Its no secret that I am a massive book lover. I think its important to expand our vocabulary and our lives by reading. While I’m a huge fan of Audible and reading via my Kindle, I also cannot forget the feel of a book in my hand. Its one of the things that just makes my heart sing. This year I’d love to receive some books for the holidays and because of that I thought I’d share some presents for book lovers.
Presents for Book and Movie Lovers
Saturday Night at the Movies: The Extraordinary Partnerships Behind Cinema’s Greatest Scores: A powerful score can make a movie truly extraordinary. The alchemy between composer and director creates pure cinematic magic, with songs and melodies that are recognizable and memorable. So what is their secret? Saturday Night at the Movies goes behind the scenes to reveal 12 remarkable partnerships, and how they have created the music that has moved millions. Discover how these collaborations began and what makes them so effective: the dynamic personalities, the creative chemistry, the flashes of genius. The best scores come from sound and image working together to bring the director’s vision to life, but many scores also stand alone as towering achievements of composition that have shaped the face of modern music. Featuring such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer, and James Horner and James Cameron, this book explores the creation of film favorites such as Back to the Future, Fargo, Edward Scissorhands and more.
The Sound of Music: The Making of America’s Favorite Movie: When The Sound of Music was released in 1965, it took the world by storm, capturing five Oscars (including Best Picture) and holding the number-one spot box-office record for five years. For millions of viewers, the film is a rare combination of a powerful and moving story, superb music, and breathtaking scenery. The Sound of Music: The Making of America’s Favorite Movie is not only an unequalled tribute to this beloved movie musical but also the most complete behind-the-scenes account of the creation of this Hollywood classic.
The 007 Diaries: Filming Live and Let Die: To tie in with the release of his first James Bond film, Live and Let Die, Roger Moore agreed to keep a day-by-day diary throughout the film’s production which was published just ahead of the premiere in July 1973. From the previous October, when he was unveiled as the new 007, through to his first scenes on location in New Orleans and his final shot in New York, Moore describes his whirlwind journey as cinema’s most famous secret agent. Taking in the sights of Jamaica before returning to Pinewood Studios, Moore’s razor wit and unique brand of humor is ever present. With tales from every location, including his encounters with his co-stars and key crew members, Moore offers the reader an unusually candid, amusing and hugely insightful behind-the-scenes look into the world’s most successful film franchise. Never before, and never since, has a 007 himself written such a book, and this new, limited edition will introduce the next generation of Bond fans to Roger Moore’s extraordinary legacy.
Roman Holiday: The Secret Life of Hollywood in Rome: Roman Holiday is the heady tale of Rome during the 1950s and 1960s, when the cafes and nightclubs were filled with movie stars and film directors as Hollywood productions flocked to the city to film at Cinecittá studios. Reinvigorating the city after the darkness of fascism and Nazi occupation during World War II, the city now thrived with Fiats and Vespas, newly-christened paparazzi, and street cafe culture—and more than a little scandal. In this book, Caroline Young explores the city in its golden age, at a moment when a new era in celebrity journalism gave rise to a new kind of megastar. Taking in some of Rome’s most famous sights and its most iconic films, the story follows Ava Gardner, Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor as the city became a backdrop to their lives and loves on and off the camera, and the great, now legendary, films that marked their journeys. From the dark days of World War II through to the hedonistic hippies in the late 1960s, this evocative narrative captures the essence of Rome—its beauty, its tragedy, and its creativity—through the lives of those who helped to recreate it.
Presents for Book Lovers on Classic Art and Books
Classic Art MemesHath thou seen thy Classic Art Memes? This hilarious book is full of laugh-out-loud classic art memes to brighten your day. From renaissance to baroque and rococo to romantics, historical art is made hysterical with amusing modern wit.
Pride and Prejudice & Emojis: Mr. Darcy *heart eyes emoji* Lizzie Bennet. But will she swipe right? Delight in Austen’s intelligent wit and piercing social commentary, distillled and translated into the beautiful, modern language of emoji. Because there is no enjoyment like reading. Except maybe texting.
