Monday, November 15, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 60: Why? Because We Still Like You

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Just finished this one Sunday night.
I don't usually read biography, but I do remember watching reruns of the show with my sisters when we were kids. This was an okay read. Not a really in depth one, but it did provide a comprehensive look at how the show was developed, its impact on today's children's programming, what happened behind the scenes, and what became of its pint-sized stars after the show was cancelled. Includes several pages of pictures and a mini-biography of cast members.

Note: The red image left of the quote is the book's dust jacket. I've posted an image of the actual book cover below right.

“At some point in your life you’ve got to say, ‘I’m going to do this’ or ‘I’m going to do that.’ Otherwise, all of a sudden you’re thirty, you’re forty, and you’re fifty, and you’re really not very good at this or that.”
(David Stollery, former Mouseketeer, pg 187)

About the Book:
Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club
by Jennifer Armstrong
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

This book will tell the behind-the-scenes story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television's first true cult hits—all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It will reveal, for the first time ever, the untold stories of Annette, Darlene, Cubby and Karen, Bobby and the rest of the beloved cast. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television's finest minds, what made the show so special. And it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever, and whether we'll ever see yet another Club for a new generation.

*Disclaimer: A copy of this book was received from the publisher through the Goodreads FirstReads program.


Jennifer said...

Quite true. I remember watching the show. My TT:

Heather said...

Jennifer: Brings back memories, no?

TheBookishSnob said...

Interesting quote. We didn't have the show where I grew up but I heard it was pretty cool. THanks for the teaser.

Shelley Munro said...

Well that's true. It was a similar thought that prodded me into starting writing. I don't know the show - we don't have it in NZ

Here’s My Teaser

Marg said...

This sounds like it could be a fascinating read!

My teaser comes from The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Beth F said...

I totally remember the Mickey Mouse Club! I bet I'd love this book.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, The Mickey Mouse Club was a favorite after school event for me (a hundred years ago when I was a kid - LOL!); but seriously, this sounds like a book I would LOVE.

Thanks for sharing...

Here's mine:

(click my name)

Pam said...

Ah, yes. My husband was in film for several years and eventually just stopped and moved to a much more fulfilling career in education. I think that, at some point, you just have to pick a path, even if it's not the one you thought you'd find yourself on.

Selena said...

Hi! I thought about reading this book. Now I wish I had jumped at the chance like I wanted to. Thanks for the teaser!

Mine is at

Have a great Tuesday!


Alice Audrey said...

I blinked, and my sister turned 50. I'm younger, but not by much. Could we really have grown so old so quickly?

Nise' said...

I'd like the behind the scenes bit. I remember watching the show.

Heather said...

BookishSnob: The MMC was quite popular in its day--and for many, many years after.

Shelley: I'm sure many can relate or find inspiration from this quote. Interesting that NZ didn't have MMC; it was huge in Australia.

Marg: Thanks, it is pretty interesting, especially if you remember watching the show.

Beth F: If you liked the show, I'm you would enjoy this book!

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: It sounds like you would really enjoy this one. I hope you give it a try!

Pam: So true and well said! Just wish it were easier to find the path some times...

Selena: Sorry you missed out on the opportunity to read this book, but hope you will seek it out and give it a chance.

Heather said...

Alice: Tell me about it! My nieces and nephews especially make me feel old.

Nise': It was interesting to see how the show came together. The Mice were both pampered and pressured on and off the set, which made returning to "real life" after the show incredibly difficult for some.

kaye said...

very true . . . Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Miss Page-Turner said...

Aw wonderful. I like that and so true, yes! Keep going!Thanks:)
Here is my Teaser

And don't forget to check out my giveaway which ends Nov 30th and is open internationally...just click here!

Heather said...

Kaye: Indeed it is, though sometimes difficult to follow.

Page: Thank you, I'm glad so many like this one!

Alice Audrey said...

Kids have this nasty way of growing up before your eyes. It makes me feel old more when I see my friend's kids than when I see my own.