TITLE: Lonely Planet Ireland
PUBLISHER: Lonely Planet
PAGES: 704 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2016
- Full-colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – including
- customs, history, art, literature, music, landscapes, sports, food and drink
- Free, convenient pull-out Dublin map (included in print version), plus over 86 colour maps
- Covers Dublin, Waterford, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Kildare, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Sligo, Donegal, The Midlands, Louth, Belfast, Armagh, Derry, and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Ireland , our most comprehensive guide to Ireland, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.
- Looking for just the highlights of Ireland? Check out Lonely Planet Discover Ireland guide, a photo-rich guide to the country’s most popular attractions.
- Looking for a guide focused on Dublin? Check out Lonely Planet Dublin guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer.
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.
I have had the opportunity to review a good number of travel guides over the years but this is the first time I will be reviewing Lonely Planet’s Ireland travel guide. For those not familiar with Lonely Planet, for the last few years it was owned by BBC Worldwide until it was sold to NC2 Media in 2013. The Lonely Planet Ireland guide is over 700 pages of information of areas throughout Ireland including a city map of Dublin. The first 53-pages deal with planning your trip to Ireland, things you need to know, the great outdoors, eat and drink like a local, wild Atlantic way, and more. The the guide goes into traveling to Dublin, Counties Wicklow & Kildare, Counties Wexford, Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny, County Cork, County Kerry, County Clare, Counties Limerick and Tipperary, County Galway, Counties Mayo & Sligo, County Donegal, The Midlands, Counties Meath, Louth, Cavan & Monaghan, Belfast, Counties Down & Armagh, Counties Londonderry & Antrim, Countries Fermanagh & Tyrone and more. This latest guide features writings from various writers of what they love about Ireland, and I noticed that special features incorporate 3D illustrations of Trinity College, Glendalough, The Cuisine of County Cork, Wildlife in Killarney National Park, Rock of Cashel, Aran Islands scenery, Yeats Country, The Shannon-Erne Waterway, Down & Armagh Walking & Wildlife, Londonderry & Antrim: The Causeway Coast.
What I look for in a travel guide with up-to-date information, maps and as much detail for the region as possible. Some tend to skimp on smaller regions but this Lonely Planet guide really does a good job of giving coverage for locations throughout Ireland. While I do enjoy the Fodor’s travel guides for its use of color throughout, while photography of a region is nice to have, for travel guides, it all comes down to detailed information and I will can easily say that “Lonely Planet Ireland” is well-researched, informative and a travel guide worth using and help in planning and preparing for your trip to Ireland. “Lonely Planet Ireland” is recommended!
TITLE: Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
PUBLISHER: Oxmoor House
PAGES: 240 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 24, 2016
Plan your next adventure with this complete guide to exploring nature, campfire cooking, and sleeping under the stars. The experts at Sunset draw on more than a century of outdoor experience to create a guide that leaves no stone unturned. Easy to navigate and chock full of clear how-to’s, handy checklists, lush photographs, and a nifty pull-out glow-in-the-dark constellation map, Camp Sunset offers something for everyone. You’ll find essential advice on choosing the right gear, setting up camp, and dealing with local critters, alongside Sunset’s best tips for an unforgettable trip. Learn to whip up a flawless camp stove meal, mix a cocktail to match, and stargaze like a pro. Discover hands-on activities for campers of all ages, plus special features on photographing nature, foraging, and telling campfire stories. Upgrade your outdoor skills with Sunset’s proven strategies, then stash this book in your bag, and get ready to explore! Useful on the trail and inspiring in the off-season, Camp Sunset is the ultimate handbook for having more fun outdoors.
When it comes to camping, I know nothing about it. Just the basic things you pick up on television.
But as my parents are in their retirement age and my father had purchased an RV, he would like the family to join them on camping trips.
Needless to say, camping is something I’ve never been interested in but I figured, that I’ve never tried it, might as well experience it.
And fortunately, for a newbie like myself, I wanted to check out “Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors”.
Created by the editors of Sunset Magazine (an American lifestyle magazine that has been around since 1898), the goal was to compile years of advice into a book and keeping with the modern era and thus the book was created.
The books kicks off with choosing a campground, what type of camper are you?, the types of campgrounds out there, making reservations and building a tent. And of course, lightning, cooking in the campgrounds, meal planning, etc.
The book then goes into basic skills. From picking your camp site spot, putting a tent together, tying a knot, building a campfire, campground etiquette, avoiding problems with bugs, poisonous plants, animals and basic do’s and don’ts.
