First, I love the cover. It's artsy in that vintage coloring way I dig so much.
The book starts with to the point bartender hints and tricks. Some I kn First, I love the cover. It's artsy in that vintage coloring way I dig so much.
The book starts with to the point bartender hints and tricks. Some I knew, some I didn't. You'd think so much of this is common sense, but you would be surprised. As example of a tip I didn't know, "As a general rule, shaved ice should be used when spirits form the principal ingredient of the drink, and no water employed. When eggs, milk, wine, vermouth, seltzer or other mineral waters are used in preparing a drink, it is better to use small lumps of ice, and these should always be removed from the glass before serving the customer." .... Since I don't have shaved ice at home, it's doubtful I'll follow this, but good to know. Unless, of course, PARTY!! There are 27 tips total.
There are so many bartending recipes in this book, it's doubtful you'll need any other guide. Plenty of cocktails and mixes - tons I haven't heard of - and each recipe includes a note of what size glass is best used.
There aren't color pictures, but there are some drawings when it's needed, which fits into the vintage colored packaging.
136 pages of just recipes and some tips, I rate this highly. It's to the point, easy to follow, and stylish in its way.
I nabbed this one from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a cute journal for the Grumpy cat fan in your life that's artistic. Could be a child, could be an adult, it works either way. Grumpiness appliThis is a cute journal for the Grumpy cat fan in your life that's artistic. Could be a child, could be an adult, it works either way. Grumpiness applies to us all.
It's more of a joke gag for things like: List The Five Grossest Foods, Draw the Ugliest Sweater, BEDHEAD is the worst: Draw What I look like in the morning, Thanks for the terrible birthday present: Here's what's inside.
It's a cute journal that prompts drawing and lists for the creative child/adult and is a good way to kill time.
Plus = Grumpy cat automatically earns brownie points just because its Grumpy cat.
I'm bumping to five stars for the type of journal, one for the creativity, one for grumpy cat, but three because there's so much of it - 60 pages of prompts.
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I've always been interested in child stars who grow up and out of Hollywood, usually because they have issues finding further work when they get olderI've always been interested in child stars who grow up and out of Hollywood, usually because they have issues finding further work when they get older. I've met Alex Vincent, the little boy Andy from Child's Play, several times over the years at a Florida convention. He has the same issue - he was not able to find work when he grew out of the cute phase, and ultimately moved on to other pursuits. Most of us have seen articles online titled, "Where are they now?"
Mara Wilson's memoir tells compelling stories, but the real reason for the five star rating is the poignant, raw honesty.
She spends a great deal of time talking about not wanting to be seen as merely cute but as a person playing a real role, not just a car·i·ca·ture ala Shirley Temple. She speaks of being offered roles too young for her when she hit preteen because that was how Hollywood showed her typecast, not feeling that she had that special older beauty to land teenager roles, and of course the dilemma of playing roles for children when you're growing breasts and starting to change over from that awkward middle school stage. This created some self esteem problems throughout life.
Beyond this, she discusses general real life issues that all children and people face, but throwing in the sideline of being a childhood star in Hollywood. Dating jerky guys breaking up with you in creative ways, her mother's death, her sister's bond, and her OCD. A huge portion of this book is about her OCD because it shaped her life so fully. I know what being obsessive compulsive means, but after this memoir I take to heart how deep the struggles are when it's severe.
The memoir was fascinating and touching. There's some stories of the movies of course, especially a chapter devoted to Matilda. Danny Devito and his wife come across truly sweet in this story. Her comments on Miracle on 34th St. and disappointments on how directors viewed children was eye-opening. One of the final chapters discusses Mrs. Doubtfire and Robin Williams, a chapter devoted to the joy of the man and all the hearts he touched. I realized when reading about him that I have now read three celebrity autobiographies that praise the actor: Christopher Reeve's "Still Me", where he was roommates with Robin in college and they stayed close friends; Fran Drescher's short story about him being apologetic over his excessive sweating during a lovemaking scene; and now this book, where the author said in life he was shy and had trouble meeting peoples eyes when he talked to them.
Besides being informative, these stories dish out nuggets of wisdom - mean girls who try to tear others down, dealing with a mother's death, behind the scenes Hollywood drama, awkward dates, trying to find yourself in therapy, and ultimately learning how to grow through severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Mara Wilson's writing style is colorful and easy - I read this one quickly. It was hard to put down and, even when dealing with the heavy stuff, a joy to read. Probably the most honest memoir I've had the pleasure of reading.
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This was rated based for children as an educational tool.
A book that cleverly fits in many details about the American West. The author uses the techniThis was rated based for children as an educational tool.
A book that cleverly fits in many details about the American West. The author uses the technique of having the reader be the character immersed in the story, making it seem more natural to them and understandable. From details of the voyage and the reasons for travel, what's brought in the wagon, to the clothing worn, it goes into accurate historical detail to teach kids about this era.
It helps the pictures are colorful and well illustrated. The poor mother always looks so tired, but I suppose that's realistic.
Even though aimed towards children, there was plenty I didn't know. Clever of the sister to hang a bucket on the cow to churn to butter during the trip - but I'm thinking this may not actually work? I guess if for a long enough time.
And yes, I would have wanted my sister to have the job of gathering the buffalo chips for the fire too instead of me....more
A good, all around basic book for soapmaking. It breaks down the mysteries of different butters and oils, liquids, common sense, and debunks the warniA good, all around basic book for soapmaking. It breaks down the mysteries of different butters and oils, liquids, common sense, and debunks the warnings. The book is almost all text with a few black and white drawings to head chapters.
There's a decent number of recipes, starting out with appreciated ones with ingredients available from the grocery store, assuming you have lye available. The author is honest about some being less moisturizing than other recipes, and honest about the softness and fragility of a few. On the negative side, the recipes are made just for beginners, not including any additives or extras that make soapmaking so fun.
The basics of molds are discussed with a few drawings, but without pictures it lacks some punch. Basic text for fragrances and coloring, but not much indepth about it.
It is what it claims to be - a very basic, simple guide to making soap. I recommend a more complete book if you're interested in this hobby, one that discusses the basics and gets further in-depth. Pictures definitely help. On the other hand, if you're craving basic instructions for a simple project and don't wish to get into it as a hobby, this book will do well.
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A cute, humorous graphic novel - seriously, laser eyes on a moose? Moose are cute by themselves, but throw in some laser eyes, a rabbit buddy who rideA cute, humorous graphic novel - seriously, laser eyes on a moose? Moose are cute by themselves, but throw in some laser eyes, a rabbit buddy who rides the world on his antlers, aliens, evil forest animals, a waste factory that mutates bears - and chuckles are pretty much guaranteed.
Broken into four short stories, the endings are usually wink-wink, nudge-nudge sendoffs. The drawings aren't terribly complex or layered, but the bright colors and simplified design fit into the absurdity of the stories. The pairing is adorable - a vigilant moose always on the lookout for danger, convinced the world is an awful place at every corner, including rumbling bushes (poor Frank!), with a happy-go-lucky white rabbit whose cup is always full of optimistic sunshine.
The jokes are more on the childlike side but they're perfect for adults. Any age would get a chuckle out of the amusing, endearing pair. Kids would especially like the stories for being short and easy to follow. The ironic, B-movie type pairing will suit the adults.
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