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).
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