Things We Like
The Imperfect Leader
Davis H. Taylor
(AuthorHouse, 143 pages)
As founder and leader of TAI Incorporated, a Yardley-based consulting company that specializes in maximizing leadership effectiveness and developing high-performance teams for its clients, entrepreneur Davis H. Taylor has accrued a long list of valuable insights—all of which he shares in this well-crafted read. A pragmatic work of fiction, The Imperfect Leader outlines a clear formula for establishing values-based leadership in any company, no matter how large or small. A must for anyone who wants to be large and in charge in the business world.
Jason Karaban (Ascend, jasonkaraban.net)
An Upper Merion native who now lives in Los Angeles, Jason Karaban greets his recurring bouts of inner torment with a warm sonic embrace. On his second full-length CD, that embrace comes in the form of ample hooks, punchy arrangements, and the perfect balance of snarky, self-depreciating wit and earnest singer/songwriter angst. Apparently, Karaban has made some friends on the West Coast: WXPN favorite Ani DiFranco sings and plays on one track, and Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips co-wrote two. File under world-weary, Beatlesque pop.
Architecture and Artifacts of the Pennsylvania Germans
Cynthia Falk (Penn State University Press, 256 pages)
Local history and architecture buffs will devour this information-packed look at the buildings, personal belongings and other cultural artifacts of 18th-century Pennsylvania Germans. A labor of love for its author, the book features some terrific black-and-white photographs of homes, churches and functional art (like the ornate, baroque pewter candlesticks made by a Lancaster-based pewterer), accompanied by a fair amount of local history.