57 Books  

Posted by Tony Guerrero


When it came time to clear out my nightstand, I realized just what a reading frenzy I'd been in. I read 57 books in about a year - definitely a record for me. I usually read to go to sleep at night - I have to go into other worlds so my mind will stop racing about my own!

Rather than me just storing these books in my garage, why don't you scroll through and see if you want to borrow any?

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BIOGRAPHIES
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1. GASPIPE
The story of Anthony Casso, one of the Mafia’s leading hitmen. Chilling.
2. FEVER
The story of jazz singer Peggy Lee.
3. SLASH
The autobiography of Guns’N’Roses guitarist Slash.
4. THE CHRIS FARLEY SHOW
The very tragic tale of Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Farley.
5. THE GOOD LIFE
Jazz Singer Tony Bennett’s autobiography.
6. MAKING RECORDS
Legendary record producer Phil Ramone recalls his many studio experiences.
7. THE LOUIS ARMSTRONG COMPANION
Most books on Louis are fascinating because he was fascinating.
8. YOU’RE LUCKY YOU’RE FUNNY
By the producer of Everyone Loves Raymond.
9. BORN STANDING UP
Actor/Comedian Steve Martin’s autobiography. Lots of fun revelations for his fans. Very well done.
10. MOUSE IN THE RAT PACK
Joey Bishop was one of Sinatra’s “Rat-Pack”. A classic comedian who maybe wasn’t as ‘cool’ as the rest of the pack, but helped glue their act together.
11. RICKLE’S BOOK
Don Rickles - the last of the great old-time comedians. Brilliant comic and a fun read.
12. DEAN & ME
A loving tribute to Dean Martin by his ex-partner and nemesis, Jerry Lewis.
13. UNLIKELY ANGEL
Written by Ashley Smith, the girl who was held hostage by a murderer and convinced him to surrender after reading to him from “Purpose Driven Life”.
14. NEVER HAVE YOUR DOG STUFFED
Alan Alda’s book, not quite as interesting as I believe him to be.
15. MONSTER
L.A. Gang leader Sanyika Shakur’s memoir. Brutal.
16. ME AND A GUY NAMED ELVIS
Great read, written by one of Elvis’s closest friends.
17. WASHED BY BLOOD
The story of the conversion of Brian “Head” Welch, former guitarist with rock supergroup Korn.
18. HERE’S JOHNNY
Ed McMahon’s tribute to his old boss, Johnny Carson.
19. BIRD- THE LEGEND OF CHARLIE PARKER
The tragic story of one of the all-time great jazz musicians.
20. MY ANECDOTAL LIFE
The autobiography of the great comedic film director, Carl Reiner.
21. MEMOIRS OF A MANGY LOVER
Groucho Marx’s musings. Always enjoyable.
22. BROKEN MUSIC
The somewhat pompous autobiography of rock musician Sting.
23. THE GLASS CASTLE
One of my all-time favorites. I have recommended it to several people. It’s the true story of an NBC reporter who grew up in poverty, thanks to the choices of her selfish, alcoholic parents. Great read.
24. THE WHITE BOOK
The Beatle’s former American manager, Ken Mansfield, tells his story. Fascinating.
25. DANGEROUS SURRENDER
My pastor Rick Warren’s wife Kay wrote this inspiring story of her journey towards AIDS work.
26. MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
The Dean Martin story, told lovingly by his daughter, Deana. A little hero-worship going on, but she doesn’t hold back on the bad stuff.
27. WITH LOUIS AND THE DUKE
The autobiography of Barney Bigard, clarinetist for Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington.
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ENTERTAINMENT RELATED NON-BIOS
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28. LIVE FROM NEW YORK
A history of Saturday Night Live, told by the cast members. Interesting, fun and eye-opening.
29. JAZZ ANECDOTES
One of the books I’ve read several times - great stories by musicians who have lived the jazz life.
30. KISS-BEHIND THE MASK
I got into a brief period of wanting to read about the band that captivated my pre-teen years. This book was the best.
31. SEX, MONEY, KISS
Don’t let the title fool you, it’s not what you think. Mostly its Gene Simmon’s take on promotion and making money. I don’t agree with much of what he says, but he is interesting none-the-less, and sure keeps to his convictions.
32. KISS AND MAKE UP
More of the same.
33. KISS AND SELL
More of the same, focused on marketing of the famous Rock Band, or “Rock Brand” as Gene calls it.
34. RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL
Frank, Dean, Sammy and the boys. Cooler than humanly possible.
35. HOTTER THAN THAT - THE TRUMPET
A history of the trumpet in American culture. Actually, quite interesting. But then, I’m biased.
36. SONGWRITERS ON SONWRITING
Exactly what the title says. Great insights from great songwriters.
37. MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND
Wynton Marsalis wrote this book on the ‘deepness’ of jazz and its profound importance and effect on our lives and on society.
38. I KILLED
Stories from the road by stand-up comics. More sad than funny.
39. PRACTICING
A book dedicated to the art of practicing your instrument. Very insightful.
40. ROCK STAR BABYLON
Tales from behind the scenes with rock music’s greatest artists.
41. LAUREL CANYON
A history of the L.A. neighborhood where much of 60’s rock and roll was birthed and nurtured.
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CARTOON
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42. IT’S ONLY A GAME
The only other comic strip done by the creator of Peanuts, Charles Schulz. Never before published!
43. MY HOT DOG WENT OUT, CAN I HAVE ANOTHER?
A collection of Foxtrot comics. Bill Amend’s “Foxtrot” is one of the few cartoon stripss out there that I believe to be in the mold of classics like Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes.
44. THE REJECTION COLLECTION
Cartoons The New Yorker rejected.
45. THE NEW YORKER 75TH ANNIVERSARY CARTOON COLLECTION
The greatest collection single frame comics, spanning 75 years.
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MISC.
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46. THE BOOK OF USELESS INFORMATION
Exactly what it sounds like. Good bathroom reading.
47. GREAT AMERICAN ANECTDOTES
A fun book full of random stories from American history - the stuff that happened ‘behind the scenes” of the big events.
48. 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
I didn’t read all of it, but its fun to skim through it, especially with the places you’ve been!
49. BLAZE
A Stephen King book written when he was young and using another name. Didn’t finish this one.
50. HUMOR
A collection of jokes on every subject.
51. UNCLE JOHN’S TRIUMPHANT 20TH ANNIVERSARY
My favorite series of books. Everyone should have Uncle John’s Bathroom readers littered throughout the house.
52. UNSINKABLE BATHROOM READER
More of my favorite books series.
53. GOLDEN PLUNGER AWARDS
Stupid stories about stupid people.
54. THE PESSIMIST’S GUIDE TO HISTORY
All the negative stories from history, going all the way back to the Big Bang!
55. EINSTEIN’S REFRIGERATOR
Weird but true “urban legends” from American history.
55. 1968
Time Magazine’s tribute to the pivotal year.
56. TREASURY OF WIT & WISDOM
Reader’s Digest’s compilation of quotes from various notables on various topics.
57. THE MEANING OF LIFE
Esquire Magazine asked many celebrities what the meaning of life was. I don’t think I agreed with any of them.