Wil Wheaton is fun and sometimes deliciously humorous in this book. Although at times the book takes a serious turn, Wil never loses his optimism. He...moreWil Wheaton is fun and sometimes deliciously humorous in this book. Although at times the book takes a serious turn, Wil never loses his optimism. He talks about his early acting years and his time on the set of Star Trek: TNG. I found that chapter to be highly entertaining, educational and enlightening. You never really know what goes on behind the set. Wil is one of those attainable celebrities (as attainable as they get in the age of the internet), and currently blogs, and has a flickr page as well where he shares pictures of the more interesting snippets of his life. In this book he talks about his geekness with a lightness of heart, although I don’t think he’s a geek at all. Wil is still a classy actor and a great author. (less)
I read this book in one day, Jury Duty is boring, but this book was not. I expected to hear the stories we've heard through the years about Brit and J...moreI read this book in one day, Jury Duty is boring, but this book was not. I expected to hear the stories we've heard through the years about Brit and Jamie Lynn, but what I liked is the faith that Lynn Spears has in her heart and how she loves and trusts God. I love memoirs and will read anyone's, and I am glad I didn't miss this one, although I almost didn't read it because I wasn't sure if this was going to be a 'woe is me' book, but it wasn't.(less)
It took me a while to start reading this one. I bought it for my Kindle for a couple of bucks. I am a fan of Ramsay, otherwise I wouldn't have bought...moreIt took me a while to start reading this one. I bought it for my Kindle for a couple of bucks. I am a fan of Ramsay, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. I always figure, if someone takes the time to write a memoir, they had it pretty bad or why bother, who would care?
Well Ramsay's childhood was pretty messed up, and this book shows why he is who he is. Growing up with the obstacles he did, will either make you or break you. In his case, he made it. There is coarse language in the book, but I did expect that as he doesn't hold back on TV either. Pretty well written and informative.
Now I have a softer spot for him. I understand his need for perfection comes from, I understand what drives him, I understand why he expects so much from others.(less)
Etta James is one of those celebrities you hear about and wondered what happened to. Up until a few years ago, I thought she was deceased. You don’t h...moreEtta James is one of those celebrities you hear about and wondered what happened to. Up until a few years ago, I thought she was deceased. You don’t hear much about or from here these days, but she is alive and kicking.
Jamesetta Hawkins was the product of a 14 year old African-American mother and a white father (who is rumored to be Minnesota Fats the pool shark). This book chronicles her tumultuous childhood complete with absent mother. It goes on to talk of her rise to stardom and her demise through various types of drugs. It also goes on to talk about her failed romantic relationships, criminal activity and stints in prison and rehab.
Pretty much your standard autobiography/memoir fare, however, Etta’s writing style makes the story more accessible. Not the queen of grammar, using double negatives all over the damn book, you still can read it with ease.
But Etta doesn’t feel sorry for herself; she falls down and stands up over and over again. Each chapter there is something awful happening in her life, and you would think this would make a depressing read, but it doesn’t.
This book was published in the early 1990s, and the story stops sometime after she was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll hall of fame. The last chapter of this book, she talks about how she is still overweight and working toward being leaner and healthier. I looked her up recently, and she has succeeded.
She is now in her early 70s and looks like she weighs 120 lbs…a far cry from the 300+ lbs she weighed toward the end of her book.
This book was enlightening and I’m glad there are still some strong black women in this world. Etta James is a survivor.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I've been a Megadeth fan since 1986, and I was pleased to see Dave wrote a memoir. I thought I knew all there was to know...moreI really enjoyed this book. I've been a Megadeth fan since 1986, and I was pleased to see Dave wrote a memoir. I thought I knew all there was to know about this man, boy was I wrong. I knew the earlier stuff and up until his arm problems, but I didn't know all the details of his childhood nor did I know much about his life after 1995. It was nice to learn that he has matured and found his way. I will not give away how he does this. I am still hoping he and the guys in the 'Other Band' will finally have a smooth, non-bitter relationship. I had always liked Mustaine, but after reading this book, I am in awe, he is a fighter and I am proud to be a fan.(less)
Judy Garland by Anne Edwards was first published in 1975. This book didn’t start out for me too well. I found the first half of the book to be filled...more Judy Garland by Anne Edwards was first published in 1975. This book didn’t start out for me too well. I found the first half of the book to be filled with unnecessary and trivial information. I did not care what Louis B. Mayer did that did not directly pertain to Judy Garland. Anne Edwards seemed to veer off topic quite a bit, and my interest started to wane.
There were also some random comparisons, such as the one she made between Judy Garland and Mario Lanza. However, I do understand that at the time this book was written, people actually knew who Mario Lanza was. I think I may be one of the few people in the world that actually knew who he was and didn’t have to say to myself “who”?
The second half of the book picked up tremendously. We started moving through her life at a comfortable speed. Through her marriages, her movies, her stage performances and her pill usage. I enjoyed this half much more and gave it 4 stars because of it.
It is an interesting journey through her life. Some of it I knew, some of it I didn’t. It is a must read for all Judy Garland fans.
My copy had a printing error, and not sure if this is the case with all the books. After page 108 it starts back at page 97. Hopefully this is a one off and/or this problem has been corrected.
And by chance I finished this book today – June 10th – which would have been Judy’s 91st Birthday. (less)