"This colorful manual combines the history of an exotic cultural tradition with the biography of a remarkable man who has devoted his life to its practice and preservation...Modern ailao performers owe a debt of gratitude to Galea‘i, who not only handcrafts special nifo’oti for the ceremonial art, but has proved himself a cultural ambassador."
"Few music books capture the cultural and historical context along with the sound of the music itself as well as this book. Price’s encyclopedic scope will have you seeking out the music of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and other Bakersfield stars. Put them on while you enjoy the book, and you’ll be transported to a time of pure American music."
"Sajaja taps into the latest trend for hobbyists with her winning coloring book. Her coloring book has art on only one side of the pages, which keeps the colors from bleeding through and makes them easier for framing. these are beautiful designs that seem to bloom right on the page, even without colors."
"The instructional material in this book is often baffling, and a professional teacher is indeed likely to be a needed supplement. Ultimately, readers will struggle to make sense of this offering, which, while clearly well intended, falls short of its goal of being a useful tool for aspiring musicians."
"Pitts aims to provide a means of exploring the Bible and of receiving Holy Spirit-given revelations similar to those she has experienced... Christians looking for something unusual to stimulate their devotional time might enjoy this second offering of Holy Spirit Mystifying Scriptures."
"A half musical play and half poetry, with one short personal essay between the two sections. The dialogue is lively and full of emotion, and while typos are distracting, the story is adventurous and compelling. Readers will find a mix of approaches in this material, which will appeal to those who appreciates variety."
"...the Greathouses are producing a charming body of minor work in music and dance. This second collection of their work offers a good starting point for the dance beginner who wishes to take his or her skills to the next level."
“In his Preface, Albaba states that he will present “four themes—love, family, storytelling, and personal experiences.” The overarching topic in almost every poem is the author’s Islamic faith…The overall mode of this book is didactic, and the language is mostly ordinary and prose-like.
… a quirky yet refreshing romp that plays out in continually changing points of view … Jacaranda is a well-developed, intriguing and delightful first novel written in a unique voice.
"This first of two volumes of Dancing For Fun features descriptions of 12 dances, each of which requires no more than a couple of minutes to perform... Overall, it provides an accessible introduction to the art of dance that should particularly appeal to beginners."
"A postmodernist attempt at deconstructing the distinction between architecture and building, Pulse, Code, Modulation makes for challenging reading...It succeeds in engaging with (albeit without always coherently articulating) some very big ideas. At its best, though, it reads like a promising student’s unfinished dissertation."
"This book is generally well organized and includes a helpful Table of Contents and Glossary. Its narrow scope will limit its usefulness for architects, but those new to the topic may find it a helpful launching point for learning about shading solutions."
"Hampton offers a series of reflections and retellings of classic Biblical stories that take us from the Garden of Eden to the teachings of Jesus, all in an effort to examine certain decisions and their consequences...It needs professional editing before it can be appreciated by general readers.. a difficult reading experience overall."
"Author Cartsand Chau revisits her youth in Vietnam and subsequent life in the U.S. in her debut memoir Reborn. Better organization of her narrative would help provide cohesiveness. Reborn functions as a personal catharsis for Chiu; for readers, it offers a stark glimpse into a troubled life,with little relief from its disheartening distresses."
"In this collection of memories, the author chronicles the lives of more than 50 former residents of North Carolina’s Thompson Orphanage while attempting to make the case that orphanages were a better way of helping children in need than the current foster care system."
"In this book, the setting is spotlighted far more acutely than the story itself. While the fairies are described in exacting detail, the plot remains cloudy throughout… The book’s penchant for abrupt transitions is highlighted by a heavy use of section titles. The language, themes, and descriptive text are too mature for young readers…"
"Dye’s book is a sweeping synthesis of human evolution from some 36,000 years ago to the present. He draws upon climatology, geology, genetics, physical anthropology, and archaeology… Though based on outdated sources, Dye’s basic premise is still intriguing."
"...As might be evident from the inclusion of so many disparate elements, the collection ultimately rambles more than it coheres, and the scope of subjects is too thematically unfocused to sustain the reader’s attention."
"The monograph is graced with some lovely drawings by Yani Steyn and Jo Spoelstra, and the author adds to the book’s charm by writing little ditties for some of the sparrows’ songs. The author also embeds subtle humor, based on cultural mores and wordplay, within the narrative."
Everything was just as Clare had dreamt it would be, until an accident sends her spiraling down into a dark abyss. Counterpointe is an emotional roller-coaster.