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April Memoirs

April Memoirs

THE WEEPY HIT: Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love
(Grand Central Publishing, April 14) by Matthew Logelin

Even the one-sentence description will make you cry: In 2008, high school sweethearts Matt and Liz Logelin welcomed their first child, but Liz died suddenly of an embolism 27 hours later, and the unprepared and grief-stricken Matt was left to raise their daughter, Madeline, alone. The book is part memoir of their courtship and part the story of the struggles of a single dad. Heartbreaking, raw, moving and uplifting at the same time. With strong buzz, a large first printing and good support from Grand Central, expect Two Kisses to get a lot of (deserved) attention.

THANK GOD SHE DIDN'T GO WITH 'GOOP':
My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness
(Grand Central Life & Style, April 13) by Gwyneth Paltrow

Part cookbook, part memoir, Paltrow mixes stories about her late father with her favorite family recipes. Cooking was a favorite father-daughter activity for Paltrow and her dad, Bruce, and the book brims with genuine love and affection. A perfect Father's Day gift from a daughter to a dad.

AS MANY MEMOIRS AS LIVES:
I'm Over All That: And Other Confessions
(Atria, April 5) by Shirley MacLaine

MacLaine mixes telling us about the things she's over (people repeating themselves, celebrity, rude youth) with stories about her Hollywood pals (Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Jack Nicholson). She might be the butt of late-night jokes, but her previous 10 books have sold about 20 million copies worldwide. We're pretty sure royalty checks aren't one of those things she's over.