Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Andy Cohen Diaries

The Andy Cohen Diaries was everything I hoped it would be and more. The book is Andy’s diary (inspired by Andy Warhol’s diary), and starts Labor Day 2013 and ends Labor Day 2014. He talks about everything from his personal life, dating life, career, parties he attends, and of course his dog, Wacha.

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I loved reading about Andy’s conflicts with Housewives who are fired, and Housewives who feel they aren’t getting enough attention. Andy doesn’t always mention names, but you don’t need to be a detective to realize that Kathy Wakile and her husband are the worst. He also talks about what really goes on at Housewives reunions (there are many arguments about who gets to sit next to Andy). He also comments on his Watch What Happens Live shows, and it is fascinating to read how he thought the shows went and how he felt while filming (I tweeted something to this effect and Andy responded, which made me love him even more than I already do). My favorite part of reading Andy’s diary was reading about the wonderful relationship he has with his parents. If you have Jewish parents you will totally relate to Andy’s hilarious relationship with Evelyn and Lou. Perhaps the juiciest aspects of Andy’s diary were the detailed descriptions of his relationships with celebrities. I knew Andy had a lot of celebrity friends, but I had NO idea how many! Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Ripa, Jimmy Fallon, and Anderson Cooper are definitely his closest friends and appear in the diary quite often. The Seinfields, Lady Gaga, Cher, Joan Rivers, Madonna, Howard Stern, and John Mayer appear in the diary as well.

Simply put, if you love pop culture you will love The Andy Cohen Diaries.

The Comeback

Well, I was a little confused about the hype surrounding the comeback of The Comeback (I was 11 years old when the first season of the HBO series aired), but after watching the first episode of season two I totally understand it.

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The series stars Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a former sitcom star shooting a reality show about her life that she plans on sending to Andy Cohen (who makes a cameo in the first episode). If you loved Lisa Kudrow in Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, you will love her in The Comeback. She steals the spotlight and is equal parts delusional and hilarious. The show’s structure is similar to that of Curb Your Enthusiasm, except Valerie is aware of and interacts with the cameras. Valerie is also much less self-aware than Larry David, and certainly much more over-the-top.

Catch episode two of The Comeback tomorrow night at 10 PM on HBO.

Dark Places

After reading/ seeing Gone Girl, I was left with the empty feeling I always have after reading a great book. So, I decided to fill the void by starting one of Gillian Flynn’s other novels, Dark Places (2009). To say this book was an exceptional page-turner is an understatement.

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The novel has a similar structure to Gone Girl, in that the chapters are from different perspectives and time periods. The story is set in rural Kansas, and the protagonist, Libby Day, is the sole survivor of the “Satanic cult” massacre of her family (mother and two sisters) that occurred on January 3, 1985 at 2:00 AM. Libby was seven-years-old when she witnessed the murder of her family members, and was adamant that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben Day, killed her family. After testifying against her brother despite her young age, Ben was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In present day, Libby is reluctantly put in touch with the head of a “Kill Club” obsessed with solving infamous murders. The club begins to convince Libby that her testimony was coached, and provides evidence of Ben’s innocence. The chapters alternate between present-day Libby, and chapters starting at 8:00 AM January 2, 1985 from Ben’s perspective, and Patty Day’s (Libby and Ben’s mother) perspective. Slowly, secrets are revealed, dots are connected, numerous suspects emerge, and you are left on the edge of your seat.

Libby is an emotionally detached and manipulative victim, Patty is a struggling single mother with questionable morals, and Ben is by far the most complicated character whose chapters will leave you feeling uneasy and disturbed. Yet, you grow to love and identify with these characters and will continue to think about them long after you finish the novel. Flynn has the unique gift of creating flawed and realistic characters whose identities leap off the page.

Only start Dark Places if you have a lot of free time on your hands, because you really won’t be able to put it down.

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