As a contributing reporter, she have written
many articles for the Times, several of which ran on the
newspaper's front page. She's also contributed articles,
profiles and reviews to a number of national publications,
including Glamour, Health, Latina, the New York Times Book
Review, O Magazine, Vibe and Woman's Day. Whenever she gets the
inspiration, she writes a column called 'Outside
the Lines,' which appears on afterellen.com
Paperback: 304 pages
'Finally, the story we've been waiting for,
delivered in page turning, finely tuned prose by one of my
Fitness: Tone Up and Slim Down When Every Minute Counts
Gina Lombardi with Linda Villarosa
Hardcover: 240 pages
From top celebrity fitness trainer Gina Lombardi--deadline-focused weight-loss and fitness secrets to shape up for special occasions
Whether it's a wedding in two months or the Academy Awards 30 days away, many people feel stressed out about getting fit and looking their best for a big occasion. In Deadline Fitness, readers can find the perfect program to meet their weight-loss and fitness goals. With five individualized plans for different time frames, the book combines proven, easy-to-follow exercise and eating plans with dramatic, inspiring stories about the special life events that spur us to tone up and look great.
Finding Our Way:
The Teen Girls' Survival Guide
with Allison Abner
Paperback: 336 pages
Grades 8-12. Written by a freelance journalist and the executive editor of Essence magazine, both African Americans, this candid book is one of the best resources for young women to come out in a long time. The tone is light but not flip, and most of the important subjects are here--body image, puberty, sexual development, birth control, relationships with friends and family, nutrition. So is information on trendy topics, such as tattoos and plastic surgery, and discussion of issues of rising concern among teens, such as personal safety. Judiciously used comments from teens personalize the reading, and there's an obvious attempt to encompass multicultural difference. The chapter on body image, for example, notes differences in the "ideal" body type as accepted by African Americans and by whites. The authors manage to be upfront about their opinions: the stance on abortion is pro-choice, and the chapter on birth control, which is both specific and very up-to-date, includes a critical assessment of the Norplant that notes its sometimes enforced use among women "who are poor and/or black." Lack of specific documentation is problematic at times, and some of the suggested readings are woefully out of date (however, some are quite new), but such problems are more than balanced by the quality and quantity of information included and the extensive listings of support groups and organizations that accompany each chapter. Put this on the shelf right next to The Teenage Body Book (1992). 'Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist
with Allison Abner and Dr. Anne Beal.
Paperback: 432 pages
The parents of America's 3.6 million black children under age six face unique challenges and, until now, there has not been one complete resource for them. Combining pediatric expertise, cultural wisdom, insight from leading experts, and the newest research, The Black Parenting Book finally fills this void. With stories from parents across the country and authoritative advice for all aspects of a child's early life--including sleep, nutrition, discipline, play, medical treatments, hair and body care, spirituality, and education--this is the most comprehensive book of its kind.
The Black Parenting Book also explores topics such as talking about race, finding children's books featuring African-American main characters, and deciding whether to send children to all-black preschools. Tackling issues neglected in most parenting books, this is a much-needed guide to the crucial first five years.
Body & Soul: The
Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being
Paperback: 608 pages
Villarosa, a senior editor for Essence magazine, became involved with the National Black Women's Health Project, based in Atlanta, Georgia, discovered the disheartening facts about black women's health care, and decided to do something, which set the stage for this powerful, straight-from-the heart guide. Contributors are black female scientists, academics, health care practitioners, and writers. Though not intended to replace doctor visits, the guide critically addresses illnesses, such as fibroids, keloids, and diabetes, that have traditionally afflicted a large percentage of the female African American community. The section titles suggest the work's content and approach: "Our Bodies"; "Our Reproductive Health"; "Our Health Care"; "Our Emotional Well Being"; "Loving"; and "Keeping Safe in a Hostile World." Each section contains a history of its topic as it relates to African American women, an exemplary first-person narrative, and tips for combating the illnesses. The end-of-chapter material, truly empowering, is outstanding. More than a listing of information, it offers a means of achieving help--the chapter with the discussion on the hazards of cigarettes concludes with steps for smoking cessation. This is a one-source volume for women who wish to empower themselves and to improve their physical, emotional, and mental health. All libraries servicing an African American community will not be able to keep this book on the shelf. 'Lillian Lewis, Booklist
Linda Villarosa's mom is an accomplished author as well! Check out Clara Villarosa's latest book.