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‘The Metamorphosis of Birds’ Review: A Magical Realist Family Memoir

It began, we must suppose, with the letters. Director Catarina Vasconcelos’ grandfather Henrique was a Portuguese sailor gone for long, homesick periods from his children and his wife, Triz. They wrote letters back and forth, but Henrique ordered the correspondence burned upon his death. His children, all grown with children of their own, reluctantly complied, respectful of his wishes while heartsore at their parents’ words going up in smoke. Vasconcelos’ beautifully pensive, lyrical debut feels like an attempt to unburn those letters, to fill in the gaps between memories with fantasy and fiction, and so to regain lost lives for a moment, the way, by spooling a loop of film backwards, she can reattach a plucked leaf to a branch.

“The Metamorphosis of Birds” is difficult to categorize, as a hybrid of memoir, metafiction, family history and gorgeously shot 16mm art installation. But that those distinctions are hazy is only

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Barack Obama’s Memoir Sells Over 1.7 Million Copies in First Week

Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold 1,710,443 units in its first week, publisher Penguin Random House announced on Tuesday.

The book, published through Penguin Random House’s Crown imprint, sold 887,000 units in all formats on its publishing date last Tuesday. The total numbers reflect sales across the United States and Canada.

The only Penguin Random House book that comes close to those launch date numbers is also an Obama memoir. “Becoming,” the memoir former first lady Michelle Obama released back in 2018, moved 725,000 by launch day and has since gone on to sell 10 million copies.

The publisher also noted Tuesday that the hefty memoir from the former president is doing well overseas. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, “A Promised Land” sold almost 150,000 units across all formats in its first five days of

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Obama memoir sells a record 1.7 million copies in first week

Former President Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week, roughly equal to the combined first week sales of memoirs by his two immediate predecessors and among the highest ever for a nonfiction book.

Crown announced Tuesday that it had increased its initial print run from 3.4 million copies to 4.3 million. Sales also include audio and digital books.

“A Promised Land,” the first of two planned volumes, was published Nov. 17 and sold nearly 890,000 copies just in its first day. Among former White House residents, only Obama’s wife Michelle approaches his popularity as a writer. Her “Becoming,” published in 2018, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is currently in the top 20 on Amazon.com.

George W. Bush’s “Decision Points” sold 775,000 copies its first week and Bill Clinton’s “My Life” topped 1 million in eight

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adaptation of J.D Vance’s memoir underachieves

“Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir, won praise for its insight into the forgotten folk whose poverty and hopelessness prompted them to embrace Donald Trump as a political force. That sociology aspect is mostly lost in Netflix’s dreary movie adaptation, which focuses on one family trapped in a circular pattern of dysfunction, and how the son escaped it.



Haley Bennett, Gabriel Basso, Amy Adams sitting posing for the camera: Haley Bennett, Gabriel Basso and Amy Adams in 'Hillbilly Elegy' (Lacey Terrell/Netflix)


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Haley Bennett, Gabriel Basso and Amy Adams in ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ (Lacey Terrell/Netflix)

Although Vance is ostensibly the center of this story — played by Gabriel Basso as a Yale Law student, and Owen Asztalos as a teenager — the movie is understandably preoccupied with the key women in his life, his mother Bev (Amy Adams) and foul-mouthed grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close).

The story picks up with the older J.D. at Yale, interviewing for positions with snooty law firms and feeling conspicuously out of place alongside the blue-blooded, legacy

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Acclaimed Latina journalist Maria Hinojosa laid it all out in her new memoir. It’s resonating.

Maria Hinojosa may be one of the country’s most well-known and respected Latina journalists, but as she describes in her highly acclaimed, recently published memoir, her path to success was not a given.

“I’m not sure I get you,” a director told Hinojosa after an audition when she was a young aspiring actress, informing her she was not white enough, not Mexican enough, not tall enough, not short enough, not street enough and not sophisticated enough. He warned her that “the industry” would likely not get her either.

