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Book reviews summer 2007
New titles by University faculty, staff, and alumni authors
By Gayla Marty
From M, summer 2007
Sleep: The Mysteries, the Problems, and the Solutions
By Carlos H. Schenk, M.D.
This book may keep you up late, engrossed by common problems like insomnia and sleep apnea, as well as the more extreme parasomnias like dream enactments and sleep violence. Schenck is senior staff psychiatrist at the renowned Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center and an associate professor at the U Medical School. Avery, 2007; ISBN 978-1-58333-270-2; $24.95 hc
The Chronic Job Hopper: My Ongoing Battle With Attention Deficit Disorder, 1969-2005
By David R. Wilkowske
From delivering the Waseca, Minnesota, newspaper in 1969 to winning corporate tech assignments to wading through raw sewage, Wilkowske ('82) raced through 63 jobs in 36 years (catalogued in the appendix)--almost all of them before his ADHD diagnosis in 2004. He credits the U's Inter-college Program for helping him survive. This self-published editor's pick describes Wilkowske's journey, both comic and tragic. Order online at www.iuniverse.com/bookstore. iUniverse, 2006; ISBN 978-0-595-37342-0; $19.95 pb
Voices of Hope: The Story of the Jane Addams School for Democracy
By Nan Kari and Nan Skelton, editors
Inspired by the democratic philosophy of its namesake--a leader in the U.S. settlement movement in Chicago in the early 1900s--this free school for all ages on the west side of St. Paul has helped more than 1,500 Hmong, East African, and Latin American immigrants become citizens since 1996. Twelve voices tell the story of the Jane Addams School's first decade as a grass-roots model that can be adapted in communities everywhere. Skelton, a cofounder, is also codirector of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the U's Humphrey Institute. Kettering Foundation Press; ISBN 978-0-923993-19-1; $19.95 pb
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