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David Merrick by Howard Kissel
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The subject could scarcely be more fascinating: a rags-to-riches climber who wished to leave behind his empty-pocketed past, his Jewish heritage and even the first wife whose money allowed him to make a break for the big time (though she remained leg...more
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One from the Hart by Stefanie Powers
One from the Hart
by Stefanie Powers
read in August, 2013
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Stefanie Powers is a beautiful, wonderful woman with a colorful, varied movie & TV career behind her and a mission to preserve African wildlife ahead of her, but this book is something of a disappointment.

It starts off well enough, with her adole...more
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Merv Griffin by Darwin Porter
Merv Griffin
by Darwin Porter
read in July, 2013
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One can only imagine how any of Merv Griffin's older female fans would react to picking up this book! The Merv depicted in it is 180 degrees from the charming, cuddly, "safe" TV persona he projected for all those years on his talk show(s.) The book i...more
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Drum by Kyle Onstott
Drum
by Kyle Onstott
read in April, 2011
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Good Lord! Vivid, graphically told chronicle of three generations of slaves. The story begins in Africa (with elements that are quite similar to what later appeared in the minseries Roots) and follows a young man who is sold into slavery by his greed...more
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Action Based Communication by Renee Barnow
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Pieces of My Heart by Robert J. Wagner
" I got this for free. It's pretty close to what you want from a celeb memoir--plenty of juicy stories about other famous people--who's a jerk (Lesley Ann Down), who the author slept with (Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Yvonne De Carlo), etc. He d... " Read more of this review »
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Dolly by Dolly Parton
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The book and its author are thoroughly delightful. On at least one occasion, I got misty reading through her recollections of life in the Great Smokey Mountains and, of course, many more times I laughed at her anecdotes and adventures both as a child...more
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Don't Shoot, It's Only Me by Bob Hope
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I was skeptical about reading this because, at 42, I am not really in Bob Hope's fan base age range - in other words, he was at the tail end of his career when I was a young adult and, though I had nothing against him, he wasn't someone I was really...more
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