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[Book Review] “The Reason I Jump”

October 24, 2013
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It often seems that the simplest things pack the biggest punch.
That’s how I feel after reading The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. I was first introduced to this book when watching Jon Stewart interview one of the translators, author David Mitchell, on his show. After hearing a brief summary, this book immediately jumped to the [...]

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Book Review: A White Wind Blew

March 21, 2013
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Tuberculosis. Prohibition. Segregation. The Great War. The KKK. Faith. Musical medicine.
These are many of the themes interwoven in James Markert’s latest novel, A White Wind Blew. Set in the late 1920s in TB-ridden Louisville, Kentucky, A White Wind Blew follows Wolfgang Pike, a doctor-musician-almost priest, through his journey of healing and self-discovery. Markert is a [...]

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Book Review: Kati Marton’s “Paris: A Love Story”

February 21, 2013
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Kati Marton is a journalist, storyteller, wife, and mother. She has led what many might consider an exotic life: marriages to Peter Jennings and Richard Holbrooke, apartments in Paris and New York City, serving overseas as a foreign news correspondent for NPR and ABC News, a childhood in Hungary and a college life in Paris. [...]

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Book Review: How to Write a Lot

June 21, 2012
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I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately. In truth, most of it is for various research projects for my doctorate degree, but I’ve managed to squeeze in more “fun” reading on the side.
One such “fun” reading book is Dr. Paul Silva’s How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic [...]

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Product Review: Sing to Your Baby

May 24, 2012
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One of the extreme pleasures of being a blogger is that, on occasion, you get invited to review a really great book or product. This post is one such review.
“Sing to Your Baby” is my new favorite baby shower/new baby gift. It’s a book and CD set of “love songs and sing-plays for new families” [...]

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Book Review: Why We Like Music

December 7, 2011
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I am super-excited to share with you a book recently introduced to me: Why We Like Music: Ear, Emotion, Evolution. The book was originally published in Italy about 5 years. It has been translated into English by Stephen Thomson Moore and released just two months ago by New World Media.
Here’s the short version of this [...]

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Book Review: I Think I Love You

November 9, 2011
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Last spring, the music therapy community was all abuzz with the release of two major forms of media–a book and a movie–that both featured music therapy. The book and movie both received wonderful reviews and, from my perspective, highlighted music therapy in an accurate, positive way.
But did you hear about the second book?
Its true! A [...]

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Top 7 Favorite Apps and Tech Toys for Students

November 2, 2011
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It’s only been 5 years since I graduated with my Masters, but so much about being a student has changed! Before, I hand-wrote all my class notes and made sure to carry by $80 flash drive with…what?…8 MB of memory from my apartment computer to the school computer.
During my undergraduate to graduate years, we were [...]

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Book Review: The Writer’s Guide to Psychology

May 25, 2011
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Music therapists often complain that the media don’t really “get” music therapy. They share the soundbites and seem unable to accurately portray the nuance that is often a part of our work. Rare is the writer who–like Picoult–is able to truly capture our field.
So, given this history, when I had the chance to review a [...]

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