The next 73 pages are dedicated to cooking in the campground and many recipes (55 total) are provided.
The latter part of the book then features hiking, going on the trail, camping with children, wildlife safety, taking photos.
And then a chapter on fishing, tackle, canoeing and more.
And there is chapter that features having fun in the camp, games to keep children busy, telling campfire stories and then stargazing (a map of the constellation is provided).
I enjoyed this beginner’s guide to camping. The book is simple to follow, easy to read and there are many photos and full page photos included.
While those who are intermediate or advanced may find the book to be geared to newbies like myself, even as a beginner, a lot of the things I read is common sense. Especially about not feeding the wildlife. I also felt that the book utilizes so many pages just for recipes, it would have been cool to see camper experiences featured, also going into problematic things that people can learn from and not do it.
But really, this is a solid guide for beginners and as a beginner myself, I found it entertaining and it made me even more willing to experience camping than I did prior to reading the book. So, I found that to be another positive.
Overall, if you are a beginner that is contemplating camping and want something enjoyable to read and created for the beginner in mind, then “Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors” is for you!
Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China by Eddie Huang (a J!-ENT Book Review)
TITLE: Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China
AUTHOR: Eddie Huang
PUBLISHER: Spiegel & Grau
PAGES: 240 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2016
Double Cup Love takes readers from Williamsburg dive bars to the skies over Mongolia, from Michelin-starred restaurants in Shanghai to street-side soup peddlers in Chengdu. The book rockets off as a sharply observed, globe-trotting comic adventure that turns into an existential suspense story with high stakes. Eddie takes readers to the crossroads where he has to choose between his past and his future, between who he once was and who he might become. Double Cup Love is about how we search for love and meaning—in family and culture, in romance and marriage—but also how that search, with all its aching and overpowering complexity, can deliver us to our truest selves.
Having reviewed Eddie Huang’s coming-of-age memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat”, I felt the first book gave good insight of what made Eddie to what he is today.
Since that book, a TV series was adapted, became a big hit for the network and as for Eddie, he was quick to give his (not so positive) thoughts about it (despite the series continuing to be popular among Asian Americans and also reaching out to other cultures), the series was definitely not a true portrait of Eddie’s life.
Here we are with Eddie’s latest book “Double Cup Love” and it’s an honest portrayal of his life, his insecurities and how things are at home and his relationship with his brothers.
So for those coming into this second book without reading the first and pretty much going-based off the TV series, I advise you to read the first book because Eddie life and the TV series may have similarities (in terms of family names and the name of the restaurant) but in truth, the life of Eddie Huang and the TV series are far different from each other.
The book features an older Eddie and his brothers. Eddie Huang doesn’t hide the fact that he and his mother, unlike the loving couple in the TV show, screamed and fought each other in reality.
From the dysfunctional relationship between Eddie and his girlfriend Connie (who seems like the dream girlfriend), but Eddie makes the point, of not being raised with a family full of affection, he didn’t know love and he was determined to know what love is all about.
And the book features chapters of Eddie’s relationships, not just girlfriends but also with family.
He dedicates a chapter to his younger brother Evan and how he differed from him and Emery, who were raised as Eddie would say, their father’s “thug motivation”.
As for Emery, Eddie would talk about how he and his younger brother would get in all out fist fights.
But a strong underlying theme is about Eddy discovering love for a woman named Italian-Irish American Dina and what it took to get to that place for a solid relationship but did it last?
Reading Eddie’s “Double Cup Love – On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China”, there is a big difference from “Fresh Off the Boat”.
Whereas the first book was the memoir and living in the US and growing up, this time, it’s about relationships with family, friends and the women in his life.
There is a lot more angst this time around and in many ways, I couldn’t help but think this was a way for Eddie to let emotions come out, trying to discuss something he hasn’t really been all that good with and that is love and knowing what it’s all about and whatever love he has coming towards him or giving out.
There are different perspectives of love and you’ll read all about it in this book but it’s that quest of loving and finding that special someone and wondering if that person is meant to be and is life supposed to be that way. Is a loving relationship supposed to be that way.
While I am reviewing an advanced copy of “Double Cup Love” and not sure if there are any changes in the final version, his second book no doubt comes from the heart and wanting to show the raw emotions and the experiences he had in relationships.
The last book had a heavy emphasis on the food aspect but this time around, it’s about trying to find love and discover it and what kind of relationship does he have with this person and that person.
