Title: Joni Mitchell – In Her Own Words

Author: Malka Maron

Pages: 292 Pages

Publisher: ECW Press

The Blurb

When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom had the opportunity to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she was eager to reconnect with the performer she’d first met late one night in 1966 at a Yorkville coffeehouse. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process.

In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni’s childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes . . .

This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of illuminating a timeless body of work and inspiring others.

The Review

Joni Mitchell is a fascinating character and one of those women in music history who hasn’t been celebrated enough in my opinion. An artist, a poet, a musician. She is an absolute legend.

In Malka Moran’s book Joni Mitchell – In Her Own Words we see Joni Mitchell in her most honest. This comes with Joni Mitchell’s relationship with Malka Maron. It is probably the most candid that she has ever been in interview. It makes this memoir an absolutely fascinating read.

Joni Mitchell – in Her Own Words by Malka Maron is available now.

For more information regarding Joni Mitchell (@jonimitchell) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding ECW Press (@ecwpress) please visit www.ecwpress.com.

The Blurb

Reveals the hard facts behind the laughter on TV’s most popular sitcom

The highest-rated scripted show on TV, The Big Bang Theory often features Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Raj wisecracking about scientific principles as if Penny and the rest of us should know exactly what they’re talking about.

The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory lets all of us in on the punchline by breaking down the show’s scientific conversations. From an explanation of why Sheldon would think 73 is the best number, to an experiment involving the physical stature of Wolowitz women, to an argument refuting Sheldon’s assertion that engineers are the Oompa-Loompas of science, author Dave Zobel maintains a humorous and informative approach and gives readers enough knowledge to make them welcome on Sheldon’s couch.

The Review

I consider myself to be an educated person; I have qualifications coming out of my pooper – I realise this last sentence doesn’t exactly lend a lot of faith to that claim but it is true. However, my one downfall has always been science. I just never understood it. I can honestly say that after reading The Science of TV’s the Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand by Dave Zobel I am still in that exact same position.

The Science of TV’s the Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand makes a big claim in its title. Penny who is considered to not be very smart but should be able to understand after reading this book is a fallacy. I spent the majority of the time reading it scratching my head in confusion. It got to the point whereby I was reading the words but not taking anything in because the theories were -nay, are – just too damn complex.

The parts of The Science of TV’s the Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand that focussed on the actual television show was entertaining and props to Dave Zobel, his writing is witty and fun to read but I feel like you would need a Phd in science to understand the science element.

This book is not like Ronseal – it does not do what it says on the tin…although science lovers (and those who are really, really smart) will enjoy reading it.

The Science of TV’s the Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand by Dave Zobel is available now.

Big Bang Book

Synopsis

Raina has been sent to live with her family in Toronto. From the fast paced (and arguably self destructive life) that she was leading in New York, Raina suddenly finds herself under the watchful eye of aunt, under the constant scrutiny of her new teachers and, most painfully, under the hateful gaze of her older sister Leah. Leah blames Raina for the destruction of her engagement to ex-fiancé Ben.

Through a series of serendipitous events, Raina finds herself acting as a matchmaker of sorts. She operates under the pseudonym matchmaven and becomes rather successful. Yet her biggest challenge comes when her sister Leah begs to be set up. Can Raina keep her secret identity hidden? Can she continue to be a successful matchmaker? And, rather importantly, can she do all this and pass her high school exams?

Review

This may shock people, and please feel free to frown at me, but I did not like Emma by Jane Austen. I couldn’t connect with the character; I felt that she was a meddlesome flibberty-gibbet. Strangely, I love Clueless (for those of you not in the know Clueless is a 1990s modern adaption of Emma – where have you all been?) and I will admit, I really enjoyed Playing with Matches.

To begin with I was a little overwhelmed by the detail that was given. There was a lot of back story and exposition thrown at you and it was a little hard to take in at first but once I got used to the pace of the book I began to enjoy it.

As a reader, I couldn’t help but start to like Raina. She has flaws, we were continually reminded of them by her family, teachers and peers who made her out to be a horrible person but the things that she did – making romantic matches for people, spending time with the elderly and becoming friends with the bookish nerdy girl – you couldn’t help but fall for this underdog.

The story developed pleasantly and with each thing that went awry you heart swelled with a desire to see Raina succeed. The character was warm-hearted and loveable.

One of my favourite aspects of the book was Jewish element. Not being Jewish myself, I felt like I was on a guided tour of Jewish customs on dating and marriage. It added a whole extra quality to the book that I found educational and entertaining in equal part.

This is a perfect introduction for a younger audience into the styling’s of Jane Austen. And, like me, they might just enjoy this more than Emma.

Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen is available now.

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