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Book Review: Long Players

Long Players is a love story in 18 songs. This book was not at all what I was expecting it to be and in fact I didn’t quite finish it.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A story of heartbreak, (ex)stepparenthood, and the limitless grace of pop songs

Have you ever fallen in love—exalting, wracking, hilarious love—with a song? Long Players is a book about that everyday kind of besottedness—and, also, about those other, more entangling sorts of love that songs can propel us into. We follow Peter Coviello through his happy marriage, his blindsiding divorce, and his fumbling post marital forays into sex and romance. Above all we travel with him as he calibrates, mix by mix and song by song, his place in the lives of two little girls, his suddenly ex-stepdaughters. In his grief, he considers what keeps us alive (sex, talk, dancing) and our many interwoven ways of falling in love: with books and bands and records, with friends, with lovers, with the families we make.

Book Review: Badass Babe Workbook

The Badass Babe Workbook includes creative exercises, drawing activities, empowering stories, and fuel for your personal revolution that have been inspired by over 100 trailblazing women.  The great thing about these workbooks is that you can go in any order.  From front to back or jump around to each activity that you most feel like doing that day.  In between activities there are quotes and information on other badass babes, so you always know that you are in good company!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Book Review: The Ocean City NJ Boardwalk

I love boardwalks and while I have not yet been to Ocean City, NJ – after reading this book I certainly want to check it out.  The book is mostly photos – which is perfect because then I don’t have to think and can just daydream about being there.  The boardwalk is 2.5 miles of summer.  I liked that this book covered the history of the boardwalk all the way to present day.  Definitely something to add to a potential vacation destination list!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.


Book Review: The Baseball Fan Book

Everything You Need to Know to become a Hardball Know-It-All can be found in The Baseball Fan Book.  It can be debated that I already am a hardball know-it-all, but I had to check out this book just to be sure!  The book includes stats you should know, homeruns by players, games, etc.  I probably don’t know most of these stats off the top of my head, so maybe I don’t know as much as I think I do… 😉  There are also all sorts of obscure facts included like who was a switch pitcher? (Pat Venditte) – what player got 2 hits for 2 teams in 1 day in 2 cities? (Joel Youngblood)  There are skills that you need to obtain such as how to get an autograph to how to score a game.  And of course, my favorite section, HOTDOGS.  There’s a section on new players that might remind you of some old school players, tidbits on ALLLLLLL the teams in the majors, what “greats” would be on a team Mt Rushmore and of course, all the baseball lingo you need to know to be a true know-it-all!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the book

Everything You Need to Become a Hardball Know-It-All
The next book in the Fanbook series from Sports Illustrated KidsThe Baseball Fanbook has all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know to impress their friends, family, coaches, and any season ticket holders they may meet. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics ages 8 and up who know the basics of the sport they love, may play it, and are looking to become super fans. Filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to’s, chapters include Team Tidbits (salient baseball facts about every MLB team), Think Like A  Manager (essential strategies to understand), He Reminds Me Of (compares current players to legendary greats of America’s favorite pastime), and much more!

Book Review: Reckless Daughter

Reckless Daughter is the Portrait of Joni Mitchell.  There were a lot of things that I didn’t know about her that I learned after reading this book – that she survived polio, she had a bad 1st marriage, Graham Nash proposed to her.  Her mother said to her, “Don’t have kids when you get grown” (solid advice, I think, but it kind of showed how her mother felt about having her)  Crosby, Stills, & Nash were formed in her LIVING ROOM. (How awesome is THAT!?).  She was rumored to be suicidal after she broke up with Jackson Browne. (She wasn’t.)  In addition to being a musician, Joni is also an artist – and in her eyes she is an artist first, then musician.  This book really makes you feel like you are really, really getting to know Joni and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Book Review: You’re Gonna Make It After All

You’re Gonna Make It After All is a book about the Life, Times & Influence of Mary Tyler Moore.  There were already 2 memoirs written by Mary Tyler Moore herself and she was very up front about her life and her fight for women’s rights so the author had to figure out how to tell a story in a way that it hadn’t already been told before.  I didn’t realize how much she did for Women’s Rights – she wanted to wear pants on the Dick Van Dyke show and initially they only allowed for her to have pants on in one scene per episode! That’s so crazy.  Mary Tyler Moore loved the spotlight and after her son was a bit older she dipped her toes back in. She gave up on going to college in order to be a star.  I didn’t realize that her final resting place is here in CT!  At the end of the book there is some trivia and details on the awards that MTM had won which was really cool to look at.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Mary Tyler Moore was a legendary television and film performer who was much loved and lauded by millions as the personification of sweetness and innocence filtered through a sanitized television world. But as fate would have it, Moore was so much more than that. Coming of age at a time when feminism and women’s rights were on the march across the land, Moore’s roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show proved a flashpoint and a flag bearing influence to countless women who had decided in Mary Richards there was the possibility of so much more.

In You’re Gonna Make It After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore (Riverdale Avenue Books), New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro digs deep into her much-celebrated and often turbulent life as filtered through the coming of age of women’s rights led by such luminaries as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan and their triumphs and historical breakthroughs which were often influenced by Moore and her culturally important sitcoms. How the actress reacted to being cast as a feminist icon, her often contrary issues with the women’s movement, how her greatest television hits often brought home important liberal points in a stealth manner and her own political and social values form the backbone of a sociological, political and, yes, traditional celebrity biography that tells more than one expected from a book on somebody the world knows so well.

In this thoroughly researched and documented biography, readers will discover…

The truth behind the alleged relationship between Mary Tyler Moore and Elvis Presley.

What happened on the date between Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner

Why Mary Tyler Moore’s mother’s alcoholism led to Moore’s physical appearance.

