A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!
Today’s selection? Gene Autry and the Redwood Pirates.
Gene Autry and the Redwood Pirates
TITLE: GENE AUTRY AND THE REDWOOD PIRATES
AUTHOR: BOB HAMILTON
ILLUSTRATOR: ERWIN L. HESS
YEAR PUBLISHED: 1946
WHITMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY
“AN ORIGINAL STORY FEATURING GENE AUTRY FAMOUS MOTION PICTURE STAR AS THE HERO”
Gene and baddie
WHY I BOUGHT IT:
Look. at. the. title. Who could resist this book? Not this gal! I collect “novels” based on 1960s television shows (Dr. Kildare, The Patty Duke Show, etc.); this is just another, earlier, iteration of that concept.
Thanks for reading! I hope you like the new series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
“For two extraordinary years, I have been working on it–learning to write– but mostly learning how to tell the truth. At first it is quite impossible. You make yourself better than anybody, and when you finally come to see you are “like” everybody– that is the bitterest blow of all to the ego. But in the end it is only the truth, no matter how ugly or shameful, that is right, that fits together, that makes real people, and strangely enough– beauty…”–Louise Brooks
Louise Brooks, circa 1929
The extraordinarily gifted and intelligent Louise Brooks– dancer, actor, and writer–was born on 14 November 1906. May she never be forgotten.
March is a transitional month: the weather, seasons, and reading habits are all in flux. For me, the latter has been a big disappointment. I still haven’t been able to get my reading pace up to its normal levels. Oh, well! There’s always April!
Since 1st March, I’ve read:
I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses by Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman
I’m currently reading:
Hot from Harlem: Twelve African American Entertainers, 1890-1960 by Bill Reed
You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age by Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman
I promise to do better in April!
What is your favorite book this month?
Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading?
I’m not a fan of actor Robert Wagner, but his book I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses (written with Scott Eyman) is fun and entertaining. It’s good lazy day reading.