cubicle we call the bathroom? Why were speed cameras invented? You may think you know the answers to these questions, but chances are you’re mistaken. John Lloyd and John Michinson, authors of the very popular “The Book of General Ignorance” are back for another entertaining round in “The Second Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is (Still) Wrong.”
    - Once you have your brain wrapped around all Lloyd and Michinson have to say, you may be ready to take on a different challenge. Boldly formatted and illustrated, “The Physics Book” offers short, mind-expanding entries that chronicle the development of this ever-changing science. Clifford Pickover is our guide to “250 milestones in the history of physics” covering major topics “from the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection.”
    - With echoes of “Jane Eyre,” Margot Livesey tells the story of a young woman who has only known tragedy in her life until she finds love in a most unlikely place. Orphaned as a child in Iceland, young Gemma was adopted by her uncle who took her to his home in Scotland to raise as one of his own children. After his untimely death, though, Gemma’s aunt sent her away to boarding school where her hopes for friendship and happiness were crushed by the staff and students who bullied her. When she takes a job as au pair to the spoiled niece of an enigmatic banker, Gemma finally finds freedom -- and love. “The Flight of Gemma Hardy” is Livesey’s compelling new novel.
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