Recent Posts

February 4, 2015

You Can Now Turn Your Books Into Kindle Books


Amazon has now introduced a new tool, the Kindle Convert,  that you can use to turn your physical books into Kindle e-books.

You can read about it here.

You can download the software by clicking the badge below:


In other e-books news, 3 of E.B. White's classic children's books,  Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, will  be released in e-book form on March 17.

You can read about it here.

February 3, 2015

Harper Lee to Publish To Kill A Mockingbird Sequel



Harper Lee's "new" book will tell us what happens to Scout and Atticus Finch and the other beloved characters many years after the original book. It is called Go Set A Watchmen. It focuses on Scout as an adult and her relationship with her father.

Well, actually it's an old book. I'm not exactly sure that you can call it a sequel, either.

After all, Lee apparently wrote this book before To Kill A Mockingbird. Her editor became interested in the backstory of the characters, which were told in flashbacks, and encouraged Lee to write a book on Scout as a child. That story became To Kill A Mockingbird and has since sold about 40 million copies and become an American classic.

The original manuscript for Go Set A Watchmen was considered lost, but was discovered by Lee's lawyer. It was attached to an original manuscript of To Kill A Mockingbird.

It will published in July 2015 with a first printing of 2 million copies, as Harper Lee wrote it, with no revisions.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/harper-lee-published-july-28687808

July 18, 2014

Book Review: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by John O'Dowd


Title: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story 
Author: John O'Dowd 
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography 
Format: Paperback 
Year published: 2007
Source: I purchased this book.
Rating: 5 of 5 

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story by John O’Dowd is the very sad true story of how a beautiful actress who once co-starred with big stars like William Cagney and Gregory Peck ended up as an alcoholic street prostitute on Skid Row.

Barbara Payton seemed to have it all in 1951. She was starring in a film with James Cagney, she had youth and beauty, and she had a string of lovers. She didn’t care what people thought of her, but flaunting her complicated private life in the staid 1950s didn’t win her many supporters in the movie industry. She paid far more attention to her love life than her career, and people in the movie business did not take her seriously.

Here is the trailer for her best film, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, in which she is touted as an emerging star:


Her apparent inability to contain her private life is what did her in. She had a compulsive nature and a perverse wish to destroy herself. Both of her parents were alcoholics, and Barbara’s eventual severe addictions to drugs and alcohol ruined her career and drove her into prostitution on Skid Row and eventually killed her at age 39. She may also have suffered from an undiagnosed mental disorder, which would explain some of her most self-destructive tendencies, in addition to a genetic predisposition to alcoholism.

The book was meticulously researched and well written. The author goes into incredible detail about Barbara’s life. What I like best is that he shows both sides of the story, not just the self-destructive side, and you get to know Barbara had many good qualities, too.

If you are interested in Old Hollywood, you might be very interested in this book. It is extremely well done.

You can read more about the book here

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

up