Category: Biography & Autobiography

Jim Carrey to Publish Book: ‘Memoirs and Misinformation’

Jim Carrey, the 90’s comedy star known for his starring roles in The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Liar Liar, is jumping into the writing world with his forthcoming work Memoirs and Misinformation. 

 

 

Carrey co-wrote the book with author Dana Vachon, and in a press release it was explained that the work is intended as a “semi-autobiographical deconstruction of persona.”

 

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In recent years, the idea of persona has become a bit of a theme for Carrey. He’s become known for going on diatribes centered on what it means to exist and be perceived by others.

 

 

This hasn’t been great for Carrey’s image, as people often associate the actor with their childhood nostalgia, and quotes like “We don’t exist, we are nothing but ideas,” don’t gel with the wacky, happy-go-lucky, goofball we all assumed Jim Carrey was.

 

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This, combined with Carrey’s habit of being very vocal on social media about his political beliefs, has earned the actor a bit of a negative reputation. However, this hasn’t effected Carrey’s acting opportunities, and he starred as Dr. Eggman in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

His reputation will also serve as a selling point for Memoirs and Misinformation, as this press release statement hints at;

“Carrey and Vachon have fashioned a narrative about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, loneliness, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, growing up in Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world — apocalypses within and without.”

 

 

Sonny Mehta, the Editor in Chief for the book publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, added, “Jim Carrey has written a novel that is more revealing about his life than any memoir could possibly be. It is a perceptive and highly entertaining book about the arc of fame, as well as a look inside the mind of an artist, the life that shaped him, and the world he inhabits.”

And in classic Jim Carrey fashion, when asked about the work he stated, “None of this is real, and it’s all true.”

Memoirs and Misinformation will be available in both hardcover and ebook form on May 5, 2020.

 

 

 

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 9/27/19

Fall has arrived. Day by day, the sun is setting a little earlier and the weather is getting brisker and “bricker.” Staying indoors is sounding pretty good right now. Why not embrace your inner introvert and snuggle up inside with a new read?

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

 

Our Hot Pick

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying: Essays

 

 

Synopsis:

In I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our preconceptions of the mind and normalcy as Bassey bares her own truths and lies for us all to behold with radical honesty and brutal intimacy.

From her early childhood in Nigeria through her adolescence in Oklahoma, Bassey Ikpi lived with a tumult of emotions, cycling between extreme euphoria and deep depression—sometimes within the course of a single day. By the time she was in her early twenties, Bassey was a spoken word artist and traveling with HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, channeling her life into art. But beneath the façade of the confident performer, Bassey’s mental health was in a precipitous decline, culminating in a breakdown that resulted in hospitalization and a diagnosis of Bipolar II.

In I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying, Bassey Ikpi breaks open our understanding of mental health by giving us intimate access to her own. Exploring shame, confusion, medication, and family in the process, Bassey looks at how mental health impacts every aspect of our lives—how we appear to others, and more importantly to ourselves—and challenges our preconception about what it means to be “normal.”  Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are—and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie.

 

Why?

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying is an NYTimes bestseller that brings necessary attention to the obstacles faced by non-neurotypical people in a transitioning society. Author Bassey Ikpi demonstrates her competence with the written word and personal conflict in these sincere and courageously vulnerable essays. Ikpi’s memoir urges empathy and compassion and aims to challenge the conversation surrounding mental health. There’s no way to be truly informed without the lens of lived experience, and Ikpi’s bold retelling of her own struggles provides a valuable education.

 

 

Our Coffee Shop Read

Capturing the Devil

 

 

Synopsis:

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve encountered before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

 

Why?

James Patterson’s stamp of approval is on this one—especially since his name is indeed on it—so you know you’re in for a good thriller. The #1 New York Times bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series concludes with Capturing the Devil, and author Kerri Maniscalco proves that she’s saved the best twists and turns for last. Publisher’s Weekly praises Maniscalco’s Audrey Rose as “a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist… whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller.” Get ready to embark on your latest mystery to solve from the seat of your local coffee spot.

 

 

Our dARK hORSE

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia

 

 

Synopsis:

The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives were devoted to the art and practice of spying, ensuring that the world would never be the same.

Rife with intrigue and filled with fascinating historical figures whose actions shine light on both the past and present, this timely work of narrative nonfiction explores the turbulence of the Cold War through the lens of the men and women who waged it behind closed doors, and helps explain the role secret and clandestine operations have played in America’s history and its national security.

 

Why?

