Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them

From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Frank Langella
Dropped Names:  Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them

Dropped Names:  Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them.  Frank Langella chronicles his encounters – some fleeting and some long-term – with various celebrities, in a series of vignettes. The format seems a bit choppy at times as it moves from celebrity to celebrity. Add a star if you’re a fan of show-biz gossip.

Tip it: the world according to Maggie

Jackie Cantwell
author: Griffin, Maggie
Tip it: the world according to Maggie 
This is a fast read. Fans of Kathy Griffin: My life on the D-list, the
Bravo channel TV show, will probably want to read Kathy’s mother,
Maggie’s, life story.  Kathy even adds her comments to the text, which are
in brackets and italics.  Maggie is funny, and she has good old-fashioned
values, too.  She is 90 years young, and describes meeting her husband,
Johnny Griffin, in her Chicago neighborhood during WWII.  Boy, she is one
lucky woman.  She describes how her husband shared equally in the child
care (they had four children) and housework, and never complained.  Their
marriage was marked by respect, caring, good communication and lots of
laughter.  I enjoyed reading about their move to Los Angeles where her son
Kenny lived, after Johnny’s retirement.  They had had enough of snow and
cold weather; and Kathy decides to join them to try to break into acting.
They are star struck every step of the way, and have many photos with
celebrities to prove it.  Readers interested in life during depression-era
Chicago will find a lot to like.  As you may know, those who survived the
Depression are usually frugal for the rest of their lives, and Maggie is
no exception.  Find out why Maggie loves to wear muumuus and read her tips for living (which offers sensible advice for everyone).