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Are We Feeling Better Yet?

Are We Feeling Better Yet?

by Colleen McKee and Amanda Stiebel

 

  Cover              In this collection of 21 essays, women from around the country recount their individual efforts to access and receive quality health care within the formidable structure of the U.S. health care system. Their many voices speak with clarity, poignancy, and humor about situations familiar to all who have entered a health care setting on behalf of themselves or loved ones. These penetrating stories cover a spectrum of health care conditions, but they unify around the themes of strong self-advocacy and personal empowerment. The book is an enlightening read not only for the health consuming public, but also for health care professionals and for health policymakers.

Copyright © 2008.

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Evoking Tang

Evoking Tang

By Qiu Xiaolong

Tang Cover               In Evoking Tang, his translated collection of Chinese classical poems, writer Qiu Xiaolong breathes new life into the works of the Tang Dynasty masters, introducing their universal themes— of love and lament, friendship and longing, the serentiy to be found in natural beauty— to a whole new audience of Western readers. The Tang period is the golden age of Chinese poetry. In Evoking Tang, a bilingual collection, Qiu Xiaolong offers English translations of more than 70 classic Chinese poems. The original texts represent the work of almost 40 poets from the Tang period, whose poems are comparable in importance, for English-speaking readers, to those of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Longfellow. Qiu’s translations reflect his mastery of he subtle nuances of the English language as well as his intimate familiarity with American and English poets such as T. S. Eliot and William Butler Yeats. The translation of the beloved poems of the Tang Dynasty remains faithful to their original meaning and imagery, yet proves enjoyable to English readers as poetry. The anthology is illustrated with 30 traditional Chinese paintings, which are included to aid interpretation and to stir the imagination of readers as they enter the poetic world.
Copyright © 2007.

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Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons

breast cancerby Mary Ellen Havard and Mary Openlander

In the spring of the year 2000, Mary Ellen Havard was diagnosed with breast cancer. She writes that, on hearing those words, “my world flew apart. I was pulled in opposing directions, living in two worlds. There was the one of curling up in a ball and crying, refusing to eat, refusing to sleep, refusing to think. There was the other of facing the issues and making a plan. I had a job to do, and that job was survival.” As part of the job of survival, she kept a journal of her experience. The act of journalizing, suggested by Mary Openlander, a Trager® practitioner who became part of Mary Ellen’s cancer treatment team, began as a way to rein in fear and uncertainty and became part of the healing process. Simultaneously, Mary maintained her own written record of their treatment sessions. After independently documenting their thoughts and impressions for more than a year, Mary Ellen and Mary combined their separate journal entries to create Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons. Not a “how-to” book, Breast Cancer is the account of one woman’s experience through which we come to see how illness can be transformative providing opportunities for growth and how empathic care can help to redefine what it means to “get well.”

Copyright © 2005.

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Notes from Paris

Notes from Paris

Imageby Winnie Sullivan

Join Winnie and Robin as they set out to explore the sights and sounds of the City of Light during a ten-day whirlwind visit. Begun as a travel journal, this compilation of personal reflections, historical notes, and original illustrations captures the joy of travel the spontaneity, the exhilaration, and the wonder as a shared experience between friends.

This book was published by PenUltimate Press in 2003 and it was written by Winnie Sullivan, PenUltimate’s director.

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