03 July 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: WILD CARD DAY

Thanks for stopping by for another BCT.

We decided that this week, each of us would blog about whatever the heck we wanted. None of us know what the other will be chatting about until we look at each other's blogs. FUN!

Although I've been blogging(even if a bit slow) for sometime now, and have done more than a handful of reviews, I've never touched upon a certain type of book.

As a reader, I will literally read almost ANYTHING if it appeals to me. So today I'll be focusing on one of these ANYTHINGS....

I'm talking NON-FICTION.

I'm a sucker for it (especially cook books!). 

I have shelves of these books. Most I've never read...yet ... so my TBR mountains  continue to grow... LOL 

So I'm going to mention some NF books I've read and LOVED, and some I own and need to get my butt in gear and read....

So here we go:

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1850

“How do I hate thee? How much time do you have?” —Joan Rivers, today, about two-ish

Joan Rivers, comedienne, actress, jewelry monger, and an award-winning international star (she can sneer in eight different languages) lives by the golden rule: Do unto others before they do unto you—and for God’s sakes, do it funny! Her career in comedy may have begun with self-loathing, but, after looking at the decrepitude around her, she figured, “Why stop here when there are so many other things to hate?” With all of her experiences, Joan has looked down at, turned away from, and thrown up over a lot of hateful things, deplorable places, and despicable people. Thank God she took notes.

Here—uncensored and uninhibited—Joan says exactly what’s on her mind…And HER mind is a terrible thing to waste. She proudly kicks the crap out of ugly children, dating rituals, funerals, and lousy restaurants. She nails First Ladies, closet cases, and hypocrites to the wall. She shows no mercy towards doctors and feminists, and even goes after Anne Frank and Stephen Hawking. Joan lets everyone—including herself—have it in this one hundred percent honest and unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.

This is absolute Joan Rivers. You gotta love her. Even if she hates you.



My two cents: 


I'm ANXIOUSLY awaiting my copy of  the newly released: 


I'm guessing it's just as snarky and hilarious as the above book! 




ABOUT THE BOOK:




It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. 

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen ("I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out") to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already. 


My two cents: If you love Betty - this book is super cute and sweet! If you can find a copy, get it!





ABOUT THE BOOK: 

The secrets of love, health, and happiness gleaned from a life lived with dogs.
Julie Klam was thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk in an insurance company, unable to meet a man she could spend her life with. And then it happened: she had a dream about a Boston terrier- a dream that practically hit her over the head. The companion she needed was not necessarily the one she'd had in mind.
As fate would have it, a dog is exactly the thing that she needed. The New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman's discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions. Klam shares how her love for dogs and the lessons she's learned caring for them has shaped her heart. This is a funny, earnest, and emotionally compelling look at the surprises, pleasures, and revelations that happen when you let any mutt, beagle, terrier, or bulldog go charging through your world.

My two cents: A must read for dog lovers. Funny but you're going to need a box of tissues! 




ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Mark Levin, while known as a lawyer and nationally syndicated broadcaster, considers himself first and foremost a dog lover. In 2004, Mark’s family added a new member to their bunch—a beautiful, Spaniel-mixed dog they named Sprite. With his beautiful face and soft, huggable fur, Sprite immediately bonded with the Levin family.

But on Halloween night, just three weeks after being adopted, Sprite collapsed and had to be rushed to the animal hospital in what would turn out to be the first of many such visits—and a difficult, heart-wrenching journey for the entire family.

Over the next two years, Sprite’s health deteriorated, but his spirit remained high and his beauty and grace continued to inspire, until the holiday season of 2006, when the Levin family had to say a final goodbye to their beloved pet. Rescuing Sprite is a stunningly intimate revelation of the strong love that can develop between a family and a pet, and the realization, as Mark Levin puts it, that “in the end, we humans are the lucky ones.”?


My two cents: Another must read for dog lovers. And another touching, going to need a box of tissues read. I read this book shortly after having seen one of my dogs cross over to the Rainbow Bridge and it brought me a HUGE amount of comfort. 





