Category Archives: hobbies

52 Assignments: Landscape Photography by Ross Hoddinott, Mark Bauer

This is a very well done, thorough, inspiring, and beautifully presented ‘workshop in a book’. The authors have created 52 assignments to help educate, develop, and hone photography skills. The emphasis is on landscapes rather than portraiture but does include … Continue reading

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Ghost Signs by Frank Mastropolo

Ghost Signs is a wonderful tour of New York City, as told from old business signs (most painted and now fading on the side of walls, but also plaques, marks, scrollwork, etc.). Each sign’s business/original owner is nicely researched, giving … Continue reading

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Raised-Bed Gardening For Beginners by Tammy Wylie

Although I found the book informative, I also wish it had been been illustrated/photographed. There is a lot of great information but it can be very difficult to actually build a planter based off one or two cartoony illustrations. The … Continue reading

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Black + Decker Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry

It’s hard to go wrong with this ‘inspiration’ book of backyard projects. Lavishly photographed, with easy step-by-step instructions, illustrations (exploded drawings), and charts (including materials and cutting list). I found a lot of these easier than putting together an IKEA … Continue reading

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Cheating in Esports by Marcia Amidon Lusted

In this book, topics such as gambling (whether using skins or money), software and equipment hacks, player enhancement drugs, and more are covered. All the books in the series are 50 pages and this one does feel the weakest in … Continue reading

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Gaming and Professional Sports Teams by Douglas Hustad

This book is one in a series exploring different aspects of the burgeoning esports industry: from women in the profession to cheating, to the development of professional esport teams. With this volume, we get a survey of the different types … Continue reading

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Women in Esports by Meg Marquardt

Women in Esports is a grade 5-8 book giving a realistic look at the current esports situation and where women are (and aren’t) making in impact.  Three topics are covered: gamers, programmers/staff of game companies, and those who do casting/media … Continue reading

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