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AMC Working on Miniseries About Journalist David Carr

With Bob Odenkirk of 'Better Call Saul' playing Carr

(Newser) - A new AMC miniseries will bring the story of the late New York Times writer David Carr onto the small screen, the AP reports. The network is teaming up with Sony Pictures Television to develop a six-episode miniseries on Carr, based on his 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun ... More »

Prince Started Memoir a Month Before He Died

He reportedly had about 50 pages done

(Newser) - The death of Prince on Thursday means we may never get to hear his fascinating life story in his own inimitable words. TMZ reports the pop superstar had started work on a memoir just last month and had finished about 50 pages. The memoir, announced by Prince at a concert,... More »

Jaycee Dugard's Next Book Will Delve Into Her New Life

New memoir is coming out July 12

(Newser) - After writing a best-seller about her 18 years in captivity, Jaycee Lee Dugard is working on a book about the joys and challenges that followed. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that it has acquired Dugard's Freedom: My Book of Firsts, scheduled for release July 12. The book will focus... More »

Peek Inside Teresa Giudice's Prison Memoir

It involves a lot of lesbian sex

(Newser) - Most people who get sent to prison for fraud don't come out of it with a book deal, but most people aren't Teresa Giudice. Yes, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is out next week with a memoir of her year in prison, Turning the Tables [... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Is Writing a Memoir

With the help of Buzz Bissinger

(Newser) - The inevitable Caitlyn Jenner book deal has arrived. Jenner will write her memoir with the help of Buzz Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote Friday Night Lights in 1990—and who also wrote the Vanity Fair cover story in which "Cait" debuted. Bissinger says he's a "... More »

Oprah Winfrey Is Publishing Her Memoir

And you better believe it's going to be inspirational

(Newser) - You get an inspirational life story! You get an inspirational life story! Everybody gets an inspirational life story! That's right, Oprah Winfrey is finally releasing her long-awaited memoir, which she says will use "her own story as the source of inspirational advice," USA Today reports. Flatiron Books... More »

Bacteria Took Part of His Face; Then His Parents Left

Abandoned as a baby, Howard Shulman describes journey to reunion

(Newser) - As a child, Howard Shulman bounced from family to family as a ward of New Jersey, enduring close to a hundred operations. Suffering from a rare bacterial infection that ate away at half of his face as a newborn, Shulman—or as he became known to the state, XUG-905—was... More »

Upper East Side Exposé Maybe Not So Factual

'Primates of Park Avenue' will get a clarifying note

(Newser) - In its description of a highly publicized exposé on Upper East Side housewives, publishing giant Simon & Schuster notes that author Wednesday Martin compares "mothers’ snobbiness at school drop-off ... to olive baboons." Now, less than a week after the publication of Primates of Park Avenue , the New York ... More »

Stan Lee Releasing a Most Appropriate Memoir

Marvel Comics icon's book will be a comic book

(Newser) - Stan Lee is publishing a memoir—and, of course, it will be in the form of a graphic novel. Lee, 92, the former head of Marvel Comics and creator of such iconic comic book (and now major motion picture) characters as Spider-Man and the X-Men, says in a statement that... More »

2 of Ariel Castro's Victims Finally Tell Their Story

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus go public for first time with new memoir

(Newser) - The nightmare of captivity ended for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight on May 6, 2013, when the women were freed from Ariel Castro's Cleveland home . Berry and DeJesus now describe their ordeal in a 321-page memoir out today. Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland marks the... More »

Let Lena Dunham Tell Her Story

It may be 'weird,' but she's entitled to her own narrative: bloggers

(Newser) - Lena Dunham opened up a Pandora's box of controversy when she recounted touching her sister's vagina as a child, in her telling an event that "was within the spectrum of things that I did." The right exploded with accusations of sexual abuse, Dunham punched back , but... More »

Wendy Davis Reveals Abortion in Memoir

Defender of abortion rights discloses decision made on medical grounds

(Newser) - Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis ' new memoir is dedicated in part to daughters Amber, Dru, and Tate, and those familiar with Davis' life story might be puzzled by the last name on that list. That's because Davis is revealing for the first time that Tate is the unborn... More »

Author of Fake Holocaust Memoir Loses $22.5M Case

Misha Defonseca claimed she spent WWII with pack of wolves

(Newser) - A woman who made up a best-selling memoir about spending her World War II childhood living with wolves in Europe's forests after her parents were arrested by the Nazis has been ordered to repay her publisher a whopping $22.5 million. After an earlier legal dispute with Misha Defonseca... More »

Robert Gates: Obama Bashing 'Was Not Unfair'

Former defense secretary takes on backlash over 'Duty'

(Newser) - Robert Gates today took on the backlash that greeted his memoir, Duty, Politico reports, saying that his criticisms of the Obama administration were relatively restrained and justified. "My one concern was that over the course of 2010 and early 2011, the president began to have his own reservations about... More »

Gates Book: Obama Lost Faith in Own Afghan Strategy

Ex-defense chief also admires Hillary but thinks Joe Biden is wrong, a lot

(Newser) - A memoir by former defense chief Robert Gates alleges that President Obama lost faith in his own Afghanistan mission, according to accounts in the New York Times and Washington Post . Gates recalls a meeting in 2011 in which Obama expresses frustration with Gen. David Petraeus and Hamid Karzai: “As... More »

1858 Memoir by Black Inmate Found at Estate Sale

Yale acquires it, says it's the earliest such book on record

(Newser) - Someone poking around an estate sale in Rochester, NY, stumbled across an 1858 manuscript that has turned out to own a small niche in history—it's the earliest known prison memoir written by an African-American, reports the AP . Yale has acquired the 304-page memoir, titled The Life and Adventures ... More »

Cleveland Kidnap Victim Is Writing a Book

Michelle Knight has book deal, memoir out next spring

(Newser) - One of the three young women held captive for years in a Cleveland house has a book deal. Michelle Knight's memoir is scheduled to come out next spring, publisher Weinstein Books announced today. The book is currently untitled and will be co-written by Michelle Burford, who worked on Olympic... More »

Cheney: I Thought I Had Reached 'End of My Days'

Describes health struggles, near-death experience in 2010

(Newser) - Dick Cheney's 2011 memoir may have delved into his many health problems, but it barely scratched the surface compared with his latest book. Written with his cardiologist, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey explains that Cheney was so near death in 2010—after five heart attacks and multiple surgeries—he... More »

Elizabeth Smart Details Wrenching Near-Rescues

Memoir is out today

(Newser) - Minutes after 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her bedroom in the dead of night, a police cruiser idled by along a neighborhood street as she was forced to the ground at knifepoint. "Move and I will kill you!" her captor hissed. It was one of several fleeting... More »

Woman Reads Library Book, Realizes Author Is Her Sister

Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir brings women together

(Newser) - What many of us end up with after checking a book out of the library: a fine for returning it late. What one woman ended up with: a long-lost half sister. That woman isn't named by NPR , who spoke to author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is a memoir of her... More »

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