Nonprofits will likely be compelled to further explore Lee’s glorious gathering space after experiencing this book.




Architecture, photography and poetry meet in this grandiloquent paean to a lakeside home.

Inspired by childhood memories of Northwest Lower Michigan, Lee (Backcountry Ranger, 1994, etc.) contracted architect Roger A. Hummel to design the house of her dreams on seven pristine acres on the Lake Michigan shoreline in the idyllic village of Elk Rapids. Seven years later, the magnificent 17,000-square-foot home, dubbed “Pine Hollow,” was complete. Ultimately, Lee decided to donate the beautiful, beloved structure to an organization she founded called “Pine Hollow Institute,” which hosts retreats for nonprofit organizations—particularly those with environmental concerns. This exuberant celebration of the home in all its glory combines a poem, written by Lee, with breathtaking, full-color photographs of the house and grounds. The ambitious verse, repeated in its entirety at the end of the book, is somewhat trite, beginning with Pine Hollow’s ancient history: “I still can smell crustaceous salt / and pause in reverie as images of life / remind me of ancestral versions of myself.” The verse is more vivid when describing the place itself, in concrete detail: “A white oak tree beside the creek, roots deep in soil, / then pillars up, with mirrored branches arching out / to bind the shadows of the Earth to heaven’s sun.” Fans of architecture and lovers of Better Homes and Gardens will enjoy the house’s earthy beauty. A photograph of descending stairs between stone walls is particularly memorable. The designers brought the feel of the rock-dotted shoreline indoors by using local, natural stone, along with Michigan white oak timber posts and beams designed to withstand the test of time. Several well-placed windows also allow the natural world inside. The opulent library, in which thick leather chairs sit below towering bookshelves, is similarly impressive, and a deck with an expansive view of water, clouds and trees provides an inviting outdoor space. Although not a poetic tour de force, Lee’s romantic vision shines through with panache, and her philanthropic spirit and love of Pine Hollow are undeniable.

Nonprofits will likely be compelled to further explore Lee’s glorious gathering space after experiencing this book.

Pub Date: Oct. 11, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9915022-0-2

Page Count: 117

Publisher: Leslie Lee Publisher

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



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").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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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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