Summer Reading

 

In every issue of ABILITIES, we bring you four new book titles in our up-front Books section. But with an array of inspiring, informative or thought-provoking disability-related books on the market, it is often difficult to narrow our selections. In this issue, we have expanded this section into a special two-page feature, to help you get a jump on your summer reading. Enjoy!

FAMILY LIFE

The Ghost Behind the Wheelchair, by Lila Ridings Darnell. When the author’s adult son sustained a spinal cord injury, she searched desperately for resources, but found no books by other parents she could turn to. She wrote this memoir about her experience in the hopes that it might help other parents on similar journeys. $9.50 (U.S.).
ISBN 1403315892
1stBooks Publishing
Toll-free: 1-800-839-8640
Website: www.1stbooks.com/bookview/11060

My Gift: The Magic of a Special Child, by Daniela Geracitano Vance. The author’s child has Down syndrome, yet he teaches his mother lessons on the meaning of life. This honest and uplifting collection offers insight into the mind and heart of a mother. It honours the gift that each child brings into this world and sends a poignant message about the innate and immeasurable worth of every human being. $10.95.
ISBN 0-9731390-0-5
Colossal Creations
Phone: (604) 945-7538
Website: www.colossalcreations.com

Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with Disability, by Mary McHugh. The author, who grew up with a brother with cerebral palsy, interviewed more than 100 siblings of people with disabilities to help understand her own feelings and compile this book of reflections and suggestions. $21.95.
ISBN 1-55766-607-5
Brookes Publishing
Phone: (410) 337-9580
Website: www.brookespublishing.com

MENTAL HEALTH

Depression and Bipolar Disorders, by Dr. Virginia Edwards. The author explores the causes, symptoms and treatments of depression and bipolar disorders. This book details what the danger signs of depression are, when to intervene and when to support. Also featured are case studies and a valuable resource list. $19.95.
ISBN 1-55263-417-5
Key Porter Books
Phone: (416) 862-7777
www.keyporter.com

Stable in Bedlam: A Journey to Jesus through Insanity, by Michael Armstrong. Twenty-three years of misdiagnosis for bipolar disorder, a devout Irish-Catholic upbringing, and homosexuality all set the stage for a memoir of a journey that has a deeper meaning than the author previously thought. $17.50.
ISBN 0-9731135-0-2
Balliol Press
E-mail: balliolpress@aol.com
Website: www.balliolpress.com

AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDERS

Body Harmony: How to Resist and Recover from Auto Immune Diseases, by Dr. Terry Willard. The author explores the complex connection between the mind and the body, and discusses vibrational medicine as a treatment for auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and allergies. This book is a resource for anyone interested in healing their immune systems. $21.95.
ISBN 1-55356-016-7
Key Porter Books
Phone: (416) 862-7777
www.keyporter.com

A Short Guide to Fibromyalgia: an Essential Guide for Patients and their Families, by Daniel J. Wallace and J. B. Wallace. Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed and widely misunderstood, and those with this pain-causing disability are in dire need of education and advice. In this book, the authors provide a clear, concise explanation of the syndrome and its symptoms, and outline the recent advances in treatments. $19.95.
ISBN 0195149319
Oxford University Press
Toll Free: 1-800-387-8020
Website: www.oup.com/ca

DISABILITY THEORY

Disability, Self, and Society, by Tanya Titchkosky. A Canadian contributor to the growing subject of disability studies, the author argues that disability can be a teacher to, and about, able-bodied society. She contends that disability is not any specific lack, but a non-passive demonstration of socially valuable “in-between-ness.” $24.95.
ISBN 0-8020-8437-0
University of Toronto Press
Toll-free: 1-800-565-9523
Website: www.utpress.utoronto.ca

EmBodying Equity: Body Image As An Equity Issue, by Carla Rice and Vanessa Russell. This practical manual for educators and service providers addresses the intersections of body image, identity, discrimination and equity. The authors have blended theory and almost 50 interactive exercises into this key book on body image. $42.95.
ISBN 1-896781-18-7
Green Dragon Press
Phone: (416) 251-6366
Website: www3.simpatico.ca/equity.greendragonpress

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety, by June Isaacson Kailes. In the wake of September 11, 2001, this guide helps people with disabilities plan for emergency evacuations, including conducting a self-assessment, choosing evacuation devices and practising safety drills. $24.00 (U.S.). (An electronic version is available from the website at no cost.)
Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions
Phone: (909)-623-6116
Website: www.cdihp.org

In Your Own Time: A Guide for Patients and their Carers Facing a Last Illness at Home, by Elizabeth Lee. This book discusses the choices that exist for terminal patients and their caregivers. Included are chapters dealing with coming to terms with the situation, the help available at home, how to choose between a hospice, hospital and home, as well as advice on coping with the feelings and emotions of patient and caregiver. $31.50.
ISBN 0-19-850975-8
Oxford University Press
Toll Free: 1-800-387-8020
Website: www.oup.com/ca

DIABETES

1,001 Delicious Desserts for People With Diabetes, by Sue Spitler, with Linda Eugene and Linda Yoakam. The delicious desserts in this huge book are suitable for a diabetic diet, yet scrumptious enough for the whole family to enjoy. Each recipe is accompanied by nutrition facts and food exchanges. Contains more than a thousand recipes, for everything from butterscotch walnut pie to old-fashioned apple crisp. $19.95 (U.S.).
ISBN 1-57284-049-8
Surrey Books
Toll-free: 1-800-326-4430
Website: www.surreybooks.com

The Diabetes Sourcebook, by Diana W. Guthrie A.R.N.P., Ph.D., and Richard A. Guthrie, M.D. This is a complete, all-in-one resource for anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Fully updated with the latest treatments and developments, this book offers an overview of diabetes as well as a complete educational program incorporating nutrition, exercise and hygiene. $26.95.
ISBN 0-7373-0642-4
McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Toll-free: 1-800-565-5758
Website: www.mcgrawhill.ca

AGING

The Changing Brain: Alzheimer’s Disease and Advances in Neuroscience, by Ira B. Black, M.D. The story of modern neuroscience is fascinating. It moves from Fascist Italy with the discovery of nerve growth factor to current experiments with transplanted, lab-grown cells that lead to recovery and function in damaged brain regions. To bridge the gap between abstract concepts and real-world experience, the author, a clinical neurologist, provides a fictionalized account of a man with Alzheimer disease. $19.95.
ISBN 0-19-515697-8
Oxford University Press
Toll Free: 1-800-387-8020
Website: www.oup.com/ca

The Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Guide for Seniors, by Seymour Ehrenpreis and Eli D. Ehrenpreis. Mature consumers do not have the same reaction to medications as younger adults. Yet, too often, manufacturers, pharmacists, caregivers and older adults themselves are unaware of how medications can act and interact in seniors. This book gives detailed information on a wide range of prescription and non-prescription drugs. $20.95.
ISBN 0-07-140261-6
McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Toll-free: 1-800-565-5758
Website: www.mcgrawhill.ca

 

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