While “Double Cup Love” is not as great as Eddie’s first memoir, “Double Cup Love” does give us more insight of Eddie as an adult. His observations and insecurities about life and love and how it’s an ongoing process of learning.
If you enjoyed the first book especially it’s latter chapters, then you will no doubt enjoy his book. It’s raw, it’s blunt and it was interesting to see how life is for Eddie Huang and his true relationship with his parents, his brothers and other people in his life.
And showing that despite any success he may have, he’s no different from anyone else and can often have f’d up moments and that his life is not as serene as the “Fresh Off the Boat” TV series but also how he’s doing his best, no matter how difficult life can be at times.
TITLE: Dr. Joe’s Man Diet
AUTHOR: Joseph Feuerstein MD
PUBLISHER: Page Street Publishing
PAGES: 208 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
This lifestyle and eating plan is proven to help men get their cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure under control, lose weight and regain their health-all without medication and all from a leading practitioner of Integrative Medicine. Backed by scientific research, the book offers a medication-free lifestyle makeover, explains common blood tests and hormone readings, details exactly what to eat and when and provides 50 recipes to keep readers on the right path.
Having lost 60 pounds since Sept. 2015 and occasionally getting blood tests to make sure my new healthy lifestyle and what I take in is not producing any negative results, I was in a bit of a shock because while I eliminated wheat, rice, pasta and corn-based products, lowered my blood sugar, my HDL went up which is good, but unfortunately, also my LDL.
Considering I have been eating healthy, I had to step back and with my doctor try to evaluate why my levels are high and what I can do to tweak my current lifestyle and the foods and vitamins I incorporate.
One of the reasons why I wanted to read Joseph Feuerstein’s book “Dr. Joe’s Man Diet” was because of the four words I saw in the book, “Drop Bad Cholesterol 20%”.
But while reading the book, I think I go so much more out of it as it also went into insulin, BMI and also more information on testosterone therapy and also the risks associated with it.
While I read so much about poultry, fish, lean meats, eggs, etc., I’m glad that Dr. Feuerstein also went into this in detail, which will no doubt help people researching the topic.
But primarily, what won me over were the healthy recipes included.
I try to stick with a 1000-1200 calorie a day diet and eat small throughout the day, I just need more inspiration of what to eat as my meal plans are often prepared early in advance and while I try to vary with the baked fish and baked chicken or turkey, I want more variation. And so, “Dr. Joe’s Man Diet” not just functions as an informative book on eating healthy, there are awesome recipes with photos of the recipes included.
There is also more information on exercise, chemicals that raise your cholesterol and insulin levels, the importance of sleep and more.
While I really enjoyed “Dr. Joe’s Man Diet”, personally I like to avoid the word diet and call it a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been through diets and have yo-yo’d throughout all my life and so, I had to make a decision. Don’t think of it as a diet, think of it as a change of lifestyle for a healthier you and something that you want to make consistent in life.
I personally found the information and recipes in this book valuable and for its sheer content and recipes, I highly recommend “Dr. Joe’s Man Diet”.
TITLE: Fukami: Purity of Form
WRITTEN BY: Andrea Marks
PUBLISHER: Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
PAGES: 172 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2011
Born in Kyoto in 1947, Fukami Sueharu belongs to a generation of ceramic artists in postwar Japan who devoted themselves to the creation of sculptural ceramics, free from traditional forms. He is internationally known for his polished, razor-sharp, minimalist porcelain sculptures with elegant pale bluish glaze inspired by Chinese porcelains of the 10th to 14th centuries. He can be considered the most successful living Japanese artist working in any medium.
Fukami: Purity of Form presents a comprehensive account of Fukami’s artistic career, incorporating his entire oeuvre.
I have been fortunate to have met Fukami Sueharu and one book that I treasure (and was thrilled to have him sign) was a copy of “Fukami: Purity of Form” written by Andrea Marks (and also including essays from other associates who are well-versed in the work of Fukami).
For anyone who has never seen the work of Fukami, the one thing that will amaze you is how some of his sculptures are razor thin and are absolutely beautiful.
Fukami, world renown for “his polished, razor-sharp, minimalist porcelain sculptures which are then glazed in pale bluish, is inspired by Chinese qingbai porcelains of the ten to thirteenth centuries”.
“Fukami” goes into the how Fukami became a sculptor, a conversation with Fukami and all essays are presented in English and in Japanese.
