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Mike Reyes, aka Mr. Controversy, has considered himself a writer ever since he was a child. He wrote for various school publications from about 1995 until 2006, and currently runs both The Bookish Kind and Mr. Controversy, which is an offshoot of the regular column he wrote in High School. He's also authored several short stories such as "The Devil's Comedian", "The Devil v. George W. Bush", and most recently "Wait Until Tomorrow". He resides in New Jersey. Any inquiries for reprinting, writing services, or general contact, should be forwarded to: michaelreyes72@hotmail.com

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Cannonball Read: Entry 12 – Priceless Memories by Bob Barker with Digby Diehl

Entry 12 is up and ready for your reading pleasure. If you derive pleasure from reading about reading, that is. As always, thanks to Hachette Book Group for distributing their fine literature, and thanks to Brian Prisco for making me look good on the front pages of Pajiba. If you should be so inclined to join our merry band of bibliophiles, read up on our quests at http://www.pajiba.com/cannonball-read.htm
and keep tally of the competition at http://gospelaccordingtoprisco.wordpress.com/choose-your-weapon-the-combatants/. But smile brightly, you might just be captured on Pajiba.com.

For 35 years, Bob Barker was most famous for two things: hosting The Price is Right and knocking Adam Sandler flat on his ass. I’m proud to say that after reading his memoir, he could do either of those things again and he’d still be good at it. The man has been through countless television and radio shows, trained as a fighter pilot in World War II (though the enemy surrendered before they even had a chance to fight him), and he’s been a tireless advocate of animal rights. All of this in 50+ years of showbusiness, and he’s still got energy in him to write a memoir.

The man has proven that above all else he is both personable and indefatigable. Through the course of his book, Barker recounts many points in his life that have made him who he is. It doesn’t always follow chronological order, but that lends itself fine to the book’s format. This isn’t a stuffy tome that merely recalls the life of a showbiz legend and pop culture icon, it’s a book written as if Bob were talking to a new friend. You could easily pretend he’s sitting next to you at a bar, telling you the stories about the good old days, and just when you think he’s done…he tells you that you’ve had enough. (Bitch.)

Mr. Barker’s personality and work ethic ooze from this book without effort, because if there’s anything he’s proven through the course of his long career it’s that he has charm and showmanship to spare. Never a harsh word for anyone, except for those who deserve it of course, you can picture his trademark smile flashing through as he tells it all. The best part about this memoir is that you can tell he’s had a lot of fun in his life, and that even as he’s writing about it all he’s still having fun.

Too often to we see celebrities grousing and moping about how hard their jobs are and how tough life is. Bob Barker has been through a lot, seen a lot, and he still manages to say “Hey, that was fun.” He never takes his fans for granted, and he's always ready to wow the crowd because he knows that ultimately...his fate is in their hands. This is an unapologetically fun book written by an unapologetically fun person. Should he ever write a follow up, I’d be anxious to see what he has to say next. Until then, we’ll just have to remember to help control the pet population, and have our pets spayed and neutered.

Next Book: The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen

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