A valuable source of information for coaches who can patiently navigate its circuitous prose style.



A comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of basketball coaching.

Basketball is a complex game, and its coaches need to not only have a firm grasp of basic strategies, but also need to know basic principles of training, leadership, and motivation. Debut author Frood, a former coach for Queen’s University’s varsity men’s basketball team in Kingston, Ontario, provides a synoptic look at the game’s elements—fitness and training; offense and defense; and teamwork and strategy. This instructional guide looks at how to organize practices and drills, inculcate specific skill sets, and inspire enthusiasm and camaraderie. Frood also touches upon more intangible subjects, such as team “synergy,” or collaborative chemistry—an elusive but very real concept that’s necessary for seamless teamwork. The author treats each subject in painstaking detail, often including helpful, illustrative diagrams. He naturally gravitates to more general discussions about the nature of the game and its psychological underpinnings, but his strategic counsel is always actionable and concrete, hewing to “game-specific” concerns. Also, Frood prudently understands that every team needs a plan of attack that’s designed for its particular idiosyncrasies. Along the way, he provides counsel on how to score and record a team’s progress in various areas. Overall, this teaching manual is remarkably thorough. One drawback, though, is the fact that Frood invents his own “special basketball language”—he calls it “Beeballese”—designed to allow players and their coach to communicate with greater precision. It’s less a language than a glossary of concise terms for various strategies and exercises, and is unlikely to be very useful to coaches who have their own names for such things. Also, the author’s prose is unusually convoluted for an athletic-coaching primer; it’s sometimes reminiscent of dense academic writing: “The coach’s interruption of or incursion into any learning process should be catalytic, an influence that gets things done for the better.”

A valuable source of information for coaches who can patiently navigate its circuitous prose style.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5255-0388-7

Page Count: 316

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Jan. 22, 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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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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