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Friday, August 19, 2016

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading #1 - 10

Eight years ago today DEEP DISH was born, and I want to thank all of my readers for their continued support during this fabulous blogging adventure. Since I originally began DEEP DISH in order to promote my first novel, I thought it would be fun to celebrate this special occasion by sharing "a few" of my favorite books (in random order). And hopefully during this yearlong endeavor, many of you will discover some groovy books worth reading.

So here are my first 10 books (click on a title for more information or to purchase a copy):

1) Tales of the City (1978) by Armistead Maupin
The first novel in Maupin's beloved series about the LGBT and straight denizens of 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco (I bought my paperback copy in 1983).

2) Lauren Bacall By Myself (1978) by Lauren Bacall
One of my favorite celebrity autobiographies (my paperback copy was published in 1980).

3) Dingley Falls (1980) by Michael Malone
The Washington Post Book World accurately described it as "a lovable, sprawling, old-fashioned kind of novel" about the residents of Dingley Falls, Connecticut (its large cast of characters reminded me of a Robert Altman film).

4) Lucy & Ricky & Fred & Ethel: The Story of "I Love Lucy" (1976) by Bart Andrews
This 1977 paperback copy was probably one of the first books that I ever bought with my own money (it cost $1.95).

5) Diary of a Mad Playwright: Perilous Adventures on the Road with Mary Martin & Carol Channing (1989) by James Kirkwood
So Mary and Carol starred in a tour of Kirkwood's play, Legends, in 1986 - but they didn't make it to Broadway (I gave this entertaining book to my husband for Christmas in 1992).

6) Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops (1991) by Ken Mandelbaum
If you love Broadway musicals, you have to read this fun and informative book, which discusses such shows as Anyone Can Whistle, Breakfast at Tiffany's/Holly Golightly, Mack and Mabel, Prettybelle, The Rink and, of course, Carrie.

7) The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story (1992) by Peter Lefcourt
This gay baseball romance about a major-league shortstop who falls in love with his second baseman was first optioned in 1992 to become a film, but it's never been made.

8) Both of Me (1980) by Mary Stuart
If you're a fan of daytime soap operas, you must read this engaging autobiography by Ms. Stuart, who played Joanne Gardner Barron Tate Vincente Tourneur during the 35-year run of Search for Tomorrow (1951-86).

9) Duluth (1983) by Gore Vidal
This is my favorite book by Mr. Vidal, and the Los Angeles Times described the novel as "a mixture of Dallas, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."

10) The Golden Gate (1986) by Vikram Seth
Set in San Francisco in the 1980s, this novel is written entirely in verse. I liked it - and so did Gore Vidal, who said it "gives great joy."


Jon said...

Happy blog-a-versary, sweetie! Jx

Alan Scott said...

Congratulations on the 8 year anniversary, Marc!

Mark in DE said...

Happy blogiversary!! I absolutely adore "Tales of the City", the inspiration for my blog's title. :-)

Damien said...

Mazel Tov on the Anniversary!

Love the blog and the effort you put in for all us readers.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Jon, Alan, Mark & Damien - thank you for your kind words and continued support as groovy readers of DEEP DISH!

Kergan said...

Any list that starts out with Tales is a winner in my book.

MovieJunkie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed The Dreyfus Affair. What a let down that the movie was never made. :-( Haven't heard of Dingley Falls, but it sounds like it's worth reading.