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The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era

Morrow. Feb. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780063083233. $26.99. HEALTH
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Ashton, chief medical correspondent for ABC News and a gynecologist in private practice, is nothing if not well-meaning and eager to cover many bases. She has guided the bereaved in a previous work, Life After Suicide, and offered women consumer health advice in The Self-Care Solution. In this latest work, she gamely offers a road map for the COVID-19 era, with thoughtful chapters on how the pandemic is affecting our bodies, minds, diets, exercise routines, and sleep habits. Ashton advises readers on how to stay abreast of late-breaking developments on vaccines, mutations, and more. Similar ground is covered elsewhere, such as information on how medical emergencies don’t stop because of a pandemic and why our sleep patterns may be out of rhythm, but the author succeeds in grouping relevant content in a handy book. While the book offers solid advice on maintaining overall health, the last chapter, aptly titled “The Silver Lining,” may be the most compelling, reminding us of how we all “stepped up” during the pandemic and developed a solid sense of resilience.
VERDICT A brief medical how-to guide on navigating life and finding answers to common questions. Recommended for public libraries.
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