Sunday, July 26, 2015

2015 Books Part V

Dying to do Letterman: Turning Someday into Today by Steve Mazan - I chose to read this book in honor of David Letterman's impending retirement, which shows how far behind I am in reviewing books this year (his last show was May 20). Mazan gets a dire medical prognosis and channels all his efforts into realizing his dream of performing stand-up on Dave's show. It's a good memoir about trying to succeed as a comedian. I never knew how much the show's staff worked with comedians to select and tweak jokes for their routines. 4 stars

We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga by Paul Shaffer with David Ritz - Who doesn't love Paul Shaffer? (Robin Sparkles sure did in one of my favorite How I Met Your Mother episodes.) This is a fun book to read because Shaffer has done so many things in his career. He loves showbiz, and he loves telling stories about his favorite stars. I expected more about working with Letterman, though. 4 stars

Why Does E=mc2? (And Why Should We Care?) by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw - Never having taken a physics class, I struggle a bit with relativity. I think I get it, but barely. This book has drawn me a few steps further from dropping off the edge of understanding. 4 stars

Around the Weird in 80 Days: Adventures in Small-Town America by Rich Smith - I enjoyed Smith's first book, You Can Get Arrested for That, in which he and a friend visit America with the goal of breaking ridiculous laws. In this book, he participates in unusual events across the United States such as a reenactment of the Battle of Little Bighorn, the Summer Redneck Games, and the World's Longest Yard Sale. It's entertaining, although he overuses just-kidding fantasies as a literary device. 4 stars


        

1 comment:

anver said...

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