Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath

By Michael Paul Mason.

Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2008 American Library Association

Tulsa-based brain-injury case manager Mason presents the stories of a dozen clients who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) with startling candor not just about how their lives and those of their families were altered by the disability but about the scant assistance available on a national scale for TBI victims. The book’s publicity claims readers will come away “astonished at the fragility of the brain.” But who doesn’t already know that? On the other hand, many don’t know that TBI can be caused from either without (an auto accident, a fall) or within (a tumor or even a common virus that many endure with minor symptoms yet that can travel to the brain), changing a life literally in an instant. Additionally, most don’t know how to differentiate between behaviors caused by TBI and those caused by psychosis. Cast against a backdrop of slim resources crying for more aid, the stories are heartbreakingly stark, like so many slaps upside the head, but, coming from a man who too often must deliver bad news, hard to counterpunch.–Donna Chavez

Named Works: Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath (Book) Book reviews

Source Citation:Chavez, Donna. “Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 14(1). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 30 May 2008

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Fool’s Paradise

  Full Text :COPYRIGHT 2008 American Library Association By John Gierach. May 2008. 224p. illus. Simon & Schuster, $24 (0-7432-9173-5). 799.12. It sounds like a Zen koan, but the best fishing books are as much about something else as they are about fishing. In his sixteenth book, Gierach pursues challenging fish and beautiful landscapes, emerging with plenty of both but also with a wealth of insights that stretch well beyond fishing. In these friendly, meandering essays, he writes vividly about trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, northern pike, and muskellunge–mostly in the Rockies and Great Plains, with some trips to Alaska, Oregon, and Canada. Along the way, he revisits family, considers post-9/11 travel, and muses on cell phones and their users. One essay, “Road Books,” will appeal to all travelers who read on the road and to readers’-advisory librarians helping travelers pack the right books. Gierach is a first-rank fishing writer–in the same league as Nick Lyons and Bill Tapply–but his thoughtful meditations on friends and family evoke Garrison Keillor.–John Rowen Named Works: Fool’s Paradise (Book) Book reviews 

Source Citation:Rowen, John. “Fool’s Paradise.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 18(1). General OneFile. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 29 May 2008  <http://find.galegroup.com/ips/start.do?prodId=IPS&gt;.
Gale Document Number:A178631161

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The Supreme’s Greatest Hits

by Michael Trachtman


Can the government seize your house in order to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what you can do to your own body?  Why are you allowed to copy songs on a CD, but not music files the Internet? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court—and its rulings have shaped American life and justice. Here are 34 of the most significant issues it has grappled with—from equal rights to privacy rights, from the limits of speech to the boundaries between church and state. Many of these cases read like thrillers…right down to their cliff-hanging endings. Among the most intriguing: the Dred Scott decision, Miranda v. Arizona, Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and Bush v. Gore.

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Can’t Remember What I Forgot


By Sue Halpern.

May 2008. 288p. Harmony, $24 (9780307406743). 616.85.
Halpern, author of Four Wings and a Prayer (2001), tackles memory, the most elusive of subjects, in her return to nonfiction after her powerful debut novel, The Book of Hard Things (2003). Goaded by the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and the seemingly inevitable equation–more years lived, more memory lost–Halpern puts herself on the line in this energetic inquiry into cutting-edge neurological research. As a test subject, she undergoes brain scans, including one that turns her radioactive; takes batteries of cognitive tests; visits the labs of leading neuroscientists; and tracks drug-development efforts. Halpern is rigorous in her explanations of the workings of the hippocampus, and impish in her critique of corporate-funded research (why is Mars, the maker of M & Ms, interested in neuroscience?). She incisively contrasts popular claims for the memory-boosting qualities of ginkgo biloba, blueberries, crossword puzzles, ballroom dancing, and chocolate with the painstaking work of scientists attempting to decode neurotransmitters and determine the genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Evincing a gift for perfect analogies and supple metaphors, mischievous humor, and righteous skepticism, Halpern is an exceptionally companionable and enlightening guide through the maze of memory maladies and the promising search for remedies.–Donna Seaman
Named Works: Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research (Book) Book reviews 

Source Citation:Seaman, Donna. “Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 15(1). General OneFile. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 26 May 2008 

Gale Document Number:A178631145

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Terror and Consent

by Michael Bobbit

With The Shield of Achilles (2002), constitutional law and nuclear strategy scholar Bobbitt argued, among other things, that the epoch of the nation-state is ending. Governments of the twenty-first century and beyond, he argued, will increasingly be “market states”: global, networked, decentralized, and considerably privatized states whose primary objective is to maximize the (primarily economic) opportunities of its citizens. With his latest book, Bobbitt examines at great length the relationship between the emergent constitutional order and the emergence of modern “market state terrorism,” which, mirroring the market state and availing itself of the same technological advances, may be lethal enough to pose an existential threat to the very possibility of government by consent of the governed. Arguing that America is indeed in a war against terror itself, not merely terrorists, Bobbitt finds the key to preserving states of consent lies in increased state power, increased multilateralism, and especially a strengthening of both constitutional and international legal restrictions on unfettered state action. Not just another book about terrorism, this is a complete theory of constitutional evolution and a sophisticated set of far-reaching policy prescriptions. Frequently digressive, incredibly erudite, and frustratingly difficult to pin down on the political spectrum, Bobbitt aims for the big picture and succeeds.–Brendan Driscoll
Named Works: Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century (Book) Book reviews 

Source Citation:Driscoll, Brendan. “Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century.(Brief article)(Book review).” Booklist 104.16 (April 15, 2008): 11(1). General OneFile. Gale. Arvin A Brown Public. 26 May 2008 

Gale Document Number:A178631117

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Anatomy of Deception

by Lawrence Goldstone

about this book
A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a young doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer

In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, a group of physicians open a coffin and uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days, one of them strongly suspects that he knows the woman’s identity…and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric novel–an ingenious blend of history, suspense and early forensic science–the most compelling chapter is yet to come, as young Ephraim Carroll is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets and unimaginable crimes….

Dr. Ephraim Carroll came to Philadelphia to study with a leading professor, the brilliant William Osler, believing that he would gain the power to save countless lives. As America hurtles toward a new century, medicine is changing rapidly, in part due to the legalization of autopsy–a crime only a few years before. But Carroll and his mentor are at odds over what they glimpsed that morning in the hospital’s Dead House. And when a second mysterious death is determined to have been a ruthless murder, Carroll can feel the darkness gathering around him–and he ignites an investigation of his own.

Soon he is moving between the realm of elite medicine, Philadelphia high society, and a teeming badlands of criminality and sexual depravity along the city’s fetid waterfront. With a wealthy, seductive woman clouding his vision, the controversial artist Thomas Eakins sowing scandal, and the secrets of the nation’s powerful surgeons unraveling around him, Carroll is forced to confront an agonizing moral choice–between exposing a killer, undoing a wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself….
about the author

Lawrence Goldstone, with his wife Nancy, is the author of two critically acclaimed narrative histories of science. He has written for the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Miami Herald. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.

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