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I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season
I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Lucille Ball
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality & quantity too!, April 18, 2014
I accidentally bought two copies of her first season of the legendary hit series, "I Love Lucy." I plan on donating one copy to a library but will one for myself.

This first rate high quality DVD collection of the first season has more than just the series but goodies like Lucille Ball's radio series, "My Favorite Husband," in its entirety. They include extra clips and the fabulous brilliant restoration and preservation of this brilliant funny series with a brilliant cast.

Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball brought fictional Ricky and Lucy Ricardos to life with their best friends and neighbors and landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Hollywood and vaudeville veteran William Frawley played Fred Mertz who was Ricky's best friend and was Desi's friend in real life. Vivian Vance played Ethel Mertz and was Lucy's best friend, sidekick, and partner in crime. Fred and Ethel may have been seen as second bananas but "I Love Lucy" would have never been the same without them.

A real treat is seeing the actual pilot episode with the original opening credits and without Fred and Ethel. After the first episode which hasn't been seen in syndication and discovered in 1990, the following episodes remind me of those summer days where I watched "I Love Lucy" in the mornings.

The entire first season is available in this collection worthy for your DVD library collection.

Stand Up Straight and Sing!
Stand Up Straight and Sing!
by Jessye Norman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.89

4.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act Inside & Out!, April 16, 2014
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In reading Jessye Norman's memoir of her life, you develop an understanding and deep appreciation for one of America's best known opera sopranos. This book is a great gift for her fans and opera aficionados alike.

She writes about her upbringing in Augusta, Georgia as an African American descendant of slaves. Her parents had raised her and her siblings in a close knit loving home. She writes about her own experiences of racism.

There are plenty of wonderful yet uneven chapters of inspiration and awe in her life. She doesn't trash anybody in this book or make any shocking declarations. She keeps her personal relationships off limits but not deliberately. Ms Norman has led a very full life with rich friendships and relationships for decades. She has traveled the world and spent a lot of time in Germany and abroad. She harbors no bitterness or resentment for being single and childless.

Maybe that's why her attitude is refreshing. She is a very happy fulfilled person. In May 1998 at the University of Pennsylvania Commencement Ceremony, I saw her walking with other doctorate honorees that included Former President Jimmy Carter and others.

Jessye writes about performing and her love and passion for opera music. She has studied languages in order to understand the composers.

If you know an aspiring singer, I would recommend this book to help explain the challenges, obstacles, and triumphs.

I deducted a star because I believe there should have been photographs; a life chronology; awards and accolades list too.

Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation
Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation
by Ann Bausum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Stubby, Soldiers' Best Friend in World War I, April 16, 2014
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Ann Bausum has researched and written a book about Stubby, a stray dog that became a friend and fellow soldier to the American soldiers during the Great War or World War I with his keeper, J. Robert Conroy.

The book's foreword is an introduction and personal explanation as to why canines are important to a soldier after serving in combat. Returning home and battling post traumatic stress disorder, his pet dog Cheyenne became an unlikely source of healing companion.

Stubby became a symbol and a celebrity too. While he never served actual combat, Stubby was there for soldiers who were in need of his companionship. Stubby was there for the soldiers where he didn't judge them. He was there as their best friend when the soldiers were injured or in need of comfort. Stubby didn't judge or criticize but offered a non judgmental friendship to keep soldiers morale high during wartime.

To this day, we have canine units serving in wartime. We pair canines with soldiers suffering from PTSD. Canines like other animals don't offer judgement but unconditional love, support, and companionship whether in wartime or not.

I think there could be two books. This book could be better edited to smooth the story. I believe there could be a children's book in it too where it would reach a wider audience.

Betty White Collection - America's Funny Lady
Betty White Collection - America's Funny Lady
DVD ~ Betty White
Price: $4.23
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4.0 out of 5 stars Betty White for the Kennedy Center Honors!, April 16, 2014
Betty White is an American legend; an icon; a comedic genius; actress; animal rights activist; humanitarian; and star for decades on television and in film. She has also done radio and stage too. There is no reason that 7 time Emmy winner Betty White isn't given America's highest honor of being a Kennedy Center Honoree.

In this four disc set, you will see her infamous role in the fifties sitcom, "Life with Elizabeth, in the title role of course and Del Moore as her long suffering husband, Alvin. While this sitcom has announcer who talks to Elizabeth and she replies non-verbally to him. The announcer will ask "Elizabeth, aren't you ashamed of yourself?" And she replies non-verbally of course not. The first two discs feature the season of the show with ten episodes apiece.

The last four episodes of "Life with Elizabeth" is on the third disc. The third and fourth discs features 16 episodes of a later sitcom, "A Date with an Angel," where she plays newlywed Vicki Angel. Bill Williams plays her husband, Gus.

Of the two sitcoms here, I prefer Betty White as Vicki Angel. Her first sitcom has Alvin and Elizabeth most of the time with little interaction from neighbors, relatives, or friends. With the Angels, there is more socialization with friends and neighbors which makes it more real.

The DVDs here are a fine quality but remember that quality and preservation by time may have affected the final result. Still it is worth seeing both shows at least once.

The last disc features an uninspired documentary about Betty White made with an unknown narrator and shown clips of "Life with Elizabeth."