ABOUT THE BOOK:

An irreverent cookbook filled with inventive recipes for baking that deliver a punch. Libbie Summers is not your run-of-the-mill cook. Growing up, she was the kind of child who dunked her potato chips into chocolate syrup to see if it might taste good (it does). That insatiable curiosity-and sweet tooth-is what fuels this book. Sweet and Vicious is all about exploring new taste sensations in the realm of baking. It is a no-holds-barred approach to baking outside the box with crazy-brilliant combinations. Savory and spicy flavors come into play often, such as in Habanero Carrot Cake, Fig and Pig Pie, and Mojito Cookies. Other times, the innovation comes in the form of a cooking method or serving presentation borrowed from another side of the kitchen, as with Meatball Muffins or Grilled Apricot Polenta Cake. There is also a healthy dose of humor sprinkled around, with recipes such as Gingerbread Working Girls, Preggers Pink Pickle Pie, and Salvation Cinnamon Rolls. 

Essential to her philosophy is that sweets are supposed to be over-the-top, and that there is no point in firing up the oven if you are not making something so good it hurts. Sweet and Vicious brings a sense of adventure into the kitchen and some fun into desserts. Isn't that the whole point of dessert, after all?

My two cents:  Again, I'm sucker for cook books and this one is beautifully packaged and put together(including some recipes for our canine kids). Although I've yet to make a thing from it, I really want to try the:  Habanero Carrot Cake, Hog Heaven Chocolate Cake, the Border Guard Sausage Biscuits, AND the Jacked-Up Ginger Cookies...just to name a few! 



FINALLY---

these two books have been sitting on my nightstand for far too long without being read- and I promise to review em as soon as I do!



ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. InLet’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.
 
In her one-of-a-kind voice, Keaton offers up a message of empowerment for anyone who’s ever dreamed of kicking back against the “should”s and “supposed to”s that undermine our pursuit of beauty in all its forms. From a mortifying encounter with a makeup artist who tells her she needs to get her eyes fixed to an awkward excursion to Victoria’s Secret with her teenage daughter, Keaton shares funny and not-so-funny moments from her life in and out of the public eye. 
 
For Diane Keaton, being beautiful starts with being true to who you are, and in this book she also offers self-knowing commentary on the bold personal choices she’s made through the years: the wide-brimmed hats, outrageous shoes, and all-weather turtlenecks that have made her an inspiration to anyone who cherishes truly individual style—and catnip to paparazzi worldwide. She recounts her experiences with the many men in her life—including Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Sam Shepard—shows how our ideals of beauty change as we age, and explains why a life well lived may be the most beautiful thing of all. 
 
Wryly observant and as fiercely original as Diane Keaton herself, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty is a head-turner of a book that holds up a mirror to our beauty obsessions—and encourages us to like what we see.





ABOUT THE BOOK:

“A blazing flamethrower of truth, Michael Savage pulls no punches and goes right for the jugular with facts, not vacuous hyperbole.”
—Ted Nugent, Washington Times
Michael Savage, the mega-popular radio host and New York Times bestselling author of Trickle Up Poverty, offers an explosive election-year call to arms to retake the White House from the clutches of tyranny and preserve American greatness. Staunchly determined to help “crush Barack Obama’s dreams of a Socialist America,” Savage unleashes a relentless barrage of conservative common sense in Trickle Down Tyranny, designed to help patriotic citizens preserve what is good and right in our imperiled nation.

My two cents: As an avid listener of his radio talk show, I don't always agree with Dr. Savage BUT he is entertaining and thought provoking which is what prompted me to buy this book.



So...

I hope I gave you some food for thought and maybe suggested a book or two you'll read. I'd love to hear what types of NF books you've read and loved or if you've read any of the ones I've mentioned and want to comment.

And don't forget to check out the WILD CARD theme from my two best friends/fellow bloggers: 




And return next Thursday- 10July14 for our Out of This World theme (alien/Sci-Fi/Futuristic romances)