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Tina Turner: My Husband's Incredible Offer 'Shocked Me'

The singer says Erwin Bach gave her a kidney

(Newser) - Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband, the AP reports. The 78-year-old singer says in an upcoming autobiography that she has suffered from kidney disease, and by 2016 her kidneys were at "20% and plunging rapidly." She says... More »

Boy Who Didn't Come Back From Heaven Sues Own Publisher

Alex Malarkey says he never saw a dime from book, and that late father made up near-death story

(Newser) - Alex Malarkey calls it "one of the most deceptive books ever," even though it bears his byline and that of his late father. The 20-year-old Ohio man, left paraplegic after a 2004 car crash in which his father, Kevin Malarkey, was driving, co-penned with his dad The Boy ... More »

Jagger 'Can't Remember Writing Own Autobiography'

Publisher says forgotten '80s memoir has surfaced

(Newser) - A publisher in Britain says he has the "rock 'n' roll equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls"—but he may never be able to bring it to the public. John Blake, writing in the Spectator , says that three years ago, somebody handed him a 75,000-word autobiography... More »

Bruce Springing 5 Unreleased Songs on Fans

To go with September autobiography 'Born to Run'

(Newser) - Exciting news for Springsteen fans: The Boss is coming out with an autobiography. Even more exciting news: An 18-song companion album with five unreleased vintage tracks is coming out with it, the Wall Street Journal reports. The surprise 500-page Born to Run, which the New Jersey native says he started... More »

I Was a Male Prostitute, Grave Robber: Depardieu

Actor's autobiography also says his mom tried to abort him with knitting needles

(Newser) - Gerard Depardieu—known most recently for scootering while intoxicated , defecting to Russia , and peeing on an airplane floor —apparently can't resist upstaging himself. In his new autobiography, That's the Way It Was, excerpted in the Daily Mail , the French actor ventures into what's probably TMI territory,... More »

Little House on the Prairie Memoir Promises Grittier Truth

Autobiography of late Laura Ingalls Wilder to be published

(Newser) - Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but the late author's forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic view of frontier living. Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography is slated to be released by... More »

5 Completely Nuts Revelations From Mike Tyson's Book

He used a fake penis, 'Undisputed Truth' reveals

(Newser) - Mike Tyson's autobiography came out this week, and it sounds about as crazy as you might expect. The Guardian runs down the 10 most insane revelations from the boxer's Undisputed Truth :
  • He boxed while on drugs. Cocaine and marijuana, to be exact; this happened before a 2000 fight,
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Memoir Reveals Mrs. Partridge's Threesome, and More

Shirley Jones shows sexual side in new autobiography

(Newser) - She played the Partridge Family's Mrs. Partridge, the Music Man's Marian the librarian, Oklahoma!'s farm girl Laurey ... but a decidedly raunchier side of Shirley Jones is revealed in her new self-titled autobiography, out today. The 79-year-old, who co-wrote the memoir, spends quite a bit of time... More »

Sandusky's Autobiography Helped Cops Find Victims

Questions fly over lengthy investigation

(Newser) - A simple Google search on Jerry Sandusky could have saved police a lot of time. Instead, it wasn't until a year into the investigation of Sandusky's alleged child abuse that authorities learned about his autobiography, Touched—which helped them track down four more victims. In late 2009, police... More »

Roger Ailes Pens Memoir; Leaving Fox?

News chief reportedly cutting deal with Harper Collins

(Newser) - Fox News chief Roger Ailes is reportedly writing an autobiography, which may mean he's planning to abandon the conservative media colossus he launched in 1996. After all, he could hardly publish an unvarnished tell-all while managing Fox News, writes Gabriel Sherman in New York . People like Ailes' Fox colleagues... More »

Keith Richards Wins Distinguished Memoir Prize

Bill Clinton introduces Mailer Prize-winning Rolling Stone

(Newser) - In a scene that would have made a lot of people in the '60s think they were tripping, Keith Richards stood before a highbrow crowd at a Manhattan hotel last night to accept the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography. The Rolling Stones guitarist joked, chuckled, and swore as he... More »

Assange Memoir Sells Just 644 Copies

Sales of unauthorized biography slow despite controversy

(Newser) - A war of words between Julian Assange and publisher Canongate generated plenty of free publicity for Julian Assange: The Unauthorized Autobiography but that hasn't translated into sales. The book—which the WikiLeaks founder worked on with a ghostwriter before withdrawing from the project earlier this year—sold only 644... More »

Assange Slams 'Unauthorized Autobiography'

Publisher releasing 'unfinished, erroneous draft,' WikiLeaks founder complains

(Newser) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is clashing with a British publisher over a memoir being released without his consent. The "unauthorized autobiography," which will go on sale in the UK today, is being published because Assange used a $500,000 advance to pay his legal bills then withdrew from... More »

Cheney Still Hasn't Learned From Iraq

Autobiography shows he remained willing to act on weak intelligence: Bob Woodward

(Newser) - The “missing” WMDs in Iraq taught us a lesson: Don’t act on intelligence unless you’re 100% sure of it. Dick Cheney apparently missed that little tidbit, writes Bob Woodward after perusing the former veep’s new memoir. In In My Time, Cheney says he was the “... More »

Sugar Ray Leonard: Coach Sexually Abused Me

Boxer reveals story in upcoming autobiography

(Newser) - Sugar Ray Leonard was sexually abused by his coach, the boxer reveals in an upcoming memoir. Leonard doesn’t name the trainer, calling him simply a “prominent Olympic boxing coach,” but he discusses multiple incidents in the Big Fight, due out next month, the New York Times reports.... More »

In 1995 Memoir, Obama Predicted His Problems as Prez

He remembers being warned that people wouldn't like him

(Newser) - Pundits love to offer up psychological assessments of the president, writes Walter Shapiro on Politics Daily , but few of them think to return to Barack Obama’s own autobiography, Dreams From My Father. Shapiro, reading the book for the first time, finds that no one could have predicted Obama’s... More »

Chivalry Isn't Dead: It Lives in ... Keith Richards

Maureen Dowd likes the rock star's treatment of women

(Newser) - In the midst of what she sees as a lousy—in fact, downright misogynistic—year for women, Maureen Dowd finds salvation in an unlikely source: Keith Richards. His "chivalrous voice" comes through in his new autobiography, in which he recalls the teenage groupies who threw themselves at the group... More »

Obama's Dad Was No 'Radical'

'Anti-colonialist' accusations misunderstand father and son

(Newser) - Those who suggest Barack Obama is a “rabid anti-colonialist” based on impressions of his father are way off the mark about both father and son, writes Bruce L.R. Smith in the Washington Post . Dinesh D’Souza recently argued that “the president inherited political radicalism from his father.... More »

Coming Soon: Rumsfeld, Uncensored

You go to press with the book you have, not the book they want you to have

(Newser) - Donald Rumsfeld is going to add another title to his lengthy resume: Author. And it's not likely to be some whitewashed version of his controversial oversight of the Iraq war, but rather the two-time defense secretary's very blunt take, notes Ben Smith on Politico. Proof? When Known and Unknown... More »

100 Years Later, Mark Twain Finally Tells All

Per his dying wish, autobiography to be published this year

(Newser) - A century after his death, Mark Twain remains a master at stirring up interest in his books: It was the author's dying wish that his lengthy and revealing autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death—which happens to be this year. The 5,000 pages he left... More »

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