Posts from the ‘Biography/Memoir’ Category

In Memoriam 2013

As we look back on the year 2013 with fond memories, we also look back with sorrow at those authors who have left us.

In 2013:

  • Tom Clancy
  • Elmore Leonard
  • Richard Matheson
  • Tom Sharpe
  • Jack Vance
  • Roger Ebert
  • Carmine Infantino
  • Bob Clarke
  • Daniel Hoffman
  • Don Payne
  • Anthony Lewis
  • John Henry Merwin
  • W. Watts Biggers
  • Margaret Frazer
  • Stanley Karnow
  • Richard Ben Cramer
  • Sol Yurick
  • T.S. Cook

I am sure that there are some who I may have missed.

 

 

 

 

Jim Henson: the Biography

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Growing up in the 80’s resulted in Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and Labyrinth…all involving in some way Jim Henson.  The creator and producer of The Muppets, he was most famous for being the voice behind the frog, Kermit.

This extensive biography covered from his childhood, to his college and young 20’s years of forming the new way of puppetry by creating the ability to use facial expressions.  It also covers his marriage, love of cars, and his tragic death from a staph infection.  His son Brian Henson has done a terrific job of taking over the reigns from his father.

The pictures included are fantastic.  I highly recommend this book.

In Memoriam 2012

I always forget in the beginning of the year who the literary world lost the previous year. When I look it up, I am always saddened at the loss of so many great writers and illustrators with whom I have grown up, and who I read and loved as an adult.

In 2012, we saluted Bill Wallace, Jan Berenstain, Maurice Sendak, Jean Craighead George, Donald J. Sobol, and Else Homelund Minarik, among others.

The Notebook Girls: Four Friends, One Diary, Real Life by Julia Baskin, et al.

This is a true diary, shared by four girls who were in high school in NYC and witnessed the September 11 attacks.  They also documented their daily struggles; such as crushes, parties, drugs, homework, family life, etc.

I really enjoyed it.  It was a difficult read emotionally at times, especially around the Sept. 11 attacks.  Having been a teen girl myself many years ago, I could easily relate to some of the angst that they were going through.  It was also an eye-opening account of experiences of an urban high school setting, which I did not experience myself.

Overall, a very good read.  Very blunt, in their own words, uncensored, with drawings and photos. I would recommend for almost anyone not afraid to relive the stress of high school, but this time at your own pace.

Reviewed by: Angie

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron

On the coldest night of the year  in Iowa, the librarian of the local library in Spencer, Vicki, discovered a small surprise.  Someone had placed a tiny, cold and frostbitten kitten in the bookdrop.

This is the story of how Dewey Readmore Books came to belong to not only the library patrons, but a whole community.  He endeared himself to both young and old alike.  He not only survived his long, lonely night, but thrived with his new friends at the library.

I usually avoid animal stories because they usually end the same, sad way, but I could not resist this one.

Possible Spoilers:

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Prepare yourself with a box of tissues by your side as you read.  This heartwrenching book will grab a hold of you right from the start, and not let you stop until you finish the book.  The ending is inevitable, but even though I knew what was coming, I still couldn’t stop the tears.

As an epilogue, the library board has since decided not to have any more cats, at least for the time being.  Vicki Myron has retired.

Reviewed by: Angie