Artfully demystifies accounting practices; practical and truthful guidance in financial management for every small-business...




A certified public accountant offers small-business owners advice about common accounting mistakes.

In this excellent debut, the author proves that a CPA may be an entrepreneur’s best friend. Using a well-balanced combination of stories from her own practice and authoritative counsel, Hale methodically focuses on five primary areas she believes are most vexing to small-business owners: taxes, potential embezzlement, debt, profit, and major changes, such as buying or selling a company. For each area, she provides relevant anecdotes from a variety of small businesses, addresses “common misconceptions,” delivers best practices, and wraps up each chapter with useful tips. Portions of the material, such as details about business structure (corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships) and the explanation of a balance sheet, may be too basic for some, but there is plenty of solid advice for both beginners and experienced company owners. For example, the eye-opening chapter regarding embezzlement is particularly chilling. Hale cites research that indicates the crime is widespread among small companies but “often goes unnoticed” because business owners are “blinded by their relationship with the embezzler.” She helpfully identifies warning signs, describes at-risk areas for fraud, suggests steps for preventing embezzlement, and walks through “practices to fraud-proof” a business. While the first part of the guide concentrates specifically on the five accounting areas, Part II delves into effective practices, covering such essential topics as financial management, inventory, equity, and the collection of receivables. Every section of the work is delivered in a no-nonsense, straightforward manner; the text is easy to comprehend, free of financial jargon, and written in a conversational style. The blend of storytelling and exposition works well throughout the manual; at one point, Hale even illustrates the impact of business loss by recounting how her own company was robbed. This tale is oddly reassuring, because it demonstrates that even a CPA can fall prey to an unanticipated crisis. The author closes the book with six valuable recommendations, including “Have a future-looking plan” and “Become strong in forecasting.”

Artfully demystifies accounting practices; practical and truthful guidance in financial management for every small-business owner.

Pub Date: Dec. 11, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1298-3

Page Count: 376

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Jan. 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

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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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Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.


A light-speed tour of (mostly) Western poetry, from the 4,000-year-old Gilgamesh to the work of Australian poet Les Murray, who died in 2019.

In the latest entry in the publisher’s Little Histories series, Carey, an emeritus professor at Oxford whose books include What Good Are the Arts? and The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books, offers a quick definition of poetry—“relates to language as music relates to noise. It is language made special”—before diving in to poetry’s vast history. In most chapters, the author deals with only a few writers, but as the narrative progresses, he finds himself forced to deal with far more than a handful. In his chapter on 20th-century political poets, for example, he talks about 14 writers in seven pages. Carey displays a determination to inform us about who the best poets were—and what their best poems were. The word “greatest” appears continually; Chaucer was “the greatest medieval English poet,” and Langston Hughes was “the greatest male poet” of the Harlem Renaissance. For readers who need a refresher—or suggestions for the nightstand—Carey provides the best-known names and the most celebrated poems, including Paradise Lost (about which the author has written extensively), “Kubla Khan,” “Ozymandias,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, which “changed the course of English poetry.” Carey explains some poetic technique (Hopkins’ “sprung rhythm”) and pauses occasionally to provide autobiographical tidbits—e.g., John Masefield, who wrote the famous “Sea Fever,” “hated the sea.” We learn, as well, about the sexuality of some poets (Auden was bisexual), and, especially later on, Carey discusses the demons that drove some of them, Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath among them. Refreshingly, he includes many women in the volume—all the way back to Sappho—and has especially kind words for Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, who share a chapter.

Necessarily swift and adumbrative as well as inclusive, focused, and graceful.

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-23222-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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