Beautiful and haunting black & white photographs show the history of Atlanta beneath its modern streets in Atlanta Underground.
Atlanta began as a meeting of three major railways in an obscure spot in the South. Jobs created by those railroads brought people. But the rail lines also brought Sherman to Atlanta to destroy it. After the Civil War, Atlanta was quickly rebuilt into a bustling hub of commerce that also focused on railroads to prosper.
All I know of Atlanta is in the movie Gone With the Wind. Atlanta Underground shows me that world abandoned and built over by the progress of the modern day city of Atlanta.
At once both a history and an urban archaeology, this book connects modern day Atlanta to its past by revealing still existing ruins of its railroading history. It is recommended to Atlanta residents and visitors as well as railroad enthusiasts. 4 stars!
Thanks to Globe Pequot, Rowman & Littlefield and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Posted in New Books, Non-fiction Tagged with: Dec 1 2019, history, photography
Filled with beautiful photographs of The World at Night, this book also highlights some of the world’s most beautiful places. From Stonehenge to Red Square to Mount Everest, all the photos highlight the night sky. There are pictures of star trails and eclipse paths captured with camera wizardry. It is surprising how much color a camera lens picks up in an aurora that is not seen by the naked eye.
Whether you want to marvel at the pictures or perhaps take some for yourself, The World at Night has you covered. There is an explanation of how each shot was taken. In addition, there is a chapter explaining what you need to be your own astrophotographer. Plus a compelling section on how light pollution is ruining the feeling of awe and connectedness shared by mankind with our ancestors when gazing at a star-filled sky. 4 stars!
Thanks to White Lion Publishing, Quarto Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Posted in New Books, Non-fiction Tagged with: astronomy, Nov 19 2019, photography
Dogs vs. Ice Cream is a great palate (or eyeball) cleanser after a particular harsh thriller read.
A professional photographer takes pictures of dogs eating (and sometimes glaring at) ice cream cones. Each pic lists the dog’s name, breed and age.
You can clearly see some of the dog’s personality in their shots. The surprise on a pit bull’s face with the entire ice cream ball in his mouth. Obviously, Dudley had never tried ice cream before and it’s cold! See Stella, a 9 year old pekinese/poodle mix, suspiciously smell her cone. Finally, Ruby, a shepherd/lab mix, licks her chops to get every last drop of ice cream goodness.
Dogs vs. Ice Cream is such a fun little book. It should be mandatory in dentist’s waiting rooms to cheer everyone up. 5 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Famillius, and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Posted in New Books, Non-fiction Tagged with: Aug 1 2019, dogs, photography
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 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.
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Posted in Non-fiction, Paranormal Tagged with: May 28 2018, photography, tattoos