Category Archives: Non-Fiction

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 304 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A few guest spots on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and a few episodes of Strangers With Candy have resulted in much love for Amy Sedaris (and an impulse buy of the complete dvd boxset of Strangers With Candy). Synopsis: Why […]

A Star is Found by Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 307 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I love some of the movies listed on the cover, such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone and Beetlejuice, for example, and I liked the idea of an insider’s peek. Synopsis: When a movie is truly great, with the power to pull […]

Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style by Richard Torregrossa

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 218 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve seen, and loved, quite a few of Grant’s movies, such as To Catch a Thief and The Philadelphia Story, and Grant himself was usually the biggest draw. Synopsis: He made dozens of movies in thirty-plus years of acting, starring with some of […]

Elizabeth by J Randy Taraborrelli

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in mass market July 2007), 548 pages (plus an additional 24 pages of b&w photos), 2006 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: A little Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, maybe? A little movie called Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, mm? I’m a big fan. Synopsis: She’s been called everything from […]

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 328 pages, 2006 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I didn’t realize there was a book to go along with Gore’s movie of the same name until he was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Synopsis: Global warming: proof that it exists; proof that we’re seeing the damage now and not […]

Loaded: A Misadventure on the Marijuana Trail by Robert Sabbag

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 341 pages, 2002 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I found a hardcover copy up for offer in the bargain section of an on-line site, and remembered how popular it had been when I worked at a bookstore, so I thought I’d see what the fuss was about. Better […]

Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women edited by Paula Goldman

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 239 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: From first-flip I could tell this book had a huge ‘wow’ factor. Synopsis: What do women in their 20s and 30s think about themselves? How do they view the world? How is life different for them than it was for their mothers and […]

A Virgin’s Guide to Everything by Lauren McCutcheon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 376 pages, 2005 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Like most people, there are always things I’m putting off doing ‘until I know enough to do it right.’ Synopsis: Has there ever been something you wanted to do – eating sushi, getting a massage, going to a foreign country – but you […]

Top 10 Fiction, Top 10 Non-Fiction & Worst Reads of 2005

Here they are, my top picks for 2005. No, they weren’t all perfect 10/10s, but they’re the ones that I loved the best, that made me look at the world in a new way, that kept me thinking about them for months after I’d turned the last page, that made me laugh and/or cry. Simply, […]