Category Archives: Bios and Memoirs

Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France – Craig Carlson

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) “I spoke of my favorite city and how beautiful it was…How all it needed was an American breakfast joint, and then it would be perfect!” Former Hollywood screenwriter, Craig Carlson, wanted to live his dream and … Continue reading

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Super Nuke!: A Memoir About Life as a Nuclear Submariner and the Contributions of a “Super Nuke” – the USS RAY (SSN653) Toward Winning the Cold War – Charles Cranston Jett

(Reviewed by Ishita RC) “We thought about the young men on that submarine, officers and enlisted men, who were fellow submariners like us. They were doing their job for their own country and were using the same sort of training … Continue reading

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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. – Eve Babitz (Author), Matthew Specktor (Introduction)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Los Angeles isn’t a city. It’s a gigantic, sprawling, ongoing studio. Everything is off the record. People don’t have time to apologize for its not being a city when their civilized friends suspect them of losing … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Defender: My Odyssey Through American Criminal Justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar Massacre – John Henry Browne

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Does helping the devil make you a devil too? That is, while defending Ted Bundy did I somehow absorb evil?” Many question the motives of attorneys like John Henry Browne as to why they agree to … Continue reading

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Cleopatra – Ernle Bradford

(Reviewed by Ishita RC)     My fascination with Egyptian history      attracted me to this book and I am glad to  report that my choice didn’t disappoint me.  The name of the book pretty much says it. Cleopatra is … Continue reading

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Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept – Daniel Rodriguez

(Reviewed by Don Jung) I have read numerous accounts of the horrors of war, but none so riveting as those depicted in Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept. However, this autobiography by Purple Heart and Bronze Star … Continue reading

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Madame Alexandra’s Rules of Business: The Enduring Principles of Business Success – Claude Roessiger

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “…money brings the only worthwhile thing it can bring: freedom…it being only the medium of exchange between a man’s labor and his freedom. Labor is not dishonorable, nor is the money which is only the comestible … Continue reading

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Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life – Carrie White

(Reviewed by Cathy Carey) “George Masters had done another one of his disappearing acts from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills more than a month ago. George had a reputation for being unreliable and outspoken. My favorite George story was … Continue reading

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Sailor Man: The Troubled Life and Times of J.P. Nunnally, U.S. Navy – Del Staecker

(Reviewed by Glenda Anderson) Tremendously touching and skillfully written, Del Staecker’s Sailor Man  is  succinct yet powerful. And it stunned me. This is a  true story of a sixteen-year-old so anxious to join the Navy in WWII and so patriotic to do … Continue reading

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You Can’t Win – Jack Black

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “From the day I left my father my lines had been cast, or I cast them myself, among crooked people. I had not spent one hour in the company of an honest person. I had lived … Continue reading

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