Posts Tagged ‘biography’

MEMOIRS: FIONA LEWIS MALACHY MCCOURT

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memoirs“Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction,” or so said Irish writer Frank Harris. He was kidding, of course, right?! This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Halli brings you two delightful guests the always charming Irish-American actor, writer, politician and the author of a hilarious, smart and sassy, insightful new memoir DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, Malachy McCourt. And also joining Halli at her table model, actress, writer Fiona Lewis the author of a fun, fascinating and candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Model, actress, writer and raconteur, Fiona Lewis has led the life of which dreams are made. Smart, savvy beautiful, her acting credits include Roman Polanski’s ‘The Vampire Killers’, Ken Russell’s ‘Lisztomania’, and Brian de Palma’s ‘The Fury’. She is the author of the novel BETWEEN MEN, her writing appearing in the New Yorker, The Observer and the Los Angeles Times. And, she may be, which she candidly admits, the only woman in America who has written for the New Yorker and posed for Playboy. One marriage didn’t work, one has, and her list of friends is a Who’s Who of international royalty. But then, just when life seemed to be singing along just famously, Fiona Lewis woke up one morning, asking herself that proverbial question songstress Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” And then she met a French chateau, and answers to her own questions came, chronicled in her new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

memoirsBefore his brother Frank wrote ANGELA’S ASHES, Malachy was the famous McCourt. Malachy was a bon vivant actor, talk show host, saloon owner —  he practically invented the singles bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author and a gold smuggler and he was once a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Known as a professional Irishman, he was a regular on the Tonight Show. Now he is the last of  Angela’s children, the others long dead and gone. That, and given that he is Irish, make Frank’s younger brother a bit of an expert on death, death the subject of his latest book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL. But not to worry, no grim reaper here, DEATH NEED NOT BE FINAL is a hilarious, eye-opening, heretical, smart and sassy look at all things death and dying as only an Irishman could write that will take you from laughter to tears, brotherhood, poverty, history, the famous — Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Merv Griffin are just a few names that crop up in this oh, so honest new memoir.

Memoirs, Hollywood, film, Angela’s Ashes, romance, wisdom, death and dying, humor, politics, living life to the fullest, we have it all on The Halli Caser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FOOD & WINE: DAVID LEITE JENNIFER SIMONETTI-BRYAN

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FOOD AND WINEFood and wine, is there a better combination? The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you from the world of food two time James Beard Award-winner David Leite the founder of the popular website Leite’s Culinaria and now the author of a brave and moving memoir, NOTES ON A BANANA: his story of food, love and manic depression. And also joining Halli at her table is wine maven Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan to talk about the new Rosé revolution going on the subject of her fun, informative book ROSE WINE: THE GUIDE TO DRINKING PINK.

David Leite has tackled everything from chocolate chip cookies to fried clams, from the foods of Portugal to the tribulations of being a super taster—for print, radio, and television. In 1999, he founded the website Leite’s Culinaria, and in 2006 he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. A regular correspondent and guest host on NPR’s “The Splendid Table,” David is out with a brave and moving memoir, NOTES ON A BANANA: his story of food, love and manic depression, a story riff with exhilarating highs and shattering lows of his life, peppered with David’s trademark sense of humor.

FOOD AND WINERosés have long been the Rodney Dangerfield’s of wine. They have gotten no respect. But according to wine maven Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, forget your grandmother’s blush. There is a Rosé revolution going on and Simonetti-Bryan tells all in her new fun, informative book ROSÉ WINE: THE GUIDE TO DRINKING PINK. Move over dark red wines, Simonetti-Bryan rejoices. It’s time for some Rosé! Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW, comes with her bonafides. She is the fourth woman in America to qualify as a master of wine, the world’s top wine credential. She has appeared on the Today Show, The Anderson Cooper Show, Fox & Friends, Fox Business, Fox News, Bloomberg, ABC, CBS, and NBC; on Sirius XM, Martha Stewart, Bloomberg and in print Fortune, Oprah, and Wine Enthusiast.

