Your Father, Your Self: How Sons and Daughters Can Understand and Heal Their Relationships With Their Fathers

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Profiles nine types of disconnected fathers, presents two recovery programs that consider offspring healing with or without a father's involvement, and presents hundreds of case studies that describe the healing processes of others.

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Harvard-educated psychologist Gordon has put together a book that both vilifies and exalts fathers. He breaks down all fathers into types such as "absent," "weak" or "abusive" and then details the behaviors manifested by each type as well as the problems exhibited by the offspring of such fathers. Even "ideal" fathers can cause problems in their children, says Gordon, because they set an impossible example to follow. The author goes on to describe ways of "healing the wounds" and writes about ways of approaching one's father given the father's specific personality flaws. The strength of this book is that it never suggests that reconciliation is easy and even admits it may not be possible. This message, however, tends to be drowned out by the stories of all of Gordon's clients (and himself) who gained so much by reorienting relationships with their fathers. Although cases of both males and females are presented, the emphasis is on the relationships between sons and their fathers. Given this and Gordon's fairly extensive quoting of books such as Robert Bly's Iron John (LJ 11/15/90), this book is a must-buy for any library with a heavy men's movement clientele; it is fairly marginal for other libraries.?Pamela A. Matthews, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Environmental journalists Lavelle and Fagin focus this shocking report on four chemicals in widespread use: the herbicides atrazine and alachlor; the most common chemical used in dry cleaning, perchloroethylene; and formaldehyde, used as a glue and binder in all sorts of wood products, most notably plywood, particleboard and fiberboard. All have been shown to be dangerous and all have been the center of enormous legislative and regulatory attention. The authors present a very frightening and, unfortunately, a mostly credible account of the ways in which the chemical industry and its lobbying arm have been able to shape and subvert federal legislation ostensibly designed to protect consumers as well as the environment. Delay, scientific abuses, media manipulation and political strong-arm techniques are all documented. The only shortcomings to this well-paced investigative report are organizational: the text jumps abruptly from one subject to another and is repetitive. Even so, it should spark debate, and deservedly so.
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