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Entertainment Realm’s 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2012
Posted by Amy Steele in Books, vegan/ vegetarian on December 13, 2012
1. The Lean by Kathy Freston [Weinstein Books]
–Despite already being a vegan, this gave me tons of wonderful tips. I continue to use it as a reference. Freston writes in such a friendly, useful, refreshing style. I recommend this to anyone who would like to pursue a vegan/ plant-based diet. Freston’s goal is to change our our relationship with food and to make us feel better, be energetic and healthy by consuming a plant-based diet.
2. Guts by Kristen Johnston [Gallery Books]
–honest, self-deprecating and wonderful. What differentiates this memoir from other celebrity memoirs is that Johnston doesn’t consider herself a celebrity [she refers to herself as a B-list celebrity] but a hard-working actress and acting teacher. She gets dirty and detailed particularly when she describes the destruction drugs caused to her digestive system.
3. Charlotte au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver [Riverhead]
–if you ever ate at Upstairs on the Square this is a must-read. it’s a sweet restaurant behind the scenes. although sometimes I wonder how a child could have such clear memories.
4. I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern [IT Books]
–simultaneously funny and poignant. sweet.
5. Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead [Riverhead]
–a collection of essays about family, friends and Winstead’s journey in her chosen career in the comedy world: both in stand-up and in television and radio. She’s a pioneer with her irreverent ideas and approach. She’s a leader and role model. She’s a tireless advocate for women’s rights. The essays are poignant, humorous, enlightening and insightful.
6. Agorafabulous by Sara Benincasa [William Morrow]
—- an honest and heartfelt recollection of Benincasa’s experiences with anxiety in college and her early twenties. She writes about her recovery and maintenance through meds, therapy, meditation and a support system of friends and family. provides relatable circumstances while addressing serious mental health concerns with flair and compassion.
7. loose diamonds by Amy Ephron [William Morrow]
–delightful collection of essays with deft observations about a multitude of subjects including her childhood, her mother, giving birth, fancy shoes, shopping (particularly at Saks), affairs, flying, her first marriage, divorce and her second marriage. She loses things—sometimes objects, sometimes relationships, sometimes emotional states– and through heartfelt, witty, insightful and clever means, she explains to the reader how she’s learned from those losses. It’s a sparkling memoir.
8. Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton [DaCapo, 2012]
–user-friendly, family-friendly positive cookbook with recipes that appeal to all age ranges and varied palates. straightforward recipes with“Kid Friendly” and “Adult Minded” tips on certain recipes to make them more appealing for whomever you’re serving. an entire section devoted to veggie burgers.
9. Falling for Eli by Nancy Shulins [DaCapo]
10. The Smart Girl’s Guide to the G-Spot by Violet Blue [Cleis Press]
–everyone woman needs to know this!
BOOKS: Best of 2012 So Far
Posted by Amy Steele in Books on September 10, 2012
[these are listed in the order that I’ve read them]
The Last Nude by Ellis Avery [Riverhead, 2012]
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margo Livesey [HarperCollins, 2012]
Stay Awake: stories by Dan Chaon [Ballantine/Random House, 2012]
Charlotte au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver 
Make It Stay by Joan Frank [Permanent Press, 2012]
Divorce Islamic Style by Amara Lakhous [Europa, April 2012]
The Lion is In by Delia Ephron [March 2012]
Guts by Kristen Johnston [March 2012]
Threats by Amelia Gray [Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012]
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [Dutton, 2012]
Dirt by David Vann [Harper, April 2012]
I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern [IT Books, 2012]
Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead [Riverhead Books, 2012]
MISS FULLER by April Bernard [SteerForth Press, 2012]
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian [Doubleday, 2012]
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus [Knopf, 2012]
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz [Riverhead, 2012]
BOOK of the MONTH: Lizz Free or Die
Posted by Amy Steele in Books on June 10, 2012
Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead. Publisher: Riverhead (May 2012). Memoir/Essay. Hardcover. 320 pages. 978-1-59448-702-6.
Along with hundreds of other people, I follow Lizz Winstead on Twitter. She’s a smart, quick-witted, honest feminist. I know she ardently works with Planned Parenthood to raise money and awareness for pro-choice issues of sexual education, sexual freedom. Only recently I found out she created The Daily Show as well as started Air America. The Minneapolis native has been a political satirist and stand-up comedian for decades.
Lizz Free or Die is a collection of essays about family, friends and Winstead’s journey in her chosen career in the comedy world: both in stand-up and in television and radio. She’s a pioneer with her irreverent ideas and approach. She’s a leader and role model. She’s a tireless advocate for women’s rights. The essays are poignant, humorous, enlightening and insightful.
–Bob Mould wrote the music for The Daily Show at Winstead’s request
–In the 80s, NPR’s Michele Norris was once a housemate. Also Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy.
“I’ve never been into babies—I didn’t and still don’t have the mommy gene—yet these women talked of nothing else.” (of baby showers and other parties when she was younger)
On being raised Catholic: “Truth be told, I am not inspired to embrace beliefs that terrify me. The hands, the crucifix, the deep red bleeding heart embedded with thorns that hung next to the kitchen door—none of these symbols motivated me to do one good thing in the name of anyone.”
“It’s all I really ever wanted to do: figure out what I’m good at and put it out into the world. It’s astounding how many people fought me on it.”
“And home pregnancy tests? They are so last century. Nowadays, I think there’s an app that calls your iPhone to warn you that if you finish that third cosmo, you may wind up with a wombmate.”
“How could she say she was pro-life when she wasn’t pro my life?”
“I needed women in my life as I embarked on a career dominated by men, many who had the self-esteem of an abandoned pit bull and who weren’t shy about expressing their opinions of me, my humor, and women in comedy in general.”
“I have a theory about men: Any guy wearing more than one team insignia at the same time is a guy who won’t’ go down on me.”
“…the media’s appetite for tragedy porn was turning us into mush-brained fear barnacles. Callous barnacles, at that.”
purchase at Amazon: Lizz Free or Die: Essays
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