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25 03, 2015

Review: Emaho Tibet! by Simhananda

By | March 25th, 2015|Categories: Nonfiction, Photography, Travel|Tags: , |0 Comments


emaho tibet book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

Emaho Tibet!: Blessings from the Land of the Snows initially caught my eye because I love the Buddhist philosophy, and I have always wanted to see Tibet. More or less, it is a book of photography, with photos from different places that the author journeyed to in his travels through the Land of the Snows.

My favorite photo in the book features a landscape, showing the valley surrounded by all of the mountains. I never pictured Tibet this way, and it gave me a whole new perspective on the land. It was haunting–something out of a dream. So much more than high mountainous desert…. a land that holds memories of beauty and deep spirituality. It was very fitting for what I think the author was trying to achieve in his book.

Each turn of the page shows a

18 04, 2014

Review: A Month in India by David Mellonie

By | April 18th, 2014|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Photography, Travel|Tags: , , |2 Comments


A Month In India cover copyReviewed by Alysia George

If your wanderlust needs a kick start, you should be pleased to discover the gorgeous photographic book, A Month in India, by David Mellonie. As someone who has long desired to experience the wonder of India firsthand, this work of art has definitely had that effect upon me. Mellonie’s talents, as both the photographer and the author, work together perfectly to inspire the reader to want to have a deeper understanding of this beautiful country. As a westerner, India seems to be the epitome of exotic and mystical travel destinations, and this book reinforces that point of view.

A Month in India is a travel journal, a memoir, and a commentary of a terribly impoverished, yet incredibly stunning country. It chronicles Mellonie’s time spent there – 28 days, 28 photographs. Each

29 11, 2012

Review: ZooBorns The Next Generation by Andrew Bleiman & Chris Eastland

By | November 29th, 2012|Categories: Animals, For Kids, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Almost any woman I know is a sucker for baby animals. Whether they are pets, farm animals or zoo animals. And believe me, I am no different. So when I reviewed ZooBorns The Next Generation, you should have heard all the oohs and ahhs from the whole family! And that includes some of the guys:) I mean, who can resist a smile when looking at a picture of a newborn Cheetah cub, or an Arctic Fox? None of us could! Of course, I won’t mention the pictures only a mother could love!

This book is filled with pictures of baby animals that have been born at zoos anywhere from Tampa, FL to South Africa and Houston, TX. I felt like a took a trip across the world as I browsed the pages. ZooBorns The Next Generation features

24 08, 2012

Review: Great Works by Tom Lubbock

By | August 24th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Coffee Table Books, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: |2 Comments


Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Great Works: 50 Paintings Explored by Tom Lubbock is an illuminating collection of essays about specific pieces of art. Tom Lubbock brings creative insights into the various works of art, comparing artists, movements, history and contemporary views to develop a unique observation regarding a particular work. At times, Lubbock’s essay doesn’t even seem related to the associated painting. In his essay about Giovanni Francesco Caroto’s Portrait of a Young Boy Holding a Child’s Drawing (c.1515), Lubbock does not focus on the portrait but rather the child’s drawing held by the boy in the painting. Lubbock discusses the ideas of child’s art through history, how it is an unlearned skill from early on that every person loses as we turn “into operating and coordinated” people.

Tom Lubbock’s choice of paintings in Great Works is as interesting as his insights.

20 08, 2012

Review: Walk into Prehistory by Bill Bevan

By | August 20th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Krista Castner

What a sumptuous book Walk into Prehistory by Bill Bevan turned out to be! It’s not just another pretty coffee table book that relies more on pretty pictures than on providing in-depth information. Bill Bevan is an archeologist and photographer who has worked extensively at Stonehenge and other ancient sites in Britain. In this book he set out to help us all discover more about forty of the greatest ancient sites of Britain and Ireland. He elegantly and eloquently accomplishes his goal.

