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Carsick
Carsick
by John Waters
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A cross-country hitchhiking journey with Americas most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “Im Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from... (read more)

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Bossypants
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
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Before Liz Lemon, before Weekend Update, before Sarah Palin, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she... (read more)

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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
by Craig Ferguson
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In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through... (read more)

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Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty
Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty
by Diane Keaton
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Diane Keaton is the New York Times bestselling author of Then Again, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times, People, and Vogue. She has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including... (read more)

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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
by Peter Evans
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The wickedly candid andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestesller that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetimeand#8212;and#8220;the heartbreaking memoir of the ultimate heartbreakerand#8221; andlt;iandgt;(Philadelphia Inquirer).andlt... (read more)

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Bossypants
Bossypants
by Tina Fey
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Readers sometimes lower the bar when it comes to the quality of celebrity memoirs, but, in this case, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Tina Fey is a legitimately talented writer, and the stories from her personal life are just as zany and... (read more)

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
Home: A Memoir of My Early Years
by Julie Andrews
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"A frank, intriguing memoir." --People "Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos." --The New York Times Book Review "Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45... (read more)

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John Wayne: The Life and Legend
John Wayne: The Life and Legend
by Scott Eyman
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John Wayne was one of Hollywoodand#8217;s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. He epitomized the Western film, which for many people epitomized America. He identified with conservative... (read more)

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Helen Mirren: In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures
Helen Mirren: In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures
by Helen Mirren
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Helen Mirren has been an internationally ac-claimed actress -- and the recipient of many awards, transferring between stage, cinema and television -- for over 40 years. Known in her youth for a forthright style, a liberated attitude and a bohemian... (read more)

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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
by Richard Rhodes
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What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different... (read more)

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A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York
by Anjelica Huston
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Writing with an exuberant love of language and detail, Anjelica Huston shares her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming-of-age as a model and nascent actress in New York. Living with her glamorous and artistic... (read more)

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Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin
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A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In... (read more)

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Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr
Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr
by Stephen Michael Shearer
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Hedy Lamarrs exotic beauty was heralded across Europe in the early 1930s. Yet she became infamous for her nude scenes in the scandalous movie Ecstasy. Trapped in a marriage to one of Austrias munitions barons, a friend of Mussolinis who... (read more)

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Images: My Life in Film
Images: My Life in Film
by Ingmar Bergman
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Ingmar Bergman’s career spanned forty years as he produced more than fifty films, many of which are considered classics. When he began this book, Bergman had not seen most of his movies since he made them. Resorting to scripts and working notebooks,... (read more)

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Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes
Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes
by Mary Tyler Moore
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With generosity of spirit, ebullience, and sly humor, Mary Tyler Moore presents the intensely private, often funny, and sometimes startling story of her life with diabetes. Growing Up Again is a delightfully candid read for her legion of fans, the more... (read more)

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Coreyography: A Memoir
Coreyography: A Memoir
by Corey Feldman
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"Spares no details." —Starred Publishers Weekly Review “An incredible read.” —Richard Donner, Director "People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the... (read more)

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My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
by Peter Biskind
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In the last years of his life, Orson Welles lunched regularly with his tiny dog Kiki and his good friend Henry Jaglom. They talked about everything: the past, the projects that Welles was planning right up until his death, friends, rivals, lovers, film... (read more)

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The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography
The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography
by Chris Elliott
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and#147;This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker.and#8221; and#151;David Pitt, Booklist Is Chris Elliott a highly successful and beloved comedianand#151;or a slightly dim-witted notalent from a celebrity... (read more)

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Lucky Me: My Life With--And Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine
Lucky Me: My Life With--And Without--My Mom, Shirley MacLaine
by Sachi Parker
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Sachi Parker opens up about her unconventional childhood and shares stories from her past as the only child of famed actress Shirley MacLaine.   Shirley MacLaine has graced Hollywood with her talent for decades. Yet, as Sachi Parker can attest... (read more)

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My Mother Was Nuts (12 Edition)
My Mother Was Nuts (12 Edition)
by Penny Marshall
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Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in... (read more)

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