Category Archives: Memoir Reviews

[FOOD] My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

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While it may not be readily apparent – I absolutely love cookbooks and books about food. My tastes are very narrow though – I only enjoy either food writing in the vein of MFK Fisher such as Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr or absolutely brilliant cookbooks that tell a story, are well designed, and move beyond simply being a collection… Read more »

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes by Nevin Martell

Bill Watterson created one of the most indelible parts of literature and pop culture in the late 20th century, the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Begun in 1985 and ending its run in 1995, Calvin and Hobbes took its readers onto a magical journey – one that nobody wanted to end. Adding to the intrigue – Bill Watterson has become… Read more »

Melissa Explains It All by Melissa Joan Hart

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Melissa Joan Hart has been better known as “Clarissa”, “Sabrina”, and even “Mel Burke”. But the role that introduced most of us to the singular talent that is Melissa Joan Hart would be her first breakout role as Clarissa in Clarissa Explains It All on Nickelodeon. Now considered a cult nostalgic television show, it was merely popular back then. Running… Read more »

{FC} Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr

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Luke Barr’s Provence, 1970 tells the story of the evolution of American cuisine and its ringleaders: M.F.K. Fisher, the Childs (Julia & Paul), James Beard, and Richard Olney. If food and the champions of culinary writing have any appeal to the reader, they are strongly encouraged to ignore the rest of this review and just go ahead and read Provence,… Read more »

Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

Pantheon Books had an unique book cover style. Their design was the handiwork of one Louise Fili, who produced close to 2,000 jacket / cover designs for the catalog of Pantheon as their art director for most of the 1980s. In 1989, Fili began her own design studio, Louis Fili, Ltd. and began doing commercial art (restaurant & food packaging… Read more »

Film School by Steve Boman

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Film school has an intangible aura, especially when somebody claims that they’re going to attend film school. “How wonderful!” is usually the reply. But does either side really know what film school’s going to consist of? Nope. At least not until a memoir of attending USC’s film school was written by Steve Boman. Film School is an appropriately named title… Read more »

Open by Andre Agassi

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Edition: Knopf, 1st ed. Deckle Edge (November, 2009) ISBN: 978-0307268198 Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket Page Count: 400 Paper Quality: Deckled, matte feeling, poor structural integrity (Poor) Original Language: English Other Notes: Autobiography – Sports (Tennis) Andre Agassi was the first male tennis player to complete the Golden Slam (win all four majors: Australian, French, Wimbledon, and the US Open, along… Read more »