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A Reciprocal Love Affair With Books

Jean, 39, lover of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, reader of comic books, conqueror of genre fiction.

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel)
Jason Reynolds, Kadir Nelson
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Review: Easy Street: The Hard Way by Ron Perlman

Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir - Ron Perlman

Easy Street: The Hard Way is exactly what I look for when I pick up a celebrity biog: written strongly in Perlman's very unique voice, it gives you not only an overview of his early life, but also of his career, in a chronological order. That sounds like a very sterile observation, but it's always a disappointment when a celebrity's memoirs are all over the place, focused on the wrong things, or assume that I'm so fascinated personally by the mundanities of the personal lives. (It's what ruined Simon Pegg's Nerd Do Well for me, sadly.)

 

Perlman is, as he seems, larger than life, though simultaneously extremely own to earth, honest, impeccably smart and irreverent without coming across as completely full of himself. He's humble almost to a fault, and occasionally brutal. The book is comprehensive and well written; he makes it a pleasure, not a chore, to read about his very interesting life, as well as the projects he's been a part of.