A frank and richly detailed manual that advises readers to have the courage to inject more compassion and positivity into...




A debut business-coaching guide focuses on kind, affirmative messages that too often go unspoken.

After a lifetime of working in the business world, both leading his own and others’ companies, Hutsell in his book concentrates on elements that are too often missing from similar self-help and motivation manuals: positive commentary and uplifting encounters. In both the personal and professional spheres, the author notes, it’s often far easier to concentrate on ambition or criticism than to have the bravery necessary to say nice things directly to people—rather than indirectly and too late. (The standard example is offering words at a eulogy that would have been far better said face to face.) Whether one is dealing with marriage partners, parents, co-workers, bosses, or teachers, the guide provides hypotheticals and specific breakdowns of how these interactions can harden in their usage and crowd out what the author refers to as “Fundamental Questions”: “How am I doing with you?” and “What does that mean for me?” Hutsell’s main point is that the caring, more empathetic interactions too many people neglect are the lifeblood of improved relationships—and the source of inevitable regrets, reflected in a pertinent quote from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” In an appealingly personal strand running through the volume, Hutsell uses stories of his own regrets in his past relationships to illuminate the many ways people fail to appreciate the power of words in family and professional interactions. “We all remember our best boss,” he writes at one point. “But how many of us have ever told them?” Through tales and examples, the guide outlines tactics for seizing this type of missed opportunity and actually telling people they’re valued. The open, confessional tone maintained throughout should make the book’s unconventional message widely inviting.

A frank and richly detailed manual that advises readers to have the courage to inject more compassion and positivity into daily conversations.

Pub Date: July 25, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-63183-310-6

Page Count: 173

Publisher: BookLogix

Review Posted Online: Sept. 13, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 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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