Category: Memoir

Julie Andrews Will Voice Her New Memoir’s Audiobook

Earlier today Entertainment Weekly reported that Julie Andrews, known as the iconic leading lady in both Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, will voice the audiobook version of her forthcoming memoir Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.

 

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This isn’t Andrews’ first venture into the world of writing. Previously, the actress published Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, a work that explores her difficult upbringing and earliest experiences with performing.

Home Work picks up where Home left off,  in the 60’s, when Andrews was cast by Walt Disney as the “world’s most famous nanny.”

 

 

And who better to tell her story of success than Andrews herself? Among her other talents, Andrews is often recognized by her voice. Her soothing lilt, and posh accent, is a sound that many have come to associate with childhood comfort. Children who grew up on Mary Poppins, as well as children who grew up on The Princess Diaries, all think of Andrews with the same kind of childlike love. Her career has endured for so long, she’s earned her status as Hollywood’s doting mother.

 

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Home Work provides a behind-the-scenes look at the career that thrusted Andrews into icon status. The actress shares anecdotes from the sets of her most iconic works, details you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Entertainment Weekly shared one snippet about how, on a rainy day, Andrews was forced to ride in the back of an ox-drawn cart full of camera equipment to get up the muddy Alps.

 

 

In her classic, Julie Andrews charm, the actress writes:

“I happened to be wearing a fur coat. It was the 1960s after all, and the humor in the contrast between my attire and the mode of transport wasn’t lost on any of us.”

Andrews’ memoir will hit shelves on October 15th, and the audiobook will be available the same day!

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Ali Wong’s ‘Dear Girls’ is both Heartfelt and Hilarious

If you’ve spent a lot of time binging on Netflix, you might recognize Ali Wong and her boisterous brand of comedy. She received mainstream acclaim with a pair of comedy specials she recorded in a mini-dress while pregnant: Baby Cobra (2016)  and Hard Knock Wife (2018). She also wrote and starred in a wildly popular Netflix original movie, Always Be My Maybe, last year. Wong’s never been reluctant to share the details of her life onstage (or overshare, depending on how you look at it) and in her first book – Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life – Wong’s bringing her swaggering comedic style to the page.

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Dear Girls is another irreverent and downright filthy piece of comedic writing from Wong. It features gross-out vignettes from her time studying abroad in Vietnam, in which she recounts having to bust out of her comfort zone when presented with a delicacy of fertilized duck embryos.

Wong also recounts her struggle to mainstream success and bombing in front of Eddie Murphy:

I knew Eddie Murphy specifically wasn’t laughing,” Wong writes, “because everyone knows when Eddie Murphy is or isn’t laughing. You could recognize his signature ‘HANH-HANH-HANH’ goose honk anywhere. And that night, there were no geese.

Dear Girls is meant to be somewhat crude and flippant, mainly because that’s just what Wong finds funny. But in between stories about gross Vietnamese breakfasts and teaching readers how to hold a fart in during yoga, Wong also reflects on her position in the public eye. As an Asia American comedian who’s also mom, there are a lot of eyes on her for a lot of reasons.

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Convincing an audience that a person who looks like me could be funny and proving to them that I belonged onstage, was a steep uphill battle.

Fans of Wong will welcome this new and, of course, hilarious look into her life. As a comedian who’s never shied away from oversharing, Dear Girls is as boisterous and brash as its author.

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Thrilling Hulu & Netflix Shows Arriving This October

Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!

We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

 

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From ‘the Time Traveler’s Wife’ | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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From ‘After’ | Image via Tenor

 

 

 

Crime

 

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From ‘Trainspotting’ | Image via Giphy 

 

  • Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
  • True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
  • Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)

 

 

Horror

 

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From Hellraiser | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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From ‘Along Came A Spider’ | Image via Tumbral

 

 

 

Comics

 

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From Blade | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Animation

 

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From Sailor Moon | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.

 

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Jim Carrey to Publish Book: ‘Memoirs and Misinformation’

Jim Carrey, the 90’s comedy star known for his starring roles in The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Liar Liar, is jumping into the writing world with his forthcoming work Memoirs and Misinformation. 

 

 

Carrey co-wrote the book with author Dana Vachon, and in a press release it was explained that the work is intended as a “semi-autobiographical deconstruction of persona.”

 

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In recent years, the idea of persona has become a bit of a theme for Carrey. He’s become known for going on diatribes centered on what it means to exist and be perceived by others.

