Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by to check on my week. I’ve had a fun week. My reading has been highlighted this week by Stories — with a capital S. Every thing I read contained
Did you know that there are Grammy Awards given for the Best Spoken Word Album? Yes, they’ve been doing it for several decades. The winner for 2017 is In Such Good Company. Its a memoir of sorts by the comedian, Carol Burnett. Ms. Burnett wrote the book and then is the narrator. I swear, my whole face smiled just hearing the opening paragraph. Carol Burnett is the ultimate entertainer whether she’s acting on TV or writing and reading her memoir. The book is chock full of info about her time on her long-running weekly variety show. From the publisher, here is a little bit of what is in the book:
• how the show almost didn’t air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents;
• how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway;
• anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White.
It was such a treat to listen to this book. I can see why she won the Grammy. It felt as if she were telling just me all about the people on her show and the various characters they all created. There are so many great stories in here and I strongly recommend you grab this one.
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The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware is a mystery about a young journalist, Lo Blacklock, who works for a travel magazine. She’s given the assignment of a trip on the maiden voyage of a sleek cabin cruiser. Its a luxury liner and the trip is a real perk. However, on her first night she meets a woman in the cabin next door – Cabin 10. In the middle of the night she hears what she thinks is someone going overboard. When Lo reports this to the person in charge of security, he doesn’t believe her, nor does anyone else. Everyone tells her that Cabin 10 has been empty the whole trip. Is Lo crazy or is something else going on? This was a very tense story with a good mystery that was not known until the very end, which is how good mysteries should be.
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There’s nothing like a good legal thriller to round out my summer reading list. Best would be one by one of my favorite authors, John Grisham. Since he has a new book out, I grabbed it without reading the blurb. I assumed this would be a legal thriller, but I was wrong. This is not a bad thing. Camino Island is great storytelling. Its actually about the theft of rare manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and what happened after. The story I enjoyed the most was the tale of an independent book seller on Camino Island. Everyone seems to think the stolen manuscripts are coming his way. As usual, a very satisfying story.
What I Watched:
After I finished reading/listening to the Carol Burnett audiobook I checked out some of her shows on dvd. The library had a bunch of them. Those old variety shows are amazing for the quality of the singers and dancers. For example, one of the highlights was the Jackson Five. The sketches were also excellent — probably the real genius of the show. I loved the Tim Conway segments, but Carol Burnett is the heart of every show.
Well, I must say I laughed so much this week that my mouth hurts. It’s okay, though. Laughter is very therapeutic. I hope you have something to make you smile and laugh this week.