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Celebrity Books on The Point with Visiting Host Amy Vince

Today’s topic for The Point with Mindy Todd (only today we were delighted to have guest host Amy Vince) was books written by celebrities. Melanie and I dug into the big ocean of celebrity books, and tried to find a few that were actually readable! And I didn’t have time to mention this, but actor Viggo Mortenson is a published poet! I first heard about his poems thanks to a high school girl who was completely infatuated with Viggo in his role of warrior-king Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. There were no such books in the library, but I discovered he in fact opened up his own press called Perceval Press, and publishes not only his own books, but other poets and photographers as well. Downside of being an actor and a poet, your publishing house has to put a note on their website which says: “Please remember that we will not accept any letters, gifts, or scripts for Mr. Mortensen. All correspondence that pertains to Perceval Press business will be considered, all unrelated letters or packages will be either donated directly to charity or disposed of immediately.” You see there is a downside to being a celebrity author/publisher! Here’s today’s list of books mentioned.

Melanie’s Picks

Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs

Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Carol Burnett

The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handey

The Truth by Michael Palin

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You by Jessica Alba

The Imperfect Environmentalist: A Practical Guide to Clearing Your Body, Detoxing Your Home, and Saving the Earth (Without Losing Your Mind) by Sara Gilbert

Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood

It’s All Good : delicious, easy recipes that will make you look good and feel great by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen

Not Enough Time For:

My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman with Alan Light

Keep It Pithy: useful observations in a tough world by Bill O’Reilly

Jill’s Picks

“Something Urgent I Have to Say to You” the Life and Works of William Carlos Williams by Herbert Leiobowitz

The Longest Way Home: one man’s quest for the courage to settle down by Andrew McCarthy

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Drama an Actor’s Education by John Lithgow (no index, College Light Opera Company is mentioned on page 128.)

The Poets’ Corner: the one-an-only poetry book for the whole family compiled by John Lithgow

Lithgow Party Paloozas! by John Lithgow

Mahalia Mouse Goes to College by John Lithgow, illustrated by Igro Oleynikov

My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow

Montaro Caine by Sidney Poitier

Oceana our endangered oceans and what we can do to save them by Ted Danson with Michael D’Orso

Listener Pick

Open: an autobiography by Andre Agassi

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