7 Fall Bios

 

Not yet available for review, these Hollywood-centric memoirs nonetheless promise plenty of kiss-and-tell prose.

My Mother Was Nuts
Penny Marshall, New Harvest/Amazon, 352 pages, Sept. 18

Who: The sitcom icon (Laverne & Shirley) turned acclaimed director (Big, Awakenings, A League of Their Own). What It's About: With her amazing career, status as a trailblazing female director (first to gross $100 million, an Academy Award nom) and famous friends (Carrie Fisher), ex-husband (Rob Reiner) and relatives (brother Garry, the producer-director), this book should have it all. Marshall promises honesty, and if the book is half as good as the announcement, which was funny and poignant, it will be great. Potential dish: ♦

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll
Ann & Nancy Wilson, It Books, 288 pages, Sept. 18

Who: The sisters who led the celebrated hard-rock band Heart. What It's About: While not exactly recluses, the Wilsons have talked little about their private lives. Now they are opening up on everything from being the rare female stars in the male-dominated world of 1970s and '80s hard rock to Ann's alcoholism to Nancy's failed marriage to filmmaker Cameron Crowe. "You'll be surprised at the raucousness of it all," touts Ann. Potential dish:

The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest For the Courage to Settle Down
Andrew McCarthy, Free Press, 288 pages, Sept. 18

Who: The sensitive '80s teen idol (Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire). What It's About: The actor explores why he kept everyone -- family, friends, a fiancee -- at an emotional distance. A promising early excerpt, which had him confronting his fear of marriage by scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro, suggests comparisons to fellow '80s idol Rob Lowe's well-reviewed hit, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Potential dish:

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Simon & Schuster, 656 pages, Oct. 1

Who: Bodybuilder, actor, governor, Kennedy-by-marriage. What It's About: A fascinating life? Absolutely. Total recall? Probably not. Details on what's here are scarce, and Schwarzenegger seems too image-obsessed to offer a real peek at his mythical rise as an actor, his savvy business dealings and the reckless affairs that broke up his marriage to Maria Shriver. Potential dish:

Waging Heavy Peace
Neil Young, Blue Rider Press, 512 pages, Oct. 2

Who: The rock legend involved in the hit groups Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and with his band Crazy Horse. What It's About: Early buzz on this long-anticipated memoir is high after Young previewed an excerpt in May. He describes it as more "like a diary and a projection" than a straight memoir. Given his skill as a lyricist and his reputation for being one of the most literate rockers, this could be in the league of Dylan's Chronicle. Potential dish:

Who Am I: A Memoir
Pete Townshend, Harper, 512 pages, Oct. 8

Who: The Who frontman and rock icon.

What It's About: The combination of his been-everywhere-done-everything life, incredible talent (No. 10 on Rolling Stone's list of greatest guitarists) and inside look at '60s stars such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix has fans excited. Although he reportedly has been writing his memoirs off and on for 20 years, the buzz about other rock memoirs seems to have gotten his competitive juices flowing. He recently dissed Keith Richards' well-regarded Life for dwelling on Mick Jagger's small penis. Potential dish:

Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
Peter Criss, Scribner, 384 pages, Oct. 23

Who: The Kiss drummer in the cat makeup. What It's About: An insider's look at the hard-rocking and heavily made-up '70s superband legendary for its hard partying and long-running internal feuds. The book also will delve into Criss' drug abuse, suicide attempts, broken marriages and battle with male breast cancer. Potential dish:

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