An insightful, smoothly written, and useful guide for new canine owners.


What to Expect When Adopting a Dog


A book offers bits of advice for potential dog parents.

In this short guide, Rose-Solomon (JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, 2015, etc.) takes readers on a walk through the ups and downs of canine adoption. Before welcoming any furry companions, writes Rose-Solomon, a certified humane education specialist through Humane Society University, families should consider several factors, including the cost, the energy it takes to properly care for a pet, and the breed that matches a particular lifestyle. They should also contemplate whether they can safely integrate dogs into their homes. Divided into five segments, this primer begins by posing several common-sense questions for the prospective pet owner, including: “Will there be a new baby in the house any time soon?” If an individual feels ready for the responsibility of minding an animal, Rose-Solomon gently recommends adopting a rescue dog instead of using a breeder because there are so many canines in need of forever homes. She briefly discusses some places for dog adoption, including shelters, rescue organizations, and online resources like and, which contain databases with thousands of animal bios. Safety tidbits include the author’s assertion that a skateboard’s wheels in motion may sound like a threatening growl to a dog. Using the pronoun “he” to refer to all canines and briefly touching on an array of broad subjects—like housebreaking—the book offers more than 100 internet links for further investigation, which may be a negative if the links change over time. Charming black-and-white drawings of dogs and people pepper the text, and shaded boxes give additional, often illuminating snippets to ponder. For example, the author posits “Black Dog Syndrome”—or a superstitious fear of black pooches—as one reason why it’s more difficult to find homes for these canines. Rose-Solomon rounds out her brisk, upbeat handbook with an index and bibliography for further investigation. Though not a comprehensive manual, the easy-to-browse volume delivers time-tested tips that are useful steppingstones for beginning a healthy, happy relationship with a frisky family member.

An insightful, smoothly written, and useful guide for new canine owners.

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9857690-4-8

Page Count: 194

Publisher: SOP3 Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2016

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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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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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