Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Nook: Books for Dads (or Anyone) from Mango Media

I recently had the chance to review several books from Mango Media. While I didn't review all of the books on the list below, there are many that will make great gifts for people in your life, either for Father's Day or summer birthdays or graduation!

Eating Across America: A Foodie's Guide to Food Trucks, Street Food and the Best Dish in Each State by Daymon Patterson, $24.95
Daymon Patterson is better known as Daym Drops, an American food critic, YouTube celebrity, and television presenter. He travels abroad, sampling dishes and many QSR locations, all to give them a Super Official Food Review from the front seat of his truck. And now, Daym Drops offers Eating Across America for all traveling foodies. Eating Across America is a taste bud party of the country’s best food trucks, street foods, and cheap eats. View the book on Amazon!

Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans, $17.95
Since its invention 6,000 years ago, beer has come a long way. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, we define and detail the finest artisan crafts, including ales, lagers, porters, stouts, and IPA beers. Plus, with the lowdown on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware, Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and get the best from every sip. View this book on Amazon!

Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked: Explaining the What If in Science, Geography and the Absurd by Joseph Pisenti, $19.95
When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Strange questions bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka RealLifeLore. In his channel, Pisenti presents illogical truths in a logical manner. In his debut book, Pisenti builds on this nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analysis of empires, economies, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. View the book on Amazon!
I had a chance to review this book. Some of the questions - like the number of countries in the world - I had wondered about before, while others (what's the farthest away you can be from an ocean?) I had never considered. The book is well-researched, easy to read, and lighthearted, appropriate for anyone who's curious or loves trivia!

The Booklovers' Guide to Wine: A Celebration of the History, the Mysteries and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine by Patrick Alexander, $19.95

The twin pleasures of wine and writing have been Patrick Alexander's passion for sixty-five years. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklovers' Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. This book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both and describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. View this book on Amazon!

Eating Well to Win: Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking by Richard Ingraham

Chef Richard Ingraham has been personal chef for NBA star Dwyane Wade for more than a decade and is the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet to achieve peak performance, whether that be at the gym or the office. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs; this is about feeding your spirit as well. View this book on Amazon!

Notoriously Dapper: How to be A Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence by Kelvin Davis, $19.95

Kelvin Davis, founder of body-positive menswear blog Notoriously Dapper, has brought us a book full of expertise and experience for men everywhere. From wedding etiquette to all-around decency and dignity, this book is a treasury of information. Davis covers all the bases, including dating how-tos (hint, pulling up and waiting for them in your car is wrong), social skills, and etiquette for all occasions. He even counsels on improving your character. View this book on Amazon!

Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japanese Animation by Chris Stuckmann, $27.99

Anime holds a special place in the hearts of countless fans around the globe. Anime Impact by YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann explores the impression the medium has left on various fans with detailed discussions on television shows and movies from the 1960s all the way to the present. Learn how anime has impacted culture from authors, artists, critics, anime enthusiasts, and super fans such as John Rodriguez, Alicia Malone, Emma Fyffe, and many more. While many books on anime simply offer a list of “essential titles” and recommendations, Anime Impact goes deeper by showcasing the many voices of anime’s biggest fans. View this book on Amazon!

Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Amazing Photos from the Masters by Marc Silber, $19.95

Take your photography to new levels with Advancing Your Photography, an easy to understand and use handbook that is packed with tips from some of the world's best photographers. Find out how you can apply their secrets for capturing outstanding photos. With Advancing Your Photography, you will understand all steps needed to advance your photography and capture amazing photos. Author Marc Silber gives you guidance on training your eye to see composition with emotional impact, demystifies the settings on your camera, teaches you how to process your images, and so much more. View this book on Amazon!
This was another book I got to review. My husband is a semi-pro photographer, so there wasn't a ton in this book that he hadn't already learned, although he got a few new ideas from it. It's actually much better for the person who enjoys photography, but doesn't have a ton of experience yet, as it provides concise explanations of things like composition and lines in photography. I actually hadn't really considered before how the dominant lines of photos can change the mood, but it really makes sense. There are ample photographs as examples, and the language is clear and easy to understand.
GUTS: Find Your Greatness, Beat the Odds, Live From Passion by Sam Bracken, $18.95

In his book GUTS, Sam Bracken explains why we all need to dig deep and do soul searching to see what lights the fire within that brings forth our very best. Science now tells us that lots of talented individuals produce great stuff, but very few produce a lot of great stuff—and even fewer produce a lot of great stuff over a long career. What do these few highly productive people have in common? Grit and grace and a large helping of self-belief. View this book on Amazon!

Power Your Life With the Positive: Life Lessons and Secrets for Success From Luminaries and Everyday Heroes by Cyrus Webb, $16.95

Drawing on his relationships with industry insiders and those in front of and behind the camera in the entertainment industry, author Cyrus Webb has compiled Power Your Life With the Positive, a compendium of encouragement. This book is filled with stories of amazing life turnarounds from real people, showing the importance of optimism in an often negative world. Power Your Life With the Positive is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on positivity and happiness.Those featured in this book include: Grammy award-winning singer/actress Stephanie Mills, Paul T. Scheuring (creator of Fox’s Prison Break), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow/Roots/Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead/Birth of a Nation), Peter Engel (Executive Producer of Saved By the Bell), Antonique Smith (Notorious/Fox’sShots Fired), Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson (Soul Food, the TV show/book/movie Stomp the Yard), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard/Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots), actor Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal and 24), and many more. View the book on Amazon!
I got to review this book as well. It's always interesting to read a compilation of viewpoints from a variety of people, and I appreciate when authors do that. There are so many amazing stories out there, and it's often more inspiring to read shorter entries about many people than to read an in-depth book about a single person - it makes it easier to find things to relate to. It's a positive and inspiring book.

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