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Nancy Burke

Agent: none
45 Diane Drive
Kingston, Rhode Island, United States

Email: burkena@aol.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nancy Burke is a freelance writer and editor based in New
England. Her publishers and clients include Berkley, Dell, Dorling Kindersley,
Health Communications, Random House Value Publishing, The Philip Lief Group,
Scribner, and Time-Life Custom Publishing. She is the former Media Editor of
BodyMindSpirit magazine, where she contributed articles and featured books,
audiocassettes, music, films, and videos about spirituality, New Age philosophy,
and alternative health. She has reviewed books and music for BodyMindSpirit, New
Age Journal, and the One Spirit Book Club. She is the author/coauthor of the
following books:

THE MODERN HERBAL PRIMER: A SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE MAGIC AND MEDICINE OF 100 HEALING
HERBS The latest entry in The Old Farmer's Almanac Home Library series, The Modern
Herbal Primer explores the history, myth, and medicine of 100 top healing
herbs—from bladderwrack, chickweed, and ginseng . . . to horehound, mugwort, and
white willow. Complete with humorous anecdotes about old-time herbal uses, together
with practical guidance for safely treating common illnesses with herbs, The Modern
Herbal Primer also offers advice for harvesting and preserving herbs, preparing
herbal teas and decoctions, and planting herbal gardens.
October 2000; Time-Life Custom Publishing; trade paperback; 160 pages; $12.95.

HERBS FOR HEALTH & HAPPINESS This richly detailed and beautifully illustrated
compendium of over 200 medicinal herbs describes the therapeutic benefits of using
herbs for a variety of conditions in two broad categories—physical health and
emotional well-being. A marriage of the latest scientific research, whimsical
folklore, and uplifting quotes and excerpts, Herbs for Health & Happiness also
features herbal recipes and inspirational advice on nutrition, exercise, and
stress. With Mo Siegel and Celestial Seasonings.
December 1999; Time-Life Custom Publishing; trade paperback; 160 pages; $14.95.

HEY BABY, WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? THE ASTROLOGICAL BABY NAME BOOK The only astrological
baby name book on the market, Hey Baby, What's Your Sign? offers in-depth
astrological profiles of children's personality traits for the twelve zodiac signs,
together with a multicultural collection of baby names appropriate to each sign.
Also includes how-to's for casting your baby's chart, complete with planetary
tables.
November 1999; Berkley Books; trade paperback; 656 pages; $14.95.

ACTIVE WELLNESS: A PERSONALIZED 10-STEP PROGRAM FOR A HEALTHY BODY, MIND, & SPIRIT
A hands-on manual that uses a multidimensional approach to total body/mind/spirit
fitness, Active Wellness is designed to be motivational and inspirational. Each
weekly step helps the reader identify and make long-term lifestyle changes in the
areas of nutrition, exercise, and stress. Individually tailored diet and exercise
charts—based on general health and physical fitness—are provided, together with
lessons in yoga, meditation, and fat-free cooking. With Gayle Reichler.
oJanuary 1999; Time-Life Custom Publishing; hardcover; 256 pages; $24.95.

HOW TO PRAY With evocative language and imagery, How to Pray defines and clarifies
a spiritual practice that many consider either old hat or too cerebral. The book
invites readers to explore various spiritual pathways—including chanting,
contemplation, meditation, and sacred reading—that can heighten the power of
prayer. Also discussed are different types of prayer, why we should pray, the
benefits of prayer, and how to begin a prayer practice. Included are over 200
prayers of gratitude, praise, adoration, benediction, healing, mourning, and
reconciliation. Consultant: Reverend Joseph Nassal.
oOctober 1998; Health Communications; trade paperback; 224 pages; $10.95.

ST. JOHN'S WORT: THE MIRACLE MEDICINE One of the most widely read books about this
popular herb, St. John's Wort describes how the herb is used to treat depression,
insomnia, obesity, PMS, viruses, and bacterial infections. The book offers
recommendations for treatment regimens, dosages, cautions, and contraindications,
and details the history of the herb's medicinal and magical uses from the Middle
Ages to its current potential as an AIDS and cancer fighter. With Dr. Alan
Pressman.
oJuly 1998; Dell Publishing; mass market paperback; 220 pages; $5.99.

TEACHERS ARE SPECIAL: A TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO EDUCATE, ENCOURAGE & INSPIRE An
elegant gift book for that special teacher or college graduate majoring in
education, Teachers Are Special features uplifting and insightful quotes and
passages on education and teaching from the famous and not-so-famous, past and
present. Also included are real-life love letters to teachers from grateful
students. Over 300,000 copies sold to date.
oJuly 1998, 2nd edition; Random House/Gramercy Books; hardcover; 64 pages; $6.99.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE'S (AAOM) COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHINESE HERBAL
MEDICINE: HOW TO TREAT ILLNESS AND MAINTAIN WELLNESS WITH CHINESE HERBS This books
details in everyday language the history and practice of the oldest and most
comprehensive form of healthcare—Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Included are
discussions of basic TCM concepts, such as chi, yin and yang, and energy
imbalances, together with descriptions of over 170 healing herbs and herbal
formulas. Also provided is information for treating an A-to-Z listing of common
ailments. With Drs. David and Ming Ming Pan Molony. A "five-star" title at
Amazon.com.
March 1998; Berkley Books; trade paperback; 292 pages; $13.00.

MEDITATIONS FOR HEALTH: THOUGHTS & QUOTATIONS ON HEALING & WELLNESS
A frequently excerpted collection of 32 inspirational, autobiographical essays on
life, healing, wellness, and spirituality. Meditations for Health combines
evocative prose with full-color art reproductions. Various essays have been
excerpted in books and magazines, and dramatized for audiocassette and television.
December 1

Interests: Freelance writing and editing of nonfiction books; specializing in spirituality, new age philosophy, religion, alternative health, and herbal medicine

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Nonfiction

  • THE MODERN HERBAL PRIMER: A SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE MAGIC AND MEDICINE OF 100 HEALING HERBS .