She's So Unusual
She's So Unusual
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Still Just Wants To Have Fun!, April 11, 2014
This review is from: She's So Unusual (Audio CD)
Back in the early 1980s, there was Madonna and Cyndi Lauper whose videos rotated on MTV. Cyndi's crazy dyed hair and outrageous fashion style made her stand out. Her music wasn't as controversial as Madonna.

This first album now on compact disc includes two or three live recordings. I remember playing the audio cassette on my tape player as a ten year old. In listening to this compact disc, I remember those days and fondly. I remember the videos, MTV, and the songs.

This album launched Cyndi's career. She has handled her life and career with class. I love you too, Cyndi, as she tells her fans on this cd. For those fans of Cyndi's and 80s nostalgia, you will want this for your collection.

Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris
Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris
by Steven E. Levingston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.31
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4.0 out of 5 stars French Bonnie & Clyde!, April 9, 2014
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Steven Levingston's non fiction account of the murder of Alexandre Toussaint Gouffe and sensational trial coverage of Gabrielle Bompard and Michel Eyraud that followed afterwards.

The author has written a very thorough and detailed account of the crime and the background of the deadly duo. He also brings up how hypnotism was a popular pastime and possible part in the murder.

Michel and Gabrielle are an unusual couple. He is older and more experienced than his twenty something mistress in Paris, France. Gouffe, the victim, played right into their hands.

The author paints a clear but complex view of the crime. The duo fled France across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. While Gabrielle is a sympathetic person, Michel doesn't come across the same way. Their actions speak louder than words. Bompard returns to France after escaping her partner's crutches. Her story is fascinating until Eyraud is found, arrested, and returned to Paris in order to face murder charges. If Eyraud could have continued living abroad under aliases and scams, he probably would have anyway. Bompard returns home to face the charges.

When you read this book, you will make your own minds about this part of Parisian history.

Nice Work
Nice Work
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Work If You Can Get It!, March 31, 2014
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Carol Kidd MBE is an amazing Scottish jazz vocalist. I believe this is the first compilation of hers. Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett speak highly of her voice and talent. Frank Sinatra has referred to her as Scotland's best kept secret in jazz and its true.

Carole's voice is heavenly soft and clear to hear every syllable. I have all of her compact discs. She makes classic music fresh and timeless.

Dove Advanced Care with Nutriummoisture Antiperspirant Deodorant, Clear Tone Skin Renew, 2.6 Ounce
Dove Advanced Care with Nutriummoisture Antiperspirant Deodorant, Clear Tone Skin Renew, 2.6 Ounce
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sleek & Sophisticated Design for a Dry On, March 31, 2014
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I prefer to use a roll on instead of a dry powdered deodorant and I still do. At least with a wet roll on, I can feel it in my armpits.

I wish Dove had made a roll on instead. I don't know if it lasted the time period. The smell is nice enough and the packaging is sleek.

I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star
I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star
by Judy Greer
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars She Needs A Sitcom To Shine!, March 31, 2014
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This book is a light-hearted but spirited memoir of actress, Judy Greer. She was born Judith Therese Evans in Michigan to a former nun and her husband. She grew up an only child in the Detroit suburbs in a loving family.

Apart from her background, Judy writes free spirited in her own way about her life. While she isn't on tabloids nor does she need to be, her life is normal interesting rather than sensational.

Judy needs to her own sitcom to star in. She has perfect timing as you see in her performances.

If I have to complain, she doesn't go into great detail about her performances on stage, film, or television. The book is somewhat uneven and lacks organization where it goes back and forth.

Judy's charm and wit is there in this book. She may not be a household name but she is okay with it and that's great. It's nice to hear about celebrity or actress who is happy about playing the best friend to the star in the movie. Ironically, she usually steals the scene out from the leads even for just a minute.

Judy Greer is the actress who plays the best friend or a sister. You may not know her name but you know the face and delivery. She is still the same woman that she was in Michigan and in Chicago at DePaul where she studied acting.

Aspiring actresses may want to read her book in order to understand that acting and working takes many different forms. Judy Greer is one of the best character actresses today.

The Gates of Babylon (Righteous Series #6)
The Gates of Babylon (Righteous Series #6)
by Michael Wallace
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable & Entertaining Series, March 26, 2014
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Michael Wallace's Righteous Series is about Jacob Christianson who is a doctor and the apparent prophet in the fictional Blister Creek, a polygamist community.

Michael Wallace has developed Jacob into a complex hero to root for all the way. Some readers might be turned off by polygamy like myself but it is only part of the story. The female characters like Fernie and Eliza might wear prairie dresses and have long hair but they are strong women with their own ideas. Of course, I disagree with polygamy and my feelings haven't changed in reading this series.

I have to say that I admire Jacob who is a relatable character. He becomes the prophet of Blister Creek's polygamist community. While Jacob has doubts and flaws, he is quite human after all. He is not the messiah or God but shepherd of this flock. He has come home with his wife, Fernie, and their children.

Jacob is now in charge of the community during what could be the end days on earth in this likely conclusion to the series. If anything, Jacob and his people are facing dire consequences when the world is at the end of days.

I found this book to be enjoying and fast paced but I couldn't get past the scenario of the world's possible end. While this story is almost unbelievable nor realistic, the author does a fine job in conveying the urgencies.

Still I'm sad to see the likely end to this delightful series. Wallace makes the readers care about Blister Creek despite personal reservations about polygamy. The Righteous series is not just black and white about polygamy but far more complex about it. Whether you agree or disagree about polygamy, this series will open your mind about it being a personal choice.

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