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From the Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News comes a doctor’s guide to finding resilience in the time of COVID. In March 2020, “normal” life changed, perhaps forever. In its place we were confronted with life and routines that were unusual and different: the new normal.  As we’ve all learned since then, the new normal isn’t just about wearing masks and standing six feet From the Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News comes a doctor’s guide to finding resilience in the time of COVID. In March 2020, “normal” life changed, perhaps forever. In its place we were confronted with life and routines that were unusual and different: the new normal.  As we’ve all learned since then, the new normal isn’t just about wearing masks and standing six feet apart—it’s about recognizing how to stay safe and sane in a world that is suddenly unfamiliar. And no one understands this evolving landscape better than Dr. Jennifer Ashton. As ABC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Ashton has been reporting on the novel coronavirus daily, helping Americans comprehend the urgent medical updates that have shaped the nation’s continued response to this public health crisis.   Now in The New Normal, Dr. Ashton offers the essential toolkit for life in this unfamiliar reality.  Rooted in her reporting on COVID-19 and the understanding that the virus isn’t going anywhere overnight, The New Normal is built on a simple foundation: thriving in this evolving world demands accepting the new normal for what it is, not what we want it to be. No longer is wellness a buzzword, but an imperative for surviving this unprecedented time. Using her trademark practical, easy-to-follow advice, Dr. Ashton gives you all the necessary information to reclaim control of your life and live safely—from exercise, to diet, to general health—showing how to prepare your body and mind for challenges such as:   - Taking proper medical precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones - Exercising during the pandemic, even if you no longer feel safe at the gym - Finding emotional balance through these uncertain times - Deciphering complicated medical news to learn what to trust and what to ignore   With these straightforward and accessible strategies and many more, Dr. Ashton helps empower you to make the unexpectedly hard decisions about socializing, food-shopping, seeing doctors, and most of all, finding normalcy. At once reassuring and urgent, The New Normal is a holistic roadmap through the ongoing struggles of the pandemic, providing the guidance you need to navigate this unsettling time and take charge of your future wellbeing.


