Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Red-Blooded American Male: Photographs by Robert Trachtenberg is a modern book of photography featuring photoshoots of actors, musicians and other well known media figures. It is difficult to categorize this eccentric book into a specific genre. While it features known faces and figures from popular culture and modern media- the selection of subjects as well as the themed photoshoots seem to be aligned with a smaller niche of readers. Possibly the term "Red- Blooded American Male" is a euphemism that may be appreciated by some readers. The varied mix of eclectic fashion ranging from complete nudity, to partial nudity to extravagant costumes and women's wear add an unexpected element. This book challenges gender roles and stereotypes as well as the traditional perceptions of well known celebrities by creating a mix- up like none other. Ironically, in the preface, the author addresses the question as to who would actually "pay good money" to buy this book. Ironically, I feel the shock value of this book is what will drive readers to invest in this book. This book of photography may be considered art by some readers and to others- part of a social movement to reject traditional roles and values. In the end, the best way to describe this work is a book of alternative art and photography. At least for those traditional readers- if you pull off the full color jacket featuring a reclining male in fishnets dressed in grey in a room with color coordinated decor- you will find the glossy black binding, and contemporary yet minimalist cover to fit very well with the books on your book shelf. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Amphoto Book for the purpose of writing this review.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
NIV, Journal the Word Bible
There is a new trend of bible journals and bibles with journal space on the market these days. Creativity is a new way to express faith while also building one's knowledge of the word of God. This bible can easily become a treasured keepsake, passed down generation to generation, once it is personalized.
Generous sized margins feature ample space for writing notes, or even for creating your own doodles. There is no limitation to this bible as it allows flexibility for anything. To get some ideas of how to decorate or personalize a journaling bible there are many videos on the internet. This bible will appeal to a wide audience including scrap bookkers, artists, journalists and writers.
One feature is its smaller size text and size in general. Depending on who you are, this may or may not be a positive feature. This bible is portable and light- and easy to read while holding in one hand. Unlike heavier, bulky bibles, this bible is easy to read sitting up in a chair, or with one hand right before bed. With its portable size, comes a smaller font. The text size is slightly smaller than the standard font size of Zondervan bibles. The font is still readable, just not as much as the standard font. Once again this is to allow extra wide lined margins on just about each page to allow for personal journal entries and notes. This is not a devotional or study bible. There are no extra articles or devotions which is a good thing as nothing stands between the reader and God's word.
Now that I have this bible, the hardest thing is to figure out what to do with it since there are so many possibilities. I can not decide if I should take notes, draw doodles, highlight passages or add stickers- or maybe all these things. As beautiful as this bible is, I may just want to leave it as it is and not add anything. So, I'm probably going to take a few days reading this bible until I decide if or how to personalize it. Maybe I will watch a few more videos for inspiration. As a blogger I received a copy of this bible published by Zondervan.
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernusse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernusse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss is a new cookbook dedicated to baking and desserts. This authentic cookbook features actual German recipes: Friesentorte (Plum Cream Torte), Butterkuchen (Butter Almond Cake), Schwarz- Weiss Geback (Checkerboard cookies) and many more. The book features sections for cookies, cakes, yeasted cakes, Tortes, breads and even Christmas. The last section is on the very basics- Quark (Sour Fresh Cheese), Streusel and more foundation recipes. This comprehensive volume in perfect for every level of baking- from the beginner to the advanced chef. This beautiful hard cover volume features thick sturdy pages, and detailed quality photographs. Background information and commentary is provided for all the recipes as well. I am giving this cookbook to my teenager who is in her third year of German language class- as she also enjoys baking as well. This cookbook will transport the reader directly to Germany! As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Ten Speed Press for the purpose of writing this review.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Lords Prayer illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson is a new hardcover picture book featuring the traditional King James Bible version of the Lord's prayer with commentary by Rick Warren. Warren's prose is the perfect compliment to go side by side, the beautiful art of Watson. This combinations brings to life, the ever popular Lords's prayer from the bible. This board book will stand up to years of use by small toddlers. The bold colors and illustrations will hold the attention of young readers even if they can not fully grasp the message of the Lords prayer. This is a book that children and even adults will enjoy. As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this book published by Zonderkidz for the purpose of writing this review.