Category: Book Reviews

Steven's Book Reviews: A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, 2/17)

Steven's Book Reviews: A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, 2/17)
Being a bibliophile, the name Joyce Carol Oates is one that I’ve seen bandied about everywhere, yet I didn’t have the impetus to read any of her novels. I heard that she was preachy, hyper-feminist, and subversive. Have I ever mentioned how fruitless it is to listen to any critique but your own? From the... Read more »

Steven's Book Reviews: Beatles '66 - The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner (HarperCollins, 2016)

Steven's Book Reviews: Beatles '66 - The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner (HarperCollins, 2016)
Very rarely have I been able to quote one of the schmaltziest songs ever recorded by Frank Sinatra (and that’s saying something!): “…it was a very good year.” And what a year it was! Steve Turner’s new book Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year catalogs Earth Year 1966 for the Fab Four. In those 12 months,... Read more »

A Joan Rivers Thanksgiving Week Celebration! (#3) - The Literary Output of Miss Joan Rivers, Authoress Extraordinaire!

A Joan Rivers Thanksgiving Week Celebration! (#3) - The Literary Output of Miss Joan Rivers, Authoress Extraordinaire!
Since my week-long sojourn into the life of character actress Mary Wickes was such an overwhelming success, I’ve decided to make famed comedienne Joan Rivers my next subject! Since Joan absolutely adored Thanksgiving, I decided to christen this week JOAN RIVERS WEEK on my blog! November 21st through 25th we’ll be exploring five surprise facets of... Read more »
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A Joan Rivers Week Celebration! (#1) - Steven's Book Reviews: Last Girl Before Freeway by Leslie Bennetts (Little Brown, November 2016)

A Joan Rivers Week Celebration! (#1) - Steven's Book Reviews: Last Girl Before Freeway by Leslie Bennetts (Little Brown, November 2016)
Since my week-long sojourn into the life of character actress Mary Wickes was such an overwhelming success, I’ve decided to make famed comedienne Joan Rivers my next subject! Since Joan absolutely adored Thanksgiving, I decided to christen this week JOAN RIVERS WEEK on my blog! November 21st through 25th we’ll be exploring five surprise facets... Read more »

Steven's Book Reviews: The French Chef in America by Alex Prud'homme (Knopf, 10/16)

Steven's Book Reviews: The French Chef in America by Alex Prud'homme (Knopf, 10/16)
“At times Julia’s high spirits caught her…mates off guard. One day, she announced that a store-bought baguette was not up to snuff, and blithely flung it over her shoulder. As the offending load spiraled over tureens of French onion soup and platters of carefully prepared food [her Television crew] held their breaths in dumbstruck terror. The... Read more »

Steven's Book Reviews: In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (Crown Archetype, 2016)

Steven's Book Reviews: In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett (Crown Archetype, 2016)
Very seldom do you pick up a book and instantly think, “I’m at home.” That feeling like the first sip of hot chocolate, where your stomach is adapting to the warm liquid and you can feel every drop down your throat. When I saw Carol Burnett in person at The Chicago Theater, she was touting... Read more »
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Steven's Book Reviews: The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese (Grove Press, July 2016)

Steven's Book Reviews: The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese (Grove Press, July 2016)
When we hear the name of the town Aurora in Colorado, we immediately have images flashed into our consciousness of the 2012 shooting at the Cinemark Movie Theater. During a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, 24-year-old James Holmes entered the theater, set off tear gas, threw grenades into the audience, and randomly fired into... Read more »

Steven's Book Reviews: Then & Now (A Memoir) by Broadway Icon Barbara Cook (Harper, 6/16)

Steven's Book Reviews: Then & Now (A Memoir) by Broadway Icon Barbara Cook (Harper, 6/16)
There truly very few memoirs that I can say that I “wished were longer.” Substandard memoirs, especially by celebrities, fall into one of two warring camps: the ones that are catty, overly-gossipy, and sermonic, and the ones that are dull as dishwater, with the personality of the woman at church that falls asleep during mass... Read more »

Steven's Book Reviews: Stephen King's latest novel End of Watch (Scribner's, 6/7/14)

Steven's Book Reviews: Stephen King's latest novel End of Watch (Scribner's, 6/7/14)
The release of a new Stephen King novel is a fête in the twisted universe that is my existence. The first King novel I read was ten years ago and, oddly enough, it was one of his longest: IT. My sister, who was about nine when I was two or three years old, loved to torment... Read more »
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Steven's Book Reviews: Baking with Amy (a cookbook) by Amy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company fame

Steven's Book Reviews: Baking with Amy (a cookbook) by Amy Bouzaglo of Amy's Baking Company fame
“I don’t believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make.” – Julia Child Mrs. Child could have been talking about Amy Bouzaglo when she uttered that brilliant quote. I was first introduced to Amy Bouzaglo, along with many others, when she appeared on Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay’s TV... Read more »