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James A. Levine is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. In collaboration with the United Nations, James has focused his work on the plight of women and children in low-income countries. For his scientific work, Dr. Levine has regularly appeared on CNN, BBC, CBC and the Discovery Channel, and has been repeatedly featured in the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, TIME, WALL STREET JOURNAL, US NEWS, THE TIMES and many other major US and international papers.
That the average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting is no surprise to anyone who works in an office environment. But few realize the health consequences they are suffering as a result of modernity's increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or the effects it has had on society at large. In Get Up!, health expert James A. Levine's original scientific research shows that today's chair-based world, where we no longer use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negative consequences on our health, and is a leading cause of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Over the decades, humans have moved from a primarily active lifestyle to one that is largely sedentary, and this change has reshaped every facet of our lives - from social interaction to classroom design. Levine shows how to throw off the shackles of inertia and reverse these negative trends through simple changes in our daily lives.
This fictionalised diary of a child aged 9 sold by her parents into prostitution in Mumbai is incredibly moving, heartrending and harrowing and yet it will also have you completely hooked and engrossed by the power of the words. Powerfully told through the voice of Batuk herself you live with her the daily humilation at the hands of men but you also hear how writing is her salvation. As you read you wish she could get away to her home in the country but you know in the end that just doesn’t happen and so of course there is no happy ending but instead an abiding memory that perhaps if we all read this book then perhaps we could stop this from happening, not just in Mumbai but in many places around the world.
In 2010, Dr. James A. Levine was commissioned by Doctors Without Borders to travel anywhere in the world where they have a station and write about the experience - in an effort to give a voice to people who would otherwise have none. The novella was published, along with nine other major international authors, in Italian, in the anthology, Dignita, for Doctors Without Borders' 50th Anniversary.Dr. Levine traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he visited AIDS clinics and witnessed the remarkable medical care that's being provided. He almost wrote about that. Until he spent time with some of the people living in HIV-positive communities. There, he met Paulit, an extraordinary woman living with AIDS, who refused to be victimized, a woman whose capacity for love will be an inspiration to all.Now, for the first time in English - this is her true story.
Dear [Listener],Every now and then, we come across a novel that moves us like no other, that seems like a miracle of the imagination, and that haunts us long after the book is closed. James Levines The Blue Notebook is that kind of book. It is the story of Batuk, an Indian girl who is taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up beautiful and fantastic tales.How did Levine, a British-born doctor at the Mayo Clinic, manage to conjure the voice of a fifteen-year-old female Indian prostitute? It all began, he told me, when, as part of his medical research, he was interviewing homeless children on a street in Mumbai known as the Street of Cages, where child prostitutes work. The powerful image of a young prostitute engaged in the act of writing haunted him, and he himself began to write.The Blue Notebook brings us into the life of a young woman for whom stories are not just entertainment but a means of survival. Dr. Levine is donating all his U.S. proceeds from this book to help exploited children. Batuks story can make a difference.Sincerely,Celina SpiegelPublisherFrom the Compact Disc edition.