The book is beautifully photographed with Bevan’s own photos. Many of them feature the golden light found at dawn or dusk hilghlighting green wind-swept vistas containing ancient monoliths. The book tells in words and pictures, the unique stories of many of the most ancient sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Bevan states in the book’s

26 04, 2012

Review: Rossetti: Painter and Poet by J.B. Bullen

By | April 26th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Entertainment, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by F. Scott

Rossetti: Painter and Poet by J. B. Bullen is an overview of the life and works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a nineteenth-century English painter, poet, and translator. The large-book format lends itself well to all three of its main elements: Bullen’s readable prose, prints of artwork by Rossetti and others, and excerpts of poetry, mostly by Rossetti himself.

Bullen takes us through the whole of the artist’s life in the exciting time of artistic and intellectual change that was mid-Victorian England. Rossetti was the son of the ex-patriot Italian Gabriele Rossetti and Frances Polidori, half-Italian herself, of a now London-based family. Born the first son in 1828, he is also brother to Christina, a poet in her own right.

Rossetti was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), which true to its name sought inspiration from the

18 02, 2012

Review: Wildlife Photographer by Chris Gomersall

By | February 18th, 2012|Categories: Coffee Table Books, Gift Ideas, Nature, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

When I first opened Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography by Chris Gomersall, I was merely expecting a nice coffee table book with lots of pretty pictures. What I got was so much more. Gomersall has spent the better part of 30 years photographing wildlife and nature, though birds are his speciality. I must say that his experience shows through every page. Yes, he has wonderful photos to share, but he also provides plenty of good advice.

Gomersall doesn’t go into all the technical details of setting up each shot. He describes what he did and what he was looking for and covers the basics. He instructs with stories and explains that the photos should be telling stories of their own. I enjoyed reading Wildlife Photographer; Gomersall has an easy way with words. It is obvious that he

14 02, 2012

Review: Style Me Vintage: Make-Up by Katie Reynolds

By | February 14th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Wendy Fitos

Style Me Vintage: Make Up by Katie Reynolds is the second book in the Style Me Vintage series and covers makeup looks from each decade starting with the 1920’s. The book is targeted for makeup artists as well as women looking to create a look for a party, so the application techniques are very clear and concise.

Many of the looks featured in this colorful book can be easily worn today by slightly changing up the colors and refining the technique if the look needs to be professional. The Marlene Dietrich look from the 1930’s is very classic and would work great for either the office or a cocktail party. The Audrey Hepburn look from the 1960’s can be seen today in many style and fashion magazines. What is refreshing about Reynolds’ technique is that it isn’t picture perfect

10 01, 2012

Review: Close to Paradise by Robert Fisher

By | January 10th, 2012|Categories: Coffee Table Books, Gift Ideas, Nature, Nonfiction, Photography, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by F. Scott

When I win the lottery . . . I’ll take Close to Paradise, by Robert Fisher, with me to go house-hunting around the Bay of Naples. A picture book with plenty of text also, its main title is correct, but the subtitle isn’t quite accurate—it really is just as much if not more about the residences and their residents/caretakers, past and present, as about the gardens themselves.

Fisher starts us off just north of Naples on this tour of houses and gardens, which are in the “Italian language with an English accent.” The English are responsible for many of these spots from about the mid-nineteenth century on, having discovered them on grand tours. Many of the little Edens go back 2,000 years to Roman times, or, as Fisher over-repeats himself, to Homer’s Odysseus and the songs of

16 12, 2011

Review: Baffin Island by Alastair Lee

By | December 16th, 2011|Categories: Coffee Table Books, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world. The beautiful island is part of Canada and has very long winters. As the title suggests, Baffin Island: The Ascent of Mount Asgard is a photo journal of Alistair Lee’s trip to Mount Asgard on Baffin Island and his ascent to the top.

The pictures in this book are simply incredible! Mount Asgard is a something else, the sides are sheer for thousands of feet and the shape is unforgettable. Lee went with a crew with the intention of climbing this mountain. Complete insanity if you ask me, but I’m just glad he took pictures along the way.

Lee tells two stories through the book: one of the Norse gods, which were on everyone’s mind since many of the mountains are named after them, and the group was planning to