For the illustrated catalog, featuring beautiful, large photos of his sculptures. Also, it was great to see photos of Fukami working on a sculpture with captions outlining what he was doing in the appendix.
Overall, this hardcover book is an absolute treasure and if you love Fukami Sueharu’s work, “Fukami: Purity of Form” is worth owning.
BOOK: I Love That Minifigure
AUTHORS: Jonathan Green
Company: DK Children
Availability: Available Now | 5-9
Hardcover: 208 Pages
Release Date: October 6, 2015
For children or the young at heart (AFOL’s like myself), DK has released wonderful books on the history of LEGO minifigures.
Two that I recommend are the “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” and for those who love those hard to find, mystery bags, there is the “LEGO minifigures: Character Encyclopedia” (note: the type distinction between MINIFIGURE and the mystery bagged versions as minifigures). And of course, there are books that are tied to specific LEGO series such as LEGO STAR WARS, LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO HARRY POTTER, LEGO CHIMA to name a few.
But here we are with “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE”, some may see it as a sequel or companion to “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” as it features LEGO MINIFIGURES from 1978 to 2015.
But also, what gets LEGO collectors even more excited with DK LEGO book releases are the fact they now come with MINIFIGURES (only available with the book purchase, so you can’t buy them separately in retail). For “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE”, it comes with the Zombie skateboarder.
With the latest book, the book is broken down in the following segments:
– EVERYDAY HEROES
– YOU’RE HISTORY!
– OUT OF THIS WORLD
– YOU’RE MY HERO!
– SPOOKY AND SCARY
– THE WORLD’S A STAGE
– ONE OF A KIND
– WILD AT HEART
– ROTTEN ROGUES
– WE HAVE POWER!
– ALL-TIME ICONS
So, the LEGO MINIFIGURES featured are not by year, but by the categories listed above. Factoids are given on various LEGO MINIFIGURES, their role and also rarity.
For example, EVERYDAY HEROES features the first true MINIFIGURE, the Policeman for LEGOLAND TOWN and how the original was too big to fit in his police car and his rarity is a 3 out of 5.
For ADIDAS SUPER GOALIE, the factoid features how the goal keeper was given out with pairs of Adidas sneakers in 2007 and how it’s a very rare figure (4 out of 5). Factoids on the actual MINIFIGURE and how Stripes’ gloves have a real LEGO rarity, fingers and thumbs.
And of course, one of the rarest LEGO MINIFIGURES to be made, a 2007 LEGO STAR WARS gold chrome C-3P0 that were randomly inserted into LEGO Star Wars Sets around the world (only 10,000 were made to mark the 30 years of “STAR WARS”).
For the most part, there are really good selections of LEGO MINIFIGURES from past and present. There is a good selection of various types of LEGO MINIFIGURES from normal to wild and crazy.
But “LEGO: I LOVE THAT MINIFIGURE” is a wonderful book that children and the young at heart will no doubt love, and if you have the chance, I also recommend picking up “LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY” and “LEGO minifigures: Character Encyclopedia” for your LEGO book collection as well.
BOOK: Medieval LEGO
AUTHORS: Greyson Beights
Company: No Starch Press
Availability: Available Now |3-7
Hardcover: 132 Pages
Release Date: September 24, 2015
Education through LEGO. That is how much I enjoyed Greyson Beights (an award-winning LEGO builder and helps organize the LEGO convention, BrickUniverse) book “Medieval Lego” and teaching children (including myself) about English history.
There are many short three page stories + an accompany LEGO diorama of history from 1028-1214, 1215-1345, 1346-1485 and contributions for each of the historic battles are from more than a dozen scholars and photos from over a dozen LEGO builders.
The writing is easy for older children to follow and it’s quite intriguing and enjoyable to read, myself and my son have read this book and we hope that Greyson continues a series of these educational LEGO-related books.
“This is a fun and origami challenging book. I would recommend this book for fairly experienced folders looking for a new challenge!”
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 – 5
- Series: DC Super Heroes
- Paperback: 448 pages
Ever since I was a kid I have always been fascinated by origami. My first exposure came from weekly culture lessons at school on a Navy base in Atsugi, Japan.
Growing up, I continued my interest in origami, sometimes teaching simple models as a substitute teacher. So, I was very interested about John Montroll’s “DC SUPER HEROES ORIGAMI”. Montroll is a master origami artist, whose first origami book, Origami for the Enthusiast; Dover Publications, 1979, introduced the origami technique “double rabbit ear fold”. (1)
It’s important to note that I am reviewing an advanced copy of John Montroll’s “DC SUPER HEROES ORIGAMI” and there may be content changes in the final version.
