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The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family by Ron Howard - Book Review

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780063065246
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Published: William Morrow - October 12th, 2021

What brought me to the decision to read this memoir? Nostalgia for the "glory days" of classic television? Curiosity about one of the more unique and varied success stories in Hollywood? (Ron's transitions from "Opie to "Richie Cunningham" to Hollywood super-director.) Or just the insight that there was something of value in learning how it all came to pass? Answer: All of the above. Ron and Clint's alternating stories have much to offer in the way of American cultural treasure as well as providing a heartwarming look at their family's bedrock values. Open, honest, conversational and informative, The Boys is a true pleasure to page through. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Three Pianos: A Memoir by Andrew McMahon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781648960208
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 26th, 2021

Lyrical, dizzying memoir of a gifted musician's many highs and lows. Road trips, family, friends, bandmates, drugs, disease, booze, relationships, tours, and concerts scatter McMahon's attention and complicate his life. Through it all, his sole solace awaits: his piano. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062964618
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Published: Harper - September 21st, 2021

Cooper's family history is rich in drama, ambition, dissipation, and especially money. Examining his ancestors' actions with a cool, compassionate eye, Cooper reveals, time and again, the essential truth that genuine wealth comes in a currency that cannot be bought. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life by Nigel Poor - Book Review

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This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life By Nigel Poor, Earlonne Woods Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593238868
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Published: Crown - October 19th, 2021

Ear Hustle is not your run-of-the-mill podcast. It originates from San Quentin prison, and its guests are prisoners. Poor and Woods speak as candidly in the book as they do on the mic, and the often disturbing topics beam a light on men and women that many in society either ignore or abhor. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Smile: The Story of a Face by Sarah Ruhl - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982150945
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

Can you be happy, or joyous, if you cannot smile? Bell's palsy robbed Ruhl of that simple, yet transcendent, facial expression years ago. Her resolve to live with purpose while seeking to eradicate her unfortunate grimace becomes, in her words, a profound expression that disfigurement can neither mask, nor hinder, joy. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: A Memoir of Loss, Grief, and Love by Ivan Maisel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780306925740
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Published: Hachette Books - October 26th, 2021

Losing his 21-year old son to suicide brought unbearable grief to Maisel. In clear-eyed prose honed from a career in journalism, Maisel communicates how embracing, rather than denying, grief allowed him to value his son's life, and his own. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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