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September 30, 2009, 6:00 am
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Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin by Kathy Griffin © 2009
Synopsis: Writing with her trademark wit, the feisty comic settles a few old scores, celebrates the friends and mentors who helped her claw her way to the top, and shares insider gossip about celebrity behavior—the good, the bad, and the very ugly. She recounts the crazy ups and downs of her own career and introduces us to some of the supertalented people she encountered before they got famous (or, in some cases, after fame went to their heads). Word to the wise: If you’ve ever crossed Kathy Griffin at some point in your life, check the index for your name.
Along the way, Kathy reveals intimate details about her life before and after she made the big time. She opens up about everything from growing up with a dysfunctional family in suburban Illinois to bombing as a young comedian in L.A., from her well-publicized plastic surgery disasters to her highly publicized divorce, and more. Only in this book will you learn how the dinner table is the best training ground for a career in stand-up, how speaking your mind can bite you on the ass and buy you a house, and which people in Kathy’s life have taught her the most valuable lessons—both inside and outside the entertainment industry. Refreshingly candid, unflinchingly honest, and full of hilarious “Did she really say that?” moments, Official Book Club Selection will make you laugh until you cry, or just puke up a little bit.

Comments: Okay, I punked out and bought this on audio book. I REALLY wanted to read it, but I know how busy things have been lately, so I figured I’d just buy the audio book (which I rarely ever do, not that there’s anything wrong with that) and listen to it in the car when I had time…and sometimes on the computer while I’m multitasking.

It’s a 5 CD audio book and I am currently on disc 4. Of course it’s hilarious, but not really as sensational as it’s been hawked as. Interesting yes, shocking, not so much. I, like Kathy, just assume that everyone has a black sheep in their family (it’s not her but her brother) and other assorted ‘issues.’ I found out, over time, that just about everyone’s family is dysfunctional on some level (whether they’ll admit it or not), but it’s still a compelling book. Love it. Love Kathy more for it.

Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In by Bob Briggs © 1987
Synopsis: Joe Bob Goes to the Drive In is the first book by John Bloom under the pen name Joe Bob Briggs. It consists of his movie reviews written between 1982 and 1985. It is not clear how much of what is said in the reviews is true. It was not discovered until he was fired in 1985 that Briggs was not, in fact, a real person. Joe Bob exclusively viewed movies in drive-ins, in his Toronado with any one of several girlfriends. According to his column, he has four ex-wives, and is always on the lookout for “ex-wife number five”. An entire fictional cast of characters popped up over the period of the column, who would often be mentioned in the story along with the movie reviews. The entire book is made up of columns and shorter segments called “Joe Bob’s Mailbag,” when Joe Bob writes back to his fans. The only two people who actually appear in the first person are Joe Bob and, interestingly, Stephen King, who saw several of his books made into movies during that period and actually wrote the introduction to the book when it was compiled and published in 1987. Joe Bob/Bloom lived in Texas during the duration of both this book and its sequel, Joe Bob Goes Back to the Drive In. At first his column appeared solely in The Dallas Times-Herald, but was eventually syndicated before Joe Bob was dropped completely. This event actually signals the end of the book, when Joe Bob states that he had been ‘killed’.
Comments: This is one of the books N bought me for my birthday. I am getting SUCH a kick out of it, since it’s all these great movie reviews of films I was either too young to see and/or was just starting to go see when I reached my teen years. All slashers, exploitation and other assorted horror. Makes me miss the “good ol’ days” when Dallas had TWO voices (the now defunct Dallas Times Herald…and The Dallas Morning News). Great nostalgia and a good start for the month of October!

The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll © 2009
Synopsis: Everything that Lewis Carroll ever published in book form appears in this volume. In addition, at least ten of the shorter pieces have never appeared in print except in their original editions. Included are: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” “Through the Looking-Glass” “Sylvie and Bruno” “Sylvie and Bruno Concluded” “The Hunting of the Snark” & all of the poetry, essays, phantasmagoria along with a substantial collection of the miscellaneous writings.
Comments: Having regretted not picking up this BEAUTIFUL leather bound book at Barnes & Noble ($20, and you can buy another leather bound book for just $10!) the FIRST time I saw it, I didn’t pass up the opportunity the SECOND time I saw it. P and I went to Fort Worth one night for coffee and ended up at Barnes & Noble, where I bought this one for me and bought H.G. Wells: Seven Novels (considered an early Halloween gift) for P.

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