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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
Having just finished Austin Kleon's previous book Steal Like an Artist, which I liked but didn't LOVE... I didn't expect anything different here. I me...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
The Monkey Wrench Gang
There are two ways to review this book.

One, as a novel. Edwards Abbey writes a blazing, funny, madcap zany story of a group of four anarchist friends,...more
Feb 27, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
I stumbled onto this at the local library and am so happy that I did.

This is a fine, intricate and gorgeous novel telling the story of George Washingt...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
An Inner Silence: The Portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson
I'm among the billions of fans of HCB's street photography - really his creation of an entirely new artistic genre. But at the core I'm more of a peop...more
May 30, 2014
May 25, 2014
Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books
I really enjoyed this one. The author is a college professor of English, specializing in modern literature. He's also a motorcycle enthusiast. The sto...more
Jun 2011
May 24, 2011
The Arrival
I've never read a graphic novel, and I'm thrilled to have read this one first.

Shaun Tan's 'The Arrival' is completely graphic, wordless. It is the sto...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Huh. Well, a few thoughts instead of a review.

The first half flew by and I really enjoyed the tales; the story was light and breezy and not a chore to...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq
Photojournalists on War is a series of interviews and photos from 39 photojournalists who covered the American war in Iraq. The interviews are unvarni...more
Aug 10, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
The Decisive Moment: Photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the great photographers of all time, and this is his signature book. Whether you've seen all of these images before,...more
Jun 12, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
What a beautiful meditation on daily practices. Contrary to the title, this isn't really a book about running. It's more a book about rhythms and disc...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
I'm one of the gazillion folks who read Blue Like Jazz years ago and loved it. I loved Searching for God Knows What even more. I've read the others as...more
Sep 19, 2014
Jun 08, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
When a highly hyped novel pulls it off, it's good. This is a collection of stories about an interconnected group of friends with a music and culture b...more
Apr 19, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America
This is an extremely well researched, thorough, and careful book. It explores the history of white settlement in the Puget Sound (Seattle, WA) area, t...more
Dec 07, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
One Light Flash: Professional-Quality Lighting on a Budget
This is a good NONTECHNICAL intro to flash photography. It's approachable and an easy read, with some good examples and image descriptions. You'll lea...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 19, 2014
The Dharma Bums
This is my second Kerouac, after On the Road many years back, and my first in audiobook form. It might be the best way to hear Kerouac's beat poetry i...more
Oct 19, 2011
Dec 10, 2010
The Fury of the Northmen: Saints, Shrines, and Sea-Raiders in the Viking Age, Ad 793-878
I need to buy a copy for my Celtic bookshelf. Extremely well researched, and a critical look at the impact of the Northmen/Vikings on the people in Br...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
This is something of a Lightroom workbook. Duchemin begins with an excellent intro to his photographic/educational theme: Vision. Everything he publis...more
Jul 21, 2014
Nov 13, 2011
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Fantastically entertaining and brilliant novel. I'm not a zombie fanboy, and I don't like horror films. But this is a sharp geopolitical action novel...more
May 14, 2012
May 09, 2012
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
3.75 stars for this one!

It's a bit too long and wordy (75 pages less would be about right). But meandering as it does through culture, toymaking, weat...more
Aug 25, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Raylan (Raylan Givens, #3)
I only know Elmore Leonard through the TV series Justified, which is extremely well written (or at least the dialogue is). I was disappointed by this...more
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats
A lovely idea, but it just didn't captivate me as I hoped it would. I had hoped to give it to a friend who is grieving but has difficulty processing t...more
Mar 12, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Before reading this book, I knew something of Dorothea Lange, but not much. This peek into her social documentary photography was powerful... And watc...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
The New Street Photographer's Manifesto
This is REALLY basic, suitable for the new photog or street photog. The example images aren't particularly strong and often are better examples of str...more
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Apr 25, 2013
Creative Ink Drawing
This would be a good resource for the artist who wants to compare ink materials - more than half of the book is a materials resource. The final sectio...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun
This is an interesting and helpful book introducing the intentional, meditative form of drawing called Zentangle. As a book, it's clear and helpful. Z...more
May 29, 2014
May 19, 2014
Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
Not as thorough on food as fuel as isBase Building for Cyclists: A New Foundation for Endurance and Performance, but very good. I read mine from the l...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Complete Guide to Life Drawing
A very well organized, detailed and structured guide to drawing the human anatomy. At this point it's way above my skill level, but this would be an e...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Better Available Light Digital Photography: How to Make the Most of Your Night and Low-Light Shots
This is a fine book for newish digital photographers, but if you've studied and shot for a couple of years, you won't learn much from this guide. It's...more
Jun 17, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Forever Young: The Rock and Roll Photography of Chuck Boyd
An unbelievably complete look at anybody who was anybody in 60s-70s music. Boyd clearly had unfettered access to music's giants and shot them well liv...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
What Matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time
Absolutely fantastic examples of photojournalism and photo essays which show the power of image and information to invite us to see the hard realities...more
Jun 12, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
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