Book Review: Calendar Girl by Tricia Stewart

I have been shoulder deep in books that I just cannot put down, and of course, I add more to my collection (my husband contributes as well when he is traveling and he sees a bookstore).

This post is about a very heartwarming and hilarious story called Calendar Girl.


It was a crazy idea and good for a laugh at the time. When Tricia Stewart proposed a more risqué treatment of her local Women’s Institute’s annual calendar, which normally featured pretty scenes from nature, laughing alongside her was John Baker, the husband of the soon-to-be Miss February, Angela. When John passed away from cancer, the Ladies of Rylstone decided that posing nude for the calendar and donating the proceeds was one way to honor his memory and cope with this devastating loss.

No one could have predicted what happened next. The calendar began to sell, and soon the whole world, it seemed, was interested in their story, with an American tour following and appearances on the Today show, 20/20, CNN, and the Tonight Show. Calendar Girls explores the phenomenon that The Ladies of Rylstone became, recounting with warmth and humor the moments of an exhilarating journey that transformed the lives of the remarkable women who became international sensations.

I LOVED the book and the movie. Well, anything with Helen Mirren is amazing, and she is beautiful, smart, and witty. I have always wanted to read the book, and of course, watch the movie. So when I was able to find these gems at the used book store and the used DVD stores, I grabbed them up. I was on a mission.

If you love a laugh, and a cry, please, read and watch the story. It is heartwarming, and beautifully done. The book has the original pictures used in the calendar, the movie has a bonus feature where the actual women (and the men who helped) talked about the story and their thoughts on the story and how they felt when they were all nude in the pictures. Go pick them both up now!

Media Madness Monday – Frankenstein

We all know the famous story by Mary Shelley. That story is Frankenstein. There are many adaptations of this story in movies, but I believe my all time favorite is with Robert DeNiro. I feel that this story must be put on a pedestal, right up there with Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the horror genre.

In my perception, the monster is not the monster, but Dr. Frankenstein himself. You must be asking why. Think of it this way, Dr. Frankenstein is playing God when putting different body parts together from cadavers to create another person. He does not allow this creation to go out in public, and at the same time will not be nice to him. Therefore, the monster leaves the lab, and the Doctor behind and tries to meet others and make friends.

It does not go well as the monster does not know exactly on how to socialize, and the public is afraid of him. The way he looks, the way he talks, the way he walks and acts.

I honestly love this story. It is so emotional, this book will make you cry, make you angry, it will make you sympathize for the monster. Robert DeNiro could not have played it better. He was a genius playing the monster. He made it believable, he made me sympathize with the monster (even more than the book). He made the monster alive. The movie was done exactly how it was described in the book. I recommend both the book, and to watch the movie.