May 25, 2010

Losing Mum and Pup

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I recently finished reading Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir, by Christopher Buckley, a book about his interaction with his parents, William F. Buckley Jr. and Patricia Taylor Buckley, during their last illnesses and death. It was a pleasant quick read. Good for reading on the commuter train or for outdoor reading in the warm weather.

April 13, 2010

April 13, 2010

Filed under: Books,Music,Travel — Administrator @ 10:10 am

Oprah’s ‘hidden’ life

Obama’s finger in face of Canadian prime minister

Drug violence scares off tourists to Mexico

March 31, 2010

Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch: Beyond the Cleavage

Raquel Welch: Beyond the Cleavage,

Raquel Welch: Beyond the Cleavage,

Raquel Welch’s book Beyond the Cleavage was released on March 29, 2010.

Product description:

Part autobiography, part personal philosophy, and full of practical advice for women of all ages, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage is a book that skimps neither on entertainment nor on good plain advice.

She didn’t hatch out of an eagle’s nest, circa One Million Years B.C., clad in a skimpy fur bikini. She didn’t aspire to fame as a sex symbol. Yet, for many years after making her Hollywood entrance as every man’s fantasy, Raquel Welch was best known for her beauty and sex appeal. A private person, she allowed people to draw their own conclusions from her public image. Now, Raquel Welch is ready to speak her mind. And, with the luxury of hindsight and the benefit of experience, she has plenty to share about the art of being a woman–even men will find it enlightening to read about what makes her tick.

In Beyond the Cleavage, Raquel Welch talks, woman to woman, about her views on all that comes with being a member of the female sex–love, sex, style, health, body image, career, family, forgiveness, aging, and coming of age. Looking back on her life, she lets women in on her childhood, dominated by a volatile father; her first love, marriage, and divorce; her early struggles as a single working mother in Hollywood; her battles for roles and respect as an actress; and her daring decision never to lie about her age. Looking forward, she offers women a compass to guide them at every crossroad of life, from menopause through the empty nest years, to dating younger men and beyond. Along with bringing baby boomers into her confidence–she offers essential tips for staying motivated and positive past fifty, as well as divulging her secrets for fabulous hair and makeup–she even talks to today’s younger generation of women about the importance of carrying themselves with dignity and self-respect.

With warmth, humor, conviction, and honesty, Raquel reveals her approach to preventative aging, her life-changing commitment to yoga, her recipe for eating right, her skincare regimen, her flair for fashion, and much more. Deeply personal (Welch wrote every word herself–no ghostwriter), Beyond the Cleavage is Raquel Welch’s gift to every woman who longs to look and feel her best, and be at peace with herself.

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 11:12 am

Linda Fairstein’s new mystery novel Hell Gate is being released today. The author will be doing a two-week book tour, reports New York Social Diary.

Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories

(Paperback) by Rocco DiSpirito


“In this delectable cookbook, award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito transforms America’s favorite comfort foods into deliciously healthy dishes–all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. What’s more, Rocco provides time-saving shortcuts, helpful personal advice, and nutritional breakdowns for each recipe from a board-certified nutritionist. So prepare your favorite foods without the guilt. Finally, a world-class chef has made healthy food taste great!”–

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 8:35 pm

Neil Gaiman went to Alabama

February 8, 2010

February 8, 2010

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“‘Auntie Mame’ Prevails as Improbable Best Seller in Italian Market,” New York Times, January 28, 2010

January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010

Filed under: Books,Politics — Administrator @ 10:54 am

The book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, about the most recent presidential election campaign, is being released on January 11, 2010.

Marc Ambinder writes about some of the book’s juiciest revelations at

December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 8:41 am

Dominick Dunne’s last novel Too Much Money is reviewed by the Victoria Advocate. I enjoyed some of his earlier novels, but this one doesn’t sound like one I’d want to read. The main character is based on Dunne himself, and he is not infinitely interesting. On the whole the book sounds grim and boring.

December 9, 2009

Dan Brown at La Scala

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Novelist Dan Brown was at La Scala in Milan recently for the opening night of the opera season. He said the theatre of La Scala would be an ideal place in which to set a murder scene and that “he would give serious thought to incorporating the opera houses into his next thriller.” ( There have been small mistakes in his previous novels. If he writes about the world of opera, he had better be very careful, because there will be quite a few opera fans eager to point out his every mistake.

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