Added 3/21/15. (The book was published in 2004.) I read this book in March 2015. In this book, Deana Martin relates her memories of her father, Dean MaAdded 3/21/15. (The book was published in 2004.) I read this book in March 2015. In this book, Deana Martin relates her memories of her father, Dean Martin (singer & actor). I never realized he was in so many movies and was praised for his acting in serious films. I always remember him as a singer and part of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.
Deana tells about the negative effect which the problem of their broken family had on her life and especially on the life of Dean Martin's first wife, Betty. It's a sad story. (Dean Martin left Betty to marry Jeanne.) In a way, I wish I hadn't known about Dean Martin's life behind the scenes. I would like to have remembered him as the cheery fellow we are all familiar with from his career as a big star.
PS-There is supposed to be a film being adapted from this book. See the following links: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504020/?... http://www.adweek.com/fishbowlny/dean... "Ten years after Deana Martin released Memories Are Made of This, her memoir about growing up with a famous father, the New York Times bestseller is inching closer to a movie adaptation. She is to be played by Jennifer Love Hewitt..." I wonder who will be cast as Dean Martin. It will be hard to find someone who can duplicate his charm.
PPS-I will never forget the wonderful TV variety shows in which Dean Martin starred. I always looked forward to them. They say he hated rehearsing and did very little of it. So his show had a very spontaneous atmosphere. It was always great fun, full of music and laughter....more
Added 3/17/15. Recommended by Nina of my GR group. 3/17/15 - I'm currently enjoying another book by Lorna Landvik entitled Oh My Stars. I'm so glad thatAdded 3/17/15. Recommended by Nina of my GR group. 3/17/15 - I'm currently enjoying another book by Lorna Landvik entitled Oh My Stars. I'm so glad that Nina recommended Landvik's books back in January 2010 at my GR group. It has certainly taken me a long time to get around to appreciating Lorna Landvik's refreshing writing style, filled with droll humor and touching characters....more
Added 3/8/15. I read this book a long time ago. I just now remembered, as I looked at one of my book shelves, that I own a copy (paperback). I vaguelyAdded 3/8/15. I read this book a long time ago. I just now remembered, as I looked at one of my book shelves, that I own a copy (paperback). I vaguely remember that it made me feel good about myself. I remember it as being in the genre of "armchair philosophy", which to me consists of ideas about life, gained from my own informal experiences. (There are other definitions but that is how I see it.)
Now, as I browse online, I see that the book has almost been forgotten. I wonder if I read it now if would seem so special. I believe it was very popular at one time. It was first published in 1977. Maybe I should take a look at it again. I remember saving the book because at the time it seemed to make a lot of sense and gave me good outlook about life.
A review at Google books says: ==================================== "A distinguished psychologist and author shows that a fulfilled, meaningful, mature life can be made possible by accepting and living through problems rather than attempting to hide from them." FROM: http://books.google.com/books/about/T... ====================================
I can agree that "acceptance" can be a way to deal with problems. But how does one reach that frame of mind?...more
Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.
I posted the following at my Goodreads group: =================================== IAdded 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.
I posted the following at my Goodreads group: =================================== I streamed (via Amazon Prime) "Arch of Triumph" (1948) starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Charles Laughton. http://www.amazon.com/Arch-Triumph-In... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040109/?... "Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris." http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/70105854... "To escape the Nazis, an Austrian doctor flees to Paris, where he practices medicine under an assumed name. When he prevents a nightclub singer from committing suicide, he develops a connection with her -- just as the war begins to tear Europe apart."
The movie was too long and too dark and the plot was too thin. However, I loved seeing Bergman and Boyer on the screen. So I stuck with it. Charles Boyer mesmerizes me with his voice and accent. Ingrid is always so beautiful. Charles Laughton had a very small part but the role was important to the plot. Louis Calhern was good in his role and added a lot to the movie....more
Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I happened to find the film adaptation via Amazon Prime online. So I streamed it. It's a very unusual movie.Added 3/7/15. I did not read this book but I happened to find the film adaptation via Amazon Prime online. So I streamed it. It's a very unusual movie. "About Mrs. Leslie" (1954) [Stars Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046676/?... "A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks." http://www.amazon.com/About-Mrs-Lesli... "When a Beverly Hills boarding house owner receives a large sum of money from a wealthy tycoon, she recalls the secret love affair that has affected her life."
