Hess (Girl Secrets, 2010, etc.) asks, “Do you dream about Temperley but live in Target?” For readers on a tight budget, some of the author's ideas don't even come close to approaching the bargain bin. Ballerina flats from Sambag may be high quality, but as of this writing, they cost $175.00, plus another $40.00 in shipping costs. Hess does have her moments, though, with suggestions for online destinations for discounts, like price aggregator froogle.google.com. She recommends inexpensive beauty products like Palmer’s chocolate-scented body-care oil, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and generic lip balm, which work just as well as their pricier counterparts. Some of the author’s other tips may strike the budget-conscious fashionista as common sense, such as thrift or vintage shopping, rummaging through closets to see if old outfits can be resurrected and refraining from shopping altogether. The label-conscious clotheshorse will delight in her advice for finding designer clothing at reduced prices; Hess suggests TheOutnet.com. No aspect of the luxe lifestyle is ignored. If Paris is on the agenda, the author provides recommendations to keep chic travelers in swanky yet reasonably priced accommodations. The author's sophisticated pen-and-ink drawings add a splash of color to this elegantly slim and tastefully formatted volume. Readers looking for serious savings, however, will be disappointed.
A resourceful guide but not nearly as frugal as the title suggests.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
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)