I was born, raised and still live in Northeastern Ohio and sometimes it feels like it is a requirement to love this movie. I do not love this movie. II was born, raised and still live in Northeastern Ohio and sometimes it feels like it is a requirement to love this movie. I do not love this movie. I think it is a great one time, maybe two time, watch but nothing about this movie says, "Best baseball movie ever made!" as many Clevelanders would have you think.
I found this book enjoyable. It was good to read that writer of the script was a quasi-Clevelander and that the movie was more of a love note to the city, team and the fans. I always had wondered if the movie was writing to kick at a city and it people that had been kicked more than enough over the years.
The author, Jonathan Knight, takes the reader from conception of the movie through casting, shooting and opening night. He also shares some stories about the sequels and maybe even one more movie being released that would involve the original cast as coaches and mentors to a younger Indians team. The key players have all, according to the book, agreed to come back. It was great to see how many of the actors enjoyed working on this movie and many of them comment about how great it is to still be recognized for their role in "Major League" over more acclaimed work....more
Quick review: I was very interested with the start of the book. Kim Gordon's childhood through high school years in California. The Gordon family wasQuick review: I was very interested with the start of the book. Kim Gordon's childhood through high school years in California. The Gordon family was interesting. I was not too interested with the early years on the East coast. The book picked up for me again around chapter 30 with her friendship with Kurt Cobain and early grunge. Otherwise Gordon has had an interesting life and an equally interesting look at it....more
Amish Confidential was not what I thought it was going to be when I purchased it. I figured this would be the star of Amish Mafia sharing some of theAmish Confidential was not what I thought it was going to be when I purchased it. I figured this would be the star of Amish Mafia sharing some of the background details about the show with readers and about ten percent of the book was exactly what I hoped to read.
The writing by "Lebanon" Levi Stolzfus and co-author Ellis Henican is nice and flows to make this book a very easy read. Most of the book deals with crimes that have happened in the Amish community throughout the United States. Stolzfus shares stories about two little girls that were kidnapped while working the family produce stand at the end of the driveway and, thankfully, their safe return home. The trial of Sam Mullet and his followers for beard and hair cutting in Ohio that was part of Merlin on going story line during the show. Living close to an Amish community in Ohio I knew of, and followed, the Sam Mullet trial. It was interesting to read some background on the cult beyond what Amish Mafia and local news shared. Other stories were concerning, the West Nickel Mines School shooting, Ponzi schemes, BUI or buggy driving under the influence, the drug problem in the Amish community. Most of the stories that were shared here could have been looked up on-line and read from newspaper accounts. As I said other than the Mullet followers background there didn't seem to be much shared that wasn't already known.
Throughout the book Stoltzfus shares stories from his personal life. The untimely death of his father and his mother marrying a widow and combining their families into an Amish Brady Bunch. Stoltzfus shares how he is comfortable keeping one foot in Amish while the other is in English. Mostly though he covers childhood through late teens, early twenties. There is not too much, if any, information that would deal with his time on Amish Mafia or his life behind the cameras.
The areas of the book that I thought were really interesting were Stoltzfus discussing his experience on Rumspringa. How this experience is different for each Amish teenager, how the older Amish view this time and how hard it was for him to make his decision of what to do when it was time to end Rumspringa.
Also the chapter on Amish weddings and the traditions that surround the wedding was very interesting. From the extreme consumption of celery at the wedding meals because it is thought to bring good luck. To the pairing off of the bride's single friends with the groom's friends. Even the way the newlyweds are expected after the wedding to visit at all the relatives houses before settling into their own home.
A section that was interesting but brief was about Pinecraft, FL, a community near Sarasota where Amish go to vacation, snow bird or retire. This area was briefly touched on by the television show too when Stoltzfus took a couple different love interests to the beach for a vacation.
As I started out I thought that this book would be the behind the scenes of Discovery television show Amish Mafia. There was very little mentioned about the show other than passing remarks. At the end of the book Stoltzfus touches on the campaign he started, and was successful, in the Amish community to have the former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett voted from office. Mostly what was touched on in the book was already discussed and shown on the show.