Food and wine, memoir, Julia Child, Rosé wine, depression, gay rights, bipolar disorder, Halli brings it all together,  on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JIMMY BUFFETT BIO + LISA SEE, AUTHOR

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Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville. Yep, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is taking a trip to Margaritaville in search of the lost shaker of salt with author Ryan White out with a new compelling, and rollicking portrait of the legendary pirate captain of Margaritaville as told in the acclaimed music critic’s candid new biography JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY. And, we’re suggesting a great new book to read while you bask in the golden sunshine with author Lisa See, her new novel THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE.

Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett, the iconic “Pop of Trop Rock,” the Pirate Captain of Margaritaville, the one person we would all like to share a cheeseburger in paradise. Writer, performer, Buffett has earned millions through record sales and top-grossing concert tours, but he is also the CEO behind – and get this – a $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, lifestyle products, and now about to open Margaritville retirement homes. But before he became the flip-flop music legend and the CEO of Margaritville, Inc. there was the kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi. There have been a lot of changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes in James William Buffett’s life and Ryan White the author of SPRINGSTEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM, who has twice been named one of the top feature writers in the country by the Society for Features Journalism explores them all JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY.

Jimmy BuffettAuthor Lisa See the four-time New York Times bestselling author whose titles include ON GOLD MOUNTAIN, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, SHANGHAI GRILS AND DREAMS OF JOY never disappoints. Her latest novel, THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE is testament, yet another powerful story where east meets west, a story of family, identity, and motherhood, a moving journey through a little-known world that takes the reader on a ride through the magic and mysteries of ancient Chinese culture and the equally mysterious bond of mother and child.

What could be better than cheeseburgers in paradise, nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake and reading a NY Times bestselling novel? Join me, Lisa See and author Ryan White who brings us his new biography of Jimmy Buffet and Lisa See talks her new fiction THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MISS NORMA’S ADVENTURE – GENIUS ACTRESS SAM COLLEY

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Who would argue that life is an adventure? You just never know what’s coming from right around the corner. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you the story of a 90 year old women who embarked on an adventure a 30 year old might think twice about as told in the delightful new book DRIVING MISS NORMA. And we bring you a conversation with actress Samantha Colley who went from relative obscurity to accolades for her performance as Mileva Marić, the first wife of Albert Einstein in National Geographic Channel’s new show and first scripted series GENIUS, produced by the winning team of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

adventureBefore she became known as the adventurous nonagenarian road tripper and international sensation “Miss Norma” with over 500,000 devoted Facebook followers, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt lived a quiet, modest life for 90 years in rural northern Michigan, never crossing a state line let alone a zip line. But following the death of her husband of 67 years and after being diagnosed with terminal uterine cancer only two days later, Miss Norma broke with her way of life, and instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Norma rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” And she did with her son and daughter-in-law Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, their giant poodle Ringo, their story of adventure and insight told in the new book DRIVING MISS NORMA.

adventureAlbert Einstein, the Father of Modern Physics sexy, funny, passionate, a musician and a womanizer? It turns out to be true. Einstein’s full character comes to light in the brilliant National Geographic Channel’s new first scripted series GENIUS, produced by the winning team of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, starring Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Emily Watson and  English actress Samantha Colley as Einstein’s first wife —and long-rumored co-author of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity—Mileva Marić. Colley is best known for her stage work at the Young Vic in London where she played Abigail Williams in The Crucible and for her work on the TV series Endeavor and the PBS period drama Victoria. She has received rave reviews for her performance.

Adventure, courage, wisdom, genius, Albert Einstein with guests actress Sam Colley and authors of DRIVING MISS NORMA, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

CRIME WRITERS SARA PERETSKY and JOHN HOOK

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Two crime writers join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky and author and Fox News anchor John Hook join Halli at her table to discuss their new books, Peretsky’s FALLOUT and Hook’s WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In her first novel for William Morrow, FALLOUT, everyone’s favorite crime novelist, Sara Paretsky is back with our favorite investigator V. I. Warshawski but in a completely new kind of mystery that will take Vic out of Chicago and into Kansas, searching for answers that time and prejudice may have long erased. The beloved mystery writer is the author of 19 previous novels and is one of only four living writers to receive both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writer’s Association. FALLOUT, just released is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.