Montroll begins the book by diagramming and explaining eleven basic folds. The origami models in the book are then divided into four sections: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League.
There are 11 models in the first three sections, and 13 models in the Justice League section.
Each model represents a variety of props, locations, vehicles and characters from the DC Universe, including a couple of villains.
Although as a huge “Batman” fan, I was a little disappointed in the omission of a model representing the Joker. Several other Bat-villains are represented including the Riddler, the Penguin and Clayface. The models are listed by complexity using a star system: 1 star for easy, 2 stars for intermediate, and 3 stars for complex.
At the end of the book are 96 sheets of illustrated origami paper designed by DC Comics artist Min Sung Ku.
The book is very detailed. There are clear explanations for each basic fold, and written descriptions for each folding step for the origami models.
There are many colorful illustrations showing the final model using the illustrated origami paper and the art is from the Batman the Animated Series from 1992-1995 (2) and Justice League Unlimited cartoon series from 2001-2006 (3).
In the Illustrated Folding Paper User Guide at the end of the book, it is suggested that readers practice new models with traditional origami paper first, and then when they are comfortable, fold the model using the illustrated folding papers.
This suggestion should be followed, as most of the models are not easy.
Over half of the models fall into the complex category, about a quarter of the models is in the intermediate category, and just over a handful of models (only 6) are ranked as easy.
The models are listed in each section starting with the easy models, then intermediate, and finally the complex models.
However, there are no easy models in the Batman section, only intermediate and complex models. The rest of the book has about two easy models per section.
The illustrated paper is about 8 inches or 20 centimeters square. Normal origami paper is about 6 inches square or 15 centimeters square.
I tried using scrapbook papers, not cardstock, that was 12 inches square, or about 30 and half centimeters square.
However, that paper is still slightly thicker than typical origami paper, and proved difficult to work with on some models such as that Green Lantern Symbol that required folding several layers.
Most of the models have small details that would not be easy to fold on any paper smaller than 15 centimeters square. It would be best to find origami paper at this standard size or bigger to practice with or make models.
One complaint I often see with origami books like this with illustrated origami paper is the books typically only have two or three sheets or pre-printed paper for each model.
But to that I say; that’s where the fun can come in!
Get out the pens, markers, color pencils, and stickers and decorate the models yourselves.
Also, if you get two-toned origami paper, with one color on one side and a different color on the other side, then you can create your own unique pieces. You can make the Bat Symbol in a variety of color combinations instead of just yellow and black.
The same can be done with the Superman Symbol or other heroes’ symbols, or even different color Batarangs or Kryptonite.
Overall, this is a fun and origami challenging book. I would recommend this book for fairly experienced folders looking for a new challenge. Even the easy models have 15-18 steps.
So, I would not recommend this book for any folders with no experience or anyone younger than 10 years old. You can create many awesome origami models, but as stated in the foreword, with patience and practice. This book can provide hours of folding fun.
1. Origami for the Enthusiast; Dover Publications, 1979 ISBN 0486237990
2. Batman the Animated Series; http://www.ign.com/top/animated-tv-series/2.html
3. Justice League Unlimited; http://www.ign.com/top/animated-tv-series/20.html
TITLE: I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last
AUTHOR: Deb DeArmond
PUBLISHER: Abingdon Press
PAGES: 208 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2015
Married for nearly 38 years, author Deborah DeArmond and her husband have made the spoken declaration, “I choose you today” a regular part of their communication. It’s when we least feel like saying it that we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice, not a feeling. I Choose You Today features 31 scriptural principles that support marriage and help couples develop healthy biblically based behavior.
Built on an introductory anecdotal story, each chapter has an inspirational takeaway of not only what to do, but how to begin applying the principles immediately. Thought provoking questions create talking points for couples to explore their own choices and experiences in each area serve to generate open dialogue of discovery. I Choose You Today is not a book of “shoulds,” but one of clearly identified choices that each individual can make to grow their marriage and align it with the word of God. Every saying ends with a conventional wisdom quote.
In many ways, I have been wanting to read a book like “I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last”.
For its advice for one to apply the relationship principles and incorporate it to their onw lives but also challenging the reader to bring out more thought of why you value your relationship and your significant other.
But I also love how the book incorporates various quotes from the film but also scripture from the Bible.
