Quick Reviews June 2017
Hmong Story Cloths: Preserving Historical and Cultural Treasures by Linda Gerdner, Ph.D.*: A fascinating and important insight into the history and culture of the Hmong people and how it has been maintained and developed through their beautiful story cloths. 4 stars
Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting by Ann Hood: A delightful collection of two dozen writers experiences with knitting. From bittersweet nostalgia, to love and loss, all in bite-sized pieces perfect for little breaks in-between your own knitting. 4 stars
Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer*: I loved the premise of reclaiming ‘pussy’, and your relationship with your sexuality. Undoubtedly focused on a binary audience of ciswomen, it does have strong points on reclaiming your relationship to yourself and your sexuality and understanding that sex is nothing to be ashamed off. If you’ve already done that though, it might be limited how much you can get out of it. Thomashauer target audience is probably ciswomen in their 40’s or older, and they would probably find it inspirational. 3 stars
Food, Sex, and You: Untangling Body Obsession in a Weight-Obsessed World by Stacey Gorlicky*: This is such an important book. Every single day unrealistic body standards are drilled into us and it is affecting both our physical and mental health. We’re taught both to fear and love food, which leads to unhealthy relationships with our bodies and the way we feed them. Psychotherapist Stacey Gorlicky talks about her own relationship with her body and food, as well as case studies from her clinical experience, and suggestions on how the reader can take steps to repair their relationship with their body and food. 4 stars
The Weighted Blanket Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Weighted Blankets and Deep Pressure for Autism, Chronic Pain, and Other Conditions by Eileen Parker and Cara Koscinski*: I’ve been fascinated by the use of weighted blankets as part of the treatment for autism, chronic pain and other conditions. Having chronic pain myself the topic was of special interest, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read and review this book on the topic. While not a long book Parker and Koscinsky cover the evidence in support of weighted blankets, how to choose the right weight and how to best use the blankets, where to get them or how to make them yourselves. 4 stars
*Received an advanced reader’s copy through Netgalley , the review is my own, honest opinion.
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