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From the Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News comes a doctor’s guide to finding resilience in the time of COVID. In March 2020, “normal” life changed, perhaps forever. In its place we were confronted with life and routines that were unusual and different: the new normal.  As we’ve all learned since then, the new normal isn’t just about wearing masks and standing six feet From the Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News comes a doctor’s guide to finding resilience in the time of COVID. In March 2020, “normal” life changed, perhaps forever. In its place we were confronted with life and routines that were unusual and different: the new normal.  As we’ve all learned since then, the new normal isn’t just about wearing masks and standing six feet apart—it’s about recognizing how to stay safe and sane in a world that is suddenly unfamiliar. And no one understands this evolving landscape better than Dr. Jennifer Ashton. As ABC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Ashton has been reporting on the novel coronavirus daily, helping Americans comprehend the urgent medical updates that have shaped the nation’s continued response to this public health crisis.   Now in The New Normal, Dr. Ashton offers the essential toolkit for life in this unfamiliar reality.  Rooted in her reporting on COVID-19 and the understanding that the virus isn’t going anywhere overnight, The New Normal is built on a simple foundation: thriving in this evolving world demands accepting the new normal for what it is, not what we want it to be. No longer is wellness a buzzword, but an imperative for surviving this unprecedented time. Using her trademark practical, easy-to-follow advice, Dr. Ashton gives you all the necessary information to reclaim control of your life and live safely—from exercise, to diet, to general health—showing how to prepare your body and mind for challenges such as:   - Taking proper medical precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones - Exercising during the pandemic, even if you no longer feel safe at the gym - Finding emotional balance through these uncertain times - Deciphering complicated medical news to learn what to trust and what to ignore   With these straightforward and accessible strategies and many more, Dr. Ashton helps empower you to make the unexpectedly hard decisions about socializing, food-shopping, seeing doctors, and most of all, finding normalcy. At once reassuring and urgent, The New Normal is a holistic roadmap through the ongoing struggles of the pandemic, providing the guidance you need to navigate this unsettling time and take charge of your future wellbeing.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (William Morrow) in exchange for an honest review. This was an incredibly insightful and informative read! First off, this book is so accessible. There is no medical jargon here. Everything is broken down in easy to understand language. Dr. Ashton does a fantastic job explaining the basic science behind COVID in a way everyone can comprehend. Secondly, the book is also very practical. Dr. Ashton provides readers with advice that is realis I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (William Morrow) in exchange for an honest review. This was an incredibly insightful and informative read! First off, this book is so accessible. There is no medical jargon here. Everything is broken down in easy to understand language. Dr. Ashton does a fantastic job explaining the basic science behind COVID in a way everyone can comprehend. Secondly, the book is also very practical. Dr. Ashton provides readers with advice that is realistically attainable which I appreciated. Sometimes books like these can prompt readers to do some lofty things, so I was happy to see that this book offered more grounded advice. Throughout the book, she also shares anecdotal stories about her life during the pandemic which made the book relatable. Seeing a doctor go through similar struggles shows that this pandemic affects everyone in some way and that we all have a common struggle. Since the virus is constantly changing, parts of this book are a little outdated. That was to be expected. Because of that, there is no discussion on the vaccines. The book is generally, very well written. However, it is sometimes circular and repetitive. She will sometimes state the same ideas again, even though she just said it two pages ago. Overall, this was a great read. I recommend it if you’re looking for some practical guidance in navigating our new normal!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I had pre-ordered this book when I felt, as psychologist Adam Grant says, languishing: feeling a sense of emptiness and stagnation. I read The New Normal very slowly, depending on the subject. It’s well written and some parts remind me of Dr Ashton other book The Self-care solution. There are good tips on maintaining equilibrium during the pandemics. I’ll keep it as a reference book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    I may be a bit biased in reviewing this book, as I am a huge fan of Dr. Ashton. I feel that this book perfectly summarizes the advice she has been giving since the pandemic began. She has always stressed an importance of self-care, even prior to the pandemic. This book gives the reader advice on how to do things like workout when being afraid to go to the gym, how to go to stores when feeling afraid and so many other situations that we are ALL finding ourselves in. Dr. Ashton doesn't sugarcoat a I may be a bit biased in reviewing this book, as I am a huge fan of Dr. Ashton. I feel that this book perfectly summarizes the advice she has been giving since the pandemic began. She has always stressed an importance of self-care, even prior to the pandemic. This book gives the reader advice on how to do things like workout when being afraid to go to the gym, how to go to stores when feeling afraid and so many other situations that we are ALL finding ourselves in. Dr. Ashton doesn't sugarcoat and say that things are going to be easy or better quickly, she focuses on giving advice on what we can do NOW to protect ourselves and live our best lives . I appreciate her honest and straightforward approach to guiding us through this pandemic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Unfortunately, the author misrepresented several statistics to argue her points, which seems to be the exact opposite of “focusing on facts” like she preached. I was also disappointed that her section on critical thinking was either inaccurate (mentioning to believe it if all the networks say it’s true) or inadequate (not a single mention of logical fallacies.) She wrote much of this book about her own life, which wasn’t useful for me. There was some good advice in the book, but it would probabl Unfortunately, the author misrepresented several statistics to argue her points, which seems to be the exact opposite of “focusing on facts” like she preached. I was also disappointed that her section on critical thinking was either inaccurate (mentioning to believe it if all the networks say it’s true) or inadequate (not a single mention of logical fallacies.) She wrote much of this book about her own life, which wasn’t useful for me. There was some good advice in the book, but it would probably only fill 50 pages worth.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie Routh

