It’s been three months of quarantine. I’ve made each type of dinner possible at least five times. ... My creativity is running thin, but my appetite for a change in food is growing. It’s about time for a radical change.
When I think of summer reads, I think of the typical “chick-lit” with the hunky love interest and over-the-top romance. What I always forget about are the many other genres that are perfect to take off to the beach to read or even listen to while I quickly burn to a crisp. Over the last two years, autobiography has become one of my favorite genres, and I love listening to them – especially when they’re narrated by the authors. So here is my list of those perfect, inspiring autobiographies you need to be adding to your Audible or Libro.fm wishlist for summer.
1. Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler
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If you’re a lover of Chelsea, you know her previous books have been all about how much of a hot mess her life is. They are jam packed with jokes, horror stories, and the occasional (frequent) hook-up. Her entire persona has been built up around her propensity to drink and get high and laid. I would love to say this book paints Chelsea as having it more together, but the truth is it highlights how much she doesn’t have it together… how much none of us really have it together. If you read the book, you do get to see all of the pictures of her dogs, friends, and family, but her narration adds another layer to the story she is telling in this book. Her voice cracks, you can hear her smile, and you get that authentic note of sarcasm in her tone that you may just miss in the book. If you’re wary, don’t be! The audio is under six hours, and it is all jam-packed with emotions. Warning: have some tissues ready, as you will unexpectedly be going to therapy with her.
2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
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Let’s face it: when we saw Michelle Obama as First Lady, she was never anything other than elegant and graceful. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where her story starts, look no further! In her book, she recounts the major events in her life from growing up in a working class African American household in Chicago, to heading off to Harvard Law School, and eventually taking up residence at the most popular address in all of these United States. Through the narration, one thing remains certain: Michelle Obama maintains that same elegance and grace we came to love. She comes off so down to earth and at the same time you can tell she doesn’t take any crap. I absolutely adored reading about her adventures as daughter, student, wife, mother, and eventually First Lady. She even touches on returning to “normal” life once their stay at the White House was over. If you want a little insight as to what goes on behind closed doors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, this book is perfect for that, too!
3. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
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In 2000, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel took us by storm as the mother-daughter-duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. But just how did Lauren Graham find her way to that fateful day? Well, you can find out by picking up this book! In this book, Lauren recounts all of her tales from trying to make it as an actress in New York City, to struggling as an actress in New York City, to finally landing Gilmore Girls, to life after the show, and, finally, returning to Stars Hollow one last (maybe) time. As Lauren would say here, the ending of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life does end on a cliffhanger. If you aren’t a fan of Gilmore Girls, you can still find a lot of value in this book. She has advice for writers, advice for not dieting, and advice on what the appropriate tip is for when someone returns your backpack full of cocaine completely intact. Her reflections on her early acting career are amazing, and aspiring actors and actresses will definitely find this part of the story helpful. If you’re struggling to keep your current written project active (and struggling with finding that time to do so), she will guide you on how to do that exactly. In this book, Lauren proves how well she has taken on the mothering persona of Lorelai, giving us all the motherly advice we need wedged into the four and half hours of this audiobook! Fans of Gilmore Girls, you may even forget it isn’t Lorelai narrating this story. You should beware: there are some spoilers for Gilmore GIrls: A Year in the Life if you haven’t watched that yet.
4. It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad by Josh Wolf
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Josh Wolf is a devout Patriots fan, but we won’t hold that against him as he recounts the funniest, most embarrassing tales of single fatherhood. We talk so much about single moms, who always seem to have it much more together than they should, but Josh makes it clear single dads are sometimes hanging on by a thread. He works his way through the early days, trying to find sitters so he can go on dates, to trying to find any kind of job so he can feed his children, even running an underground sandwich shop out of his kitchen! If you’re looking for a laugh, you have come to the right book. Josh Wolf is sure to keep you in stitches as he recounts a slew of stories in which each one is more hilarious than the last.
5. Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna
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Another comedian, another fantastic audiobook! Sarah Colonna is hilarious, and you may remember her from her time on Chelsea Lately as a reoccurring comedian on the roundtable. In this book, she not only talks about some of the hook-ups that have gone south, but she also touches on all of the things in her single life before finding love in a Seattle Seahawks kicker, Jon Ryan. When she penned the book, she wasn’t trying to make anyone feel bad about being single or not finding love on the timetable that is given to us. Instead, she was trying to get the world to understand that it is okay to be single and ask for a table for one. She didn’t know that by the end of her book it would happen for her. The truth is no one ever knows what is going to happen; things just need time to happen. But don’t fret! Sarah will keep you laughing and crying all the way to end. Reading her memoir blew me away! Let it take you away for a few hours, too.
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The novel follows former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic forensic detective who retired after a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. However, a mysterious killer pops up on his radar, “Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims — if Rhyme can decipher them in time”.
Previously, a 1999 film directed by Phillip Noyce was released, however with a reportedly $48 million dollar budget, the film only managed to make $151.5 million. Despite being number one at the box office opening weekend. Despite the financial gain, the film received mixed to negative review. A notable review from Common Sense Media said that the film, “is diverting enough, though it feels like a franchise that never got off the ground”.
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The film never got a sequel, but a new adaption is in the works. According to Variety, the The Bone Collector will “a a co-production between Sony, Universal Television” and is set for the 2019/2020 season of NBC.
Writing the series will be VJ Boyd…
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Set to star in the show is Russell Hornsby, according to Deadline. Previously he was Lyons in the Academy Award’s Best Picture Nominee Fences, Viktor Drago’s promoter Buddy Marcelle in Creed II, and previously worked with NBC when he played Detective Hank Griffin on Grimm.
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Along side Hornsby will be Arielle Kebbel as Amelia Grace Sachs, a police detective who initially discovers the first victim’s body and ends up helping Lincoln Rhyme keeps his head on his shoulders. Previously Arielle Kebbel has appeared as Lindsay Anne Lister Forester on Gilmore Girls and Avery Banks / Gabrielle in the TV show The Grinder.
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The Inquisitor write that “[t]he character is described as ;extremely bright’ and someone who ‘can hold her own in any situation’.”
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We also have Michael Imperioli, best know for his role as Christopher Moltianti on HBO’s The Sopranos, who has flipped sides. He’ll play NYPD detective Rick Sellitto, Lincoln’s partner. With the 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy award, he’s a great addition to the cast.
Word is mum on any new information, but we still have time until the show premieres, whenever it premieres. Time will tell if the second adaptation will be a hit!
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