How Moore got her revenge on a neighbor who molested her at age six.

“Mary Tyler Moore was an important entertainment personality,” author Shapiro states. “But she was also so much deeper than that. Her life and times are already well known. I felt that putting this reluctant feminist in the ring with the coming of equal rights for women would give the picture a different and ultimately insightful twist.”

Book Review: Higher Is Waiting

Higher is Waiting is a memoir by Tyler Perry (who you may know as Madea).  It is composed of over 10 years of connections of insight, inspirations and life lessons.  At the end of each chapter is a box with key points and questions to think about what Tyler talked about in that chapter in reference to your own life.  The book is very religious and there are bible verses included as well related to the chapters.  While I am not super religious, the book certainly was inspiring and really made me think and reflect on myself and my life.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

An intimate book of inspiration by the one and only Tyler Perry—actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and the creator of Madea

Higher Is Waiting is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life.

Beginning with his earliest memories of growing up a shy boy in New Orleans, Perry recalls the moments of grace and beauty in a childhood marked by brutality, deprivation, and fear. With tenderness he sketches portraits of the people who sustained him and taught him indelible lessons about integrity, trust in God, and the power of forgiveness: his aunt Mae, who cared for her grandfather, who was born a slave, and sewed quilts that told a story of generations; Mr. Butler, a blind man of remarkable dignity and elegance, who sold penny candies on a street corner; and his beloved mother, Maxine, who endured abuse, financial hardship, and the daily injustices of growing up in the Jim Crow South yet whose fierce love for her son burned bright and never dimmed. Perry writes of how he nurtured his dreams and discovered solace in nature, and of his resolute determination to reach ever higher.

Perry vividly and movingly describes his growing awareness of God’s presence in his life, how he learned to tune in to His voice, to persevere through hard times, and to choose faith over fear. Here he is: the devoted son, the loving father, the steadfast friend, the naturalist, the philanthropist, the creative spirit—a man whose life lessons and insights into scripture are a gift offered with generosity, humility, and love.

Book Review: Uncommon People

Uncommon People notes the rise and fall of rock stars.  The book focuses on rock stars from 1955-1995 and includes yearly playlists. It talks about the first Rockstar – Little Richard. The first Rock Idol – Elvis Presley. The Bad Boy – Jerry Lee Lewis.  The Good Boy – Buddy Holly.  Also included are bios on Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Elton John and Michael Jackson – to name a few.  Each of the artists/rockstars has a story about their life and career and was a lot of fun to read about these “uncommon” people who became Rock Stars and have solidified such a place in Pop Culture.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

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Book Review: Behind The Song

Behind the Song is 14 short stories / essays that are inspired by music.  How music can transport us. How music can inspire us.  The short stories that were based on songs I found to be really cool – I’ve never really been inspired to write a story after listening to a song but I definitely can see how many can.  Maybe I can use that idea as a future writing prompt for myself when I am stumped.  There is also an essay from G.Love – who was one of the few names I recognized – that was about a song he wrote which I really found to be interesting.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A song to match everyone’s heartbeat.

A soaring melody, a pulse-pounding beat, a touching lyric: Music takes a moment and makes it a memory. It’s a universal language that can capture love, heartbreak, loss, soul searching, and wings spreading—all in the span of a few notes. In Behind the Song, fourteen acclaimed young adult authors and musicians share short stories and personal essays inspired by the songs, the albums, the musicians who move them.

So cue up the playlist and crank the volume. This is an anthology you’ll want to experience on repeat

Book Review: All I Ever Wanted

I needed a good book to read for my plane ride to Vegas to see the BSB residency so obviously I picked the one with the NSYNC lyric in the title – All I Ever Wanted – but was amused to find that most of the chapters were named after BSB songs and I was 85% done with the book before NSYNC popped up again! haha.  This book is about a boyband made up of brothers called Hearbeat.  They had broken up and were putting on a reunion show in their hometown.  This book focuses mostly on band member Grant and his ex girlfriend Arabella who was the band’s choreographer.  They used to date, but broke up when she thought he cheated on her.  The book follows the band through setting up for their reunion show, the brothers trying to set up a reunion for Arabella and Grant and everyone dealing with their issues based on the band’s parents no longer being with them.  The reunion show ends up a great success and while they said it was going to be a one-off… are there more shows in their future?  Arabella seems like she is all-in on being with Grant, but was selling her business a mistake?  I guess we will find out in the next 3 books… all with BSB titles.

I really enjoyed this book and a boyband romance was JUST what I needed for my long flights to Vegas and back!! (I’ve already been approved for one of the sequels and can’t wait to dive in!)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

From USA TODAY bestselling author LuAnn McLane comes the first in a brand new series featuring the sexy Heart brothers: formerly the members of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat, they’re all grown up and back together for one last reunion tour….

When Grady Heart, former lead singer of the cult-phenomenon boy band Heartbeat and eldest of the brothers, decides to bring the group back together for a highly anticipated reunion concert, he doesn’t expect to be met with so much resistance from his brothers. He also doesn’t expect them to hire his ex-girlfriend and ex-Heartbeat choreographer Arabella York to help the band rock some new dance moves.

Back in Heartbeat’s glory days the brooding bad boy fell hard for Arabella; the studious, stable dance teacher tamed Grady’s wild side but her lack of trust in him eventually drove them apart. Although their chemistry burns hotter than ever, Grady tries to keep his relationship with Arabella strictly professional this time around but in his heart, he might just still long to find out what could have been.

Filled withs “McLane’s trademark devilish dialogue” (Publishers Weekly), All I Ever Wanted is a sexy rock ‘n’ roll romance, perfect for anyone who’s ever loved a boy band!