Saturday, October 25, 2014

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL



We all have our favorite television programs and perk up when new seasons begin and fellow fans want to talk. Here are some new books on the Monrovia Public Library shelves about TV shows and personalities. And, there is something for everyone.

Are news shows your thing? Can you believe the former president of NBC said that viewers wouldn’t want news from a woman’s voice? The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour by Sheila Weller is about the women who had to work double time to get noticed and eventually on the air. Other well-known female broadcasters are also covered in this enlightening history.

Are you in an early riser who likes the morning shows?  Robin Roberts of Good Morning America is one of those women in the news sorority and she has a memoir, Everybody’s Got Something. First surviving breast cancer and then a blood disease, the incredibly warm Ms. Roberts reveals her grace and charm, on air and off, as she writes about overcoming illness and returning to television. 

Do you live and die with what happens on Miss Marple? Making Masterpiece: Twenty-Five Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece and Mystery is a memoir by producer Rebecca Eaton. When she took the job she realized that she would be responsible for choosing the English titles filmed for the small screen. The book is quite engaging with lots of stories, like how Eaton originally hesitated about accepting what became the hugely popular Downtown Abbey, which is in our DVD collection.


 And how about you night owls? Read Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. The show’s co-producer Dave Berg has written a very funny book about the guests and the good cheer on the set of the Tonight Show. Readers will appreciate how the author accentuates the positive and does not dish celebrity dirt.

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