Book Review: Angry Optimist

jonAngry Optimist is a biography on Jon Stewart, who was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.  In high school, he was voted “Best Sense of Humors” in senior superlatives.  One of his first jobs was doing a puppet show with disabled puppets for children.  He decided that he needed to go to New York to pursue what he really wanted to do – stand up comedy – because all the other jobs that he was getting were just not cutting it.  When an NBC slot opened for a nightly show – it came down to Jon and Conan as the host. Conan ended up getting picked and Jon ended up with a show on MTV.  Then he decided to head out to Los Angeles to try his hand at acting.  During that time, Craig Kilborn left his job at The Daily Show and Jon ended up getting that gig.  The whole second half of the book chronicles Jon’s time hosting The Daily Show – how it was affected by September 11th, etc.

A nice biography on Jon, it was nice to read more about him as I watch his show occasionally (and have even attended a taping) but didn’t know too much about the backstory of Jon.

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

About the Book

Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist,biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling standup comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show. And she charts his humbling string of near-misses—passed over as a replacement for shows hosted by Conan O’Brien, Tom Snyder, and even the fictional Larry Sanders—before landing at a half-hour comedy show that at the time was still finding its footing amidst roiling internal drama.

Once there, Stewart transformed The Daily Show into one of the most influential news programs on television today. Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues, Rogak reveals how things work—and sometimes don’t work—behind the scenes at The Daily Show, led by Jon Stewart, a comedian who has come to wield incredible power in American politics.

Book Review: Baby Santa and The Gift Of Giving

babysantaBaby Santa is back again this year! This time with “The Gift Of Giving”.  In this book, Baby Santa heads to New York City and along with the Bond family, does a lot of good deeds around the city for others. The moral of the story is that giving gifts is only one way to spread the cheer during the holidays – the book gives lots of ideas of other ways to donate your time to help others as well. And as always, the book is written in rhyme. (I love it!) and the illustrations are absolutely adorable.

A great read before bedtime for any child who is waiting for Santa to arrive!

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

About the Book

Baby Santa’s back this year for another outing—this time to the Big Apple!

It’s just a few days before Christmas Day when a letter arrives at the bustling North Pole. It’s from the Bond family, and they have a question for Santa: How can they share the spirit of giving on their upcoming trip to New York City?

What a great idea! And just like that, Baby Santa is off, with the reindeer and a couple of elves in tow, to give the Bond family the answer—in person. He hosts them on a day of helping others in New York. Along the way, they find time for the amazing sights of Christmastime in the city!

Baby Santa and the Gift of Giving is the latest installment in this delightful Christmas series.

Book Review: Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded, From Disney to Disaster

lohanAfter putting together a comic book of the downfall of Lindsay Lohan, author Marc Shapiro decided he wanted to tell her whole story.  It starts a bit with more recent Lindsay – her trouble in 2013, but then goes back, all the way back, to the birth of her father Michael and how he met her mother Dina and her troubled family life and childhood. (Dad was in and out of jail when she was a kid.)  The book continues to talk about Lindsay’s troubles – Aaron Carter / HIlary Duff triangle, car accidents, bad career moves, Oxycodone addiction and rehab stints.

It seems that every time Lindsay seems to be on the path to get her career and life back together again, a major setback happens. I truly wish her well and that she can overcome all of this because I do like her! I never realized how much trouble she had been dealing with – I have seen the headlines but I guess it doesn’t click just how much of it there is/was until you read it all back to back to back in biography chapters.

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


About the Book

Lindsay Lohan is quite literally a trainwreck for the internet age. Her every misstep, personal and professional disaster and emotional trip into career suicide has been chronicled to the point of overkill in the tabloids and gossip sites. Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster: An UnauthorizedBiography tells the whole story in minute detail and, in the process, updates the classic Hollywood tale of talent and promise cut short by alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, a dysfunctional childhood, emotional issues and the willingness of a shark-like media to attack at every turn.

As told by New York Times bestselling-author Marc Shapiro, Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster tells the story of a child brought up in the midst of a dysfunctional and often violent and substance-abusing family. Lindsay’s talent ultimately brought her to Hollywood where hit-movies and growing celebrity had the entertainment world pegging her as the next ‘It’ girl. What followed was a steady decline as Lindsay’s inability to cope with real world realities and the fantasy of ‘Tinsel Town’ manifested itself in countless stints in rehab and run-ins with the law as she slowly but surely burned every emotional and professional bridge on an odyssey that currently has her making a literal last stand in London

Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster is also an indictment of a mercenary press who found that there was more profit in a bad Lindsay Lohan than a good Lindsay Lohan and who took every opportunity to poke, prod and cajole Lindsay into an even darker place for their profit and the amusement of those who reveled in her pain and suffering.

Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster: An Unauthorized Biography is a no holds barred journey into celebrity hell which will have readers choosing up sides. Which side will you be on?

Book Review: Want It

wantitWant It is the story of Zander and Erin.  The two dated in high school but broke up after Erin seemed to ruin Zander’s life by calling the cops after a car accident that led to his arrest and losing his chance to go to West Point.  After they had a bad breakup, Zander enlisted in the Army and is now an Army Ranger.  Erin is being threatened and needs his help in order to save her mother and her boyfriend who are in Mexico.  When she received an email from Zander’s Mom telling her that Zander’s father has passed away, she ends up going to the funeral to reconnect with Zander.

Zander agrees to help her out and gives her information on what to do. They end up hooking up.  Then Zander tells Erin that she is not going to Mexico without him “pretending” to be her boyfriend to help her out to make sure that they get her Mom and her boyfriend back in one piece.

This was a fun read because it had a bit of a different side story than most of the other romance novels I have read. Once I got over Zander’s name being Zander (short for Alexander) of course.

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







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