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The Autumn of Memoirs

The publishing world is starting to see a surge in the publication of celebrity biographies and memoirs. There’s recently been some speculation among literary critics if there are too many memoirs, but the many people buying and reading the existing ones don’t think so. We’ve always loved reading about the lives of our favorite celebrities, getting inside the heads of the people we wish we could know.  “Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this” states Bruce Springsteen in his recent memoir Born to Run. He isn’t the only one. In the next few months, we’ll be seeing many new celebrity memoirs hitting the shelves.

The Summer of ’82 by Dave O’Neil

If you’re looking for a great coming-of-age tale, look no further Dave O’Neil’s The Summer of ’82. Released on August 15th, it discusses the comedian’s younger days as a student in suburban Australia and the events that transpired afterward. It is truly both heartfelt and hilarious, as only O’Neil can make it.

We’re about to see the release of Troy Casser-Daley’s first publication. Not to be confused with The Things They Carried, Things I Carry Around is due for release on August 30th. It chronicles the life, times, and tribulations of the Australian music icon in a voice that can only come from the man himself, skillfully picking apart life on the road.

Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes 

Singer and songwriter Jimmy Barnes’s autobiography Working Class Boy will be hitting the shelves on September 19th. Tracing the rockstar’s roots back through his troubled childhood, it’s been described by Magda Szubanski as “like Angela’s Ashes meets Trainspotting – only more brutal.”

The Art of Cycling by Cadel Evans

Also arriving on September 19th will be The Art of Cycling by master of the sport, Cadel Evans. The winner of numerous, races, awards, and honors, he takes you along with him, recalling all his adventures on the bike in impressive detail.

Changing the Game by Ange Postecoglou

 

October will see the release of many highly anticipated celebrity memoirs and biographies, starting with one from Australian football legend Ange Postecoglou. Scheduled for release on October 3rd, it tells the story of the man’s iconic careers both playing and coaching. Postecoglou also discusses his country and what it needs to do in order to keep winning. A notorious figure with many opinions, his feelings on playing and leading both on and off the field are well expressed in Changing the Game.

Peggy & Me by Miranda Hart

 

For those looking for something more lighthearted, you can look forward to a book from Miranda Hart on October 6th. The comedians signature wit is well expressed in Peggy & Me, a book about her newest friend, a Shih-Tzu puppy mix named Peggy. It may not be a traditional memoir, but fans of Hart’s comedy will appreciate it, as will most dog lovers.

The Autobiography by Michael Clarke

 

Cricket star Michael Clarke’s life has been well publicized since he rose to fame years ago. Starting on October 11th though, you can learn about the man’s life from his own perspective.  Titled simply The Autobiography, it discusses the many intricate details of Clarke’s private life, exploring things the media rarely saw and sometimes distorted.

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

 

Hollywood leading man Bryan Cranston has penned a book, discussing his career in his own words, due to hit the shelves on October 20th . A Life in Parts summarizes it all, from Cranston’s younger days acting out scenes in a movie theater to going from a sitcom character actor to becoming the toast of broadway and ultimately the star of Breaking Bad, a role that cemented his place in television history.

Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

 

Fellow film star Taraji P. Henson will also be releasing a memoir. Around The Way Girl  takes us through the academy award nominee and golden globe winning actress’s journey from the troubled streets of Washington DC to Howard University where would realize her calling and ultimately to Hollywood, discussing her many discoveries and triumphs along the way.

Try Hard: Tales From a Needy Overachiever by Em Rusciano

Comedian Em Rusciano’s Try Hard: Tales from a Needy Overachiever , slated for release on October 26th, is very aptly named. It chronicles her humorous life and career, from dancing school to Australian Idol and every before, between, and after. Fans of Rusciano’s comedic stylings will certainly enjoy her latest work. 

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

 

November 15th will mark the release of a somewhat unconventional memoir. Film and television actress Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody is actually a collection of essays on her life, showcasing her wit, wisdom and unique perspectives on life all too well. Kendrick traces her life, from his childhood in New England to her days of Hollywood stardom, making sure to keep he reader’s expectations low from the start. You don’t have to be a fan of Kendrick’s films to appreciate her writing.

 

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