August 04, 2005


791.43 HAWN A lotus grows in the mud

Goldie Hawn's autobiography is still on the New York Times bestseller list, now at position 22 for hardcover nonfiction almost three months after it was published. You may want to think about whether you like blue ink on pink and blue paper.

Variety had an interesting review. For the full text go to MasterFILE Select and search for "Goldie" by Beatrice Williams-Rude, Variety, 5/23/2005.

Jim Buie wrote a blog entry about the book at his etakoma site and there were two interesting items in the Washington Post in May. Both discussed Hawn's continued attachment to the house in Takoma Park where she grew up. You can retrieve them for free from the Electric Library. Just use goldie hawn in the search field and washington post in the publication field, then go back to the top of the page and click on the blue search button. Donna Britt's column of May 20th and Hannah Rosin's article of May 14th should pop to the top of your results list.

From the Rosin article:

"Every year or two Goldie Hawn drives back to the brick duplex on the dead-end street in Takoma Park where she grew up. Sometimes she comes alone and sometimes with her sister Patti, or her old friend from childhood Jean Lynn, or her partner of 20 years, Kurt Russell. If there's no one home she finds a neighbor to let her in; once there was no neighbor around, so she sneaked in through a front window the owner had left unlocked, and then wandered around, through the kitchen where the family used to hang out, down to the basement, up to her old bedroom."

On the whole, celebrity biography and autobiography is not a popular genre among users at this library (though the library staff members love to leaf through the picture sections). This means that people will tend to miss the occasional excellent one. Examples include:
Fay Wray's 791.43 W942 On the other hand : a life story (which also has one of the great titles)
Louis Kaufman's 796.357 K21 Moe Berg : athlete, scholar, spy
and no doubt many others.

Posted by library at August 4, 2005 07:29 PM
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