"Child Decoded is nearly flawless in its readability, presentation and storytelling. Parents struggling to find answers to their children’s puzzling behavior will likely enjoy more than a few “Aha!” moments while reading this fabulous guidebook."
"This well-organized, detailed guidebook provides a valuable tool for any group that has the potential to unlock its latent creative powers through encounters with the visual arts."
"Intimate knowledge of Prader-Willi Syndrome bizarre and baffling landscape permeates every page, Alternately written from the perspectives of the afflicted and those struggling to save them, the result is a seamless blend of case history, detective story, and medical mystery, often heartbreaking, occasionally hopeful, always full of heart."
"Through prose that is gritty, raw, and vulnerable, readers are instantly transported into Ben’s world."
"This is not necessarily an easy read but one that has palpable philosophical weight. Those adventurous enough to follow it to the end, will be rewarded by transformative glimpses into the underlying principles that govern the chaotic world in which we live."
"There’s no denying his unique voice. Is he paying homage to Gurba for her portrayal of him in her chapbook? Probably. Is he also playing with his readers and their implied perception of his art and his illness? Definitely."
"Freak marks new territory for this gifted writer, as he leads his protagonist haltingly towards maturity...Still, missteps are bound to occur when exploring new territory, and it’s refreshing to see Harnisch expanding his—and his protagonist’s—horizons beyond the self."
"While steeped in academic-like prose, Edison also offers unscientific personal asides that are jarring. Such diversions dilute the authority of his more formal presentation and create an identity issue for the book: Is it a serious, academic work, or a personal plea?"
"A straight-talking guide to neurological diseases and disorders, Is My Brain Broken? offers clear profiles of various disorders and showcases the personal essays of young people who have survived—and often thrived—with the medical issues in question...A useful resource for families with children impacted by these challenging issues."
"Despite its darkness, When Silence Screams is a well-written, interesting story that will appeal to a general audience. It could also offer solace to teens and young adults going through tough times, including mental illness."
"While lay readers may be frustrated with this text, those with a medical background or who are willing to educate themselves with the help of the book’s extensive glossary and appendix, will benefit from Hazing Aging’s well researched and useful information."
" Ikuomola proffers a helpful handbook for those seeking to understand the West African Ebola epidemic of 2014...This volume should hold appeal for readers looking for a synopsis of the disparate ramifications and aspects of the Ebola problem in West Africa."
"Women interested in learning how to parlay volunteer work into career gains may find Callan’s example useful. But without broader insights to engage an audience, the book seems best suited to the author’s inner circle, rather than readers at large."
"This vivid, raw and haunting account of children caught in the crosshairs indeed gives voice to the voiceless, as Robinson intended. It’s a clear-eyed, intimate peek behind a disturbing curtain of abusive family behaviors that offers no easy answers...Devastating in content, it should be read by all as a wake-up call toward prevention."
Coan provides an intriguing look at some of the most mysterious questions of human existence — but the effort required to get through it may dissuade some readers.
“This uncommonly brave book is based on Rill’s father’s eight-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Using five narrators in short, alternating chapters, the novel tells the story of Saul Reimer’s decent into Alzheimer’s…Rill’s grief-stricken love for his father, who died in 1998, invests every page with true feeling.”
"Jiping Liu’s book, Liquid Explosives, presents a well-sourced summary of research developments in the field...Heavily academic, this book will serve as a helpful volume for industry experts and a handy and useful primer for engineering and science professionals looking to brush up on the basics before diving further into this specialized field."
"Joy Pelletier Devins felt “crazy and alone” for two years before she was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. This book is an excellent tool for helping Lyme patients feel less alone. People with other chronic diseases will also benefit from Devins’ humorous, hopeful message and enthusiastic approach to alternative medicine."
"Australian Human Relations Counselor and author Andrew E. Verity has created a self-improvement course centered on his belief that one can change one’s life destiny by recognizing and eliminating thoughts and feelings that hold one back from success...[It] could prove useful to beginners in the exploratory phase of the process."
"Readers who have decided to use a firearm for self-defense, and who can persevere through this book despite its narrative challenges, are likely to avoid becoming one of the all-too numerous statistics on gun mishaps and can even learn something that might save their lives."