Thursday, August 21, 2014

"By Myself and Then Some"


The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall and their children had to take everything he had taught them and grow up fast. In a time of postwar communism, Hollywood blacklisting, and revolutionary politics, she mixed with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, and Gregory Peck. She was engaged to Frank Sinatra and had a turbulent second marriage to Jason Robards. But Bacall never lost sight of the strength that made her a superstar, and she never lost sight of Bogie.

Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and her fond memories of many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.


My Thoughts...

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Lauren Bacall died. Not knowing a lot about her I decided to read her autobiography  "By Myself and Then Some" All I mostly knew about her was that she had been the wife of  Humphrey Bogart and later Jason Robard. 

I found this a very interesting read, especially if you are a fan of Bacall or Bogart. The back story of Bogie and Bacall is just one of the many reasons to read this book. I always felt that Bacall was one of a kind...A class act!  This week I watched one of her famous movies: "How To Marry a Millionaire" and found it quite entertaining and fun. Betty Gable, and Marilyn Monroe also starred in the movie, but Ms. Bacall stole the show...

This is part of my Nook library and I awarded it 4 'classy' stars.

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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89


Silver screen siren Lauren Bacall, who sizzled in classic films like “The Big Sleep” and “How to Marry a Millionaire,” died on Tuesday at the age of 89.
“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the estate of the Bogart family said on Twitter.
The actress had a fatal stroke Tuesday morning in her home, TMZ reported.
Born Betty Joan Perske in 1924, Bacall was raised in New York City by immigrant parents. At only 19, the husky-voiced actress caught the eye of film director Howard Hawks’ wife after appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1943.
Bacall was on her way to becoming one of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age after Hawks cast her in “To Have and Have Not” alongside her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in 1944.
It was in that film that she uttered the unforgettable line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and … blow.”
A year later, the sultry starlet married Bogart, who was 25 years her senior, after he divorced his third wife, actress Mayo Methot. The couple went on to co-star in three film-noir classics: “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage” and “Key Largo.”
Bacall and Bogart had two children together and remained a close couple until the actor’s tragic death of esophageal cancer in 1957.
Throughout her long and legendary career, Bacall appeared in over 30 movies, including “Murder on the Orient Express” and John Wayne’s last film, “The Shootist.”
Known for her glamorous beauty and sharp wit, she became famous for her sexy upward glance, dubbed “The Look.”
“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie,” she said of the signature move. “That was the beginning of ‘The Look.'”
The movie legend returned to her native New York in the ‘50s and embarked on a successful Broadway career, earning Tony Awards for her roles in the musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year.”
After a brief but rocky fling with Frank Sinatra, Bacall wed Oscar-winning actor Jason Robards. They had a son together and divorced in 1969.
In 2009, she received an Honorary Academy Award after being nominated once in 1997 for her work in “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match"-

A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It’s a tribute to the power of both “pride” and “prejudice” in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart…

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes.
Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet.
Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.


My Thoughts...

This was a cute and delightfully sweet romantic fun read. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'Perfect Matched' stars.

This book is a part of my Nook library.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"His Wife for a While"

Desperate Bachelor

Ben Danvers was about to lose everything―unless he found a woman willing to become his wife. The terms of his grandfather's will were outrageous, but they were iron clad. Just when Ben was about to give up all hope, the last woman he ever expected to wed made a startling proposal.

Bargaining Bride

Chelsea Carson offered Ben a deal he couldn't refuse. He could keep the family fruit orchard if he would make her one and only dream come true. But there were to be no strings attached, no messy emotions when it was over. Their makeshift marriage would be perfect―unless Chelsea allowed love to bungle the plan.


My Thoughts....


As always I enjoyed this book by Donna Fasano. I did something a bit different with this book, I downloaded it onto my Kindle, and listened to the auto version instead of reading it. I think because of that I enjoyed it more than if I had read it. 


 Ms. Fasano wrote this feel-good,fun light romantic story, with a bit of a twist to it. They got married first and fell in love later, which was nice for a change. I found Chelsea a bit  of a pain, but in the end all turned out happily-ever-after. I enjoyed the story enough to award it 3 fruity stars.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Reading Challenges....COMPLETED"

Since I've completed my "Reading Challenges" I have decided to take a break from blogging for the Summer. I will still be reading, but not posting reviews for the Summer... I will probably be back in September, 2014. Until then...ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Deadly Notions"

South Carolina's Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle is one tight-knit group~~if you cross one lady, you cross them all. But when one of the town's most insufferable moms is murdered, the group finds itself fraying at the seams.

Ever since she joined the circle, librarian Tori Sinclair has known she'd do anything for her new friends~~including throw a birthday party for a fellow sewer's daughter. While the party is a hit, self-important pageant mom Ashley Lawson and her rude attitude leave the ladies wanting to permanently shut her high-maintenance mouth. But when Ashley turns up dead, the sewing circle is shocked~~because as much as they wanted to strangle her, none of them actually would.


With the town aware that the entire club made threats against Mrs. Lawson, Tori and the girls need to band together to figure out who really murdered the monster mom, before the finger-pointing and gossip cause their friendship to unravel...


My Thoughts...


This is the first book I've read by this author, Elizabeth Lynn Casey. It is another sweet and charming southern cozy mystery. There's a lot of fun, folksy characters, and a lot of southern folksy sayings throughout the story. It was a "Southern Sewing Circle" series book, not sure what number in the series, but it was a stand-alone book as well. It was an okay read, but just a bit wordy in this old readers opinion. But all-in-all a very enjoyable story. I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 sweet and charming stars. 


This book is a part of my personal library.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"All I Want Is You"

Vintage boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood~~and the man who helped ruin her father.

Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal~~she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name~~he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface...and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really wanted...is each other?


My Thoughts...


This is the first book I've read by Sherrill Bodine. It was one of those light bubbly romance novels with an underlying mystery to solve, which made it an enjoyable read. 


"All I Want Is You" was a rousing good time...dishy, delicious, and delightful. I'm a fool for romance with a twist of mystery thrown into the story, therefore, I found this book quite entertaining.


I won this book a year or two ago from another book blogger. (Sorry, I can't remember who) The book is now a part of my personal library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 lovely shining stars.