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Not everybody deserves a second shot at memoir-writing--but Michael Caine does. He's a terrific storyteller, and this book offers vast amounts of new material compiled and lived since memoir #1 (
Grief. Love. Hope.
"Adios, Nirvana." They are strikingly similar. However, "Sky" has lots more romance and is more serious in tone.
I haven't, but she did a good job.
No way! It's better to spread it out over time.
It's a great book with a lush, literary style--but also a street-smart contemporary voice. I especially like that Lennie did not find her mother--so there is that loose thread, thus avoiding a conventionally neat ending. It's so much better to leave a loose thread, now and then--because that's life.
Congratulations to author Jandy Nelson!
The man telling the story. He speaks with friendliness, humility, and grace.
Anything to do with the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" and the movies "Mary Poppins" and "Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN."
The warmth in his voice--testament to a life well and fully lived.
Nah, it's a fun book, but I preferred to break it up over a few days--which I did while walking my dog.
I'm a life-long Dick Van Dyke fan, dating to his old sitcom. His memoir scores on several levels--as a fascinating personal story, as an insider's view of the entertainment business across many decades, and as a blueprint for how to balance hard work, fun, and philanthropy. He cites luck and serendipity as key factors in his success--but underlying these are a strong work ethic, strong family, and a great respect for the talented people he's worked with, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, his brother Jerry, and many more. All in all, a very good "read."
Ironically, no--and I love the book. I've read "Papa Hemingway" at least twice over the years and loved it. But it begs to be read in its entirety, and not in this drastically pared edition.
It's a great story--truly one of the best of its kind (personal memoir) of that generation. However, so much of the richness of Hemingway's extraordinary life is lost in this slashed telling.
Robert Stack did lots of good work in his day--in movies, TV, and radio. But that's the problem, his performance sounds dated and staccato.
Yes, George Clooney as Hemingway--but wait a few years. Aaron Paul as Hotchner--he's ready now.
Please redo this one.
A big fan of "Papa Hemingway."
The story succeeds on all levels--character, dialogue, story arc, and much more.
Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is precocious, wise, strong, vulnerable, and--oh, yes--seriously ill with cancer.
Kate Rudd caught all the right inflections in a variety of voices and accents--but especially Hazel Grace. I was simply lost in the story, and I don't say that lightly.
Yes, extremely positive. I felt the range of emotions. I'm a walker, and I couldn't wait to hit the road and get back to this book.
It's been interesting to track John Green's trajectory as writer. I didn't care much for his first book, "Looking for Alaska." I found those characters narcissistic and unlikeable. (But in fairness, I didn't finish it.) Next, I read "An Abundance of Katherines," which I liked for its memorable characters and delicious dialogue. However, that book did not prepare me for "The Fault in Our Stars," which is a masterpiece. To say it possesses depth, beauty, humor, tragedy, and wisdom--doesn't do it justice. Simply stated, it possesses Hazel Grace Lancaster.
A important, astonishing book--best read in tandem with Junger's documentary "Restrepo." This books belongs on a short shelf of great writing and reporting about war--not just Afghanistan, any war. It probably deserves five stars, but the book's raw, in-your-face tone sounds rambly and repetitious in places. Junger catches nearly everything--the dignity, science, drudgery, solemnity, surrealism, grittiness, and deadliness of war--but only some of the humor. I wish there'd been more of that. But overall, a great and powerful book.
A.E. Hotchner's memoir of Paul Newman is an eloquent tribute to the man and artist, written with grace, modesty, and wit. Decades ago, Hotchner wrote "Papa Hemingway," one of my all-time favorite memoirs. While “Papa Hemingway” traced an ominous arc--you knew Hemingway was headed for self-destruction-- “Paul and Me” follows an almost joyous trajectory, from Newman’s ascent in Hollywood to his unlikely successes as champion race car driver, food icon, and philanthropist. (The glaring exception is the tragic death of Newman’s son, Scott.)
The book is packed with anecdotes that portray Newman as feisty, fun-loving, and complex. As he did with Hemingway, Hotchner personifies for Newman both Sancho Panza (the sidekick) and Boswell (the memorist). But he goes them one better—he plays a vital role in helping Newman turn popcorn dreams into business and philanthropy realities.
Although Hotchner never states it, his friendship seems to represent an anchor to Newman’s sail--a needed stabling influence. It’s easy to think how lucky Hotchner has been to pal around with Hemingway and Newman, but one ends “Paul and Me” thinking this as well—how lucky they were to have him as a friend.
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