Book Recommendations - March 2015

It's time to replenish the reading supply.  Here are some suggestions.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much by Michael Wood
Wood examines the artistry of one of the most brilliant movie directors of all time.

The Ancient Comedians: And What They Have to Say to Contemporary Playwrights by Clem Martini
Martini shows that the writers of today can learn plenty about comedy from the creators of ancient Greek and Roman theater.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
It's difficult to sum of this novel in one sentence, but the reviews are stellar for this fantasy action-adventure tale about two elderly Britons on a quest to find their long-lost son.

The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto
Here's another biography of the famous filmmaker, detailing his life and many obsessions.

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss
The title says it all.

I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson
The video blogger continues to have the Midas touch, delivering a bestseller.

Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was -- An Oral History by Arlene Alda
Alan Alda's wife delivers a wonderful assortment of memories about the New York City borough I call home.

Leonard Nimoy: I Was Spock by Andrew Alexander
Nimoy himself penned two memoirs, one called I Am Not Spock and the other titled I Am Spock, so this biography (timed closely to the death of the beloved star) chronicles his fascinating life.

Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
The bestselling author continues his dominance in the middle school market.

Quentin Tarantino FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Original Reservoir Dog by Dale Sherman
Love him or hate him, everyone has to admit that Tarantino knows his movies and this book delves into his filmography and what makes the man tick.

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne
Disney wiped out all the expanded universe novels for the Star Wars saga it now owns, so it's dishing out a plethora of novels that tell the story of what happened before the next new movie, The Force Awakens, debuts -- in this case, the adventures of Luke Skywalker between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
The founder of the Huffington Post Media Group sheds light on some of the secrets to her success.

Why Acting Matters by David Thomson
The esteemed author looks at the allure of the performing arts.

Happy reading!