The customer reviews at the Amazon webpage linked above are very favorable. Shirley Booth is highly praised in the reviews. One customer wrote: ******************************* "I remember Shirley Booth as Hazel the maid [on TV]. I was really surprised to see her cast in a role like this. But when I think about it she was perfect. Not the most beautiful women in the world but for six weeks out of the year she had what most women dream. A man who wanted her. Bring out the tissues this one will make you cry." *******************************
A user review at the IMDb link above says: ===================================== "What a movie. I don't know how or where to start to rave and praise it. The acting, the story. So very believable, and for a woman to live with a man outside of wedlock in the 1930's...well, unheard of then...or maybe not so. This is the story of a woman who accepts a man who can only offer her a six week a year commitment. But, oh, it is so worth it. You have to see this movie to fully understand it. The casting of both Shirley and Robert were perfection. So realistic. A very, very poignant and touching piece. Youth vs. age, many subplots, but done in a superior way of flashbacks. The character of Mrs. Leslie is one who has learned all about life's foibles and disappointments. She has her memories of her "Mr. Leslie, honey," to sustain her. I cannot praise this movie enough. I have it on VHS, recorded from TV. I cannot locate it on DVD. See this if and when it replays on television. It is amazing." =======================================...more
This is a sweet story of romance and is also historical fiction, taking place around 1895. It's easy reading but I find that there's enough plot to keep my interest. The characters are well-fleshed out via their inner thoughts as well as their actions. Part of the theme deals with the effects of the class system in which the wealthy aren't expected to mix with the commoners. Of course, that's an old story but it's told quite well in this novel. In this story, the "commoners" are seamstresses and the rich folks vacation in Newport, Rhode Island....more
Added 2/15/15. (I watched the film adaptation. Did not read the book.)
I posted the following about the film at my GR group: ===========================Added 2/15/15. (I watched the film adaptation. Did not read the book.)
I posted the following about the film at my GR group: ================================= Today I streamed (via Amazon Prime) "Cheers for Miss Bishop" (1941) a film adaptation of the book, Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich.
At first I thought the movie might be too "sappy" but it turned out to be a very appealing old film starring a lovely actress named Martha Scott. The film is filled with many truths about life's experiences, many narrated by the main character herself, Miss Bishop.
IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033459/?... AMAZON PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Cheers-Miss-Bis... "Sentimental story of young woman Ella Bishop, who graduates from a new college and stays on to teach English for over 50 years. At her retirement dinner she tells her students the story of her failed romances over the years and why she never married. She had failed romantic relationships with weak-willed Delbert and the unhappily married John Stevens. Although Ella believes her life was one of missed chances and poor choices, her students prove to her the triumphs of her life through their own successes. Rosemary De Camp's first film. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score."
The GR reviews of the book (first published in 1933) seem very favorable. ================================= PS-The story about Miss Bishop reminded me of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" by James Hilton, first published in 1934, a year AFTER Bess Streeter Aldrich's book about Miss Bishop was published! Exact same theme!
PPS-The story, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", was adapted to film in 1939, three years BEFORE the film about Miss Bishop came out. Since then there have been other adaptations of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"....more
Added 2/3/15. Selection of Glens Falls library book club for June 2015.
"This is a guide to what it feels like to be autistic. . . . In Mitchell and YosAdded 2/3/15. Selection of Glens Falls library book club for June 2015.
"This is a guide to what it feels like to be autistic. . . . In Mitchell and Yoshida’s translation, [Higashida] comes across as a thoughtful writer with a lucid simplicity that is both childlike and lyrical. . . . Higashida is living proof of something we should all remember: in every autistic child, however cut off and distant they may outwardly seem, there resides a warm, beating heart." –Financial Times (UK)
After reading a bit of the sample provided at the Goodreads page for this book, I feel that I would find the book too disturbing to read... too sad. The boy's condition, mentally, is extremely disabling....more