Review: The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc

This collection seemed like the perfect blend between Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York. So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I’m glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.

Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc’s colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today.

I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the women featured in here. They bring dignity, strength, and inner beauty that shines from page to page. From each of them I learned or was reminded of something new, whether that be tolerance, kindness, resilience, natural and authentic beauty, serenity, strength, and generosity. Plus, the vibrant and colorful photographs really brought something new to the table.

However, as captivating as the images were, I feel like the words that accompanied them, save for a few, failed to move me. In comparison to the collections I mentioned at the start of my review, it was difficult to ignore how bland the text is. I wanted to see what lies beneath the surface, to feel like we’re getting to know the person in front of us… But again, save for a few, I rarely encountered it in this collection. Also: I’m low-key sad that the utterly powerful cover picture wasn’t included in here.

On a brighter note, I’d love to share the photographs of the enthralling women that captivated me:

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Pokhara, Nepal:The Atlas of Beauty 3-- bookspoils

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:The Atlas of Beauty 5-- bookspoils

 

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New York, USA:The Atlas of Beauty 8-- bookspoils

Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan:The Atlas of Beauty 9-- bookspoils

Tehran, Iran:The Atlas of Beauty 10-- bookspoils

Nampan, Myanmar:The Atlas of Beauty 11-- bookspoils

 

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Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador:The Atlas of Beauty 14-- bookspoils

 

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I was truly surprised to see Eden Saban in the above, since she’s quite well-known in Israel, thanks to being on the last season of Big Brother. So now I’m quite eager to find out if the author randomly stumbled upon her and asked for a picture, or if they set this up….

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On that bitter-sweet note, the sharp women and girls featured in The Atlas of Beauty have made a new fan out of me. I’m definitely interested in keeping up with Mihaela Noroc’s photography works next in the making.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: September 26th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: Libby’s Dad by Eleanor Davis

I’ve been eager to read more works from Eleanor Davis ever since I finished (and completely loved) her collection, How To Be Happy. So I went into this short graphic novel expecting the same stunning artwork as with the previous – especially with that gorgeous cover on the front – but was quite quickly proven wrong.Libby's Dad-- bookspoils

Libby’s Dad is lushly colored story of youth and rumor, by New York Times bestselling creator Eleanor Davis. And I was for the most part feeling underwhelmed, to say the least. It’s a rather quick read but with little to no impact, unfortunately.

I also went into this expecting the discussion of what is truth and what is lie to be explored, but closed the book without being really given a concrete answer. So I think it’s probably for the best if I don’t try to overthink or read too much into the story.

And as I mentioned previously, I was anticipating the art style to look differently according to that vibrant cover, but it didn’t quite match my expectations:

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All in all: while Libby’s Dad didn’t really live up to my expectations, I’m still eager to pick up any future works by the talented Eleanor Davis.

2.5/5 stars

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Review: The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures by Irene Smit, Astrid van der Hulst

A great read to start the week “filled with whimsical, colorful illustrations, plus cheerful random prompts, thoughts, and facts, The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures is a pocket-size gift of joy
Created by the editors of Flow magazine, it encapsulates the qualities that make their work so distinctive—the sensibility of slowing down and appreciating the simple moments of life, the emphasis on everyday creativity, and the joys of imperfection.

This book ended up reminding me a lot of 14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer, which is a  book I’ve been wanting to read for awhile now. But turns out this tiny read was a lot more accessible and pleasant because it had these incredibly vibrant and lively colors guaranteed to brighten up your day even just a tiny bit. Plus, certain pieces are accompanied by insightful commentary and tips that really add depth to the ongoing arc.

On that note, here are some of my favorite mentions from The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures:

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures 3-- bookspoilsThe above is such an accurate feeling.

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures 7-- bookspoilsthinks about Skam.

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures 13-- bookspoils#Me right now.

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures 15-- bookspoilsI think the above might just be my favorite piece. I mean, look at those colors!!!

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures 20-- bookspoilsThis last one brought to mind Ring Road, Iceland & The Atlantic Road, Norway, which the book mentioned earlier on. And thanks to said mention, I discovered this beauty of a place in Norway:

All in all: I’m truly grateful for this read because it made me discover an abundance of new places and insights thanks to the author’s many welcome recommendations.

But damn did The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures end quickly. Since I wasn’t really paying attention to the page number and just enjoying flipping from page to page, I was stunned to have suddenly reached the acknowledgments… That’s when you know it was a good read.

4/5 stars

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