November 20, 1992 |
The paperback version of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" has been No. 2 on the New York Times paperback best-seller list for two weeks. But for some local booksellers, the autobiography has been hot for a long time. Dawud Hakim, owner of Hakim's Bookstore in West Philadelphia, has been selling books on African and African-American history and culture for more than 30 years. For the last three, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" has been big, he said. Similarly, Njeri, owner of My Solitude bookstore in Germantown, said the autobiography has sold well since she opened her business more than seven years ago. Most of her customers who ask for books about Malcolm X are teen-agers and young adults.
April 1, 2003 |
Pete Rose is writing another autobiography. Baseball's career hits leader, who hopes commissioner Bud Selig will end his lifetime ban, has agreed to a deal with Rodale Inc., the company said yesterday. The book will be written with Rick Hill, and is scheduled for publication in March 2004. Rose's first autobiography, "Pete Rose: My Story," was issued by Macmillan Publishing Co. in 1989, 2 1/2 months after Rose agreed to the lifetime ban following an investigation of his gambling.
July 19, 2012 |
Michael Vick has an autobiography coming out in September, so the Eagles quarterback and his past crimes are back in the spotlight. Vick told USA Today that he knows dogfighting is a permanent part of his story. In one excerpt of the book posted online by USA Today, Vick writes that he grew immune to the violence and crime where he grew up, in Newport News, Va., and was more dedicated to learning dogfighting than he was to playing quarterback in Atlanta. "I became better at reading dogs than reading defenses.
July 18, 1989 |
Former President Richard Nixon says his autobiography, due next spring, will be his most personal book yet and will detail his experience of resigning the presidency. Publishers Simon & Schuster would not disclose terms of the contract, but said it plans a first printing of at least 200,000 and a major marketing campaign. The book will recount Nixon's meetings with world leaders and give advice about running for office, winning and governing. His book earnings will go to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif.
June 17, 1993 |
When Oprah Winfrey said she liked Marianne Williamson's book Return to Love, thousands of her fans ran out to buy a copy. When she gave an hour on her show to Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County, bookstores ordered several hundred thousand more copies. Now Oprah says she doesn't like a book - her own. In a dramatic move that stunned the industry, Oprah on Tuesday canceled publication of her autobiography, Oprah, just three months before it was to go on sale. "I've never seen this before in all my years in publishing - someone with a major book like this, particularly an autobiography, withdrawing it so close to publication," said Arlene Friedman, editorial director of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club, which were set to make Oprah richer than she already is. Winfrey said in a statement that it would be premature to release her book this fall.
September 12, 1999 |
Be careful when reading Been There, Done That (St. Martin's Press, $24.95). You just might come away from it feeling a little more sympathetic toward Eddie Fisher. In his autobiography, Fisher humorously recounts his life from the moment when, as a 3-year-old in South Philadelphia, he opened his mouth and a golden sound came out - a sound that would lead to a spectacular career before marital woes and drugs led to an equally spectacular fall. Fisher, who also wrote a memoir in 1981, Eddie: My Life, My Loves, said in a recent interview that he had written the new book "because I wasn't satisfied with the first one. It didn't have a lot of humor.
December 9, 1994 |
Shoppers Alert. This is the time of year when most of the Sunday newspapers devote their book review sections to holiday gift recommendations, encompassing just about every heading from art to zoology. But none to date has graced its autobiography category with what may well be the most important title of the year. It is "Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela (Little, Brown - $24.95) Surely, there's not more merit in the narcissistic reminiscences of actor Marlon Brando or trifling recollections of a colonial childhood by British novelist Penelope Lively, to name just two who have made the lists.
April 29, 1989 |
In her autobiography, "Marlene," Marlene Dietrich writes with that Teutonic detachment that can, at times, imbue her screen presence with an almost comic element. First she becomes a star, almost against her will. Why do people go on so about her legs? Then, all that money. What does she need it for? And the jealousy. All the time, everyone is jealous, causing her no end of problems. Jacques Feyder, the French director, was so maddened by the green-eyed monster that just before she was to be filmed naked in a bathtub, he broke down and begged her forgiveness.
May 9, 1991 |
The little girl was so entranced by her first trip to the theater that she refused to leave her seat when the production, The Merry Widow, was over. Her mother's pleading was to no avail. Finally, a well-meaning gentleman plucked the tyke from her seat and started to carry her out. "I won't leave!" she began to scream. "I won't leave the theater!" That little girl was Helen Hayes. "And of course," she quips in her autobiography, My Life in Three Acts, "I never did. " Who better to read the audio version (abridged to three hours, $15.95)
December 20, 2013 |
MIKE TYSON has snorted enough cocaine to line a football field. Snorted it before some fights, then used somebody else's clean urine to fool the testers. Brags about it in his new book. Snorted when he was happy, snorted when he was sad, which was most of the time. That makes him an addict. A recovering addict, because he is taking it one day at a time. Mike Tyson has been drinking since he was an infant. Cheap hooch, then. He says he prefers Hennessy's now, when he topples off the wagon.