Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ham: Slices of a Life - Harris

Title: Ham: Slices of a Life

Author: Sam Harris
PublishedGenre: Memoir
3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

Book Source: Purchased

Recommended if you like: Memoirs, Music, Celebrities


What Its About:  
Many of you may remember that show Star Search from the 80's? If you do, you likely remember Sam Harris, the show's first winner and "star".

Well, Harris has gone on to a very active and busy career in the arts, performing on Broadway (filling in for Donny Osmond) and recording multiple albums. He is also a [somewhat] new father and husband.

In this memoir, Harris offer sixteen anecdotes from his life including growing up gay in a small town, his stint subbing for Donny Osmond in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, his front-row seat at close personal friend Liza Minelli's wedding (and his honest opinion of the groom), and his take on the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin (hint: it's honest, though kind, but not complementary). He also opens up about his experiences becoming a father and his struggles connecting with his son and how that has changed his life.

The Bottom Line: 
This is a wonderful, funny read if you are a fan or if you have an interest in celebrity memoirs. If anything, the book leaves too much out and you are left wanting more, more, more. Even if you aren't a fan, its a pretty entertaining read, but not perhaps quite as meaningful.

Well worth the read!