Friday, April 25, 2014
I originally thought this would be a memoir akin to Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling or Tori Spelling - we know how I love me some celebrity memoirs. But this was slightly different. It was more just little vignettes of the life of this 92 year old legend, complete with her self-effacing, humble and kind charm on every page.
Obviously I'm a fan, and so perhaps I'm a bit biased. But I'd recommend this to anyone with a lazy afternoon who's looking to laugh to pick this up - and it doesn't hurt if you've ever liked something Betty (we're on a first name basis) has done.
Check it out and let me know what you think! (though pretty sure nobody in the family would read this because your love of all things Golden Girls is sorely lacking and we have lots of work to do in that department.)
Posted by Becky at 6:28 AM
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I can not praise this book enough. It is so well written and researched that it pulls you deep into the sport and the difficult times in which the participants lived. "Hard times" does not come close to describing many of their lives, especially the featured team member, Joe Rantz. You feel as if you've experienced his life and some of the lives of those in that era. At least as important, you really like these guys. When the author takes you on the boat and starts you down the 2, 3, or 4000 yards to the finish, you almost feel like you're rowing with the team. The closest book comparison is "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand. Mr. Brown may have done her one better, and that's saying something. In the end, I'm not a good enough writer to give this book its proper due. You can't go wrong reading this tale.