    The book itself is fine, but this isn't what I was expecting. It's less than 2 months old, and already extremely outdated. Current event information isn't really able to be presented in a book, and this proves it. The book itself is fine, but this isn't what I was expecting. It's less than 2 months old, and already extremely outdated. Current event information isn't really able to be presented in a book, and this proves it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I was so thrilled to get one of the 1st copies of this to hit our library. Yes, there is a timeliness to the topic (for instance, not much about vaccines is in here as we didn't have them when it went to print). But to take a broad view of this pandemic, and listen to Dr. Ashton's measured, calm responses to so many questions that have come up, it makes me feel so much better. Dr. Ashton writes and lays out each topic this in a similar as her last book, The Self-Care Solution, which I also got a I was so thrilled to get one of the 1st copies of this to hit our library. Yes, there is a timeliness to the topic (for instance, not much about vaccines is in here as we didn't have them when it went to print). But to take a broad view of this pandemic, and listen to Dr. Ashton's measured, calm responses to so many questions that have come up, it makes me feel so much better. Dr. Ashton writes and lays out each topic this in a similar as her last book, The Self-Care Solution, which I also got a lot out of and would recommend. I think my favorite part was in the last chapter, Silver Linings, speaking of how we have all realized what resilience we possess inside us, with this quote, "Hard times create little stones of strength inside everyone who endures them." Well said. 👍

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna Schwartz

    I liked quite a few of the chapters Dr. Jennifer had in her book. She talks about about taking care of your body and what foods to eat, especially keeping track of your weight which is a big factor in contracting COVID. It reminded me to be more careful of stress eating, which I have been doing more of then I should have. Exercise is talked about, along with alternatives to going to a gym. Sleep is another big one. After that she talks about how to limit your contact (pods of people) and of cours I liked quite a few of the chapters Dr. Jennifer had in her book. She talks about about taking care of your body and what foods to eat, especially keeping track of your weight which is a big factor in contracting COVID. It reminded me to be more careful of stress eating, which I have been doing more of then I should have. Exercise is talked about, along with alternatives to going to a gym. Sleep is another big one. After that she talks about how to limit your contact (pods of people) and of course, how to think like a medical professional in order to evaluate the risk in anything you do. The one drawback to this book is that fact that it doesn't talk about the various vaccines. I had the feeling that some of the most up-to-date information about the virus could not be included and so anyone reading this book would need to be paying attention to new information coming out daily.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holly Vaughn

    A bit dated already

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leila Kern

    Excellent read. I love that Dr. Ashton wrote for the average person and did not sugarcoat the information. If information is not known, the information is not known. This book is a keeper; I like that i can refer back. Very well written.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dee Roll

    Interesting summary of her experiences during the Covid crisis

  11. 5 out of 5

    Baker St Shelves

    We’ve been in this pandemic for nearly a year now and during this time, we’ve all made sacrifices and had to change to fit our new normal. It’s not always in large ways, but even in small ways including how we interact, shop, eat, work, etc. This book did a good job of gathering all the evidence from the pandemic as well as give practical guidelines on how to be safe yet still be able to make the most of a situation with a positive mindset. A brief read, but still a good place to to go to if you w We’ve been in this pandemic for nearly a year now and during this time, we’ve all made sacrifices and had to change to fit our new normal. It’s not always in large ways, but even in small ways including how we interact, shop, eat, work, etc. This book did a good job of gathering all the evidence from the pandemic as well as give practical guidelines on how to be safe yet still be able to make the most of a situation with a positive mindset. A brief read, but still a good place to to go to if you want to read the full breakdown of the pandemic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie (readswithnatalieb)

    You’d be lying if you said COVID-19 and the pandemic didn’t take over your life for the last year. It’s been a life-altering year whether it may be for the good or the bad. I’m definitely on the “2020 sucked” train, but as Dr. Ashton mentioned in her book, she finds silver linings to the pandemic. Now, that’s not the premise of the story, but it was talked about one chapter. One thing I really liked about this book was how to tackle not only COVID-19, but your health in general. If we read this bo You’d be lying if you said COVID-19 and the pandemic didn’t take over your life for the last year. It’s been a life-altering year whether it may be for the good or the bad. I’m definitely on the “2020 sucked” train, but as Dr. Ashton mentioned in her book, she finds silver linings to the pandemic. Now, that’s not the premise of the story, but it was talked about one chapter. One thing I really liked about this book was how to tackle not only COVID-19, but your health in general. If we read this book at the beginning of the pandemic, it would have been too overwhelming. I think now was the perfect time for me to read it because while I have been physically fit and aware of how to take care of my body, I haven’t been the best towards my mental health. My anxiety has shot up since the pandemic, mostly afraid of what the world around me is doing. Sure, I know I’m being safe, but what about my close pod of friends or random folks at the grocery store? Dr. Ashton walks us through ways of how to shift your mindset that while yes, COVID-19 is absolutely scary, but risk factors of everyday things you do in life can be more dangerous than the disease itself. Dr. Ashton also acknowledges the changes throughout the last year when it comes to medical protocol. She admits the back and forth Dr. Fauci and other professionals recommended to the public and how mistrust occurred. She admits that no doctor has all the answers because everyday there is a new piece of information. Because of that, the. book already has outdated information, but I won’t hold that against her because like Dr. Ashton said, things change daily. Thank you William Morrow for this book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelley Blair

