Performing Arts Essentials: Books by Cumming, Dunham, Lear, & Poehler | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3

Cumming, Alan. Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir. Dey: HarperCollins. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062225061. $26.99. MEMOIR
A star of stage and screen who broke our hearts with his Tony Award–winning portrayal of the cummingalan Performing Arts Essentials: Books by Cumming, Dunham, Lear, & Poehler | Barbaras Picks, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3Emcee in 1998’s Cabaret—and is doing so again on Broadway now—Cumming here offers a totally unexpected memoir. At the time he was asked to appear on Who Do You Think You Are?, a popular celebrity genealogy show aired by the BBC, Cumming discovered some earthshaking family secrets—and not just about his maternal grandfather, a World War II hero lost somewhere in the East. Here he reveals all in forthright, emotionally unguarded language. Heart-wrenching yet with passages featuring Cumming’s acid, insightful wit; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Dunham, Lena. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” Random. Oct. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780812994995. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812995008. CD: Random Penguin Audio. ESSAYS/HUMOR
If you’ve seen the high-flying and critically admired HBO series, Girls, for which Dunham serves as creator, star, writer, director, and executive producer, you won’t be surprised that this collection of autobiographical essays is really out-there honest—and not just about Dunham’s having to win the approval of a bunch of fiftyish male Hollywood bigwigs. Here you’ll find reports of friendship, dieting, and college-age existential flip-outs. Already being talked about; the subtitle may change.

Lear, Norman. Even This I Get To Experience. Penguin Pr. Oct. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9781594205729. $32.95. CD: Penguin Audio. AUTOBIOGRAPHY/PERFORMING ARTS
Lear famously created some of the most significant series in television history, among them All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude (his shows were seen by 120 million viewers per week during the 1970s). He also takes his political activism seriously, having founded People for the American Way, a national organization that protects civil liberties. Here he presents an amazing life story, from flying 50 bombing missions over Germany with the Fifteenth Air Force during World War II to buying an original copy of the Declaration of Independence that he shares regularly at schools, libraries, and public institutions nationwide.

Poehler, Amy. Untitled. Dey: HarperCollins. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062225061. $28.99. CD: HarperAudio. HUMOR/ESSAYS
The beloved Poehler isn’t just a funny performer; she’s a funny writer, having been producing her own material since her career launched in the 1990s. Now she’s offering her first book, whose acquisition caused a storm of interest. Billed as the perfect companion to her buddy Tina Fey’s Bossypants, which has sold over a million copies across formats; with a 500,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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