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Booking Through Thursday: Celebrities

July 2, 2009

The question for this week has got to be inspired by recent events: “Do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?”

I’ve read and re-read Roald Dahl’s “Boy,” his memoir of growing up. It’s easy to see where he got so many of his ideas.  I should read some of his later ones, though. The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington isn’t a memoir, but looks fascinating as well.

The thing I most remember about reading Michael Caine’s autobiography
was a story of him getting drunk with John Lennon.

I need to reread Mark Twain’s autobiography.  It was astounding.  And funny.

Also- Beverly Cleary’s A Girl From Yamhill is due a re-read.   I didn’t know it continued: Time to grab My Own Two Feet: A Memoir from the library.

I wish Mick Jagger would write his memoirs.  Or Charlie Watts.  I grew up loving the Rolling Stones, and always wondered.

I also love memoirs of ordinary people, who are more about capturing vivid moments of history and place.  James Herriot, is of course, my very favorite.  So I’m always on the lookout for something that good, and would welcome suggestions.

Yes, I’ve noticed the British theme in my favorites too.  Got any Americans for me?  Well written, warmly funny, keen sense of region and history?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2009 10:19 am

    Ah, Mark Twain. That I would like to read!

    Here is my BTT post!

  2. July 2, 2009 11:22 am

    I’ll have to check out the Dahl books. They sound interesting.

  3. uncertainprinciples permalink
    July 2, 2009 3:41 pm

    I missed Dahl in my post, despite Boy being one of the most entertaining books I’ve read, and Going Solo being fantastic as well.

    As for Mick Jagger, he’ll still be singing Satisfaction when he’s 100 years old, and not writing a memoir. Ironical, for I think he once said he’d rather die than sing ‘Satisfaction’ when he was over the age of forty-five. Hmm 🙂

  4. July 2, 2009 3:46 pm

    Meat Loaf’s To Hell and Back is funny and quick. Music and theatre aside, he mentions JFK’s fatal visit to Texas.

  5. July 3, 2009 6:19 pm

    I’ve read Mark Twian’s, or part of it anyway. Love his humor.

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