Blue Muse contains fifty photographs of blues, jazz, folk, and gospel musicians. It also includes ten more landscapes and close-ups of musical instruments. All use a tintype process that was popular during the Civil War.
The long exposures and judicious use of light and shadow make statements about the life of those depicted. All appear to be traveling a hard-luck road, whether from poverty or poor choices. The use of the old tintype process enhances this feeling. Some subjects clearly enjoy being photographed—others not so much.
Blue Muse is recommended for both photography and traditional music fans. The photographs are intense and beautiful. 4 stars!
Thanks to University of North Carolina Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in New Books, Non-fiction Tagged with: Feb 27 2019, photography
Plus+ is a coffee table book exploring plus size fashion.
Popping with pictures of regular plus size women wearing what they enjoy, Plus+ shouldn’t be unusual. After all per the National Institute of Health, 2 out of 3 women are overweight or obese. However, I have never seen another book like it. How many large women have you seen in Vogue? Not many.
Plus+ is the perfect gift for curvy girls looking for new wardrobe ideas. There are a multitude of styles shown. I do wish there were longer bios of the models. 4 stars!
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Non-fiction Tagged with: Feb 15 2018, photography
With brief descriptions of their lifestyles, Rock Stars at Home offers an inside look at lives that can only be dreamed of by regular folks.
Starting with Frank Sinatra’s famous Palm Springs home all the way to Noel Gallagher from Oasis, this book has a chapter for fans of all ages. It also goes outside the rock genre with Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson. Some of the stories are familiar like Neverland Ranch—others not like Blondie’s start in the 1970s Bowery slum. There are separate features on the rock lifestyle like chartered jets and rock hotels.
Overall, Rock Stars at Home is a good choice for rock (especially in the 70s and 80s) fans. I would have enjoyed more pictures. 3 stars.
Thanks to Apollo Publishers and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: Jan 15 2019, music, photography
Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising is a short book filled with luscious cat photos and poems written by extremely upset cats.
Cats have a four stage plan for their uprising: recognize, resist, revolt and rebuild. Each stage has a chapter filled with at least ten poems and an equal amount of cat photos. Most of the photos relate directly to their neighboring poem. The photos are, of course, cute. The poems have the snarky feeling that I get off my cats right after I have fed them.
Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising is the perfect gift for the cat person in your life. If you want to scare a first-time cat owner, this would also be a good pick. I think this book is only funny to those who are allowed to live in their house by their furry and purry master. 4 stars!
Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
Posted in Humor Tagged with: cats, Oct 16 2018, photography, poetry
Intriguing photographs showcase Justice Howard’s Voodoo traditions.
A beginner’s guide to voodoo that includes the reason behind many of the rituals. It also compares and contrasts voodoo to other religions and myths. Be aware that the photos contain full frontal female nudity, preserved human hand and real human bones as props.
This book will do well in New Orleans gift shops. It is not a deep dive into voodoo but rather a get-your-feet-wet level of knowledge. Within the text, the author’s personal experience with self-portrait was thought-provoking. However, the pictures are definitely the star. The tattoos are beautiful. There is one picture of a female wearing a bone headdress caressing a live snake. On her elbow, you could see a nice tattoo portrait of a Chihuahua. Perhaps a childhood pet? It was an interesting juxtaposition. I was also surprised to see F/X’s Face-off judge Glenn Hedrick as one of the models. 3 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., and NetGalley for a copy.
Check it out!
Posted in Non-fiction, Paranormal Tagged with: May 28 2018, photography, tattoos