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Memoirs Make Beautiful Music

September 8, 2014

Susan Marg

In the Sunday morning edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune, there is still a page “Books” at the end of the Arts and Leisure section. It appears before “Style & Society.” I might look at the photos on the latter, but I always read “Books.”

This week’s article looked at memoirs. Several celebrity autobiographies will be released this fall.

Strike the right chord. Photo by: angelandspot

Strike the right chord. Photo by: angelandspot

The subtitle of Neil Patrick Harris’s book is Choose Your Own Autobiography. Not wanting to write a tell-all or pass on words of wisdom, he tells his story in the second person, that person being “you.” I’m not sure how his conceit works (I guess I have to buy the book), but the book is described as interactive, whereby you get to decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. and determine what path to take to fame and success.

Lena Dunham penned Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,’ a collection of personal essays on her struggles to have it all. The already successful 28-year old readily admits that she’s not a “sexpert, a psychologist, a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise,” but the girl can write, as she’s proven on her HBO hit Girls.

Amy Poehler, another talented lady, is just getting around to writing her first book at 42-years-old. Yes, Please is sure to have funny bits on life and love and possibly some useful advice on the same.

Musicians have books coming out, too. Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards follows up Life, an account of running in the fast lane, with a look back at growing up under the influence of his grandfather, a jazz musician. Talent apparently runs in the family, as his daughter illustrated the children’s book.

Neil Young who wrote of pursing his musical dreams in Waging Heavy Peace is also back with Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars.

Speaking of rock ‘n rollers, Jimmy Page, a member of The Yardbirds and founder of Led Zepplin, in Jimmy Page put captions on hundreds of photographs that illustrate his career.

So put on your reading glasses or turn on your iPad and have a look.

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