For me, I needed this book because I felt that my life has been so preoccupied with work. Having had a business and trying to grow it, I know I sacrificed a lot in my relationship with my wife to focus on building relationships with clients. It started out as a temporary thing but once things were going well, and the economy started to go South, I was back to survival mode with trying to re-build the business in difficult financial times and deep in my heart, looking back at those years, I wish I had a book such as this to help put things in perspective.
Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, there are many who neglect their significant other because of work, habits, life-changes, technology, etc.
One who has had troubled marriages or relationships can pick up “I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last” and help guide them to not quitting on a relationship, a marriage by reading other examples in this book. Some, who value their significant others, those who haven’t and want to beg forgiveness and if it should be accepted, to work on trust, loyalty, to adapt, to love and more.
But this book does put things into perspective and it’s correct. Loving your spouse is an everyday commitment but are you renewing it daily?
In many ways, Deb DeArmond’s book was inspiring, but like a bolt of energy that makes me want to be a better man, husband and father because of what I read from her book. But it’s about one making the necessary steps to make it happen and if you know in your heart that the questions she poses needs work on your part, then you need to work at it, if you want to make your marriage or relationship last.
I’m very pleased with this book and I thank Deb DeArmond for inspiring me and many other people with this well-written book!
TITLE: Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel
AUTHOR: William Wellman Jr.
PAGES: 656 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2015
Before, I review this book, it’s important to note that this is an unfinished copy, so I can’t go into to many details as I don’t know what will make it in the final edition.
William “Wild Bill” Wellman, the award-winning filmmaker who has directed fantastic films four four decades starting in the silent era such as the 1927 film “Wings”, hit films in the ’30s such as “The Public Enemy”, “Nothing Sacred”, “Beau Geste”, “A Star is Born”. Continued even stronger in the ’40s with films such as “The Ox-Bow Incident”, “Story of G.I. Joe”, “Battleground” and continued on through the ’50s with “The High and Might”, “Blood Alley” through his final film “Lafayette Escadrille” in 1958.
Wild Bill had work with many of Hollywood’s top talents and despite being a busy filmmaker at the time, his family was even more important, which he had detailed in his biography “A Short Time for Insanity: An Autobiography”.
But there is so much about Wild Bill that many of us are not familiar but thanks to William Wellman Jr., he gives us a glimpse of William Wellman, the son, the pilot, the filmmaker, the friend but most importantly, the husband and father.
“Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel” should no doubt entertain anyone who is a fan of Wellman’s work.
The book begins with the younger years of Bill Wellman but establishing the relationship with his mother Celia, who was known at the time for helping “wayward boys” but eventually Bill’s enlistment in the military to become a pilot.
What is very awesome is letters between mother and son are featured and you can see how close the relationship he and his mother had.
The book also details the several marriages that William Wellman had, but to my surprise, the first marriage was possibly the biggest heartbreak I had never known about, because it was possibly one of the most painful experiences Wellman had to endure, of losing the love of his life due to the war.
While the book then goes into how Wild Bill got his foot in the door with the entertainment industry, what cinema fans will enjoy even more are the details that transpired during the filming of the movies. Once again, I can’t delve into too much, because I’m not sure if those details will make it to the final version of the book.
But I will say this, being a fan of Wellman’s work, I was always curious about him working with Clara Bow in “Wings” but also how a not-yet-known Gary Cooper would be cast in the film.
Of course, we all want to know more about the grapefruit scene in “The Public Enemy” but the book gives more insight on the actual filming of various scenes of the film.
And the book goes on to give us some detail of behind-the-scenes of many films that Wellman had worked on.
But we also get to have a little insight of Wellman’s fiery temper, his fracas with Spencer Tracy (and other producers).
But after Hollywood the book goes into the final years of William A. Wellman, a man who lived and eventually would die under his own terms.
Overall, William Wellman Jr. does his father a great service…honoring the man, the filmmaker and his film oeuvre as best as he can.
It’s one thing to respect the filmmaker but after reading this book, I respect Wild Bill Wellman for what he accomplished in his life as a filmmaker but also a familyman. Sure, he may not have been the easiest man to work with and I know that many may have seen his working approach as difficult, but that’s because he was a passionate man that stood for what he believed in and did not let any producer or actor bully him, as we have seen them do with countless other filmmakers.
He was indeed a Hollywood Rebel but after reading “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel”, you can’t help but respect the man even more. Any cineaste or Wild Bill Wellman fan will no doubt enjoy this book!