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Carol Ann Rinzler

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Carol Ann Rinzler is the author of numerous books including "Are You At Risk?"; "Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever"; & "The New Complete Book of Food" for Facts On File/Checkmark Books. She has also written "Nutrition for Dummies", as well as numerous magazine articles & columns on nutrition & diet. She vis mere is currently writing a weekly column on nutrition for the Sunday Daily News & lives in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Carol Ann Rinzler

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Nutrition For Dummies: UK Edition (1600) 32 eksemplarer
Heartburn & Reflux for Dummies (2004) 25 eksemplarer
Weight Loss Kit for Dummies (2001) 21 eksemplarer
Is It Safe to Kiss My Cat? (2017) 20 eksemplarer
Strictly Female (1981) 6 eksemplarer
THE SAFE PREGNANCY BOOK (1985) 6 eksemplarer
The book of chocolate (1977) 6 eksemplarer
Bien s'alimenter (2004) 4 eksemplarer
Childrens/med Chest (1984) 3 eksemplarer
The Signet Book of Chocolate (1978) 2 eksemplarer
Food Facts (1988) 2 eksemplarer
Étkezz okosan! (2009) 2 eksemplarer
Chocolate (1977) 1 eksemplar

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Rinzler, Carol Ann
New York Daily News



There is too much in this book that is not about the foot. Pardon the pun, but a lot of the background information should be, uh, in foot notes. Sorry.

There is also a lot about gout, club foot and flat foot, but not much about other disorders of the foot.

A term paper fluffed up to meet a page count or to show how much the author knows about other stuff.
seeword | 11 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Although I read this six months ago, I remember finding "Leonardo's Foot" an interesting read. It was an odd book, however, and I agree with the last reviewer who called the author a wannabe Mary Roach. Perhaps because I'm a physician, I didn't feel I needed to know more about foot anatomy and I found the digressions on other medical topics intriguing. I enjoyed the trivia and I remember thinking that it would make a nice gift for a doctor or chiropractor with some reading time on his/her hands (perhaps retired, like me).… (mere)
mmckay | 11 andre anmeldelser | Dec 10, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Summary: Our feet don't get enough love. Although Leonardo da Vinci said that "the human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art," for most of us, are feet carry us through our days without our giving them much thought beyond making sure that our socks match and our shoes stay tied. But Rinzler does her best to remedy that, tackling the ways in which the our feet have been integral to human life and human history. She starts with "Destiny", in which she addresses the evolution of the foot and an upright posture. She then moves on the "Disability" (the medical and historical ramifications of clubfoot), "Difference" (flat feet and their use as a social and cultural indicator), "Diet" (gout), and "Desire" (you can probably guess).

Review: This book should have been like catnip for me. A microhistory of an anatomical structure, and hey, we know I think anatomy's cool (see: my extreme geeking out over The Resurrectionist, all tied in with relevant history and biology and culture. I love all of those things, but somehow this book didn't quite hit the mark. In some ways, it was great: I love books like this as a good source of trivia, and this one had some awesome ones. (a quarter of the bones in the human skeleton are in the feet! Gout was historically a disease of rich white men because the uric acid crystals that cause it are the products of protein metabolism, and rich white men were the ones historically eating most of the meat! The Sistine Chapel ceiling contains an anatomically correct image of a brain!) It even provided me with an anatomical justification for why I'm so picky about my shoes: my extremely high arches mean that I tend to clutch my toes against the ground to get better purchase, so I need something with enough straps to keep them on my feet... but at least those high arches mean I'm probably not a witch! (See? Lots of fun trivia.)

My problem with this book was that I felt like Rinzler was trying to emulate Mary Roach, and that it wound up with her getting in her own way. There were some humorous bits that just fell flat, the writing style often felt a little cumbersome, the tangents and the digressions went on for extended periods without coming back around to the feet, and in general, it wasn't quite as light and easy as I think she was aiming for. I also really wish there'd been more of an introduction. The current Intro is really more of an Acknowledgements, and I think the book could have used a more factual introduction, going over some of the basic anatomy of the foot (maybe with some labelled diagrams, which are conspicuously absent) before diving into the first chapter and its specific topic.

So, overall, I found this book interesting, and full of good facts, but the writing style wasn't my favorite, and it kept it from being a total winner. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Even though Rinzler doesn't have Mary Roach's knack for easy prose, Roach's books are still the closest readalikes. If you like that style of microhistory, this one's got enough interesting information to make it worth your while.
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fyrefly98 | 11 andre anmeldelser | Sep 15, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Despite the slimness of this volume, Rinzler had trouble staying on topic. Many of her asides were very interesting, but often only vaguely related to her point. I found that the story strayed a bit too far a bit too often. I feel like I picked up some random trivia about feet and many other assorted topics, but did not leave with an overall message or theme. Rinzler is a talented author, but I wish this book was a little more than an assemblage of cool things she came across during her research.… (mere)
vrwolf | 11 andre anmeldelser | Aug 25, 2013 |


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