A sensible, comprehensive, and lucid instruction manual.




An introductory guide to informally mentoring fellow gun owners, with an emphasis on safety protocols.

Former naval officer and certified law enforcement firearms instructor Salomon (Building Shooters, 2016) notes that the culture of gun safety has atrophied, and in this book, he contends that the restoration of that culture requires more than just competent professional instructors—it needs committed mentors who can flexibly guide a student’s habits and overall approach to firearm use. To that end, he expertly furnishes a wealth of lessons—not only about the nature of gun safety, but also about how to properly instill its value in others. Despite the brevity of this book, it seems exhaustive, as it covers everything from how to properly grip a firearm to how to dismantle one. Salomon also generally discusses the basic science of learning and the manner in which short-term memories may be transformed into long-term habits. He concludes with a sample curriculum for mentoring a novice student—12 lessons in all. The author’s knowledge of his subject is beyond reproach, and the prose is unerringly clear. His focus is on the mission of the mentor—specifically, the proper approach to customizing instruction for each student: “Mentoring (and teaching) is not about what you know; it’s about what other people know or (usually) don’t know. Mentoring is about giving other people information they need in a way that works for them—not you.” Salomon also includes lots of illustrative, black-and-white photographs that clarify his points. The book is admittedly written for a very specific audience, but parts of it may be of interest even to readers who are opposed to gun ownership, as it often discusses its societal merits without a hint of ideological intemperance.

A sensible, comprehensive, and lucid instruction manual.

Pub Date: Oct. 11, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-692-89056-1

Page Count: 262

Publisher: Innovative Services and Solutions

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2018

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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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