Over all if you're interested in crime committed by the Amish or by English on the Amish, learning some interesting facts about Amish traditions and learning what it was like to be an Amish boy and teenager this book could be of interest. If you're just looking for a book that will give the behind the scene stories from Amish Mafia than save your money. This is not that book. ...more
This was a really interesting book to read about the Super Bowl. If you're looking for a book about the game than this is not that book but if you'reThis was a really interesting book to read about the Super Bowl. If you're looking for a book about the game than this is not that book but if you're interested in everything that goes into the game than I think this book will be extremely interesting.
Allen St. John looks at all aspects of what makes the Super Bowl an event. This book mostly focuses on the build up to Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona. He talks to the architect of University of Phoenix Stadium and uncovers the process for a city/state to attract a Super Bowl to their area of the country. Readers find out what a host city has to provide to even be considered by the NFL.
St. John was also granted access to the FOXSports football broadcasting "A-team" to give an insider look of what goes on during the two weeks building up to the game for the announcers and sideline reporters preparing for a game that billions of people around the world will be watching. He also shares what goes on in the production truck and for the producer and network the build up for the game starts at least a year in advance. He discusses the dress rehearsal that occurs with high school football players standing in for the pros a few days before so that the producer can make sure the camera are in the correct places.
Super Bowl Sunday is the only day that people are looking forward to the commercials. St. John joins Budweiser and its advertising agency to see what goes in to creating a winning Super Bowl commercial. From the planning stage, to the audience testing, than on air and for the all important USA Today score on Monday morning.
The Saturday night before the big game St. John takes readers to the Playboy party. This party is considered THE party of Super Bowl week. Before taking you to it he takes you back to the previous year's party in Miami that was a disappointment in the host's eyes. This year's in the desert has to return Playboy to the must be at party title. The party planner allows the writer in during the planning to find out what it takes to be the best party.
I think, "The Billion Dollar Game: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Day in American Sports- Super Bowl Sunday" would appeal to most readers. There is a look at the players and game but it also gives a great look at everything that is involved with the Super Bowl. ...more
The author Andrea Vecchio was familiar to me from a local Cleveland news/lifestyle program that was on mid-morning during the week. I was not a regulaThe author Andrea Vecchio was familiar to me from a local Cleveland news/lifestyle program that was on mid-morning during the week. I was not a regular viewer but would check it out on occasion to see what was going on in the community. Vecchio, besides being attractive, seemed to have a great sense of humor and an outgoing personality that made her great for this television job. One day while back in my hometown visiting my parents I picked up the local paper and read an article about Vecchio having written a book and I saw that it had something to do with music so I made a mental note to check it out. Interesting while reading to find out we lived within in minutes of each other.
I am going to be one hundred percent honest that when it came time to give this book a star rating I struggled between giving it a two or three star rating. I settled on the three stars because I think this book could be a really good for young women finishing high school and getting ready to head to college to read. As most people know from either being a teenager or raising them they don't usually listen to their parents when it comes to life advice and I think that Vecchio shares some great advice from her own experiences.
The reason I was leaning toward a two star review was that the title made me think the book was going to be more about music and how it influenced her life. Each chapter is titled and than the subtitle is the song and artist's name and that usually is the extent of music in the book. In a couple different chapters she does go a little more into why the song means something to her but for the most part it is not mentioned again.
Vecchio shares her experiences in dating, work, being fired and returning to her childhood home to figure out the next phase of her life. I think for young ladies Vecchio shares some great insight on finding a female mentor and how to be sure she is helping you succeed instead of trying help you fail. She also has some good advice on making sure that the friends you pick are as invested in the friendship as you. She is also shares stories about past relationships she has been involved in that were abusive physically and mentally.
Again I would recommend this book for late teens to college age women that are getting ready to set out in the world. This book will not give them all the information they need but it will at least offer some advice on how to avoid setbacks in life. ...more
Another great quick read from George Mahood. This is the third book that I've read by Mahood and I've enjoyed each new book more than the last. I lookAnother great quick read from George Mahood. This is the third book that I've read by Mahood and I've enjoyed each new book more than the last. I look forward to see what his next adventure will be and how he will share it with the readers. Mahood has found a good voice to share his stories with the reader. He has a great sense of humor that had me laughing out loud a couple of times.
