There is so little information or resources available on the topic of male-male rape or forced sodomy. That poverty makes this far too common event evThere is so little information or resources available on the topic of male-male rape or forced sodomy. That poverty makes this far too common event even more traumatic for survivors. I am deeply grateful that the author told his story, and marvel at the eloquence and profoundly elegant thought revealed in his writings. I was particularly impressed with the final chapter, in which he navigates the difficult terrain of trauma and faith and cultural context. Well done, well done. I wish every church leader would read this, but especially Roman Catholic priests. ...more
I read every word in this book at least once, from the title page through the bibliography. I have a wide variety of books on celiac and gluten intoleI read every word in this book at least once, from the title page through the bibliography. I have a wide variety of books on celiac and gluten intolerance. Most of them have provided some helpful information and some completely off-target or misleading information. One of the problems I've had with my celiac library is the intrusive influence of bias on the part of the authors. So when I saw that the leading international researcher in this area was releasing a consumer-health book on the topic, I pre-ordered it, and kept checking back, eager to see it.
This is the first book I've found that is SOLIDLY based on the evidence, doesn't cherry-pick the supporting evidence, and provides a balanced view. Dr. Fasano constructs a coherent architecture for understanding the current state of knowledge on celiac and gluten-intolerance, what we do and don't know, the difference between evidence and experience, how the evidence has evolved over time, where the evidence has shifted back and forth, and (for those topics where we still have more questions than evidence) what are important questions currently being explored and what direction appears to be emerging. That is the first third of the book, and the part that I most wanted.
In that introductory section on research, the authors work very hard to try to make the scientific terms and concepts clear. There is still quite a bit of jargon, pretty much unavoidable, and this isn't necessarily an easy read for someone without a science background. However, the way it is written, if you find the terms or jargon a problem, you CAN skip sentences or paragraphs and get to the bottom line conclusion.
In the rest of the book, the authors tell stories and give advice on lifestyle and diet (including recipes!). To this end, they invite brief pieces from a wide variety of persons living with celiac or gluten issues. These essays are selected to represent a WIDE variety of the lifestyle challenges and solutions, with the focus on solutions. Pregnant? A parent? College student? Athlete? Elderly? Traveler? Complicated health issues? Many perspectives are presented. While this is not a cookbook, many people share one or two simple recipes to illustrate how easy it can be to eat gluten-free. My absolute favorite fun part of the book was when Dr. Fasano shares his obvious love of his homeland and Italian cuisine with lush poetic language. Those few pages are the exception rather than the rule in this book, but really bring a vibrancy and sense of life to what could otherwise be a rather dry and somewhat pedantic topic. ...more