Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

My head is always in a book

I've been so bad about updating that the eventual entry will seem like a year-end (or at least fall) review. Books aren't hard to do, since I've already reviewed them on Library Thing and just need to cut and paste.

"Lovers & Players" by Jackie Collins - I was waiting for an event to start and another early arriver struck up a conversation with me. I didn't really want to talk since I was reading this book, and had just gotten to the part where virginal Amy realizes her pre-wedding fling was her intended's brother. I tried to explain this and it sounded hopelessly trashy - just the way I like my Jackie Collins books. The ending wasn't quite as predictable as usual.

"Wishful Drinking" by Carrie Fisher - The same basic material as the show, but I think it came across better when done live. A thin, fast read (it had to be fast, since the library wouldn't let me renew since others had it on reserve).

"Brian's Girl" by Diane Hoh - Devastated when her boyfriend goes off to college and finds someone else, Kate fails to notice something better closer to home. I'm way too old for these teenage novels.

"Rescue Me" by Gigi Levangie Grazer - I really liked Grazer's "Maneater" and "The Starter Wife" but this first novel focuses on a darker, more gritty side of LA. Other than the saintly Gabe (who could come rescue me any time), I wouldn't trust these characters, or want to meet them in a dark alley.

"Star Craving Mad" by Elise Abrams Miller - Even though the plot was a bit contrived, I loved this novel about a first-grade private school teacher in NYC. I swooned over her love interests and rooted for her all the way (even though she did drink - ick! - too much).

"Charles & Diana: The Prince & Princess of Wales" by Trevor Hall - Written in 1982 when she was pregnant with Prince William, the book seems a bit dated and sad since we know what happens to the fairy tale. Chock-full of photos.

"Only You, Dick Daring!: or How to Write One Television Script and Make $50,000,000: A True-Life Adventure" by Merle Miller and Evan Rhodes - In the early '60s, Miller was hired to write a TV series featuring Jackie Cooper as a county agent in the southwestern U.S. You don't remember this series? There's a good reason, as the showbiz shenanigans unfold.

"Living, Loving and Learning" by Leo Buscaglia - A compilation of Buscaglia's lectures on living, loving, and learning. I remember seeing him speak on PBS, and his vibrancy loses something on the page. Alas, he died of a heart attack in 1998.

"The Ruins of California" by Martha Sherrill - Inez Ruin grew up in drugs/sex/rock 'n roll '70s California, shuttling between her divorced and very different parents and family members. I could not relate to their lifestyle, and did not really like these people.

"Just Like Family: Inside the Lives of Nannies, the Parents They Work for, and the Children They Love" by Tasha Blaine - Fascinating portrait of 3 nannies in NYC, Wellesley, MA, and the Austin, TX area. I've never had kids and know nothing about childcare, but the stories of these normally invisible (yet powerful) women were riveting.

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NYT weekend puzzles:

Friday, 12/25 (Paula Gamache) 5:33
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