This book is a continuation of his last book Every Day Is a Holiday. The last book was a lot more focused on the holidays and what the holidays celebrated or what cause it was drawing attention to but this book used the holidays as a way to share good stories involving Mahood's family and friends. I found this book sharing the story of the Mahood family relocating to a new area and how they adjusted. The holidays were there but didn't seem as much of a focus.
I would recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a quick weekend read. Each chapter is a different month starting with July and going through December. Each chapter is separated by day to give the book a journal feel. Most of the days are only a handful of paragraphs long and can be read quickly. I would highly recommend reading Every Day is a Holiday before reading this book and also checking out Mahood's first book Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain....more
I was really excited when I saw that Jerry Lee Lewis was finally writing his autobiography. There were always stories told about Lewis and his Rock anI was really excited when I saw that Jerry Lee Lewis was finally writing his autobiography. There were always stories told about Lewis and his Rock and Roll lifestyle that were too unbelievable to be true. Reading this book it is still hard to tell if the stories are true, made-up or a little bit of both. Even at one point in the book Lewis himself says that he likes to embellish the stories a little so much that at this point he doesn't know himself what is true and what is made-up.
Author Rick Bragg has done a tremendous amount of research for this book and sometimes that really bogs down the reading. There are times that it seems Bragg shares a story from Lewis to only retell it in his own words. Bragg also really like to examine aspects of Lewis' life to see how it affected him later in life. There is a lot of pages to breakdown the trip to England when it was discovered that Lewis had married his thirteen year old cousin. It was interesting to read how hard Lewis worked in small bars around the world regain his spot atop the Billboard charts.
I would recommend Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story for anyone that is interested in on of the huge influences from the early years of Rock and Roll. Some people may find this book to be overwhelming with information but I think in the end they will enjoy the adventure that is Jerry Lee Lewis' life....more
Another enjoyable quick read by Barbara Venkataraman. This collection covers hobbies forced on children by their father, being a pet owner, participatAnother enjoyable quick read by Barbara Venkataraman. This collection covers hobbies forced on children by their father, being a pet owner, participating in a sleep study and a couple other essays. Venkataraman has an easy flowing writing style punctuated by humor. This collection will take up about a half hour to read. If you enjoyed the collective writing of Erma Bombeck I think you'll find Venkataraman's collections enjoyable too....more
What a fun and quick read A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities was for me. Everyone can relate to the stories that Barbara VenkataramanWhat a fun and quick read A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities was for me. Everyone can relate to the stories that Barbara Venkataraman shares in this book but easy, flowing style of writing and her sense of humor makes them truly enjoyable to read. Some of the topics touched on are a father that tries to be Mr. Fix-it, working in the food service industry and the way siblings interact with each other that their spouses don't understand.
This book is a good read for anyone that needs something that will fill anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour of time. Each story is relatively short so it could even be used as a time filler throughout the day when you know you only have a minute here or there to read. ...more
For most Cleveland sports fans 1994-1997 was almost like a dream and with the help of Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton the dream can be relived in the GloFor most Cleveland sports fans 1994-1997 was almost like a dream and with the help of Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton the dream can be relived in the Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997. This book is written in three different sections with chapters making up each sections. The chapters do not connect to one another so a reader could skip around reading the chapters that they find most interesting first. My favorite chapters come at the end of each section entitled "Readers Letters". Pluto collected letters from the readers of his Plain Dealer columns and separated them based on topic. It is interesting to read Clevelanders accounts of watching games with parents, meeting favorite players, attending Jacobs Field for the first time and reliving how it felt during and after Game 7 of the World Series against the Florida Marlins in 1997.
The stories in the book are collected from interviews that Pluto conducted either during the seasons focused on or in interviews since. Hamilton adds his memories throughout recounting being on Jacob's private plan when the trade of Kenny Lofton to the Atlanta Braves was being discussed, finding out that Herb Score was going to retire at the end of the '97 season but wanted it to be kept a secret and what the seemingly always angry Albert Belle was like away from the clubhouse.
