Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Make 'Em Laugh"

The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all—and done most of it.

From her acclaimed performances to her headline-making divorce from Eddie Fisher, raising a famous daughter to hitting the road with a successful one-woman show, Debbie Reynolds has been in the spotlight for decades. She’s met presidents, performed for the Queen of England, and partied with kings. A show business icon, she continues to sing and dance—and can drop more names than Andy Cohen.

In this fabulous personal tour, she recalls wonderful moments with the greats of the entertainment world—Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Phyllis Diller, and many, many more—sharing stories that shed new light on her life and career and the glittering world of Hollywood then and now. Debbie has plenty to tell—and in Make ’Em Laugh, she dishes it in the warm, down-to-earth voice her fans adore.

Debbie shares memories of late night pals and some of the greatest comedians of all time, stories from the big screen and small, and tales of marriage, motherhood, and children. Combining her wicked sense of humor and appealing charm, she reveals the personal side of show business and fame in funny, poignant, and delightful reminiscences. Nothing is off limits: Debbie talks about her sex life, her family drama—and even shares a few secret recipes.

As irresistible as the woman at its heart, this collection shows the consummate skill of a beloved entertainer who truly knows how to Make ’Em Laugh.

My Thoughts...

Ms. Reynolds has always been a favorite entertainer of mine. I remember as a teen-ager taking the Greyhound bus to a town 30 miles away to see her movies. I had a sister who lived in that town, so I would make a week-end or week of it. So, when I see a book by Debbie Reynolds, I just have to read it. I enjoyed her last book, "Unsinkable" a memoir, in 2013. 

I was not disappointed reading this one of her collections of stories, jokes, and musings. It is a quick read, with pictures, that brought back memories of more innocent times. It is always fun reading her stories, and watching her movies. 

I enjoyed this enough to award it 4 "Laughing" stars. This book is a part of my Nook library.

Monday, November 2, 2015

"The Sun Also Shines for me"

Mary Bennet, having been overshadowed her whole life by her sisters, is now seeking her place in the sun by pursuing a life that will be uniquely her own. As she sets out, she gains a ready companion in Georgiana Darcy, who wishes to assist her. Shy Georgiana also sees in this a way to withdraw from the uncomfortable light of attention from young men seeking to marry into the Darcy name and money.

"The Sun Also Shines For Me" follows Mary and Georgiana into London during The Season, a time for men and women alike to meet someone to marry. However, our two heroines have come to London for reasons altogether different. Are they going to discover what they are looking for? Will Mary's attempt to step from the shadows into the light be successful? Will Georgiana find that running from one thing leads her headlong into something quite unexpected? Or is the society of the time so stacked against two young ladies with interests beyond balls and dinner parties that they are stifled in their pursuits?

Come join these two girls in this exploit and find your own reasons to laugh and cry with them along the way to realizing that the sun truly shines for both of them.

My Thoughts...

What I found interesting about this book based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is this is a story about the middle sister Mary Bennett. Not a whole lot was written about her in the book,  P & P, just that she loved reading and always had a quote for almost any occasion, and she loved to play the piano and sing at gatherings, even tho she was a bit immature at that stage in her life. This story enlarges on these qualities now a few years later in her life.

The only problem I had was... it started a bit slow for me, but as the story moved on the pace picked up and drew me right into the story.  I enjoyed learning more about Georgiana as she overcame some of her shyness, and came out of her shell. And the new character, Alice was an interesting character next to the other two, the three of them completed each other. 

A big THANK YOU!!! to the authors, Noe and Cindy for gifting this book to me to read and give an honest review. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4  "Sunny" Stars.

This book is part of my Nook Library.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.


Friday, October 30, 2015


Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she's achieved today.
Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14.

My Thoughts...

Before reading this book, just remember Drew lived a much different life style than most people. At 14 years of age the courts granted her the right to live on her own as an adult. She had no adult supervision from that age on, she was on her own. Therefore, if you are looking for a tell all book, this is not the book for you.

It is not a memoir 'per se' but a collection of stories of her life. I found it interesting and entertaining. I read it in parts of three days, however, it could be read much quicker. The problem with a book I am enjoying is that I want to finish the book, but I don't want to finish the book. So I only read a part of it for the last three days so it would last longer. That is just one of my idiosyncrasies, I'm funny that way...Anyway, I enjoyed this book enough to award it 4 "Wildflower" stars.

This book is part of my Kindle library.