I am a huge Tina Fey fan and it was fun getting a glimpse into how she got that way. Not only did I learn about her life, but I had some serious laughI am a huge Tina Fey fan and it was fun getting a glimpse into how she got that way. Not only did I learn about her life, but I had some serious laugh-out-loud moments while doing so. I felt this one was a bit "lightweight" as far as memoirs go, but I still enjoyed the book. I appreciated the commentary on gender issues, that stepped back from the joke, joke, joke moments that permeate the book and even in the midst of her humorous take on many of those it was evident that she understands deeply the challenges of being a woman in her industry and really a woman in any career field. It's her refusal to accept a second class status as a woman that I particularly admire. Yay, Tina. I'm not disappointed. Well, maybe a little in the cover. Those man-hands are just creepy!...more
David Small is one of my favorite artists. His award-winning work graces the pages of many picture books (The Gardener, So You Want to be President, TDavid Small is one of my favorite artists. His award-winning work graces the pages of many picture books (The Gardener, So You Want to be President, The Librarian, That Book Woman and many more) and I buy them up for his pictures as much as for the story. Now he's written a graphic novel memoir about his childhood and it's grim, but good. http://davidsmallbooks.com/index.php
I heard him say on the trailer for "Library of the Early Mind" (a collection of children's book authors talking about their craft), "and if I hadn't become an artist I probably would have become a serial killer." I think this book explains some of that. Small survived a horrific childhood and how thankful I am. The world is a better place with him and his art in it!...more
I would recommend this book to aspiring writers and to folks who'd like some insight into what goes on behind the scenes. King's book is both memoir aI would recommend this book to aspiring writers and to folks who'd like some insight into what goes on behind the scenes. King's book is both memoir and helpful handbook for getting started. Some of his great ideas Include the following: reading and writing must be married to each other and in order to write one must read strip adverbs from one's writing create dialogue that moves the story along or reveals information about a character avoid the passive voice find an ideal reader for whom one writes strip away 10% (to kill one's darlings) from the original draft in a revision set a writing schedule and stick to it write with a closed door initially--don't ask for feedback too quickly-- and THEN let a draft simmer before coming back to it let the story and characters guide you as a writer rather than trying too hard to plot a novel consider getting an agent, but do your research first
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I knew a bit about the life of Carrie Fisher and loved her in When Harry Met Sally, but other than that aI wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I knew a bit about the life of Carrie Fisher and loved her in When Harry Met Sally, but other than that and her stint as Princess Leia, I didn't know much.
I love Debbie Reynolds and Singing in the Rain. I knew that Eddie Fisher was a bit of a scoundrel what with the whole Liz Taylor thing. Ultimately the best bits of this book, for me, were the insights into her life story.
The writing style didn't really work for me, I'd give that more of a 2 stars. It read like stand up comedy which I guess it is. I didn't realize she had a show.
My very favorite bits? The cover illustration and the frequent pics inside the memoir including her depiction of celebrity inbreeding. Love it....more