Second Memoir Describes More of Actress’s Whirlwind Career #Friday Fun Reads

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Home Work: A Novel of My Hollywood Years

by Julie Andrews

Copyright 2019

 

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In this New York Times bestselling follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews reflects on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria.

In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage.

With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films — Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry — from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.

Cowritten with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, and told with Andrews’s trademark charm and candor, Home Work takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heartrending, and inspiring.

 

My Thoughts

 

Having read Julie Andrews’ first memoir, Home, I like how her introduction to Home Work quickly fills the reader in on her earlier life. As a child, I enjoyed Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Her descriptions of how these films were made fascinated me. I also enjoyed her accounts of the making of her other movies and television programs, most of which I’d never heard of or seen. Her whirlwind of marriages, filming schedules, family drama, charity work, and traveling made my head spin.

As an author, I can appreciate her explanations of what inspired her to write Mandy and other children’s books. I believe my mother read Mandy to me when I was little.

In 1986, Julie Andrews returned to Broadway with her husband, Blake Edwards, to put together a production of Victor/Victoria. That’s where Home Work ends. I would like to know more about her career after that. I understand she developed some sort of throat problem, which made it difficult or impossible for her to speak. She must have recovered because her narration of the audiobook version of Home Work is exquisite. I hope she’ll write a third memoir.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone #Musical Monday

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I was inspired to feature this song after reading about the passing of Jerry Marsden, who sang it with his group, The Pacemakers. But I’m not too impressed with his version. So, after more searching on YouTube, I found this rendition by Josh Groban, who, in my opinion, interprets the song the way it’s meant to be sung.

According to his website, Grammy award nominee Josh Groban has entertained fans around the world with his albums, DVDs, performances, and appearances in films and television shows. Two of his albums were best-sellers in the past decade. He’s been in such movies as Crazy, Stupid Love, The Hollars, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted. He has also appeared on NBC’s The Office and Always Sunny in Philadelphia and CBS’s The Crazy Ones. His book, Stage to Stage, talks about his journey from popular music and TV and film  to Broadway. You can learn more about him here.

According to Wikipedia, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” published in 1945, was part of the musical, Carousel, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. It’s performed by a massed chorus of supporters at association football clubs across the globe. This started after the release of the 1963 single by Gerry and the Pacemakers. In some parts of the UK and Europe, it became the anthem of medical staff, first responders, and those in quarantine as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. Click here to learn more. During these uncertain, unpresidented times as a result of the coronavirus and the events in Washington on January 6th, I hope this song helps you see the golden sky and singing meadowlark at the end of the storm.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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America’s Favorite Mouseketeer Tells Heartwarming, Inspirational Story #Friday Fun Reads

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story

by Annette Funicello and Patricia Romanowski

Copyright 1994.

 

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The former Mouseketeer and star of beach party movies chronicles her career, offering recollections of Walt Disney, Frankie Avalon, and many others, and honestly discussing her recent struggle with multiple sclerosis.

 

My Thoughts

 

Mickey Mouse Club was already in syndication by the time I was old enough to watch it. I wasn’t interested, probably because it contained a lot of visuals that were lost to me with my limited eyesight. However, I took an interest in Annette Funicello last month after reading Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb, which I reviewed here. This novel is about a fictional character who was Annette Funicello’s distant cousin. A friend recommended A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, and I’m glad she did.

Unfamiliar with this celebrity, I was fascinated to learn about her experiences filming Mickey Mouse Club and other television programs and movies plus commercials and was amazed at how kind Walt Disney was to her and other actors. Although, in my opinion, her singing leaves a bit to be desired, I found her accounts of how she recorded some of her songs interesting. I admire her for the way she dealt with multiple sclerosis and helped others suffering from the disease after she finally told her story.

According to Wikipedia, Annette Funicello passed away on April 8th, 2013. No doubt, she is missed. This book contains photos, and, at the end, an appendix chronicling her successes, which I’m sure will delight fans. But even if you, like me, are not a fan, I can guarantee you’ll find her story fascinating, heartwarming, and inspirational.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Cut Loose of the Misuse of the Mispronounced Name of Dr. Seuss #Friday Fun Reads #Reblog

When I was a kid, I thought Dr. Seuss was a real doctor and wished I could see him instead of our regular pediatrician. Have you ever wondered how Dr. Seuss got his name, and why it’s pronounced the way it is? Well, here’s Commonplace Fun Facts to answer these questions.

 

Via Cut Loose of the Misuse of the Mispronounced Name of Dr. Seuss

 

 

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Song Lyric Sunday: Please Mr. Please

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.The theme from newepicauthor this week is “jukebox.” It just so happens that my father serviced jukeboxes and other coin-operated machines when I was growing up. The song I’m featuring is about how a song played on a jukebox in a bar can evoke painful memories. I sang this song a lot when I was a kid, accompanying myself on the piano, but I think Olivia Newton-John’s version is better. Enjoy, and have a super Sunday!

Olivia Newton-John–Please Mr. Please

In the corner of the bar there stands a jukebox
With the best of country music, old and new
You can hear your five selections for a quarter
And somebody else’s songs when yours are through
I got good Kentucky whiskey on the counter
And my friends around to help me ease the pain
‘Til some button-pushing cowboy plays that love song
And here I am just missing you again
Please, Mr., please, don’t play B-17
It was our song, it was his song, but it’s over
Please, Mr., please, if you know what I mean
I don’t ever wanna hear that song again
If I had a dime for every time I held you
Though you’re far away, you’ve been so close to me
I could swear I’d be the richest girl in Nashville
Maybe even in the state of Tennessee
But I guess I’d better get myself together
‘Cause when you left, you didn’t leave too much behind
Just a note that said “I’m sorry” by your picture
And a song that’s weighing heavy on my mind
Please, Mr., please, don’t play B-17
It was our song, it was his song, but it’s over
Please, Mr., please, if you know what I mean
I don’t ever wanna hear that song again
Songwriters: Bruce Welch / John Rostill
Please Mr. Please lyrics © Carlin America Inc

 

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