Book Review

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

August 18th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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With the movie coming out in early October, haunting trailers of this murder mystery have been invading our TV screens and we are definitely hooked. The book, to which the movie is based on, revolves around a seemingly happily married couple, Nick and Amy Dunne, whose lives get shaken up when Amy Dunne goes missing. Amidst all of the crazy pressure of looking for his Amy, we discover that Nick may have some secrets of his own that lead us to asking the question: did he kill his wife? Flynn’s writing is filled with psychological insight, taking us into the mind of a possibly heartless murderer. She makes us understand him and care for him to the point where when we discover his secrets, we feel just as betrayed as many of the actual characters may have. Her action packed writing makes this a psychological thriller you definitely won’t want to miss.

 

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Helen Trieu

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

August 11th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Looking for the next item to add to your reading list? It definitely should be this timeless classic. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is one of those rare combinations of a story that is revolves around its time frame, and yet holds a message that is so definitive, its relevance is truly eternal. The story follows a girl named Esther Greenwood, who gains an internship working for a magazine in New York City. Although she is beautiful and incredibly bright, she finds herself slowly spiraling into a madness that is both beautiful and tragic. With Plath being a poet, it is no surprise that this American novel is filled with detailed descriptions and the most captivating imagery I have ever experienced. Plath takes us into the mind of Esther, slowly and sensibly, as she is descends into madness giving us an inside scope so real, we get lost in her world and question our own reality. Her story is haunting, and makes us question our own lives, making sense of feelings we perhaps dismissed. Described as a Catcher in the Rye from a female perspective, this is definitely a book worth reading.

 

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Helen Trieu

This is How You Lose Her

July 31st, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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If you’re looking for a great summer read, this is definitely something to look out for. Junot Diaz made a name for himself as a writer when he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and short stories like Drown. In this new book, which is a collection of short stories, we follow the lives of a recurring character, Yunior, as he deals with love, sex, infidelity and loss, and see what it is really like to come to America with hopes and dreams of better life. Diaz’s writing is spectacular in its detail, imagery and style. He brings you into the lives of each character, making you care for them and see them as someone you know. His prose is captivating, addicting and at times erotic. His use of Spanglish throughout the stories really puts you in the shoes of each character, making you wonder what it must be like to come to a new country not knowing how to speak. Diaz digs deep into the feelings of immigrant Hispanics, giving his readers a taste of what it is like firsthand.

 

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Helen Trieu

Joan Rivers Lets the Insults Fly in New Book

July 22nd, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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When it comes to celebrity gossip, no one tells it like it is quite like Joan Rivers. The comedienne and TV host has unleashed a new round of brutally-honest opinions in her latest book, Diary of a Mad Diva. Rivers doesn’t hold any punches. She flings some truly nasty insults at the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Tyra Banks, Lena Dunham, Peter Dinklage and Angelina Jolie. She even finds the time to be mean to historical figures like Anne Frank and Jackie Kennedy. And not to be left out, Rivers saves a few choice words for herself, using at least one four-letter term you wouldn’t repeat in mixed company. Diary of a Mad Diva is an endless string of jokes and insults that can be entertaining but at the end of the day, is just exhausting. Maybe for her next book, she’ll shock us all and play nice.

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Michelle Loeb

Danny Tanner Turns Dirty Daddy in New Memoir

May 3rd, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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Fans of ‘90s sitcom Full House remember Bob Saget as the lovable, clean-living father Danny Tanner. If you’re too old for Full House, you may very well know Saget as the voice of Future Ted on How I Met Your Mother. Either way, you’re in for a shock as Saget’s new memoir, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, puts his wholesome TV persona to the test. Filled with off-color one-liners and funny stories about changing the Olsen Twins’ diapers on the set of Full House, Dirty Daddy is an interesting new look at a man who has been a welcome guest in our living rooms for decades.

 

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Michelle Loeb

James Franco Releases New Work of Fiction, Actors Anonymous

October 24th, 2013   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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Actor James Franco released “Actors Anonymous,” a collection of fictional short stories that play off the idea of Alcoholics Anonymous but substitute actors who have their own issues and addictions, including sex and fame. It’s hard to read the book and not pick out at least some places where Franco is writing a veiled version of himself, and the inclusion of real letters, memos and emails written by Franco only adds to the feeling that this may be an autobiography in disguise. Some of the stories are very moving, like the one about the guy who volunteers at a hospital for the mentally handicapped, and some of the stories can be wickedly funny. The writing is good but the stories do meander a bit and there isn’t much to tie the stories together. Overall this book is a must read for James Franco fans but hardly required reading for everyone else.

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Michelle Loeb

Book Teaches Acceptance and Friendship Through Two Baseball Legends

June 5th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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“The Greatest Story Never Told” is a story of friendship and acceptance by New York Times bestselling author Ray Negron and illustrator Laura Seeley. The book features two boyswho are sharing a hospital room—Skippy, who has cancer, and Connor, who has diabetes. With the help of Ray the batboy, and of course a little magic, the two boys learn to accept each other’s differences by experiencing the stories of two baseball greats, Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth. “The Greatest Story Never Told” teaches important lessons about rejecting prejudice and being open to differences in other people. It also conveys a love of baseball, using historical fact as some of the bases for this magical tale.

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Michelle Loeb

Ray Negron Pays Tribute to Yankee Stadium in “One Last Time”

June 5th, 2013   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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“One Last Time: Good-Bye Yankee Stadium” is a love letter to the original Yankee Stadium by Ray Negron, who has spent 40 years working there and forming close relationships with some of the biggest personalities to walk through its doors. Though the book is aimed at children, complete with illustrations by Laura Seeley, baseball fans of all ages will appreciate the story of Ray the batboy bringing together all of the Yankee all-stars in a magic room where they can play together one last time. Readers and Yankee fans will appreciate the creative story and especially the forward written by baseball legend Reggie Jackson.

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Michelle Loeb

Uplifting Children’s Book Teaches About Baseball, Cancer and Chasing Dreams

June 4th, 2013   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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“The Boy of Steel: A Baseball Dream Come True” by Ray Negron is an uplifting story of a child with brain cancer who gets to live out his dream of seeing a Yankee game in person and being the team’s batboy for a day. Parents and children alike will enjoy the book, which features vivid illustrations by Laura Seeley and a foreword by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. The book touches on some heavy subject matter and it will tug on your heartstrings for sure, but even as main character Michael Steel deals with the severity of his illness, and meets other Yankee players whose lives have been affected by illness, he pushes on. The overall message of the story is to never give up and that is something everyone can relate to.

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Michelle Loeb

 

“Yankee Miracles” is a Must-Read for Baseball Fans

June 4th, 2013   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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New York Yankee fans hungry for an inside look at their favorite team will want to get their hands on “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers” by Ray Negron and Sally Cook. Negron is a baseball executive who got started with the Yankees when George Steinbrenner caught him painting graffiti on The House That Ruth Built and gave him a job to “work it off.” In the time since, he became close with not only the Steinbrenner family but also legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez. “Yankee Miracles” is filled with the amazing personal stories he experienced working with the team over the course of 40 years, giving fans a new perspective on the players they know so well. In fact, Hank Steinbrenner, George’s son, called the book “one of the most honest portrayals of my dad that I’ve seen.”The book is so filled with new information and interesting anecdotes that it’s likely the closest fans will ever get to being there themselves.

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Michelle Loeb