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Building good families in a changing world
Elizabeth Porter

The book is founded on three basic arguments. The first is that good families are important, the second that our private and public lives affect each other, and the third is that good families provide a grounding for good citizens. This book is a ... read more »

Reviewed by Pam Smith

States of health: health and illness in Australia (3rd edn)
J. George and A. Davis

This text is a 'must read' for anyone working as a health professional. George and Davis (the latter died prior to publication) engage in a lively discussion of the factors that impact on health and illness in Australia. They look at the ... read more »

Reviewed by Thea F van de Mortel

A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
Dave Pelzer

This book is the first in a series of three, recounting the life of Dave Pelzer, who experienced the third worse case of childhood abuse documented in California history. From a child's perspective, the author depicts an above-average, intact family ... read more »

Reviewed by Regina Parnell

A Circle Unbroken: The hidden emotional patterns that shape our lives
Hugh Crago

A Circle Unbroken is a book that deserves the tide "Developmental Psychology Made Easy" (made interesting and approachable, I should add). It is a book that takes as its task to simplify and demystify expert knowledge and still remain a useful ... read more »

Reviewed by Sotirios Sarantakos

A feminists clinician's guide to the memory debate
Susan Contratto and M Janice Gutfreund

This book was originally published as Women & Therapy, Volume 19, Number 1,1996. It provides an insightful and thoughtful discussion of the issues surrounding the false memory debate and its context. Particular strengths of this edited ... read more »

Reviewed by Fiona Ann Papps

A framework for change: The state of the community Landcare movement in Australia
Helen Alexander

There is a great deal more to this document than the gloss and self-promotion of the average annual report. From the outset, it sets boundaries around what it can achieve; choosing to focus on Landcare in dryland, broadacre agricultural areas; ... read more »

Reviewed by Frank Vanclay, Stewart Lockie

A Guide to Learning Independently (4th edn)
Lorraine Marshall and Frances Rowland

For those new to tertiary study, A Guide to Learning Independently provides strategies and techniques to assist students excel in their learning. In this fourth edition, Marshall and Rowland provide 16 chapters to assist students develop the ... read more »

Reviewed by Janet Pillay

A Healing Conversation: How Healing Happens
Neville Symington

The purpose of six lectures, presented as chapters in this publication, is to answer the question: ‘How is it that someone who has a problem is able to resolve it through conversation with another?’ Each chapter takes a particular angle ... read more »

Reviewed by Jo Grimwade

A healing place: Indigenous visions for personal empowerment and community recovery
Kayleen M Hazlehurst

'This is a book about hope', the author states in the introduction to this scholarly, yet easy to read book. Ironically, for a book of hope, it opens on a rather dark note - the sad history of racial conflict in Australia. Samuel Johnsons statement ... read more »

Reviewed by Elvira McIntosh

A history of corporate governance around the world: Family business groups to professional managers
Randall K Morck (ed)

The purpose is as the title implies, to provide a historical summary of the forces and events that have shaped the varied manifestations of corporate structures and control systems around the world. Corporate control, ownership and management have ... read more »

Reviewed by Keith Duncan

A history of corporate governance around the world: Family business groups to professional managers
Morck RK (Ed.)

(A National Bureau of Economic Research Conference report)  The purpose is as the title implies, to provide a historical summary of the forces and events that have shaped the varied manifestations of corporate structures and control systems ... read more »

Reviewed by Keith Duncan

A History of the Wagga Wagga Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia, 1918-1998
S Morris and H Fife

Can a regional history of a specialised group (such as a RSL sub-branch) contribute to the national heritage, illustrating themes that are part of the cultural essence of Australia? The authors of this book answer with a 'yes'; at ... read more »

Reviewed by Joanna Seczkowski

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