Thursday, February 24, 2011

'Real' Books

Flower by Christopher Beane and Anthony Janson is a real knock out! Beane's spectacular and innovative macro photography took my breath away and has me eager for peony season (and a super macro lens . . . maybe someday.)

High on the Hog is a thoughtful and charming look at African-American cooking and its various influences. It's more than that, of course -- a whole social history emerges  in these pages.

The title comes from the custom of slave owners and later employers giving their servants the lesser bits of the pig - tail, ears, feet -- in return for hard labor at pig-killing time. When eventually the ex-slaves could raise their own pork, they could eat chops, and hams, and best of all, tenderloins -- located high on the hog!
Life, Money, and Illusion is a book I heard about somewhere  (NPR?) and was convinced I needed to read. I'll report on it later. But what a great cover!
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20 comments:

Martin H. said...

I agree, Vicki, greta cover on the last of the three. Life, Money, and Illusion, eh? Sounds like one of those recipes for the perfect existence. I'm probably wrong, though.

jennyfreckles said...

What lovely books. Birthday presents? Those flower photos look like Georgia O'Keefe paintings. There's something very archetypal feminine about close-ups of flowers.

joanny said...

The first book looks like a visual feast for the eyes, Yes macro lens, indeed,
so that is where living off the 'fat of the land' and 'high on the hog' came from, we say these cliches and most of the time know not its original origin, love the last book jacket and the small print :living on earth as if we want to stay" intriguing hook to open and read the book.

joanny

Alan Burnett said...

That last one looks interesting and I will keep a look-out for your review. Is it money that is the illusion or life itself? Let us know.

Star said...

Interesting looking books, Vicki. I am especially drawn to the second one.

Star said...

ps: I've just read the previous post and would like to wish you Happy Birthday for Monday! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I have also just received a Kindle. Aren't they wonderful? I am just now getting the hang of it.
Your tulips are gorgeous and must give you a lot of pleasure this week, says I as I look out of the window at the pouring rain.

Brian Miller said...

that book of macro photos looks really cool....amazing to see things from a different perspective...i do like the cover of that last one...and the symbolism in the rock tower...

Deanna said...

I'm with you on wanting a super macro lens - and peonies. All three books sound interesting.

Elora said...

The last one, Life, Money and Illusion by Mike Nickerson is well worth a read. MM and I read it out loud, together. Nickerson isn't about shouting. There is no ranting, only thoughtful, serious commentary, offering concrete ideas for preserving the planet. It is both hopeful and ominous. Really gets you thinking!
Elora

Kath said...

Always a visual feast. And now intriguing books. Thank you.

Darla said...

Wonderful book reviews! Vicki, is the flower one strictly photos? I have been seeking a new portal into contemplative writing and that one may be perfect due to the macro photography . . .

Vicki Lane said...

Darla- the flower book is mainly photos -- great big beautiful pictures, with a bit of commentary about the photographer. You can look on Amazon for a peek into the book.

Tess Kincaid said...

I'm adding "High on the Hog" to my library list right now....

Kaye Barley said...

oh my - what wonderful books!!! I'm going to go take a closer look at all three!

(just think of what you'll be able to do with a macro lens!)

Mama-Bug said...

They all sound like wonderful books to me. The flower book has me dying to look inside at all the beautiful blooms.

Merisi said...

Belated Happy Birthday! :-)

Feels so good visiting here, reading up on all I missed.
So beautiful all those books! There ARE times when one is very tempted to not only judge, but BUY a book by its cover. ;-)

Love the fiddlehead picture on top of an earlier post of yours, one of the most beautiful I ever saw. I am nuts about fiddleheads, I even collect fiddlehead spoons.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Will check out HIGH ON THE HOG and LIFE, MONEY, AND ILLUSION. Thanks -- barbara

Lyn said...

Beautiful presentation, and great info about "high on the hog"..now I know. Just got back from B&N, will have to go back!!

Brenda said...

So glad to see REAL books!! Three cheers for REAL books!! :) You know, I don't think I have ever heard the origin of the saying "high on the hog." How interesting.

Margaret said...

Stunning floral photos and all look very interesting. The second book looks intriguing. Books are the best presents. Happy Birthday.