CRIME WRITERSBob Crane, Hogan’s Heroes. Crane’s epithet might have read: Award-winning star of celebrated sitcom. But when the series ended, Crane’s career declined. The once beloved star took to the road, starring in plays nationwide. It was while he was on tour for the play Beginner’s Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that today remains officially unsolved, Crane’s tawdry personal life, that of a sex addicted deviant who had learned the wonders of home video, and descended into a life of strip clubs, BDSM, and a closet homosexual exposed for his fans to see. A suspect, a trial, an acquittal, the mystery went on to spawn hundreds of articles, books, and movies over the past four decades. And there the story remained, yet another Hollywood cold case. Until, that is, John Hook a veteran news reporter and television anchor for over 30 years in Arizona, who has won more than a dozen Emmys for his reporting had his interest in the case rekindled, following an interview with Crane’s son Robert, Jr. It was that interview that sparked the idea to retest the blood evidence using modern DNA science. His journey to the heart of this mystery is chronicled in John Hook’s new book, WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, with a foreword by Robert Crane, Jr.

Crime, murder, mystery, fiction, Hogan’s Heroes with crime writers NY Times bestselling author of FALLOUT, Sara Paretsky and Fox News anchor and author of WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, John Hook all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MARION BLUMENTHAL LAZAN

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Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 12, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, 3 p.m. ET.

HOLOCAUSTMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

HOLOCAUSTThe Holocaust, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S CASEY STENGEL + DONALD TRUMP

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In celebration of spring and Major League Baseball’s opening day, it’s take me out to the ballgame time on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is New York Yankee’s historian and former publicity director Marty Appel, author of  the new biography CASEY STENGEL, BASEBALL’S GREATEST CHARACTER. And in our second half-hour we visit with the fascinating Eden Collinsworth who takes a look at a subject on everyone’s mind today: morality. In what some people are calling The Age of IM-morality, author Eden Collinsworth has written BEHAVING BADLY: THE NEW MORALITY IN POLITICS, SEX, AND BUSINESS.

Casey Stengel once said that “There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them,” and indeed he did. There was nobody like Casey before him, and certainly there has been no one like him since. For more than fifty years, Casey Stengel lived baseball. First as the only person in history to play for or manage all the New York teams, including the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets, and then as a manager, where he made his biggest mark on the game of Major League Baseball revolutionizing the role in New York and beyond, all while winning an astounding ten pennants and seven World Series Championships – including five consecutive titles with the Yankees.

Major League Baseball Casey Stengel Donald Trump Another New York character is shaking things up in the world and we take a look at Donald Trump with author Eden Collinsworth who addresses the topic of morality in her new book BEHAVING BADLY: THE NEW MORALITY IN POLITICS, SEX, AND BUSINESS. To call these unsettling times is an understatement: our political leaders are less and less respectable; in the realm of business, cheating, lying, and stealing are hazily defined; and in daily life, rapidly changing technology offers permission to act in ways inconceivable without it. Some might say that we live in a time of a complete free-for-all. Eden Collinsworth argues that people still draw lines around what is acceptable and what is not. It’s a fascinating conversation, not all serious. Hear what the founder of Ashley Madison, a web site for married people looking to have illicit affairs has to say on the subject.

A look at two wholly American characters, Casey Stengel and Donald Trump, America’s national pastime, Donald Trump, sports, politics, the New York Yankees Wednesday, April 5, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WAS ERNEST HEMINGWAY A SPY FOR RUSSIA?

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Trump, Russia, spies, crime, writer Ernest Hemingway? We bring them all together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 29 when joining Halli at her table is Nicholas Reynolds author of the controversial new book that says Ernest Hemingway was a Russian spy, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S SECRET ADVENTURES 1935-1961 and the editor of the riveting BOOK OF CRIME: MORE THAN 166 YEARS COVERING THE BEAT, Kevin Flynn.

