Review: The Dogist Puppies by Elias Weiss Friedman

The moment I got my hands on this book, I was beyond ecstatic to start my journey of admiring over 800 puppies that awaited in the pages to follow, but I generously managed to rail in my excitement for a hot minute to read the introduction of nearly 5 pages. It was worth it, though, just for the one comment from the author at the end that made me crack a smile: “If you’ve read this far, I admire your restraint.” 

The Dogist Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. And with their sweet faces, soft bellies, and oversized paws, the puppies in The Dogist Puppies make this book even more irresistible than Friedman’s first one! Presented documentary-style, every portrait tells a story and explores each puppy’s distinct character and spirit. The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, and Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.

“I hope when you look at the picture in this book they make you smile, but I also hope the book gives people a better understanding of responsible dog ownership.”

Not only did reading and poring over this book strengthen my deep fascination with dogs, I also got enlightened and educated so many times on so many puppy breeds and their unique characteristics. I loved every single minute. Elias Weiss Friedman excels at making you take in all the different puppies by adding background or dividing them up into fascinating themes that I mentioned above. From pups to working guide dogs, shelter dogs, assistance dogs, the author never fails to highlight that “the beauty of dogs is in their diversity of form and function, and while beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, all dogs deserve recognition for who they are and why they’re here.”

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On that note, this book has made me the most overjoyed in awhile and just THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE. And as a result, I’m now more desperate than ever to get my hands on Elias Weiss Friedman’s The Dogist.

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

Expected publication: September 19th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: How to be Alive by Tara Booth

From  the looks of the cover of this book, I was fooled for a second thinking it would resemble my least favorite comic book… But thankfully that was not the case, since this is a collection of Tara Booth’s most recent gouache paintings. Straying from the narrative form of her first 2 publications, How To Be Alive is a series of densely patterned, colorful, one page vignettes. That is to say: It’s basically a compilation of those artists you follow on Instagram.

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From layering up in winter clothes, taking it all off one item at a time, admiring nature, and to feeling feelings that capture the full of modern female identity and so much more. I managed to complete this book – less than 50 pages – in a flash.

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The colorful and creative style that Booth took with her work really paid off in my eyes, particularly the way she put together those fun outfits for her vignettes. It was so utterly original that I came to anticipate them with each flipping page.

3/5 stars 

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Review: What’s It Like in Space? by Ariel Waldman

I’ve tried my hand at a few space books before, but they almost all exclusively went over my head the minute they introduced mathematical equations into their works. So with this collection I was hoping for a more down-to-earth (punny) and accessible read. Thankfully, I got just what I was seeking with this one-of-a-kind deal.

Everyone wonders what it’s really like in space, but very few of us have ever had the chance to experience it firsthand. This captivating illustrated collection brings together stories from dozens of international astronauts—men and women who’ve actually been there—who have returned with accounts of the sometimes weird, often funny, and awe-inspiring sensations and realities of being in space.

“Maybe someday this book will be as quaint as books describing what it’s like to fly in an airplane.”

What’s It Like in Space? approaches a broad range of stories, from trying to describe what space smells like, falling asleep midair in the floating environment, seeing auroras from orbit, spacewalks, insects, burping, and sneezing in space (which I’d never even thought about before), and the difficulties of traveling back home and readjusting your body to the norm. The addition of the peculiar and eccentric artwork accompanying each story added immensely to the atmosphere.

Plus, the quiet allure behind each astronaut’s tale – equal parts terrifying and amusing – drove me to ponder and speculate with a childlike wonder. Speaking of which, here are some of my favorite takes on space:What_s It Like in Space? 1-- bookspoils

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Overall, What’s It Like in Space? was a spectacular joy to experience through words. And now more than ever am I eager for more of the similar.

4/5 stars

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