5 Books with Buzz: Memoirs & Nonfiction

#WeekendReads. From the Boss’s much-anticipated autobiography to the behind-the-scenes investigation of Jian Ghomeshi, here are five must-reads for your fall list.

 

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BORN TO RUN (Simon & Schuster) by Bruce Springsteen

The self-made, everyman rock star tells all in his much-anticipated autobiography. Penned over a seven year period – sans ghost-writer – the Boss gets up close and personal about his childhood inspiration, the evolution of his music, family life, his father’s illness and more recently, his own battle with depression in his 60s.

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THE FRENCH CHEF IN AMERICA: JULIA CHILD’S SECOND ACT (Penguin Random House) by Alex Prud’Homme

In this follow up to Julia Child’s memoir My Life in France, Alex Prud’Homme, Julia’s great-nephew, writes about how it was only in middle age that she found her true voice and launched her television career to become the world’s original celebrity chef and America’s First Lady of French food.

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SECRET LIFE: THE JIAN GHOMESHI INVESTIGATION (Goose Lane) by Kevin Donovan

It was a scandal that took the nation by firestorm. Toronto Star investigative reporter Kevin Donovan gives a behind-the-scenes account about his newspaper’s investigation into sexual abuse allegations against then-CBC superstar Jian Ghomeshi.

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BOLSHOI CONFIDENTIAL: SECRETS OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET FROM THE RULE OF THE TSARS TO TODAY (Knopf) by Simon Morrison

In 2013, artistic director for the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin, was nearly blinded after acid was thrown in his face in an attack arranged by one of his solo dancers (who was angry at Filin for not casting his girlfriend in lead roles). Shocked by the incident, Morrison, a music professor at Princeton University, assembled a sweeping historical account of the dysfunctional and violent world of one of the most venerable and storied ballet companies.

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RUTH BADER GINSBURG: MY OWN WORDS (Simon & Schuster) by Ruth Bader Ginsberg

In her first book since becoming Supreme Court Justice in 1993, Justice Ginsberg gives her insights on wide-ranging topics from the background of groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions to gender equality, Jewish life and popular culture and opera.