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They Call Me Baba Booey

Dell'Abate, Gary. They Call Me Baba Booey. 2010.  (B Della.G Della.G)

I recently took a 2-week vacation and needed a light read while traveling.  I chose the recent memoir of minor celebrity Gary Dell’Abate, also known as “Baba Booey,” the producer of the Howard Stern Show.  Whether or not you like or watch Howard Stern, it’s hard not to like Gary.  In his both humorous and sometimes wrenching memoir, Gary tells of growing up in a working-class Italian family on Long Island in the 1970’s.  With a protective, but manic-depressive mother, a World War II vet for a father, a rebellious brother, and a secretive, quiet brother, Gary describes how growing up in a somewhat frenetic family and his hard work as a radio intern prepared him for his long-standing gig with Stern.  While this is no deep or profound read, I found Gary’s memoir to be fun, compassionate and surprisingly inspiring.  (Russ K., Ref.)

 

Warren Buffett

Lowenstein, Roger. Warren Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist. 2001. (B Buffe.W Lowen.R 2001).

Reading this biography clarifies some of the traits that have contributed to Warren Buffett's astounding business success: his laser-like focus, his unusual capacity to perform math in his head, and his appreciation for true value as opposed to what I'll call "bling appeal." Insightful and meticulously researched, Lowenstein sheds light on the personality and thought process of one of the world's richest men, who started off in his in-laws' basement with little more than $800 and parlayed it into many billions.

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The Thirteenth Tale

Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale. 2006. (Fiction Sette.D)

Gothic. That's the first word that comes to mind when describing Setterfield's well-crafted novel of the deep and very dark secrets people keep to protect loved ones deserving or not. Vida Winter, reclusive but much loved author is dying. She hires young Margaret Lea, a worker in a family bookshop and sometime biographer of obscure people, to hear the truth of her life and record it for the ages. What follows is a tale that contains elements deftly borrowed from Jane Eyre, Dickens, Poe, Christie, Hitchcock and other masters of the genre.

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Woodcuts of Women

Gilb, Dagoberto. Woodcuts of Women. 2001. (Fiction Gilb.D)

In every chapter, there’s a man looking for love sometimes in all the wrong places—a gay night club, a friend’s dirty unkempt apartment, Hollywood Boulevard. Sometimes love finds him like at a motel pool. In Dagoberto Gilb’s WOODCUTS OF WOMEN, sexual attractions are explored freely and heated love conquered. Intimacies are displayed artfully in these ten stories of passionate working men and the women they love with the same sensitivities and physical yearning as their women. Featuring artwork by Artemio Rodriguez (Elvira C-D, Reader's Services).  

   

Law and Order British Style

British actor Martin Shaw shows his versatility in these two BBC television series, one set in the past and one in the present.

George Gently. 2008. (DVD 791.4572 George)

Tenacious, honest, and hard-working, Inspector George Gently always gets his man (or woman). Based on the novels by Alan Hunter, the series is set in 1960s Britain and captures the period perfectly. When his wife is killed in a hit and run accident, Gently relocates from London's Scotland Yard to rural Northumberland and teams up with young and ambitious sergeant John Bacchus to solve crimes. It's the relationship between Gently and Bacchus as much as the interesting, multi-dimensional cases that propel this series and make it must-viewing for mystery buffs.

Judge John Deed. 2010. (DVD 791.4572 Judge)

As John Deed, Shaw is a recently appointed High Court Judge seeking justice despite the machinations of his ex-wife, father-in-law, and various other barristers who don't like Deed's unconventional ways. Further complicating things are his rebellious daughter Charlie and former student and lover Jo Mills who also appears in his court as a barrister. Although the legal aspects are often overly complex and Deed often seems to be the only character with any integrity despite his complicated personal life and roving eye, the criminal cases and relationships make this series fascinating and compelling.

Seasons One, Two, and Three are available on DVD for both series. 

(Laura, Reader's Services)

   

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