Saturday, December 25, 2010

Books and Movies so far during this winter vacation

Since I bought the Amazon Kindle I had to buy books so I don't have to schlep heavy volumes on my commute to work.  Since it is so cold outside I want to think about baseball so I got this:

Glanville, Doug. The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer's Inside View. New York: Times Books, 2010

Doug Glanville played for the Cubs, Phillies and Rangers from 1996-2004.  His book is a candid account of his major league career.  He was not a superstar, but not a marginal player either.  He talks about personal and professional experiences in his major league career.  Book review from the Washington Post.

Michaud, Michael G. Sal Mineo: A Biography. New York: Crown Archetype, 2010. Print.

I got this book from the Queens library branch in my neighborhood.  Sal Mineo was a child actor  from the Bronx who came to prominence in the movie Rebel Without a Cause.  It is a shame that he died at age 37 in 1976.  Some informal book reviews may be found at Goodreads.

Yesterday we saw the remake of True Grit with Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and James Brolin.  The other day Karen taped the original John Wayne version from Turner Classic Movies.

Finally today we saw The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams.  In this film the women used the "F word" more than the men.

A big snowstorm is forecasted for the next 2 days so we may be making another trip to the multiplex.  Anything is better than staying home.

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