Get a tissue. Book of the Week is a tearjerker

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I have one photo on my desk at Blurb. It’s an arms-length self-portrait that I took of my grandmother and me at her 95th birthday last March. I’ll spare you the decades of details, but let me just say that I got very lucky in the grandmother department. So did Stephanie Cribbs Beaty, our Book of the Week author. Actually, Stephanie made a beautiful, moving book about her great-grandmother. Truth? I couldn’t get through {tribute} without crying.

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Start by previewing the book. Then get a Kleenex. Then see the slideshow under {tribute} on Stephanie’s Web site.

Stephanie calls herself a lifeographer, specializing in modern family portraiture. I spent quite a bit of time on her site. Her work is very fresh; the antithesis of the overly posed, clichéd family portraits we’ve all seen. She has fun with saturated, vibrant colors. She captures rosy-cheeked kids and babies in unique ways. She is able to find creative, flattering angles of moms to be. And she knows how to use her images to make one amazing tribute book. After reading {tribute}, I got such a sense of her great-grandmother and how revered she was. The book’s layout is so simple, yet so very powerful. It’s a really fine example of one way you can approach a tribute book with Blurb.

Are we seeing a trend?
Perhaps we should end this post on a lighter note. This week we also spotted our second moustache book. The first one made Book of the Week back in October. Imagine our delight when we saw a new one, from another author, hit the bookstore.

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A Gathering of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007 by Michael Elsden, is not to be missed. Where else would you be able to enjoy terms like “full beard freestyle” and “partial beard musketeer” which, by the way, was the style on the first place winner. Michael is an esteemed artist and photographer. See more of his work on his Web site.

Congratulations to Stephanie for making Book of the Week. And to Michael for helping us identify a potential mustachioed Blurb book trend.

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  1. wow. browsing through the preview of Michael’s book makes me want to grow a moustache and get my picture taken by him. What a cool piece of work this is – you ‘ve made my day

    By Naft
      December 13, 2007 – 2:24 am   Permalink
  2. Wow what a wonderful tribute by Stephanie B, the lifeographer. Amazing, touching story, and told so well. I needed the kleenex too…

      December 13, 2007 – 7:04 pm   Permalink
  3. Spectacular book, Michael, really captures the essence of the male behind the hair. There’s an intensity behind each picture. Bravo!

    By Barb
      December 15, 2007 – 6:50 pm   Permalink

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