Fans of "Saturday Night Live" will recognize the name Darrell Hammond as the talented actor and impressionist who amusingly captured on air the likes of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Donald Trump, Phil Donahue, and Dick Cheney for more than 12 years. His new book, "God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked" is a shocking and heart-wrenching example of why you can't judge a book by its cover.
Hammond's facility with comedy might lead you to think of him as a light-hearted fellow with the world at his feet. Not true. He was abused as a child and the book is a devastating revelation of how he has suffered from the emotional and physical scars ever since.
The book contains some shocking stories and language, so be warned. It is a very powerful book with some passages that are unforgettable, particularly when he shifts perspectives on his abuser. The sections about his father, whose own life was changed by WWII, are incredibly moving.
Are you a fan of the creatures of the night? Does the thought of vampires, werewolves and zombies make you want to cry "Oh, my!" with delight? You might want to check out the new Paranormal Book Group that meets at the Weber Road Branch on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.
We read all things paranormal ranging from vampires to aliens, including adult and teen materials. Some of the books the group has previously read include:
The president's vampire by Christopher Farnsworth
Daniel X : watch the skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust
Abraham Lincoln : vampire hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
In Life As We Knew It, a meteor strikes the moon changing its orbit around planet Earth and dramatically changing the life of 16-year-old Miranda. Gone is her "normal" life of high school, ice-skating and hanging out with her friends in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, life has turned into a chaotic mess of foraging for food and protecting herself, her family and her neighbors from looters. The added stress of living without electricity, running water, communication or modern medicine adds to her family's struggle to survive. This novel shows the author's plausible interpretation of the total breakdown of civilization if such a cataclysmic change happened during our lifetime.
With a title like that, you have to wonder how serious this book takes itself. Steve Almond's memoir of his lifetime love of rock music is a display of passion for the music. Almond begins the book in the mid-1970s with himself as a preteen who is trying to emulate his older brother. But every time he thinks he has matched his brother's taste, that brother has already moved on: Styx, the Police, punk, and finally, The Grateful Dead. Almond describes his evolution as a "Drooling Fanatic" and how it eventually destroyed every relationship he had with girls and women, until he met another Drooling Fanatic.
The news that Ray Bradbury had passed away on June 5, 2012 saddened me. Along with authors Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, I credit Mr. Bradbury for introducing to the realms of science fiction, horror, and fantasy more years ago than I care to remember.
His works took on social problems in a thought provoking way. Mr. Bradbury wrote of segregation, censorship, and a society that is overly dependent on technology. His characters range from Martians to firemen who start fires instead of putting them out. He had the ability to draw the reader into his world by sympathetic characters and well-written prose.
Two new biographies present the stranger-than-fiction true tales of men who changed the food industry.
Brat Pack member Rob Lowe has written an autobiography entitled, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends." I checked out the eAudiobook version which is read by the author. In the beginning, the strongest part of the biography, Lowe discusses his difficulties getting started in show business. You might think that his undeniable good looks made his an easy life, but such is not the case. Young Rob Lowe had trouble until his parents divorced and the family moved from Ohio to Malibu, California. Living in the same neighborhood as Martin Sheen and his roustabout sons, Rob Lowe started catching breaks. He gradually became a movie star but the dysfunction of his early life manifested itself in adulthood with scandals, dissolution, profligacy and, luckily, rehab.
Are you suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal? Spending sleepless nights worrying if Matthew and Lady Mary will overcome their past and find true love? If so,
"The American Heiress" by Daisy Goodwin may be just the tonic to assuage your Gilded Age malaise.
Cora Cash -as in cash, money - is the richest heiress in Newport. Beleaguered by tons of dough but not so much social standing, Mama Cash is intent on marrying off her only daughter to a titled Englishman, thereby snagging the credibility to rule the scene. Enter Lord Wareham, a dark and brooding Duke with a threadbare estate and shadowy past. He and Cora meet cute, marry and produce an heir, all the while battling cultural differences and scheming ex-lovers.