4 Book Recommendations From Tabulous Tomes

May 13, 2016

By Tab Byrum

I’ve told you before how much I love to read, I always have a book going and I try to read some every night before going to sleep. I love all types of books: fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, mysteries, anything historical, but my favorite genre of books is the biography (and autobiography). I really enjoy getting to learn about people, I think people are fascinating creatures and learning why they did what they did when they did it is so much fun. I enjoy reading about celebrities and movie stars, political leaders and their families, royalty and of course artists and designers from both the worlds of interior design and fashion design. Today I want to share with you a few of the books I’ve finished over the last few weeks and hope to make this a regular feature here on the blog. I hope you see something on here you like and let me know if you decide to read any of them, Enjoy!!!

A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen

 

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I’ve always been intrigued by Candice Bergen’s life story, growing up in Hollywood and Beverly Hills the daughter of Edgar Bergen, a man who gained fame and fortune from being a ventriloquist on the radio. In A Fine Romance Bergen shares her life with us after she leaves home and sets out on her own, the story of her first apartment in NYC and her modeling career which led to acting and movies. Finding love with French movie director Louis Malle and the story of their life together here in America and at their country home in France, as well as the struggles she had as a first-time mother when her daughter Chloe didn’t seem to bond and was distant. Candice Bergen relates what it was like when she finally found almost overwhelming success as the lead in the 1980’s sitcom Murphy Brown, which brought her fame and fortune as well as taking a toll on her marriage. Bergen is very candid about the struggle she and her family faced when Louis Malle was diagnosed with a brain condition that eventually led to his death in 1995. Today Bergen has love again in her life with her second husband Marshall Rose which involved leaving Los Angeles and returning to New York as well as a new relationship with daughter Chloe. If you enjoyed Bergen as Murphy Brown then you’ll enjoy this book that’s both a walk down memory lane as well as a confession of sorts, funny warts and all. 

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Make ‘Em Laugh, Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends
by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway

 

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Singing In The Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown are just a couple of the wonderful award winning movies that starred Debbie Reynolds and she’s recounting memories from her long career in Tinseltown in Make ‘Em Laugh. It seems that nothing is off limits where Debbie Reynolds is concerned as she shares tales of growing up in El Paso, Texas and planning on being a gym teacher until her life took a much different turn after winning a beauty pageant. Throughout the book, Reynolds shares stories with us of some of the biggest names in Hollywood from the Golden Days as well as advice she received. She takes us on trips across the country as she performs from coast to coast as well as to Europe to perform for the crowned heads, especially for one young smitten King. We find out what it takes to do a successful one-woman show as well as what it takes to recover after having your money stolen by the man you thought you loved. As the mother of Princess Leia and Todd, we get a little peek at being their mother as well as being the wife of Eddie Fisher and the crummy way she was treated when he ran to comfort Liz. If you like short stories full of big names as well as funny jokes and anecdotes then check out Make ‘Em Laugh

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
by Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper

 

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I was very excited when I found out there was a book coming out written by mother and son team of Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, and The Rainbow Comes and Goes does not disappoint. The book was born of emails that Cooper and his mother exchanged, he would send her questions about her life and she would respond with beautiful in-depth responses. Cooper began the email exchange after his mother became ill at the age of 91 and Cooper realized there were a great many things he didn’t know about his own mom. After she recovered they came up with this way for him to learn more about her since he’s on the road so much for his work. Vanderbilt is very candid with her son about her life, her loves and the experiences she’s had over the last 92 years. She recounts the trauma she suffered during the custody trial she went through as a little girl between her mother and aunt and the very tumultuous relationship she and her mother had. We learn about the regret she has for losing touch with Dodo, the nanny who raised her as a little girl as well as the details of the tragic day when Anderson’s older brother, Carter, committed suicide by jumping off the balcony of her Manhattan penthouse. The Rainbow Comes and Goes is a beautiful book that I didn’t want to be over, hopefully, there’s enough material for a sequel.

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Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter by Lucinda Hawksley

 

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I’m always up for a good historical biography and Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter is a VERY GOOD read. The book follows the life of Princess Louise, sixth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s nine children. Princess Louise was perhaps the most rebellious of the Queen’s daughters and definitely the most artistic, in the book we learn about growing up in the royal household and ultimately wanting nothing more than to have a place to call her own and escape her mother’s intense scrutiny and Victorian rules. Princess Louise had many adventures in love with several lovers over her lifetime, finally marrying John Campbell, the Marquess of Lorne, whom historians agree was probably gay. We learn of Louise’s time in Canada as the wife of the royally appointed Governor General of Canada and how she was torn for missing her artistic life in London with trying to do her duty as a member of the Royal Family. Never having children of her own Princess Louise became a favorite of her numerous nieces and nephews and is remembered today for her major contributions in sculpture, including several she did of Queen Victoria. Mysterious Daughter is a very enjoyable book full of details that history lovers will enjoy. 

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