A Summer Reading List Includes Tasty Memoirs

A Summer Reading List Includes Tasty Memoirs
My hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, devoted a full page of its Sunday books section of recommended summer reading to biographies and memoirs. If you like retrospecs on American icons, this is your summer.
The autobiographies the Trib recommends are:
All In: From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ, by poker’s Jerry Yang with Mark Tabb
If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t), by everyone’s favorite senior Betty White
Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank Sinatra, by fourth wife Barbara Sinatra
Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,??? by film critic Jeffrey Lyons
Witnesses to an extreme Century, by phistorian and psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, a memoir sequel by Alexandra Fuller
This is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx, another memoir sequel, this time by the Motley Crue bass player
The recommended biographies are:
Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast, by Andrew E. Kersten
David Bowie: Starman, by Paul Trynka
Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, by Willard Sterne Randall
Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth
Reagan’s Journey: Lessons From a Remarkable Career, by Margot Morrell
Stan Musial: An American Life, by George Vecsey
Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir, by novelist Oscare Hijuelos
The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH, by one-time Dodgers player Shawn Green with Gordon McAlpine
What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, by Ricky Riccardi
Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, by Don Van Natta, Jr.
Happy reading!

My hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, devoted a full page of its Sunday books section of recommended summer reading to biographies and memoirs. If you like retrospecs on American icons, this is your summer.

The autobiographies the Trib recommends are:

  • All In: From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ, by poker’s Jerry Yang with Mark Tabb
  • If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t), by everyone’s favorite senior Betty White
  • Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank Sinatra, by fourth wife Barbara Sinatra
  • Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den,??? by film critic Jeffrey Lyons
  • Witnesses to an extreme Century, by historian and psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, a memoir sequel by Alexandra Fuller
  • This is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx, another memoir sequel, this time by the Motley Crue bass player

The recommended biographies are:

  • Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast, by Andrew E. Kersten
  • David Bowie: Starman, by Paul Trynka
  • Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, by Willard Sterne Randall
  • Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth
  • Reagan’s Journey: Lessons From a Remarkable Career, by Margot Morrell
  • Stan Musial: An American Life, by George Vecsey
  • Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir, by novelist Oscare Hijuelos
  • The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH, by one-time Dodgers player Shawn Green with Gordon McAlpine
  • What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, by Ricky Riccardi
  • Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, by Don Van Natta, Jr.

Happy reading!