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Saw this book in a NetGalley email and I was unable to resist it. The subtitle, From "Happy Days" to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There, tells it all. I watched Happy Days as a kid, and I remember thinking the author's character was cuter than the other guys (no offense to them, of course), so I really wanted to hear more about his life in show business.
This book, a memoir in the form of a series of stories from the author's life, tells many fascinating tales of working with other celebrities. The stories are presented in chronological order, and each relates to a quote from the mentor mentioned in the subtitle. While this portion of the book veers dangerously close to what some call the "magical Negro" trope, the wisdom presented is sound. I found it to be a fun, enjoyable, fast read as I head into the weekend.