Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review - "Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit" by Sean Hepburn Ferrer (#8 - 2016)

Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer

I'm a big Audrey Hepburn fan (my daughter is named for her) so I had to pick this up when I was wandering through a used bookstore last week ($4.20 - in pristine condition - score!).  This was a super fast read, I pretty much read it all in an evening.  It's not a biography, it's more of a tribute in words, pictures and family mementos, of a mother who happens to be an icon.  Full of photos and stories it's a lovely book that highlights her humble, kind and generous spirit.  This is a must for any Audrey fan.  I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review - "Bonkers: My Life in Laughs" by Jennifer Saunders (#7 - 2016)

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders

I picked this up immediately after I finished Amy's Poehler's book (review here).  So it's back-to-back funny lady memoirs!  I LOVE Jennifer Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous was life changing for me (not exaggerating).  So I was eager to learn more about her and her journey.  The one thing I took away from this is that she's very laid back.  She's just all about getting on with things, not making a big deal.  She's not about being famous or overly ambitious, she just wants to be happy and live a good life.  Even dealing with breast cancer, she just had a really good attitude.  I really liked the story she told about writing (or trying to write) a screenplay for Goldie Hawn.  It was very lol.  I think she's extremely underrated as a comedy writer (with Ruby Wax - who is a scream), she has a fearlessness that is unmatched.  She was light years ahead when it came to writing female characters that were equal to male characters in regards to not worrying about them being likable, quiet or precious.  Like Edina could be placed into a movie like Caddyshack and hold her own.  She proved that an all-female cast in a comedy show could be successful.  Not only successful but a phenomenon, people everywhere love the show, love the characters.  This was in the early/mid '90s and trust me I had never seen anything like it.  I think she doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves for changing things up.  My only complaint about the book was that she skips around a lot and it can get confusing.  But other than that, I recommend it!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book Review - "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler (#6 - 2016)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I like Amy Poehler so I decided to pick this up.  Well, if you are looking for lots of lol's then this is not the book for you, it's more a "skim the surface" memoir.  Does that make sense?  Not that that is a bad thing.  I enjoyed it much more than Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me  but like Kaling's book, I never feel like I got to know the real Amy.  She gives some good advice, has lots of parenting stories, stuff about Upright Citizens Brigade (too much about that, I was never much of a fan) and co-workers.  I just never felt I got a firm idea as to how she got to where she is and she came off at times as a bit brooding.  That being said, it's worth a read (especially if you are a fan), the chapter about "time travel" was my favorite, it is a very similar way to how I think about stuff like that which was nice.  I still think Tiny Fey's Bossypants is much better.  Joan Rivers books being the gold standard for me, she combines inspiration, realness and funny in the perfect way (Enter Talking and Still Talking being my favorites).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review - "Dune Road" by Jane Green (#5 - 2016)

Dune Road by Jane Green

I always love a Jane Green novel.  She's one of my absolute favorites, her books are fun, easy to read, and perfect for the beach, vacation or just a pick-me-up.  This was a solid read.  It centers on Kit, recently divorced, former wealthy Wall Street wife with the posh life.  She's settling into her new life in her dream house (small and quaint), her kids are happy, she has a good relationship with her ex, and she just landed her ideal job, assisting a famous, yet reclusive novelist.  But a surprise visitor rocks her world and sets off a string of events that will change everything.  It's a story about friendship and relationships.  And I really enjoyed it!  I'm anxiously waiting on her next novel out later this year.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book Review - "Spirit's Key" by Edith Cohn (#4 - 2016)

Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn

I picked up this book because the author went to my university (NC State) and it looked interesting.  It's a kids chapter book (ages 9-12), so it's really easy to read and nothing too deep or complicated.  Spirit is the main character, she's 12 years old and hopes that she has inherited the family gift - the ability to see a person's future when they hold a key belonging to that person.  She and her father live on a remote island, in a small village.  The island has wild dogs, dogs who the locals think are dangerous.  Spirit had adopted one of the dogs and named him Sky, however Sky has recently died.  Then more and more of the wild dogs begin to die and the locals start becoming scared.  In the meantime Spirit has started seeing the ghost of her beloved Sky.  Could Sky's ghost be the key to discovering her own gifts as well as helping to solve the mystery of the dead dogs?  This was a pretty decent book, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.  I think it's great for the age group and for kids that like mysteries.  

Monday, March 28, 2016

Book Review - "Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ" by Giulia Enders (#3 - 2016)

Now a book about your gut (digestive system), how it works and how it can affect your whole body sounds so boring, right?  Not this book.  It was full of great, informative information written with humor and uncomplicated language, and fun illustrations.  I really enjoyed and learned a lot.  Your gut and it's health is vital to your overall well being.  This book broke everything down (ha ha) and helps you understand how everything functions.  I would highly recommend this book for everyone!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Review - "Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy" by Judith Watt (#2 - 2016)

I make no secret of my love of McQueen and his work, he was hands down my favorite designer of all time.  I'm dating myself here, but I followed his career from almost day one and was in shock for a solid day when he died.  This book took a deeper look into his life, how he got his start in fashion, timeline of his work and a super helpful breakdown of each of his collections.  It was so interesting and insightful.  I've read a lot about him and have this book and this one (both of which I recommend and both make great companions/references when reading this book).  My only complaint was that I wished it had more pictures, but I had to remember this book was more about him, his inspiration, motivation and not as much about the actual fashion.  So I ended up referencing both books I mentioned before and YouTube.  If you search on YouTube you can find almost every collection in whole or part.  Bottom line, this is a must read for any McQueen fan or anyone who wants to learn more about him.
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