A manual that delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework built to comfort readers.

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NAVIGATING CHANGE

CONSCIOUS ENDINGS, VISIONARY BEGINNINGS

A debut guide focuses on dealing with life’s biggest challenges.

In her well-designed and visually appealing book, Warren offers her readers a plan for encountering and surmounting the worst challenges of disappointment, loss, and suffering that life can throw in their paths. In clear, accessible prose, she lays out her “Navigating Change” program, a proposal she claims has already helped over a thousand people in workshops to cope with major events in their lives. This program is broken down into four phases. Phase 1, “Conscious Endings,” looks backward, advising readers to recall the important changes in their pasts and to look at the key people involved with forgiveness and understanding. Phase 2, “The Mystery,” centers on the idea of pausing in the now, taking stock, and spending time on reflection and inner analysis. Phase 3, “The Phoenix Rises,” as its name implies, is about embracing the personal spiritual rebirth that with luck has been made possible by the first two phases. And in Phase 4, “Visionary Beginnings,” “magical synchronicities, new possibilities, and surprising connections start appearing.” Warren doesn’t underestimate the obstacles that will face her “Navigating Change” adherents, but she promises that along the way they’ll encounter “helping friends, messages in bottles, keys hidden in the dark caves, and lanterns shining in the dark nights.” That combination of whimsy and optimism runs throughout the book, remaining its strongest feature. Warren liberally intersperses her more theoretical observations with personal anecdotes and the vivid life stories of some of the people who’ve benefitted from her program. She also gives her spiritual conception the widest possible ecumenical reach, studding her volume with quotes from all the major religions, Eastern mystics, great literature, and, just to be on the safe side, Oprah Winfrey. “Detachment brings objectivity about another’s predicament,” she writes, always urging her readers to strive for a clear inner vision—or, in simpler terms, to calm down. “Objectivity brings clarity and liberation.”

A manual that delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework built to comfort readers.

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9991395-0-9

Page Count: 209

Publisher: Flame Lantern Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2017

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    

 

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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