Wide-ranging listicles for olds that are both funny and wise.

BOOK OF LISTS: OVER-SIXTY: SHADES OF GRAY

A pair of sexagenarians offer humorous advice for fellow retirees over 60.

“Growing older makes you a bit more impatient,” say Paskoff and Pack in the opening to their amusing book that offers 100-plus bulleted lists on exercise, healthy eating, travel, and good books and TV shows for seniors. The prolific, award-winning broadcast journalists from Long Island balance humor and insight, providing multiple laugh-out-loud moments as well as practical information on decaying gracefully. No topic is taboo, including body positivity and sex (one list recommends the best sex toys) and funeral planning (readers are encouraged to leave specific directives down to the clothes they will wear in their caskets). A central theme of the book is living life to its fullest, recommending activities like wine tastings and art classes for “when your back goes out more often than you do.” Other lists discuss fashion “Dos” and “fashion DOO-DOOs,” warning readers to avoid “matchy-matchy (OR ITCHY-ITCHY),” as well as how to identify and respond to ageist comments and behavior. Along with their lists, the authors include uncredited full-color comics as well as inspirational and funny quotes from famous actors and authors. While the book gives readers of all demographics steady laughs and solid advice on the importance of positive attitudes and mental and physical health, its target demographic of those 60-plus will find a sidesplittingly relatable read. The occasional scatological humor is to be expected, and most readers will appreciate the authors’ rapport and collective take on aging that acknowledges the aches and pains along with personal growth and joy.

Wide-ranging listicles for olds that are both funny and wise.

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-970028-11-9

Page Count: 308

Publisher: Artiqua Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 18, 2022

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Strictly for dittoheads.

RADIO'S GREATEST OF ALL TIME

An unabashed celebration of the late talking head.

Rush Limbaugh (1951-2021) insisted that he had a direct line to God, who blessed him with brilliance unseen since the time of the Messiah. In his tribute, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls him “the greatest broadcaster that [sic] ever lived.” That’s an accidental anointment, given checkered beginnings. Limbaugh himself records that, after earning a failing grade for not properly outlining a speech, he dropped out of college—doubtless the cause of his scorn for higher education. This book is a constant gush of cult-of-personality praise, with tributes from Ben Carson, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and others. One radio caller called Limbaugh “practically perfect” and a latter-day George Washington by virtue of “the magnetism and the trust and the belief of all the people.” Limbaugh insists that conservatives are all about love, though he filled the airwaves with bitter, divisive invective about the evils of liberals, as with this tidbit: “to liberals, the Bill of Rights is horrible, the Bill of Rights grants citizens freedom….The Bill of Rights limits the federal government, and that’s negative to a socialist like Obama.” Moreover, “to Democrats, America’s heartland is ‘flyover’ country. They don’t know, or like, the Americans who live there, or their values.” Worse still for a money machine like Limbaugh, who flew over that heartland in a private jet while smoking fat cigars, liberals like Obama are “trying to socialize profit so that [they] can claim it”—anathema to wealthy Republicans, who prefer to socialize risk by way of bailouts while keeping the profits for themselves. Limbaugh fans will certainly eat this up, though a segment of the Republican caucus in Congress (Marjorie Taylor Greene et al.) might want to read past Limbaugh’s repeated insistence that “peace can’t be achieved by ‘developing an understanding’ with the Russian people.”

Strictly for dittoheads.

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2022

ISBN: 9781668001844

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2022

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A top-flight nonfiction debut from a unique artist.

CINEMA SPECULATION

The acclaimed director displays his talents as a film critic.

Tarantino’s collection of essays about the important movies of his formative years is packed with everything needed for a powerful review: facts about the work, context about the creative decisions, and whether or not it was successful. The Oscar-winning director of classic films like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs offers plenty of attitude with his thoughts on movies ranging from Animal House to Bullitt to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to The Big Chill. Whether you agree with his assessments or not, he provides the original reporting and insights only a veteran director would notice, and his engaging style makes it impossible to leave an essay without learning something. The concepts he smashes together in two sentences about Taxi Driver would take a semester of film theory class to unpack. Taxi Driver isn’t a “paraphrased remake” of The Searchers like Bogdanovich’s What’s Up, Doc? is a paraphrased remake of Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby or De Palma’s Dressed To Kill is a paraphrased remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho. But it’s about as close as you can get to a paraphrased remake without actually being one. Robert De Niro’s taxi driving protagonist Travis Bickle is John Wayne’s Ethan Edwards. Like any good critic, Tarantino reveals bits of himself as he discusses the films that are important to him, recalling where he was when he first saw them and what the crowd was like. Perhaps not surprisingly, the author was raised by movie-loving parents who took him along to watch whatever they were watching, even if it included violent or sexual imagery. At the age of 8, he had seen the very adult MASH three times. Suddenly the dark humor of Kill Bill makes much more sense. With this collection, Tarantino offers well-researched love letters to his favorite movies of one of Hollywood’s most ambitious eras.

A top-flight nonfiction debut from a unique artist.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-06-311258-2

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Nov. 1, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2022

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