Homer’s Odyssey: An Embiggened Simpsons Guide: The Simpsons is the longest running comedy in history. Gracing our screens since 1989, with over 600 episodes, the show is a cultural phenomenon. While it is still drawing huge ratings, there is no argument that during the 90s the show was at its zenith. In the course of this book, we remember the iconic characters—Hank Scorpio and Lionel Hutz, Rex Banner and Frank Grimes—and we dissect seminal episodes such as “Cape Feare,” “Marge Vs the Monorail,” and “Who Shot Mr. Burns.” From celebrity cameos to musical moments, from hidden jokes to insane trivia, this is the essential companion to golden age of The Simpsons. Homer’s Odyssey is a hilarious, intelligent, and in-depth analysis of the greatest show on earth. So grab yourself a Flaming Moe, settle in to your groove on the couch, and enjoy this guide to your favorite yellow family.
Presents for Book Lovers: Old Hollywood
: Billy Wilkerson was the most powerful man in Hollywood during the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. He was owner and publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, the film industry newspaper that became known as “Hollywood’s bible,” and he built the Café Trocadero and other legendary nightspots of the Sunset Strip. In thirty years as Tinseltown’s premier behind-the-scenes power broker, Wilkerson introduced Clark Gable and Lana Turner to the world, brought the Mafia to Hollywood, engineered the shakedown of the Hollywood studios by Willie Bioff and his mob-run unions, helped invent Las Vegas, tangled with Bugsy Siegel (and possibly was involved with his murder), touched off the Hollywood blacklist, and conspired to cripple the studio system. Perhaps nobody in Hollywood history has ever ruined so many careers or done so much to reshape the movie industry as Billy Wilkerson, yet there has never been a solid biography of the man. Billy’s son, William R. Wilkerson III, has done tremendous research on his father, interviewing over decades everyone who knew him best, and portrays him beautifully—and damningly—in this book.
Elsa Lanchester, Herself: Being known as “The Bride of Frankenstein” is an unusual form of fame, but for Elsa Lanchester the unusual came naturally. Born to radical socialist parents, Elsa attended an all-boys school and later “studied” in Paris with dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. At 17, she opened her own theater, which was frequented by writers such as H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Evelyn Waugh. She began performing with and then fell in love with a brilliant young actor named Charles Laughton. Soon after their marriage he revealed his homosexuality. Though it made their union shaky at times, it did not overshadow their common love of art, music, and nature, and their marriage endured for 36 years until Laughton’s death. Elsa Lanchester, Herself presents the story of a woman ahead of her time: independent, iconoclastic, liberated. It is the chronicle of a life filled with famous people (from Bertolt Brecht to Henry Fonda), and of a career that spanned almost seven decades. It is also a warm, truthful account of a very special marriage. Witty and wise, Elsa Lanchester’s account of her life and times is a delight.
Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywood’s Notorious Scandal Magazine: In the 1950s, Confidential magazine, America’s first celebrity scandal magazine, revealed Hollywood stars’ secrets, misdeeds, and transgressions in gritty, unvarnished detail. Deploying a vast network of tipsters to root out scandalous facts about the stars, including sexual affairs, drug use, and sexual orientation, publisher Robert Harrison destroyed celebrities’ carefully constructed images and built a media empire. Confidential became the bestselling magazine on American newsstands in the 1950s, surpassing Time, Life, and the Saturday Evening Post. Eventually the stars fought back, filing multimillion-dollar libel suits against the magazine. The state of California, prodded by the film studios, prosecuted Harrison for obscenity and criminal libel, culminating in a famous, star-studded Los Angeles trial. This is Confidential’s story, detailing how the magazine revolutionized celebrity culture and American society in the 1950s and beyond. With its bold red-yellow-and-blue covers, screaming headlines, and tawdry stories, Confidential exploded the candy-coated image of movie stars that Hollywood and the press had sold to the public. It transformed Americas from innocents to more sophisticated, worldly people, wise to the phony and constructed nature of celebrity. It shifted reporting on celebrities from an enterprise of concealment and make-believe to one that was more frank, bawdy, and true. Confidential’s success marked the end of an era of hush-hush—of secrets, closets, and sexual taboos—and the beginning of our age of tell-all exposure.