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Archive for the month “August, 2011”

Look what I’m reading on Kindle!

I am reading quite a bit on my Kindle.  I am actually buying hardcover books that I wouldn’t normally buy, for a fraction of the cost.  Here is what I’ve read in the past month:

The Thirty-first of March: An Intimate Portrait of Lyndon Johnson’s Final Days in Office
Horace Busby
Never heard of this guy but took a stab at this and found this to be a very personal story that is touching and insightful.

Jokes My Father Never Taught Me
Rain Pryor
A very compelling story, comedic, honest, sad and insightful. Great read.

BAD BLOOD: Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, and the Tumultuous 1960s
Jeffrey Smith
I always love reading about the relationship between Johnson and Robert Kennedy. The last book I read on this was about ten years ago, and this latest book was just as engrossing.  Smith actually brings to light some issues I was not even aware of, and I’ve read tons of books about the Kennedys and Johnson. Good read.

Mr. S
William Stadiem, George Jacobs
This book was written by Sinatra’s valet, George Jacobs, who worked for Sinatra for many years.  Besides knowing all the ins and outs of Sinatra’s lifes, including his wives and children, Jacobs shares his relationship with Sinatra as well. By the time Sinatra married his last wife, Barbara, things kind of went south and Sinatra fires Jacobs and after many years of dedicated service.  Yet despite this, Jacobs’ book is not vicious, he clearly speaks of Sinata with great warmth and on the whole, the book  is informative,  and a bit melancholy.

My Father’s Daughter
Tina Sinatra, Jeff Coplon
Tina speaks about her dad from the heart. Well written book, correlates closely to George Jacobs’ book.

Ava Gardner: “Love Is Nothing”
Lee Server
I read Ava’s autobiography years ago and was thoroughly entertained, but I feel that Lee Server’s book is more accurate. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank
Barbara Sinatra
Written by Sinatra’s last wife, I found her viewpoint very slanted, in her direction. Sometimes, it’s so obvious, it sounds like an advertising pitch. Not surprisingly, Barbara’s book doesn’t correlate with Sinatra’s valet, George Jacobs and Tina Sinatra’s book.

Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary
Juan Williams
The read in this was okay, not great, but Thurgood’s story was very interesting and I learned what made him tick.

Robert Mitchum: “Baby I Don’t Care”
Lee Server
This book was a hoot! Mitchum was so non-pluss about acting and about life in general, he was the kind of guy who did what he wanted, when he wanted. What a great read!

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated
Alison Arngrim
A totally fun book. Alison played “Nellie” in “Little House on the Prairie” and the book is a total hoot. A must read!

Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ
Nicholas deB Katzenbach
I found this book extremely insightful. Katzenbach speaks honestly about the Kennedys, the 1960s, and manages to hold on to his convictions regardless of the politics and red tape he had to deal with.

I’m Over All That
Shirley MacLaine
When MacLaine shares stories and anecdotes about her life, it’s highly entertaining. When she goes into tangents about her past life, not so much, it’s hard to follow. So I ended up reading only portions of the book. Maybe I’ll go back and read her first one, and in that I’ll learn more about her. We’ll see.

Around the World with LBJ: My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidant
James U. Cross
Cross worked very closely with Johnson. He admired him immensely but he understood the man and his faults and peculiarities. Very insightful, great read.

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