    As the title indicates this book is definitely a roadmap to resilience. The New Normal helps put in perspective what the entire country is going through currently. I found it very soothing as it walks you through how to better manage Covid fatigue. While some of her suggestions are not new they are tried and true in my opinion. Navigating through this pandemic has left many people hopeless for a variety of reasons. Jennifer’s compassion shines through in her new book. One of the elements I found As the title indicates this book is definitely a roadmap to resilience. The New Normal helps put in perspective what the entire country is going through currently. I found it very soothing as it walks you through how to better manage Covid fatigue. While some of her suggestions are not new they are tried and true in my opinion. Navigating through this pandemic has left many people hopeless for a variety of reasons. Jennifer’s compassion shines through in her new book. One of the elements I found helpful is her writing style. It is easy to read and understand without getting to technical. She has written other books and those are equally fascinating as well. We are all Covid weary and don’t want to read or be reminded of this insidious disease however she navigates the situation in a calm manner which was soothing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    A good summary of what to expect in the world's New Normal after the pandemic and hints on how to live going forward. Dr. Ashton provides good tips on food, exercise, and sleep as well as, caring for our minds and finding healthcare. She writes in an easy to understand and direct manner. I liked that Dr. Ashton also brought in her own perspective, fears, and activities so that she not only appears as the medical authority but also an average person dealing with the pandemic right along with the A good summary of what to expect in the world's New Normal after the pandemic and hints on how to live going forward. Dr. Ashton provides good tips on food, exercise, and sleep as well as, caring for our minds and finding healthcare. She writes in an easy to understand and direct manner. I liked that Dr. Ashton also brought in her own perspective, fears, and activities so that she not only appears as the medical authority but also an average person dealing with the pandemic right along with the rest of the world. She closes the book with Silver Linings so that the reader can look at the good from this pandemic and rather than wallow in fear can find gratitude.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hartlaub

    Dr. Ashton (you've probably seen her on Good Morning, America or This Week with George Stephanopoulos) has co-authored a book that delves deep into the aftermath of the coronavirus. Reviewing how we have coped with the virus, the changes in our lives and medical care and how we go forward to care for ourselves, stay as healthy as we can, she puts forth valid and medically sound ideas on how to handle our anxiety and fear about returning to "normal" life. Well documented. Well written. And rememb Dr. Ashton (you've probably seen her on Good Morning, America or This Week with George Stephanopoulos) has co-authored a book that delves deep into the aftermath of the coronavirus. Reviewing how we have coped with the virus, the changes in our lives and medical care and how we go forward to care for ourselves, stay as healthy as we can, she puts forth valid and medically sound ideas on how to handle our anxiety and fear about returning to "normal" life. Well documented. Well written. And remember, as she says, things could always be worse. We can get through this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I've been watching Dr. Jen on ABC since well before the pandemic. I find her to be a good source of facts and easy to understand. Her book is the same. It's a bit repititous and already a little out of date, since it doesn't take into account the speed of the vaccine and how that may have changed things. But practical advice, told in a clear manner that calms. Made me think of some aspects of the pandemic I had not considered... I've been watching Dr. Jen on ABC since well before the pandemic. I find her to be a good source of facts and easy to understand. Her book is the same. It's a bit repititous and already a little out of date, since it doesn't take into account the speed of the vaccine and how that may have changed things. But practical advice, told in a clear manner that calms. Made me think of some aspects of the pandemic I had not considered...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    The single most effective thing you can to do help pandemic-proof your body is to lose weight. Ninety percent of your ability to lose weight depends on the foods you eat or don't eat. Only ten percent of your weight depends on how much you exercise. Find meaning in life's little things. Drink water. Eat foods that come from a farm, not a lab. We are all responsible for our own health. This moment is all we have. Some things matter more than others. The single most effective thing you can to do help pandemic-proof your body is to lose weight. Ninety percent of your ability to lose weight depends on the foods you eat or don't eat. Only ten percent of your weight depends on how much you exercise. Find meaning in life's little things. Drink water. Eat foods that come from a farm, not a lab. We are all responsible for our own health. This moment is all we have. Some things matter more than others.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gay Loesch

