An inspiring, effective kick-starter to personal growth.


12 Steps To Success:


In this advice guide aimed at young adults, a debut author discusses how focusing on positive decisions and behavior will foster a truly fulfilling life.

Kilpatrick admits, “Perhaps the hardest part about being young is realizing how much time and hard work it takes to be successful when you want everything now.” While he acknowledges this frustration, he quickly shifts to warning about “the illusion of shortcuts tempting you to make poor decisions” and how “there are real answers available.” Kilpatrick then offers pointers via his set of 12 principles or steps by which to “focus on positive decisions and behaviour, and then dare to dream.” Each step gets its own chapter: Be a Giver, Develop Confidence by Avoiding False Self-Esteem, Realize Energy Out = Energy In, Increase Financial Wealth, Appreciate Pressure, Understand Drugs and Alcohol, etc. His discussion encompasses key individual actions, including how being a giver and balancing your ego builds healthy relationships, and larger societal issues, touching on how bullying, violence, and substance abuse damage not only the self but the world as a whole. Kilpatrick consistently emphasizes engendering the energy of good karma and concludes his guide with a way to rate your “self-karma” on a five-point scale regarding relationships, finances, and more. After all, as Kilpatrick notes, “My total karma is my responsibility.” Debut author Kilpatrick has written a cleareyed yet uplifting guide to navigating the challenges of life that will remind readers of M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled (1978). While this slim primer doesn’t provide much insight into the author’s background or his authority in deriving this set of principles, Kilpatrick’s narrative is nevertheless coherent and well-organized, containing many illuminating concepts, including how you should “feel worthy not special.”

An inspiring, effective kick-starter to personal growth.

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1460232736

Page Count: 136

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: May 28, 2015

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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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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.


New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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