Book Reviews - Winter 2019

 WINTER READING           

Uninvited: Confessions of a Hollywood Party Crasher is a fascinating comedic memoir by former LA Times reporter Adrian Maher who goes undercover with a colorful network of eccentric gatecrashers who insert themselves nightly into Hollywood's most exclusive social events. It's a never-before-told tale of a group of adventurers and adrenaline junkies about their outrageous antics and encounters with the rich and famous. You'll read Maher's insider stories of harrowing side-door entrances, infiltrator tools and tactics and surreal backstage interactions with Hollywood A-Lister.

Offered through Hay House Publishing, Crystal365 is an essential guide for crystals to be used throughout the year. Co-author of  Crystal Muse and co-founder of Energy Muse, Heather Askinoisie, provides an abundance of key information to connect with the transformative energy of crystals.  Crystal365 removes the guesswork explaining how to use each crystal or combination for maximum benefit. The 52 precious stone crystals illustrated and explained were chosen as powerful and effective, yet simple, tools to help you navigate the new year.

In her second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Julie Andrews picks up the story of her life and career with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films-Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Describing her years in the film industry from the incredible highs and the inevitable lows, not only does she discuss her work, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world. Co-written with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, her story is told with Andrew's trademark charm and candor.

Mix and mingle with your host, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, as he shares the stories and glories of America's favorite seasonal traditions. A fun read, his Holiday Jubilee includes classic and kitschy festivities and fun party recipes for New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter and more. "Holidays are so retro," says your host. "I'm all about festive traditions. But I'm also a big fan of mixing it up by creating new ones!" More info at

Lots of people love James Bond, but how many have actually been Bond? The Many Lives of James Bond offers the largest ever collection of original interviews with actors who have played Bond in different media, as well as in-depth interviews with many of the diverse artists who have contributed their talents to the making of James Bond movies, television shows, novels, radio dramas, comic books and video games. Author Mark Edlitz has made a name for himself by writing about beloved and sometimes overlooked manifestations of pop culture including How to Be a Superhero. He also produced and directed Jedi Junkies, a documentary about extreme Star Wars fans.

From the beginning of his career to his death, Elvis Presley sang and enchanted thousands of people. Publicity photos and behind-the-scenes shots from the Hollywood Photo Archives include scores of long since forgotten or abandoned images in neglected studio archives. Elvis Through the Ages is a collection of the rarest of the rare, seldom previously seen images of Elvis' career pointing a new lens at a beloved American icon.   Hollywood historian Boze Hadleigh, author of 26 books, introduces the photos taking the reader through three stages of his life: Young Elvis, The Idol Maker, The Icon and Enduring Fame.

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