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Courtesy of the Boston Bibliophile, here’s this week’s Tuesday Thingers … Today’s topic: LibraryThing authors. Who are your LibraryThing authors? What books of theirs do you have? Do you ever comment on an author’s LT page? Have you received any comments from an author on your LT account?

There are only two LT authors that I’ve read:  Phyllis Zimbler Miller (Mrs. Lieutenant) and Emmett James (Admit One).  Both of these were for blog tours, and we e-mailed and commented on blogs and LT accounts as part of the communication process before and after reviewing.

I’ll be doing an author tour with David Ebershoff (The 19th Wife) in November for TLC Book Tours, so he’ll be added.  I’d love to say I have Meg Waite Clayton (The Wednesday Sisters), but her novel is still on my wish list, not yet in my library!

I have heard from several (non-LT) authors after my review of their books have posted on my blog.  So many of them use “Google Alerts” or other notification services that they know right away when their name is mentioned in the blogosphere!  Since I usually e-mail a copy of my review (or a short note with a link to the review) to the author/publicist/publisher, I’m always surprised when an author “beats me to it” by contacting me shortly after my review has posted.

I’ve suggested LT Authors to someone whose work I recently reviewed.  I like the features available, such as author chat, and think it would make the author more accessible and more connected with his readers.  Here’s an idea for a new LT feature – a button/form/link that we could use to invite an author to join (does this already exist?).

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  • Admit One:  A Journey Into Film by Emmett James
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (January 15, 2008 )
  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1587369141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587369148
  • SheIsTooFondOfBooks Rating:  3 1/2 stars


    Emmet James spent his childhood in a small town near London, creating mischief and pulling pranks while he fantasized about becoming a Hollywood actor.   In the introduction to his memoir Admit One: A Journey into Film, he explains that the “environment, mood, personal history and circumstances in which a person sees a film changes that film in a necessary, unique and exciting way.  It creates a whole new story – a living, breathing film.  The film of one’s life.” 

    Thus, James shows us the film of his life, illustrating various events from childhood until the present, using a specific film as metaphor in each chapter.  Reminiscing about Star Wars Episode IV leads to a story about the must-have movie tie-in toy of the Christmas season, and how James responded to the department store Santa who disappointed him; he discovers that his mother shows an uncanny resemblance to Margaret Hamilton’s wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz; a viewing of ET leads James to rig up his bike to more efficiently transport aliens.  As James grows older, the connections become even more intriguing – after a particular distasteful brush with juvenile delinquency, his parents move the family to the country, to a haunted house straight out of The Amityville Horror.  The tales continue as James finally comes to America to pursue his acting dream.


    Admit One is a quick enjoyable read, within a unique framework.  Aside from a bit of unnecessary crass language and an oddly angry letter addressed to Steven Seagal, I found it pleasantly entertaining.  James neatly connects the various films to his personal narrative without stretching the relationship. The writing is witty and colorful, including many humorous anecdotes and descriptions.  I could imagine a narrator doing a voice-over in a 1930s gangster movie as I read “the only things on the girls were the eyes of every man around them.”


    It is a good selection for a reading group during the summer months when seeking a “lighter” book.  Aside from James’ personal story, it leads the way to discussion about our personal connections with movies, and the comparison of our childhood dreams to the reality of our adult lives.

    James concludes with another truth, illustrated within the pages of his book, “film holds the power to alter a person’s thinking, juxtaposing the huge world and one’s small place in it.”  It seems this talented actor and writer has found his place in the world.



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