Ernest Hemingway is surely one of our greatest American writers, whose life has been mapped to the fullest. But despite the gazillion words written about Hemingway now comes new insight into one of the most famous lives in literature. In his new book WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Nicholas Reynold’s reveals a secret that  during World War II, Hemingway became a spy for Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too. While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, Reynolds, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Hemingway’s involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. He brings the secret to life for the first time, Hemingway’s recruitment by Soviet spies in the NKVD (the forerunner to the KGB) followed by relationships with the US Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the American OSS (the precursor to the CIA) —to say nothing of his long-running conflict with the FBI.

ernest hemingway crime russia spyFor 166 years, THE NEW YORK TIMES has been a rich source of information about CRIME, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life.  Now in a fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF CRIME, captures the full sweep of the newspaper’s coverage of the subject of crime from the assassinations of icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X to the deadly trails left behind by serial killers like the Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer. Who can forget the Manson murders, bank heists by Dillinger, art heists and white-collar crimes from Ponzi to Madoff? Flynn brings us them all, including crimes of passion, heists, kidnapping, murders, the mob and more. This is a book that appeals to the voyeur in us all.

Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Russia, CIA, FBI, KGB, the New York Times, crime, murder, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

POLITICAL JUNKIES AND FASHIONISTAS THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

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More than political junkies are mystified by the election of Donald Trump. Who are the people who voted for Donald Trump and why?  The Halli Casser-Jayne Show tackles that question with journalist Brian Alexander author of GLASS HOUSE and also visits with the dynamic first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, fashionista Joan Juliet Buck.

Political junkies fashionistaIn 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American town. Today it is damaged, discouraged, and fighting for its future. In GLASS HOUSE, THE 1% ECONOMY AND THE SHATTERING OF THE ALL-AMERICAN TOWN, journalist Brian Alexander traveled back to the home of his youth, lived there, and put all that he had learned to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding national cohesion. Alexander takes us behind the scenes into the desperate lives of many of the town’s residents as they wrestle with heroin, politics, high-interest lenders, low wage jobs, technology, and the new demands of American life. When hope turned to desperation they turned to billionaire, Donald Trump for salvation, one of the master capitalists who were the very culprits who tore their world apart. What were they thinking? Do they already have regrets? Political junkies tune in for an eye-opening conversation.

political junkies fashionistaJoan Juliet Buck, the only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, was born into a world of make-believe. Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Angelica Huston, and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty. Joan’s world was the land of illusion. But illusions cannot be sustained indefinitely, and they always come at a cost. In her new book THE PRICE OF ILLUSION Joan offers up a dazzling compulsively readable memoir spanning six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more. But what is the price of illusion? Tune in to find out.

Politics, fashion, fame, Vogue, Paris, illusion, memoir, Donald Trump, there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 22. The podcast will be posted at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ADVENTURE TIME ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we go on an adventure into the world of artist Andrew Wyeth and into the Honduran rain forest when two New York Times bestselling authors Christina Baker Kline and Douglas Preston join Halli at her table.

adventure with Douglas Preston The Lost City of the Monkey GodSince the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes spoke of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A TRUE STORY Douglas Preston brings us the almost unbelievable, danger-filled narrative about the incredible discovery of the lost city and the life-threatening events that followed when Preston, along with a team of scientists ventured into the jungle on a pioneering journey filled with personal danger, venomous snakes, lethal pathogens and more. What happened to Preston on his return to civilization is even more harrowing than his trip into the rain forest. Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the famed series of novels featuring FBI agent Pendergast.

Adventure into Andrew WyethWriter Christina Baker Kline is best known for her beloved 2013 novel ORPHAN TRAIN. With more than three million copies in print, it has been published in 40 countries, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years — five weeks at #1 new novel. Now she comes to us with the haunting, evocative novel A PIECE OF THE WORLD in which she turns her attention, as she did in ORPHAN TRAIN, to another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

Adventure, art, books, authors, archaeology, there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 8. The new podcast will be posted 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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