 

 

This hasn’t been great for Carrey’s image, as people often associate the actor with their childhood nostalgia, and quotes like “We don’t exist, we are nothing but ideas,” don’t gel with the wacky, happy-go-lucky, goofball we all assumed Jim Carrey was.

 

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This, combined with Carrey’s habit of being very vocal on social media about his political beliefs, has earned the actor a bit of a negative reputation. However, this hasn’t effected Carrey’s acting opportunities, and he starred as Dr. Eggman in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

His reputation will also serve as a selling point for Memoirs and Misinformation, as this press release statement hints at;

“Carrey and Vachon have fashioned a narrative about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, loneliness, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, growing up in Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world — apocalypses within and without.”

 

 

Sonny Mehta, the Editor in Chief for the book publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, added, “Jim Carrey has written a novel that is more revealing about his life than any memoir could possibly be. It is a perceptive and highly entertaining book about the arc of fame, as well as a look inside the mind of an artist, the life that shaped him, and the world he inhabits.”

And in classic Jim Carrey fashion, when asked about the work he stated, “None of this is real, and it’s all true.”

Memoirs and Misinformation will be available in both hardcover and ebook form on May 5, 2020.

 

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 9/27/19

Fall has arrived. Day by day, the sun is setting a little earlier and the weather is getting brisker and “bricker.” Staying indoors is sounding pretty good right now. Why not embrace your inner introvert and snuggle up inside with a new read?

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

 

Our Hot Pick

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying: Essays

 

 

Synopsis:

In I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our preconceptions of the mind and normalcy as Bassey bares her own truths and lies for us all to behold with radical honesty and brutal intimacy.

From her early childhood in Nigeria through her adolescence in Oklahoma, Bassey Ikpi lived with a tumult of emotions, cycling between extreme euphoria and deep depression—sometimes within the course of a single day. By the time she was in her early twenties, Bassey was a spoken word artist and traveling with HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, channeling her life into art. But beneath the façade of the confident performer, Bassey’s mental health was in a precipitous decline, culminating in a breakdown that resulted in hospitalization and a diagnosis of Bipolar II.

In I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying, Bassey Ikpi breaks open our understanding of mental health by giving us intimate access to her own. Exploring shame, confusion, medication, and family in the process, Bassey looks at how mental health impacts every aspect of our lives—how we appear to others, and more importantly to ourselves—and challenges our preconception about what it means to be “normal.”  Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are—and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie.

 

Why?

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying is an NYTimes bestseller that brings necessary attention to the obstacles faced by non-neurotypical people in a transitioning society. Author Bassey Ikpi demonstrates her competence with the written word and personal conflict in these sincere and courageously vulnerable essays. Ikpi’s memoir urges empathy and compassion and aims to challenge the conversation surrounding mental health. There’s no way to be truly informed without the lens of lived experience, and Ikpi’s bold retelling of her own struggles provides a valuable education.

 

 

Our Coffee Shop Read

Capturing the Devil

 

 

Synopsis:

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve encountered before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

 

Why?

James Patterson’s stamp of approval is on this one—especially since his name is indeed on it—so you know you’re in for a good thriller. The #1 New York Times bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series concludes with Capturing the Devil, and author Kerri Maniscalco proves that she’s saved the best twists and turns for last. Publisher’s Weekly praises Maniscalco’s Audrey Rose as “a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist… whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller.” Get ready to embark on your latest mystery to solve from the seat of your local coffee spot.

 

 

Our dARK hORSE

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia

 

 

Synopsis:

The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives were devoted to the art and practice of spying, ensuring that the world would never be the same.

Rife with intrigue and filled with fascinating historical figures whose actions shine light on both the past and present, this timely work of narrative nonfiction explores the turbulence of the Cold War through the lens of the men and women who waged it behind closed doors, and helps explain the role secret and clandestine operations have played in America’s history and its national security.

 

Why?

This book is indeed timely—some things haven’t changed since the Cold War era, after all… Author Marc Favreau’s background in publishing historical content makes him perfectly suited for revitalizing the spy genre for a new generation with his latest release. Spies is both a lesson on the real-world espionage that inspired a whole branch of literature and a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat even if the spoilers have existed in textbooks for years—that’s a skill. Former acting director and deputy director of the CIA John McLaughlin describes Favreau’s book as an “endlessly engaging book brings this dangerous struggle alive and will take his readers on a rollicking ride through the thrills, fears, and cliff-hanger contests of those tumultuous years.”

 

 

 

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