Book Reviews


Book Review: “Celluloid Gaze” by Boze Hadleigh

I won this book last year from my first ever blogathon, the Queer Film Blogathon 2012 hosted by Garbo Laughs and Pussy Goes Grrr. Not being terribly interested in queer theory myself, I was tempted to set this book aside. But flipping through I noticed a whole chapter devoted to […]


Book Review: “Beyond Casablanca” by Jennifer Garlen

This post was written in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Out of the Past. This is my third summer book review. This time last year I was catching some rays at Raging Rivers Water Park and listening to Jennifer Garlen and her daughter Cate talk about their […]


“Movies and the Battle of the Sexes” by ZetMec

This post was written in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Out of the Past. This is my second summer book review. A few months ago, “Movies and the Battle of the Sexes” showed up in my mailbox – a fellow-classic movie lover requested […]


“Knowing Hepburn and Other Curious Experiences” by James Prideaux

My first contribution to the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge (Out of the Past) will be about my least favorite Katharine Hepburn biography. Actually, “Knowing Hepburn and Other Curious Experiences” by James Prideaux is less a Hepburn biography and more a Prideaux autobiography. The height of James Prideaux’s […]


“Women in Pants: Manly maidens, cowgirls, and other renegades” by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Greig

Women throughout history have cast aside their cumbersome petticoats, crinolines, corsets, and bustles in favour of more practical bifurcated garments. Although we are still navigating the complexity of the body-image standards to which women are being held today, can you imagine being arrested for wearing jeans instead of a skirt? That’s […]


Book Review: “At Home With Kate” by Eileen Considine-Meara

“At Home With Kate: Growing Up in Katharine Hepburn’s Household: An Intimate Portrait” is a bit of a highfalutin title for this humble volume. The book is written by the daughter of Katharine Hepburn’s cook/housekeeper at the NYC residence, so the author did not actually “grow up” in Katharine Hepburn’s household. That’s […]


“Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard” by Ben Crystal

Shakespeare on Toast was published by Icon Books on September 11, 2012. Ben Crystal is an English actor/author who has been interviewed by many news agencies about his work with Shakespeare. His previous publications include two books co-authored by his father David Crystal: Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin, 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin, 2005). In 2009 […]