Book Reviews

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The Angry Marriage: Overcoming the Rage, Reclaiming the Love, by Bonnie Maslin, Ph.D Maslin's The Angry Marriage is an interesting analysis of the burden anger can place on one's marriage. Although at times dry and slightly redundant, the book would make an excellent resource for those faced with the problems associated with repressed anger toward one's spouse. The book was effective and thorough with addressing it's main points. The book presented problems and clear solutions for marital discord caused by anger and should be recommended. Reviewed by Z. Thomas




Worried All the Time: Overparenting in an Age of Anxiety and How to Stop It, by David Anderegg Worried All The Time by David AndereggAnderogg's book explains some of the reasons why parents worry about their children. Anderegg confronts the high levels of parental anxiety on topics such as day care, school, media, and drug use. According to Anderegg, parents are focused more on their own fears which are displaced onto their children. To analyze this phenomenon he calls overparenting, he uses behavioral theory to unravel and reveal the main topics of parental issues. Parents who can identify themselves in this situation will find Anderegg psychoanalytical theories helpful. If the readers are not very familiar with some of the educational and psychological terminology, then this book may be confusing. Useful when diagnosing how parents might be letting their imaginations run wild, and how they can break the cycle of drowning their children in fear. Reviewed by A. Stevenson


Generation Ex: Tales from the Second Wives Club, by Karen Karbo. generation ex by Karen KarboThis literary mix, half memoir and half journalistic investigation, deftly weaves Karbo's own story of remarriage with historical trends and the occasional eye-opening statistic. Always engaging, this book's feat is to ably map a new template of American family type, one in which exes and their children overlap and interweave in a more complicated way than you might think, worthy of the diagram on page 65, and in fact worthy of the paradigm laid out in the whole book. Karbo is a fantastic writer. But this is an extreme take triggered by an extreme situation. Her husband's ex-wife refuses to leave the scene, and the book. Overall, though, a highly recommended read. Reviewed by B. Israel


The Prodigal Father: Reuniting Fathers and Their Children, by Mark Bryan. This book is about fathers who have totally lost touch with their children through divorce or separation. As Bryan tells his story, he provides an exercise of corrective action for fathers who seek to rebuild a broken relationship.  At the end of the book, Bryan's 12-step program will guide absentee fathers who have put off bridging the gap of reuniting with their children. He also help mothers prepare for this difficult journey as well.  Some men might be reluctant to address this issue through a self-help book, but other men will find themselves being healed in the process of the reading.  Bryan’s book provides a valuable manual to help fathers reach out to a painful subject in our society.  If you are in need of some soul searching, this book will assist you back to your estranged children’s lives. Reviewed by A. Stevenson