Pandemic Book Club

As the pandemic was announced last March and many studio films were delayed, I had to make a pivot like so many other outlets. In addition to going through my physical media, TCM recordings, and streaming, I also turned to books. What follows below is the list of every book I’ve read during the pandemic. In many instances, I’ve written book reviews or interviewed the authors. At first, I referred to these books as quarantine books but as we got deeper into the pandemic and were free to move about some more, I started referring to them as pandemic books.

  1. Warner Bros by David Thomson
  2. The Brothers Warner by by Cass Warner Sperling
  3. King Cohn: The Life and Times of Harry Cohn by Bob Thomas
  4. Laugh Lines by Alan Zweibel
  5. The Man Who Made The Movies by Vanda Krefft
  6. Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer
  7. Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg
  8. Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer by Scott Eyman
  9. Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann
  10. Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America by Steven J. Ross
  11. Bad Moms: The Novel by Nina McInery
  12. Five Came Back by Mark Harris
  13. Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise by Scott Eyman
  14. On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder by Ed Sikov
  15. Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride
  16. Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director by Peter Tonguette
  17. George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones
  18. Hope for Film by Ted Hope
  19. Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film by Alan K. Rode
  20. A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood’s Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler by Jan Herman
  21. The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics by Sydney Ladensohn Stern
  22. Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyman
  23. The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shone
  24. I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
  25. Nichols and May: Interviews edited by Robert E. Kapsis
  26. Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith
  27. There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others by William Daniels
  28. My Girls by Todd Fisher
  29. True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman
  30. Star Wars: The High Republic – Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (no review, strictly for leisure)
  31. Because He’s Jeff Goldblum by Travis M. Andrews
  32. The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Amy Ratcliffe
  33. John Williams’s Film Music by Emilio Audissino
  34. Starstruck by Leonard Maltin (uncorrected advance reading proof, due out in October)
  35. 20th Century Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio by Scott Eyman (uncorrected advance proof, due out in September)
  36. Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures by Chris Yogerst
  37. Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross
  38. Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker by Stephen Galloway
  39. Robin by Dave Itzkoff
  40. Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross
  41. Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood by Bernard F. Dick
  42. Columbia Pictures: Portrait of a Studio by Bernard F. Dick
  43. Camera Man: Buster Keaton, The Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the 20th Century by Dana Stevens
  44. Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939 by Thomas Doherty