Category Archives: Bios and Memoirs

Los Angeles in the 1970s – David Kukoff (Editor),

(Reviewed by Don Jung) Back in the 1970s New Yorkers considered Los Angeles a “cow town” according to TV writer/novelist Bruce Ferber. As one of the twenty-nine commenting on how they describe the City of Angels, he explains how Los … Continue reading

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More Time to Love: One father’s extraordinary journal of living longer with ALS – Joseph L. Wions

(Reviewed by Pat Luboff) I have a confession to make.  I finished reading this book a while ago.  I was stunned into silence, unable to approach writing the review. The book has haunted me since. My father went the usual … Continue reading

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My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive – Julissa Arce

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “In less than two weeks there was more than a good chance my secret would finally be exposed—the secret that could ruin my life, that could send me to jail, that could end my career before … Continue reading

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When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends – Mary McAuliffe

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “A swelling population of expats, dubbed the “Lost Generation,” either found themselves or became permanently mired in a haze of fantasy and booze. Escapism and creativity mingled for a decade in this fizzy atmosphere, until the … Continue reading

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I Came, I Saw, I Coffeed: Online Dating: Why Doesn’t He Call Me Back? What Goes Through a Man’s Mind on the First Meet? Impressions from a Man Who had Over 350 First Meetups – Bruce Miller

(Reviewed by Jeyran Main) Reminding me of our very own Sex & the City story, but with a twist, this time we go through a male’s perspective. In I Came, I Saw, I Coffeed, author Bruce Miller dates around in … Continue reading

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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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