A cheerful, helpful, and informative guide to living a full life with rheumatoid arthritis.

THRIVING WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

FROM SEX TO SOCKS: TIPS, HACKS & SHORTCUTS TO MAKE LIFE WITH RA EASIER

A manual offers heaps of hints for managing rheumatoid arthritis at work, home, and on the road.

At the age of 40, Ward Day was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that afflicts the joints and causes pain, swelling, fever, fatigue, and immobility while also exacerbating other chronic health conditions and even affecting memory. Such a diagnosis meant radical alterations to her everyday life, but at the urging of her doctor, she chose to embrace this new future with a “glass half-full” outlook. This guide relates the myriad tools, techniques, and brands the author discovered while living with the functional limitations of RA—from little things like OXO Good Grips handles and compression socks to big things like understanding hindrances and avoiding the pitfalls of trying to multitask. Many of these suggestions are for the home, ranging from kitchen tools and room redesigns to tips both big and small for managing meals, doing the laundry, and even opening those pesky pickle jars. A diagnosis also doesn’t mean an end to leisure, be that travel or an active sex life, with recommendations for both hingeing on scheduling, communicating, and timing. The importance of a support system is stressed, from family and friends to individuals with the disease, as is the necessity of keeping a positive attitude and always making time to rest. The most pervasive tool for dealing with RA is proper planning and preparation, and Ward Day’s personal experiences and discoveries supply the newly diagnosed with precious information that can help them get ahead of many of the challenges they will face. Caregivers, family members, and people with RA may find new perspectives or overlooked solutions in this upbeat text. RA is a volatile disease that respects no economic boundaries, so certain recommendations, such as remodeling a kitchen or buying new cookware, will be outside of some sufferers’ means. But effective energy management techniques, useful garments, or just the suggestion of eating a few meals on paper plates can still deliver relief. The manual includes an extensive collection of links to both online resources and where to find many of the devices and tools it recommends.

A cheerful, helpful, and informative guide to living a full life with rheumatoid arthritis.

Pub Date: Sept. 29, 2021

ISBN: 979-8486812590

Page Count: 162

Publisher: Independently Published

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2021

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An oft-ignored but fully convincing argument that “we cannot prevent the next pandemic without creating a healthy world.”

THE CONTAGION NEXT TIME

The Covid-19 pandemic is not a one-off catastrophe. An epidemiologist presents a cogent argument for a fundamental refocusing of resources on “the foundational forces that shape health.”

In this passionate and instructive book, Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, writes that Covid emerged because we have long neglected basic preventative measures. “We invest vast amounts of money in healthcare,” he writes, “but comparatively little in health.” Readers looking to learn how governments (mainly the U.S.) mishandled the pandemic have a flood of books to choose from, but Galea has bigger issues to raise. Better medical care will not stop the next epidemic, he warns. We must structure a world “that is resilient to contagions.” He begins by describing the current state of world health, where progress has been spectacular. Global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900. Malnutrition, poverty, and child mortality have dropped. However, as the author stresses repeatedly, medical progress contributed far less to the current situation than better food, clean water, hygiene, education, and prosperity. That’s the good news. More problematic is that money is a powerful determinant of health; those who have it live longer. Galea begins the bad news by pointing out the misleading statistic that Covid-19 kills less than 1% of those infected; that applies to young people in good health. For those over 60, it kills 6%, for diabetics, over 7%, and those with heart disease, over 10%. It also kills more Blacks than Whites, more poor than middle-class people, and more people without health insurance. The author is clearly not just interested in Covid. He attacks racism, sexism, and poverty in equal measure, making a plea for compassion toward stigmatized conditions such as obesity and addiction. He consistently urges the U.S. government, which has spared no expense and effort to defeat the pandemic, to do the same for social injustice.

An oft-ignored but fully convincing argument that “we cannot prevent the next pandemic without creating a healthy world.”

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-19-757642-7

Page Count: 280

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2021

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A refreshingly candid, fearless look into a model’s body of work and its impact on her identity and politics.

MY BODY

The international model embarks on a nuanced investigation of her body and identity.

Ratajkowski’s exploration of fame, self-identity, and what it means to be a “beautiful” woman is surprisingly engaging. Originally thrust into the spotlight in 2013 due to her scantily clad appearance in the music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” the author eventually became known for her stances about beauty and sexuality and how they are commodified. Now that she is a wife and mother, she writes, “I feel a tenderness toward my younger self. My defensiveness and defiance are palpable to me now. What I wrote and preached then reflected what I believed at the time, but it missed a much more complicated picture. In many ways, I have been undeniably rewarded by capitalizing on my sexuality….But in other, less overt ways, I’ve felt objectified and limited by my position in the world as a so-called sex symbol.” This short book includes the juicy tidbits that avid celebrity-memoir readers seek, and the author shares how she really felt about the video shoot and how the aftermath affected her. Beyond that, the book is a reflective coming-of-age-in-the-industry tale, a story that is never maudlin but contains a few thick, murky sections. Ratajkowski attempts to break down the construction of her identity and sexuality in relation to the ever present male gaze as well as her relationships with the women in her life. The charm of this book lies in the author’s largely relatable writing, which shows the complex emotions and confusion of a young woman experiencing her sexual development and maturation into a capable adult. Admitting that the “purpose of the book is not to arrive at answers, but honestly to explore ideas I can’t help but return to,” Ratajkowski grapples directly with a host of thorny issues.

A refreshingly candid, fearless look into a model’s body of work and its impact on her identity and politics.

Pub Date: Nov. 9, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-250-81786-0

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Metropolitan/Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: Sept. 15, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2021

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