Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Make 'Em Laugh"

The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all—and done most of it.

From her acclaimed performances to her headline-making divorce from Eddie Fisher, raising a famous daughter to hitting the road with a successful one-woman show, Debbie Reynolds has been in the spotlight for decades. She’s met presidents, performed for the Queen of England, and partied with kings. A show business icon, she continues to sing and dance—and can drop more names than Andy Cohen.

In this fabulous personal tour, she recalls wonderful moments with the greats of the entertainment world—Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Phyllis Diller, and many, many more—sharing stories that shed new light on her life and career and the glittering world of Hollywood then and now. Debbie has plenty to tell—and in Make ’Em Laugh, she dishes it in the warm, down-to-earth voice her fans adore.

Debbie shares memories of late night pals and some of the greatest comedians of all time, stories from the big screen and small, and tales of marriage, motherhood, and children. Combining her wicked sense of humor and appealing charm, she reveals the personal side of show business and fame in funny, poignant, and delightful reminiscences. Nothing is off limits: Debbie talks about her sex life, her family drama—and even shares a few secret recipes.

As irresistible as the woman at its heart, this collection shows the consummate skill of a beloved entertainer who truly knows how to Make ’Em Laugh.

My Thoughts...

Ms. Reynolds has always been a favorite entertainer of mine. I remember as a teen-ager taking the Greyhound bus to a town 30 miles away to see her movies. I had a sister who lived in that town, so I would make a week-end or week of it. So, when I see a book by Debbie Reynolds, I just have to read it. I enjoyed her last book, "Unsinkable" a memoir, in 2013. 

I was not disappointed reading this one of her collections of stories, jokes, and musings. It is a quick read, with pictures, that brought back memories of more innocent times. It is always fun reading her stories, and watching her movies. 

I enjoyed this enough to award it 4 "Laughing" stars. This book is a part of my Nook library.

Monday, November 2, 2015

"Q" Is for "Quickstep to Murder" (ABC Wednesday)

What if your dance partner, business partner, and fiancé was stepping out with another woman? That's exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.
But when Stacy discovers Rafe's dead body in the studio one dark night, the police suspect her of killing him. To clear her name and save her studio, Stacey teams up with Rafe's estranged cousin from Argentina, Tav, to find the real killer. And if Stacy doesn't watch her step, the killer may make this dance her last.
I wanted a fun week-end book to read and noticed this one on my bookshelf. It took me a little longer than the week-end to read it, not because it was to many pages (286 pages) But, because I was busy and only got to read it in bits and pieces until today. However, I really did enjoy reading it. It is just a fun cozy little mystery that Quickstepped along quite fast once I had the time to set down and read it.

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"The Sun Also Shines for me"

Mary Bennet, having been overshadowed her whole life by her sisters, is now seeking her place in the sun by pursuing a life that will be uniquely her own. As she sets out, she gains a ready companion in Georgiana Darcy, who wishes to assist her. Shy Georgiana also sees in this a way to withdraw from the uncomfortable light of attention from young men seeking to marry into the Darcy name and money.

"The Sun Also Shines For Me" follows Mary and Georgiana into London during The Season, a time for men and women alike to meet someone to marry. However, our two heroines have come to London for reasons altogether different. Are they going to discover what they are looking for? Will Mary's attempt to step from the shadows into the light be successful? Will Georgiana find that running from one thing leads her headlong into something quite unexpected? Or is the society of the time so stacked against two young ladies with interests beyond balls and dinner parties that they are stifled in their pursuits?

Come join these two girls in this exploit and find your own reasons to laugh and cry with them along the way to realizing that the sun truly shines for both of them.

My Thoughts...

What I found interesting about this book based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is this is a story about the middle sister Mary Bennett. Not a whole lot was written about her in the book,  P & P, just that she loved reading and always had a quote for almost any occasion, and she loved to play the piano and sing at gatherings, even tho she was a bit immature at that stage in her life. This story enlarges on these qualities now a few years later in her life.

The only problem I had was... it started a bit slow for me, but as the story moved on the pace picked up and drew me right into the story.  I enjoyed learning more about Georgiana as she overcame some of her shyness, and came out of her shell. And the new character, Alice was an interesting character next to the other two, the three of them completed each other. 

A big THANK YOU!!! to the authors, Noe and Cindy for gifting this book to me to read and give an honest review. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4  "Sunny" Stars.

This book is part of my Nook Library.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.