I Loved Her in the Movies by Robert Wagner

Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner’s memoir of the great women movie stars he has known. —Viking;2016

Book Review:

I Love Her in the Movies is Wagner’s tribute to Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 30’s to the 80’s. He tells of his personal and professional interactions with actress such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and more, as casually as if talking about Karen in accounting.  He confirms and dispels rumors of affairs, diva behavior, who was manic and who was an alcoholic.

Other than a brief mention of the casting couch, pay gaps and ageism that put actresses at a disadvantage, Wagner does not comment on the long standing abusive behavior that would lead to the 2018 #metoo movement.  Nor does he acknowledge the lack of diversity, making the book a lighthearted love letter to the women of Hollywood.  –Borrow it.

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Magic Cleaning #1) by. Marie Kondo

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international best seller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.–Ten Speed Press; 2014

 

Review:

I was surprised by Kondo’s candid personal revelations on how being a middle child in her family made it difficult for her to make acquaintances and connect with people. Making her focus her energy on appreciating her belongings and what she surrounded herself with.  Spurring a life focused on tidying.

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Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson

The true story of the “world’s greatest entertainer”revealed by the man most qualified to disclose it, his longtime live-in lover. –Tantor Media Inc; 2013

 

Review:Knowing that the audience is reading the story for Liberace, Thorson only includes small inserts about himself before he met Liberace, his life after their break up and after Li’s death.  Focusing mostly on the rise of Liberace’s fame and their life together.  Although the tid bits about growing up in in foster care, going into witness protection, finding religion, surviving a mob hit and countless drug relapses, in addition to dating a celebrity, promises a good read should Thorson ever write a book focused on his life.

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