Her acting aspirations began to wane that day, but they were superseded by a drive to become a voice for the Latino community and to inform audiences about the changing political and social landscape of the country. Now Hinojosa, 59, reflects on her storied, and sometimes stormy, career in her book, “Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in

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Brandi Carlile memoir ‘Broken Horses’ coming in April

FILE - Brandi Carlile, winner of the awards for best Americana album for
FILE – Brandi Carlile, winner of the awards for best Americana album for “By The Way, I Forgive You”, best American roots performance for “The Joke”, and best American roots song for “The Joke” poses in the press room at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Carlile’s memoir, “Broken Horses” is coming in April. Her publisher is calling the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.” Carlile will also read the audio edition. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy winner Brandi Carlile has a memoir coming in April. Her publisher calls the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.”

Crown announced Thursday that Carlile’s book is called “Broken

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Smokey Robinson on Marvin Gaye, ‘My Girl’ and new Audible memoir

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The Temptations had their first U.S. No. 1 single with Smokey Robinson-penned track “My Girl.” (March 6)

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There’s no one better to tell Smokey Robinson’s story than the Motown legend himself. 

On Thursday, the singer, songwriter and producer will release new audio memoir “Smokey Robinson: Grateful and Blessed,” available exclusively on Audible within the Audible Plus catalog. The 100-minute special features a mix of words and music, as Robinson recounts his humble beginnings in Detroit, growing up with future icons Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. He recalls his early days as frontman of vocal group The Miracles, and work with Motown artists Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, writing the latter’s enduring 1964 hit “My Girl.” 

Robinson, 80, calls up USA TODAY from quarantine, where he’s been spending much-appreciated time with his wife, Frances Gladney, and their 5-year-old white lab, Shiloh. 

Legendary Motown singer and producer

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“Dream Home Makeover’s” Shea McGee Reveals Feeling Guilty Over Career Switch in New Memoir

Photo credit: Studio McGee / Instagram
Photo credit: Studio McGee / Instagram

From House Beautiful

Fans of husband-wife duo, Syd and Shea McGee likely came to know the couple from their Netflix show Dream Home Makeover or even their design company, Studio McGee. But they might not be aware of the many obstacles the couple overcame to garner streaming fame and solidify their spot in the design world. Released in late October, their memoir Make Life Beautiful details exactly that.

In a series of Make Life Beautiful excerpts obtained by People, both Syd and Shea recall their lowest and sometimes most humbling moments.

According to Syd, there came a point where “We cut out everything that wasn’t mortgage or food, and even with that we had a strict grocery budget.” Even with their strict budget, the couple was swiftly “losing ground” financially.

“But no matter how much we cut our expenses, something always came up,” Syd

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8 powerful observations in Alex Trebek’s memoir

For 37 seasons, Trebek served as the host of syndicated quiz show “Jeopardy!” In a career spanning over 8,200 episodes, the former journalist became a symbol of curiosity and the quest for knowledge. For decades, viewers tuned in five nights a week to watch the familiar face on their screens. His reach is immeasurable — people learned English from watching the show.
On Sunday morning,”Jeopardy!” announced that Trebek had died from a years long battle with pancreatic cancer. Just four months earlier, he published his memoir, “The Answer is…Reflections On My Life.”

In it, he wrote about coming to terms with his diagnosis, his legacy and his understanding of death.

While viewers around the world mourn the figure, here’s a look back at his most memorable observations in the memoir.

On ending his career as the host of ‘Jeopardy!’

“No matter how I feel before the show, when I get

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Matthew McConaughey Reveals Why He Didn’t Detail His Sexual Abuse in Memoir

Matthew McConaughey is getting candid.

The 51-year-old Academy Award-winning actor, who revealed he was “blackmailed” into having sex at 15 and “molested by a man” at 18 after being “knocked unconscious in the back of a van,” explained why he did not go into further detail about being sexually assaulted as a teen in new memoir Greenlights.

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During an appearance on Tamron Hall on Friday (November 6), he discussed how he wrote about those incidents in the book.

“Ultimately, there’s nothing that I feel is constructive about the details. I feel like those details, unless I had a really good constructive way that I saw it that could be relatable to other people, I felt like those details could have just been grabbed and reported for voyeurism,” he said.

“They could’ve been the thing that every single show was going

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