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Diaghilev's Empire: How the Ballets Russes Enthralled the World by Rupert Christiansen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374139698
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 18th, 2022

Christiansen, an acclaimed arts correspondent and self-confessed balletomane, sketches the history and impact of not only one of the great titans and innovators of 20th century modernism, but also the most important ballet company that has ever existed-–Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Diaghilev’s name should be remembered with those of Picasso, Proust, and Eliot as one of the central creators of the new, an impresario who had the drive to pull off the impossible somehow and with no money. Everyone who was anyone attended the Russian ballet. The 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring with music by Stravinsky and choreographed by Nijinsky famously caused a literal riot. Christiansen’s thorough history positions the company in the context of ballet at the time, thrillingly discusses its triumphs, collaborators (Picasso, Braque, Cocteau), and dancers, and shows how Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes are directly responsible for the ubiquity of ballet schools, students, and teachers across the country. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

In I'm Glad My Mom Died, McCurdy writes with candid vulnerability, shedding light on the darker side of Hollywood. She discusses not only her unhealthy relationship with both acting and her own mother, but also her personal struggles with addiction and various eating disorders. Although heartbreaking, McCurdy's journey to take back control of her life is a beautiful one to witness. This is the memoir of the year. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life by Alan Cumming - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062435781
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

Baggage picks up after Not My Father’s Son that had dealt with the trauma of his abusive childhood, and launches us into Cumming’s formative years and into his years of success on stage and screen. He takes us behind the scenes on many a Hollywood movie, West End and Broadway play and makes it feel like he’s taking us into his confidence, whispering secrets in our ears, and generously shares his creative highs and sometimes personal lows.
Full of joy, tears, discovery, love and amazing anecdotes, Cumming has penned the perfect memoir, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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

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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


Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker (Jewish Lives) by David Mikics - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780300224405
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Published: Yale University Press - August 18th, 2020

This is a comprehensive analysis of the career of a fiercely original filmmaker. Bronx-born Stanley Kubrick traveled to Great Britain to film "Lolita" in the early 1960s and never returned to live in America. He was an expensively meticulous director whose insistence on retaining absolute control over his various projects sent chills through studio executives, but the films captivated the movie going public. His films were, in some ways, as complex as the maze where Jack Nicholson met his fate at the end of "The Shining," but a Kubrick film always is as much an experience as it is an entertainment. This fascinating examination of the facets of his life that influenced his art helps to unravel some of the mystery. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781944648220
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Published: BenBella Books - November 14th, 2017

If you have any desire to go into the world of acting (film or stage), you need to get this book. It is informative, insightful, and answers any questions you could ever have about the industry. From what to put on a resume, how to get an agent, and what opportunities to take (and which to run away from, screaming), this book has it all. Filled with practical advice, hilarious anecdotes, and interviews from a host of industry professionals, this book is a must-have for anyone with a desire to make it in the arts. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


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