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Want to Know Everything About The Princess Bride? As You Wish ...

Want to Know Everything About The Princess Bride? As You Wish ...
To think you knew all the trivia there was to know about The Princess Bride, only to come across a book with even more entertaining nuggets of information? Inconceivable! In the wake of one-of-the-best-movies-ever’s 25th anniversary, actor Cary Elwes delivers a wonderful memoir about one of Rob Reiner’s signature films, the screen adaptation of William... Read more »

Disease, Dysfunction, Despair: Five Days Left

Disease, Dysfunction, Despair: Five Days Left
Given the recent passing of Death With Dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, the timing of this read was somewhat cathartic. Maynard garnered national attention for her decision to end her life on her own terms—not giving the brain cancer that was killing her the last say. In author Julie Lawson Timmer’s debut, Five Days Left, one... Read more »

Where Oh Where Did My Silly Go?

Where Oh Where Did My Silly Go?
Holy crap. I am really middle-aged. Another birthday is on the horizon, and it marks the beginning of the slide toward 50. I look in the mirror and don’t see me so much anymore as I do my mother. And tonight, our blog community was posed the question, “What is something you’ve given up but... Read more »
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I Just Can't Quit You, Rob Lowe

I Just Can't Quit You, Rob Lowe
Damnit, Rob. Celebrity memoirs often pique my interest if only because it allows my shallow superficial Id to bathe in the waters of narcissistic bullshit. It’s like reading a People magazine on steroids. And it’s a chance to connect with people you adore from afar. I don’t remember if I ever had a Tiger Beat... Read more »

A Million Ways to Die in the West: A Raunchy, Raucous Read

A Million Ways to Die in the West: A Raunchy, Raucous Read
So, yeah. I saw Seth “Family Guy” McFarlane on The Daily Show talking about his new book, “Seth McFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West”—a book based off a screen adaptation of his upcoming film, and thought, “Well, that’s sure be a fun book for the boys to read.” Now I am trying... Read more »

God I Hate When Oprah is Right: Book Review for "Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

God I Hate When Oprah is Right: Book Review for "Twelve Tribes of Hattie"
Damnit Oprah! “Twelve Tribes of Hattie” is a winner. You know how people have an unnatural loathing of Anne Hathaway? So it is with me and the O. (Don’t read too much into this—like just about anyone my age in Chicago, I made the trek to her studios years ago to see a taping and... Read more »
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GQ Editor Michael Hainey's Memoir "After Visiting Friends"

GQ Editor Michael Hainey's Memoir "After Visiting Friends"
“We all have a family inside secrets and loss. There is a truth that can help heal us and help us move forward.” Anyone who knows me would tell you that I am not on the cutting edge of style. I think a clean sweatshirt is “edgy.” But even I know GQ, so when a... Read more »

Read to Your Kids, Dammit

Read to Your Kids, Dammit
I thought I had gotten over the initial shock of Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut. I got busy making cookies in the kitchen, enjoying one of my children’s holiday concerts, going for a run … all the things I would normally do. And … then I saw that photo tonight of President Obama hugging and smiling... Read more »

Gifts and Gore: Two Alternative Christmas Stories

Gifts and Gore: Two Alternative Christmas Stories
Looking for something to read other than “The Christmas Box” or “Skipping Christmas?” Here are two alternatives that are fabulous but as different from each other as JFK and Johnny Rotten—”A Secret Gift” and “Unholy Night.” A Secret Gift (Ted Gup): Six or seven years ago I came across Ted Gup’s brilliant “Book of Honor,”... Read more »
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Welcome to LitzyDitz

“Hello, my name is Kelly and I am a bookaholic.” Well, I guess it depends on your definition of a person with a dependency on books. I’m not quite crazy cat lady (though I do have a kitty posse of two) and I’m not a librarian. In fact, I find myself with less time to... Read more »