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From Rage to Courage: Answers to Readers' Letters by Alice Miller
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
In book form, "From Rage to Courage" differs from the Readers' Letters section on Alice Miller's website in that the original letters are omitted and only Miller's replies are reproduced. As she says in the Preface, she was unable to ask for permission to publish the letters. The replies are sometimes incomprehensible without their original context and many replies are very short (in one case just two sentences). They are arranged chronologically, starting in July 2005. That means topics and issues are dealt with randomly, and the book contains over 400 of Miller's responses.

The product description says: "A practical guide to Miller's therapeutic concept, this work affirms the… Read more
The Richness of Life: A Stephen Jay Gould Reader by Stephen Jay Gould
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This anthology is drawn from the books Stephen Jay Gould wrote during his lifetime, including the ones compiled from 300 essays he wrote for Natural History magazine. I've given The Richness of Life five stars, but as Stephen Gould is an iconoclast I can imagine that readers who are wedded to the orthodoxy that evolution has been an inevitable progression towards Homo sapiens won't like it.

The editors, Paul McGarr and Steven Rose, have done an excellent job of selecting a representative sample of Gould's writings. The 44 chapters are divided into seven sections:

1. Autobiography
2. Biographies
3. Evolutionary Theory
4. Size, Form, and Shape
5… Read more
Free from Lies: Discovering Your True Needs by Alice Miller
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Alice Miller is a proselytizer for psychotherapy. Without that aspect, her books would be brilliant. Readers are likely to have great difficulty locating a therapist who matches Miller's ideal of an 'Enlightened Witness'. Those who are new to her work may not even be aware of the J.Konrad Stettbacher saga in which Miller effusively recommended his self-help method to her readers only to reject it totally just a few years later (all mention of Stettbacher has been eradicated from current editions of her books). In another change of mind, one chapter from "Paths of Life" has been deleted from the latest edition. Originally subtitled 'Seven Scenarios', the book was billed as fictional stories… Read more