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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


Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

New York Times writer and bestselling author Lindy West unleashes her expertise on cinema by examining some of the most impactful--or the most meaningless--films of our time and seeing how they hold up today. Filled with her snarky humor and witty writing, Lindy recounts your favorite movies and characters to either compliment or call out. My favorite movies that she tore apart were most definitely Love, Actually and Twilight. A great light read for cinema junkies like myself that’ll bring your head out of the gloomy 2020 clouds. Get some wine, some popcorn, and get ready to laugh out loud! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond: The Complete Series(Gift for Game of Thrones Fan) by Myles McNutt - Book Review

This book is the PERFECT salve for the GOT fan who has read all the books and has been sorely missing the televised series. It is a must-have addition to any fan’s collection, no matter the degree of obsession. Sumptuously illustrated with gorgeous Helen Sloan photographs, it is complete with battle depictions, those necessary family trees, and in-depth character profiles. Even the most die-hard super fan will gain new insight and be able to answer the hardest trivia question! ~ Reviewed by Tamba Johnson Reap


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