Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1001 Little Known Things About Well Known People by Charlie Bennett

4 of 5 stars  ****

This is an interesting book about celebrities and famous people around the world without delving deeply into their biographies. The few fun facts about their personal habits, pre-notoriety occupations, forgotten histories and other statistics makes for enjoyable reading. This is not a book to sit and read like a novel. It can be put down and left alone for a while without losing a plot line or theme when one eventually resumes reading.

A memorable line from Bob Hope, on his deathbed, comes to mind: When asked by his wife where he wanted to be buried, he replied, "Surprise me." This response describes him perfectly. Other tidbits of information about big stars, like Lady Gaga, reveal how different her offstage persona is compared to her wild and zany onstage antics. Relationships between stars and politicians, choices between job opportunities, and little-known talents by those famous for one role in the public eye fill this book of intriguing gossip to be shared with others.