Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2013, Pt: 4: Four Lighthearted Memoirs

Dolman, Paul Samuel. Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist’s Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha’s Vineyard. Gotham Bks: Penguin Group (USA). Jun. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9781592408269. $22.50. MEMOIR
Hitchhiking one summer on Martha’s Vineyard, where he was summering somewhat ruefully with his parents, Dolman was picked up by comedy star Larry David. Here he recounts deep talks with David (who says, “If I’d only known, I would’ve been wittier”) and others rich and poor, famous (David McCullough!) and not, whom he met while thumbing rides on the island. The self-published edition of this book sold over 5000 copies. Sounds like fun.

Hardy, Ed & Joel Selvin. Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos. Thomas Dunne Bks: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9781250008824. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781250021076. MEMOIR
Hardy is known for his swirly, twirly, edgy, angsty, colorful designs on accessories from t-shirts to shoes—and, of course, for his tattoos, where he got his start as a groundbreaking cultural artist. This personal memoir cum business history has lots of illustrations, plus two eight-page color inserts—the least one would expect!

Troost, J. Maarten. Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story. Gotham Bks: Penguin Group (USA). Jun. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9781592407897. $26. MEMOIR
Folks who loved The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Troost’s tale of his sojourn in the South Pacific (not quite paradise), will anticipate his new work. After conquering alcoholism through rehab, Troost determines to return to the South Pacific, following Robert Louis Stevenson’s trail to the Marquesas, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, the Gilberts, and Samoa. A built-in audience.

Willan, Anne. One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. St. Martin’s. 320p. ISBN 9780312642174. $27.95. MEMOIR
English-born Willan founded the famed La Varenne Cooking School and with Julia Child was instrumental in bringing the art of French cooking to English-speaking cooks. Here she recalls frothy-as-a-soufflé stories about the famous folks she’s met while besting the French male cooking establishment at their own game. For foodies everywhere.



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Barbara Hoffert (, @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, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.