There is a lot of insight into the club that I'm sure some die-hard Cleveland sports radio fans knew, but that I found interesting learning about such as the reason behind Jim Thome signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, some of the fires that manager Mike Hargrove had to put out in the clubhouse, how players felt the organization disrespected Hall of Fame player Eddie Murray with a low contract and what the players thought of playing in Cleveland for the fans.
This book was really interesting to read as a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan. The only thing that I found disappointing was that chunks were repeated throughout the books. Like details about the trade of Lofton to Atlanta is recounted a couple of times, information about Hargrove's playing career and Mark Shapiro's father being a agent for many players in the MLB. Since I look at the book as being one that a reader could skip around and read the chapters in the order they choose I decided not to knock it for the repeats throughout the book. I think that any Cleveland sports fan would be happy to add this book to their library collection....more
For a long time I've wanted George Clinton to write his memoir. Every time I read or heard an interview with Clinton I would wonder why a publisher haFor a long time I've wanted George Clinton to write his memoir. Every time I read or heard an interview with Clinton I would wonder why a publisher hadn't approached him to write his story. Thank you Atria Books for making it finally happen. This book took me a little longer to read than usual because every time Clinton shared a story about writing on of the songs for the Parliament or the Funkadelic I would want to stop reading, listen to it and see if I could notice the different aspects of the song that Clinton was pointing out.
I was introduced to George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic through my father's record collection. I never really understood what the differences between the two bands and Clinton does a good job of describing what he with the two bands. Parliament was the band that he could use to perform doo-wop with while the Funkadelic was the band for his funk music. I've always heard that James Brown was the hardest working man in show business but from reading Clinton's account it sounds like he could give Brown a run for this title. He would be working on a Parliament album, a Funkadelic album and Bootsy Collins album or some other artist for his record label all while writing music for upcoming albums.
It was interesting to read about Clinton's relationship with fellow artist Sly Stone and how they supported each other's drug habit while also influencing each other musically. Clinton also as an interesting take on rap music and being easily the most sampled artist by rap artists.
The great thing about this memoir was is that Clinton focuses primarily on his life in music. There is very little time spent discussing his family life short of how his relationships are with his children and grandchildren. If the children are involved with music, as a couple are, he discusses how they work together but other wise his private life is left alone.
Clinton shares information on copyright issues he has had on much of his music. At one point he says that he got off the addiction to crack and became addicted to figuring out his copyright problems and getting his music back. He says that he is getting close to filing a claim and going to court. I was kind of amazed that when he is looking to go to court that his lawyers would allow him to write so freely about potential information that could be used in his favor. He also includes the whole deposition that he and his lawyers did with a woman involved in one of the lawsuits.
This book is an enjoyable read of Clinton's life from the barbershop to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member. Clinton does not seem to pull many punches when it comes to his professional career. He discusses his drug use, song writing, musical influences and how he feels about the artists that he as influenced himself. It was a long time waiting for this memoir but well worth it....more
This book was divided in two sections, "Part One: My First Semester at Walt Disney World" and Part Two: My Second Semester at Walt Disney World" and iThis book was divided in two sections, "Part One: My First Semester at Walt Disney World" and Part Two: My Second Semester at Walt Disney World" and it reads like two different books. "Part One" was fairly interesting to read with a good mix of on the job and hanging with co-workers stories. The author, Amber Michelle Sewell, does a good job of saying how her first experience helped her become more open and interact with strangers with more confidence. This section really clicks along and is easy to read.
"Part Two" was a challenge for Sewell to complete as an employee at Walt Disney World which in-turns becomes a challenge for the reader to finish the book. Sewell is now working merchandising in the park and is not enjoying it at all. She cannot wait for her the second semester to end so she can head back to college. There is really less discussion about her work within the park and more about the adventures she goes one with co-workers. In this section many of the chapters read like she just phoned it in to fill some more pages.
If this book would have left out the second part I would have easily given it four or more stars. I gave it three stars because I really enjoyed the writing of part one and feeling like the outcome could be different than I expected I didn't stop reading it halfway through the second part. It ended how I expected. She still enjoys going to the park but she does not have any interest in working with Disney again. I guess much like Sewell wanted to see her second semester through to completion I wanted to see this book through to the end.