It’s Saturday and I’m supposed to be working on a book review. I’ve been alternating it with a rewrite of a chapter for Julius, and the words for either project are simply not coming together. So what’s a writer supposed to do? Take a walk, go to the gym? Have a drink? Watch a movie?

I know I should give myself a little reprieve. It is the weekend, but I promised that the review would be in by today. So here I am struggling to come up with at least 500 words, and right now I am 430 words short. Well it’s a start, you might say. Yeah, but I still have to come up with the 430 words, and I don’t know what to say.

Did you like the book? Very much. It’s beautiful.

Did I get anything out of it? Oh yes, I actually used it as a reference tool for an article I wrote on kantha quilts.

Does it have photos? You betcha.  It has over 3500 color pix and maps too!

Is it a page turner? And how. It can keep one engrossed for hours.

Is it scholarly? Yes, but not in a way that it will intimidate you. The language isn’t overly academic that your eyes will glaze over.

Will a broad audience appreciate this book? Broad in the sense if you appreciate handcrafts, but I can see writers and teachers using this to learn more about the country’s culture.

Is it informative? Absolutely. Any question you might have about certain regional craft the book gives you enough information to get a good understanding of the techniques.

Is it well organized? Oh my God and then some.

So to sum it all up, you recommend this book to the layperson? Yes, it has two purposes, it’s a great reference tool and it’s a beautiful coffee table book.

Okay, there are your 430 words. Get going.