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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading #149 - 158

Today I continue my list of 365 Groovy Books Worth Reading (in random order). Click here for the previous 148 books - and click on a title for more information or to purchase a copy:

149) Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star (2005) by Tab Hunter with Eddie Muller
The actor, who appeared in such films as Damn Yankees (1958), Polyester (1981) and Grease 2 (1982), discusses his rise to Hollywood heartthrob status in the 1950s, his personal struggle with revealing his homosexuality, and his two-year relationship with actor Anthony Perkins. Filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz was inspired by Hunter's autobiography to make the 2015 documentary, Tab Hunter Confidential.

150) Then Again (2011) by Diane Keaton
In her memoir, the Academy Award-winning actress discusses her romantic relationships with Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino - but she also introduces us to her late mother, Dorothy Hall, by sharing excerpts from the 85 journals that Dorothy kept over the course of her life.

151) Reeling (1976) by Pauline Kael
The film critic's fifth collection of movie reviews covers the years 1972 through 1975 and includes her reviews of Last Tango in Paris, The Poseidon Adventure, The Way We Were, The Exorcist, Blazing Saddles, Airport 1975, Young Frankenstein, Shampoo, The Stepford Wives and Nashville.

152) Rewrites: A Memoir (1996) by Neil Simon
In the first volume of his memoirs, the Tony Award-winning playwright discusses his early career, which includes such Broadway hits as Come Blow Your Horn (1961), Barefoot in the Park (1963), The Odd Couple (1965), Sweet Charity (1966), Plaza Suite (1968), Promises, Promises (1968), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971) and The Sunshine Boys (1972).

153) Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live (1986) by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad
This book reveals what really happened behind the scenes during the first ten years of the groundbreaking show, including the love affairs, betrayals, rivalries, drug problems, overnight successes and bitter failures.

154) Closet Case (1993) by Robert Rodi
Rodi's second hilarious novel is a "coming out" story about Lionel Frank, a closeted Chicago advertising executive who desperately hides his sexual orientation from his co-workers and clients.

155) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) by Michael Chabon
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the lives of two cousins, Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay, who become major figures in the comic book industry.

156) TV Guide: The First 25 Years (1978) compiled and edited by Jay S. Harris
Since I loved reading TV Guide as a kid, I was thrilled to receive this - my very first coffee table book - as a gift. And it features a 16-page section in full color of 400 of the best and most memorable covers.

157) The Worst TV Shows Ever (1980) by Bart Andrews with Brad Dunning
From the back cover: "Here is an irreverent and informative look at TV's foremost failures, flops, and fiascos, from total losers like My Mother, the Car to popular trash like Gilligan's Island. At last you can learn the true story behind your favorite TV turkey!" Other featured shows include Beacon Hill (1975), Get Christie Love! (1974-75), Land of the Giants (1968-70), Me and the Chimp (1972), The Pruitts of Southampton (1966-67) starring Phyllis Diller, The Survivors (1969-70) starring Lana Turner, and Three's Company (1977-84).

158) Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel (1987) by Truman Capote
On The Dick Cavett Show in May 1971, Capote, who died in 1984, jokingly referred to this book as his "posthumous novel": "Either I'm going to kill it, or it's going to kill me" (you can watch him say this in the video below). The three chapters of Answered Prayers were originally published in Esquire in 1975-76, and some of Capote's high society friends felt betrayed when they recognized thinly veiled characters based on themselves.

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