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’Tis the season for autobiographies: Celebrity memoirs for your gift list or holiday reading

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By Patricia Corrigan

This article is reprinted by permission from  .

Paul McCartney. Dave Grohl. Bruce Springsteen.

All three legendary musicians have new books out, sure to please their many fans. Springsteen paired up with a fellow named Barack Obama in “Renegades: Born in the USA,” touted as a collaboration between two longtime friends in “an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America.”

In “The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music,” Grohl chronicles his life’s journey. “The drummer for Nirvana and the frontman for the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl’s friendly vibe makes us all sure he would be our best friend,” says Jessilynn Norcross, co-owner with her husband Matt at  McLean and Eakin Booksellers  in Petoskey, Mich.

As for McCartney’s “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present,” Norcross has dubbed it “the 800-pound gorilla of holiday celebrity bios.” She predicts the two-volume set that so clearly illustrates McCartney’s genius will appeal to a wide range of ages.

“Still, this title is making independent booksellers across the country a bit nervous because we’re walking a tightrope when it comes to how many to order. We don’t want to be stuck with lots left over — but if we run out, the shortages in the supply chain will be an issue,” Norcross said.

Another great gift for Beatles fans might be “The Beatles: Get Back,” a photo-filled account of the making of “Let It Be.” The book’s publication coincides with the release of Peter Jackson’s documentary feature film of the same name on Disney +.

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Fans of the late superstar singer Whitney Houston need to know that Gerrick Kennedy’s book “Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston” will be published early in February.

With that and other future titles in mind, remember that a gift card from your local bookstore makes a thoughtful present this holiday season.

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Ron Howard, Billie Jean King and Mel Brooks tell their stories

Celebrities outside the music world also have penned recent memoirs. Actor and director Ron Howard and his brother, actor Clint Howard, tell their story in “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.” In widespread ads for the book, Tom Hanks endorses it, noting it “will surprise every reader with its humanity.”

Tennis legend Billie Jean King — the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom — recounts her brilliant career in “All In: An Autobiography.” And Gloria Steinem wrote the foreword for a new book eagerly awaited by art lovers: “The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago.”

“Everybody’s talking about two new books on Anthony Bourdain, and I’m excited about both of them,” says John LeDonne, the adult book buyer at  Gibson’s Bookstore  in Concord, N.H. The books are “In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain” by Tom Vitale, a director and producer on Bourdain’s television shows, and “Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography” by Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s longtime assistant.  

For history buffs, LeDonne recommends “Churchill’s Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill” by Geoffrey Wheatcroft. On the lighter side, LeDonne also looks forward to reading funnyman Mel Brooks’ “All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business” and actor Bob Odenkirk’s new book “Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: a Memoir,” due out in March.

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