    The New Normal has taken us all down a different road and Dr. Ashton has summarized how to make the changes helpful, healthier and happier for everyone. Here are some of the topics that she covers with pros and cons and some suggestions: body, mind, food, exercise, healthcare, health fears, medical news. family and friends, and dealing with public places. My favorite section was "Silver Linings" leaving us with a positive attitude for a changing future. The New Normal has taken us all down a different road and Dr. Ashton has summarized how to make the changes helpful, healthier and happier for everyone. Here are some of the topics that she covers with pros and cons and some suggestions: body, mind, food, exercise, healthcare, health fears, medical news. family and friends, and dealing with public places. My favorite section was "Silver Linings" leaving us with a positive attitude for a changing future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Axani

    3 stars. Insightful and informative. Dr. Ashton is great. Well written, and written with the reader in mind. I appreciate the fact that there's no medical jargon, and if there is, it's explained in layman's terms. I found much of of the book to include common sense points, however that doesn't take away from the many good points and references. Worth a read, but not a book I'd keep on my bookshelf. 3 stars. Insightful and informative. Dr. Ashton is great. Well written, and written with the reader in mind. I appreciate the fact that there's no medical jargon, and if there is, it's explained in layman's terms. I found much of of the book to include common sense points, however that doesn't take away from the many good points and references. Worth a read, but not a book I'd keep on my bookshelf.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    This book was released in February 2021. I understand that health information dates itself practically as it is printed, but this was so overdue that it was all really information/advice that would have been comforting and useful in March 2020. I wouldn't even recommend this book, as we've all learned first-hand about "the new normal" by now. This book was released in February 2021. I understand that health information dates itself practically as it is printed, but this was so overdue that it was all really information/advice that would have been comforting and useful in March 2020. I wouldn't even recommend this book, as we've all learned first-hand about "the new normal" by now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Avi

    I read this book in about 15 minutes. It's basically a brief overview of everything you hear and read in terms of what you could and should be doing to stay safe during this time. Worth the read if only for the reminder to live in the/cherish each moment I read this book in about 15 minutes. It's basically a brief overview of everything you hear and read in terms of what you could and should be doing to stay safe during this time. Worth the read if only for the reminder to live in the/cherish each moment

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Dr. Ashton is direct and clear: take care of you, now. The pandemic has brought about even greater health risks for those ALREADY at risk pre-COVID. If there is one thing we can ALL do now is get it together and take charge of our own health.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Nicholson

    I love Jennifer Ashton’s straightforward information, I just don’t like her message.

  24. 4 out of 5

    j kennedy

    A lot of common sense and a few new ideas to help maneuver the crazy world today.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    My wife and I see Jennifer on ABC a lot and respect her information. Good knowledge base to know about to live an informed life during and after COVID passes. We like her perspective.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Petersen

    Ok this book is not a roadmap to resilience, but it is filled with sound information.

  27. 5 out of 5

    MaryLibrarianOH

    Practical advice.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Geralt Rogen

    I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. I had never heard of Dr. Ashton. Facts over fear. Great advice.

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Madara

    A down to earth look at how we as a society will survive the Covid-19 pandemic, now and in the future after most have been vaccinated. A must read for everyone!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane Pasinski

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