TMP Reads: What Would Grace Do? by Gina McKinnon

Gina McKinnon’s What Would Grace Do? promises to teach the reader “How to Live Life in Style like the Princess of Hollywood,” none other than the beautiful Grace Kelly. I’m a huge fan of Grace and was excited to win this book waaaay back in December 2013 from a holiday giveaway at The Lady Eve’s Reel Life. Having read it in January and revisited it … Continue reading TMP Reads: What Would Grace Do? by Gina McKinnon

TMP Reads: The Films of W. C. Fields

For today’s installment of TMP Reads, I’ll be taking a look at The Films of W. C. Fields by Donald Deschner. Originally published in 1966, the edition I own (from a library book sale) is the second paperbound edition from Citadel Press, 1969. This edition includes an introduction by Arthur Knight. “If there was ever a great clown in this time of changeover from beer … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of W. C. Fields

TMP Reads: The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur

The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur was released by Random House in 1959 in promotion of William Wyler’s epic film. The book comes with a couple of removable posters: one featuring a still from the chariot race scene, and in the back of the book a collection of paintings of scenes from the film by American artist Ben Stahl. They’re attached just inside the … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Story of the Making of Ben-Hur

TMP Reads: The Things That Keep Us Up At Night: Reel Biohorror by Victoria Sutton

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of The Things That Keep Us Up At Night in exchange for an impartial review. Other than receiving the free book, I am not being compensated for this review and all opinions listed below are 100% honest. Released by Vargas Publishing, The Things That Keeps Us Up At Night by Victoria Sutton (April 2014) explores a genre I’m … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Things That Keep Us Up At Night: Reel Biohorror by Victoria Sutton

TMP Reads: The Tale of South Pacific

Edited by Thana Skouras and designed by John de Cuir and Dale Hennesy, The Tale of South Pacific was published in 1958 in promotion of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. The Tale of South Pacific is a beautiful book. The inside covers in both the front and back list the awards that have been won by South Pacific and its cast/crew (both the play and … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Tale of South Pacific

TMP Reads: The Films of Greta Garbo

The Films of Greta Garbo was written by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci, the same writers of The Films of Jean Harlow, along with a third co-writer, Dion McGregor. An introduction called “The Garbo Image,” which details Garbo’s screen persona and how it was developed, was contributed by Parker Tyler. The book follows much the same formula that we saw in The Films of Jean … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of Greta Garbo

TMP READS: All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing! by John Springer

All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing!: A pictorial history of the movie musical by John Springer was first published in 1966. Before the book even begins, it contains one of the most clever dedications I’ve ever seen in a classic film book. It reads: “This Book Is Dedicated To – The second chorus cutie from the right who just happens to know all the steps … Continue reading TMP READS: All Singing! All Talking! All Dancing! by John Springer

TMP Reads: The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl by Julian David Stone

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free from the author, but I assure you that my opinion has not been swayed by the $0.00 price tag. I agreed to review the book on the conditions that I could provide an impartial review, and that I could provide this disclaimer for you, TMP’s beloved readers. Now, on to the good stuff: how’s the … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Strange Birth, Short Life, and Sudden Death of Justice Girl by Julian David Stone

TMP Reads: The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci

Published in 1965, The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci opens with a biography and retrospective of Harlow’s career with seven pages of commentary, followed by a nine-page photo gallery, and then a film-by-film overview of her work as an actress. Stills, cast list, crew list, a synopsis and contemporary comments from film critics are included for each film. From her … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Films of Jean Harlow by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci

TMP Reads: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty tells the story of one of the silent screen’s most well-known legends, Louise Brooks, in her pre-fame days. At the age of fifteen, Louise leaves Wichita, Kansas for New York City, where she’ll study at the Denishawn School of Dancing. But Louise can’t just run off to New York City alone. Her mother, though usually careless in her parenting, has … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty