My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
A sentimental memoir about two women who played a major role in the life of author Todd Fisher—his mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, and his sister Carrie, best known as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies. The two women died within a day of each other in December of 2016. The book tells many stories of growing up in Hollywood with famous actresses and a distant father, popular ‘50s singer Eddie Fisher.
My Girls begins with Todd and Carrie as young children being raised by their mother after Reynolds’ divorce from Eddie Fisher. There are stories and never-before-seen pictures shared by Todd. He was always close to his mother, unlike his sister who had a rough relationship with her mother until later in adulthood. Sister and brother maintained a tight bond even as they got older, and Todd was always there for Carrie through her trials and tribulations.
Todd shares stories about being on his mother’s movie sets and traveling with her around the world. Later, he was later in charge of his mother’s Las Vegas act thanks to his experience running sound for local shows.
This is a story Todd has wanted to share for a long time, and for Debbie and Carrie’s millions of fans, it’s a great read.
– Samantha Lambert
The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq
Simon & Schuster
C.J. Chivers’ The Fighters reads like classic war fiction—only it’s not fiction. The book begins Sept. 11, 2001 aboard a Navy carrier in the Arabian Sea, its tired crew homeward bound. The following chapters chronicle the service of a small group of fighters—Army, Navy and Marine Corps, officer and enlisted. Motivated by 9/11 and personal patriotism, they experience combat and its aftermath in Afghanistan and Iraq. Chivers, a former Marine officer, writes pure adrenaline-fueled action. Mistakes are made, a lot of the wrong people die. Not everyone comes home in one piece. Not everyone fully recovers.
– Bruce Collier
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