This book is indeed timely—some things haven’t changed since the Cold War era, after all… Author Marc Favreau’s background in publishing historical content makes him perfectly suited for revitalizing the spy genre for a new generation with his latest release. Spies is both a lesson on the real-world espionage that inspired a whole branch of literature and a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat even if the spoilers have existed in textbooks for years—that’s a skill. Former acting director and deputy director of the CIA John McLaughlin describes Favreau’s book as an “endlessly engaging book brings this dangerous struggle alive and will take his readers on a rollicking ride through the thrills, fears, and cliff-hanger contests of those tumultuous years.”

 

 

 

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Know Her Name: Chanel Miller Speaks Out About Brock Turner Case

In 2015, a young woman was sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner. After a year-long legal battle, Turner was found guilty on three charges of felony sexual assault, but was only sentenced to six months in prison. The light sentence lead to widespread outrage and led to a nationwide debate on campus sexual assault, rape culture, and privilege in the criminal justice system.

Now, after three years, the woman at the center of it all is ready to tell her side of the story.

 

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Previously referred to as Emily Doe, Chanel Miller is letting her name be known in her memoir Know My Name. Miller goes through the traumatic experience of waking up in the hospital the day after all the way to the verdict that shocked the country.

But the book isn’t just a retelling of events, it is also a condemnation of the system itself. From the media to the judicial system, Miller shames these institutions for practicing in victim shaming as well as propping up Turner as a “star-athlete” rather than a sexual offender.

 

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“Rape is not a punishment for getting drunk. And we have this really sick mindset in our culture, as if you deserve rape if you drink to excess. You deserve a hangover, a really bad hangover, but you don’t deserve to have somebody insert their body parts inside of you.”

 

But through all the raw anger, Miller doesn’t portray herself as a victim, but rather a woman reclaiming her identity after being portrayed as only a victim for so long.

 

 

Know My Name is available now.

 

 

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Here’s A New Look At Demi Moore’s Memoir ‘Inside Out’

The life of actress Demi Moore perfectly captures the ups-and-downs of being a leading lady in Hollywood. Despite the extensive media coverage surrounding Moore’s multiple marriages and lengthy hiatus from filmmaking, there is still much about the actress that people don’t know. Now, Moore is ready to bare it all in her new memoir.

 

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Inside Out sees Moore reflecting on her troubled childhood and the choices she made that led her to where she is now. Moore goes in-depth into her strained relationship with her mother, who attempted suicide when she was 12. The most shocking revelation in this section is that Moore was raped when she was 15, which caused her to move out of her mother’s house at 16. This is where Moore began to pursue a career in acting, which lead to a breakout role on General Hospital that blossomed into a successful film career.

 

Demi Moore

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In an interview with The New York Times, Moore said that talking about these traumatic events gave more a new sense of vulnerability that she had never experienced before:

 

“It’s exciting, and yet I feel very vulnerable. There is no cover of a character. It’s not somebody else’s interpretation of me.”

 

 

Moore is well-known for starring in several box-office successes in the 80’s and 90’s such as About Last Night, Indecent Proposal, Ghost, and A Few Good Men, but her career stalled after a string of flops. Her marriages to both Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher were the subject of intense media scrutiny, and the high salaries that she received for her work led to public shaming by many.

 

But Moore has nothing to apologize for. In an interview with GMA, Moore is proud of her accomplishments:

 

“Why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t all women be paid equal to the quality of the work they’re doing? Just treat me the same. No better, no worse.”

 

 

Inside Out is available now.

 

 

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The Queen of England’s Personal Advisor Promises Secrets in New Book

Whether you are a fan of the royal family or not, you cannot help but want to know the inner workings of what goes on behind castle walls and sky high gates scattered with armed guards. The life of a royal remains elusive and secretive, but for the first time, the public will get an insight into the Queen herself from her right hand woman.

 

 

Angela Kelly has worked with the Queen for 25 years. She began as her Senior Dresser and now holds the new position, Personal Advisor, Curator and In-house Designer. This is the first time in history that a member of the Queen’s staff has been granted permission to write a memoir of the sort.

 

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The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, which will be released on October, 29, will highlight the minutia of the Queen’s wardrobe. We will finally learn the meaning behind the iconic monotone outfits? Why lime green?

 

The Other Side of the Coin

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The memoir will go in depth about the rituals and traditions that go into dressing the Queen for special occasions. Kelly will also share personal memories of her time with the Queen along with never before seen photos of the most famous English woman.

 

 

This book promises inside secrets and scoops for anyone interested in the fashion of the royal family or a deeper look at the jobs and people surrounding them.

 

 

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