Actors & YouTubers: Media Memoirs, May 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Some of your favorite actors and social media stars talk about their lives. 

Foxx, Jamie. Act Like You Got Some Sense. Grand Central. May 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781538703281. $30. lrg. prnt. CD. MEMOIR

Jordan, Leslie. How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived. Morrow. May 2015. 304p. ISBN . $27.99. lrg. prnt. MEMOIR

Kenney, Rob. Dad, How Do I? Morrow. May 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780063074996. $24.99. MEMOIR/INSPIRATION

Liu, Simu. We Were Dreamers: A Memoir. Morrow. May 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780063046498. $27.99. MEMOIR

McCarthy, Andrew. Brat: An ’80s Story. Grand Central. May 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781538754276. $28. CD.MEMOIR

Margulies, Julianna. Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life. Ballantine. May 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780525480259. $28. MEMOIR

Oppedisano, Tony & Mary Jane Ross. Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours. Scribner. May 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781982151782. $30. MEMOIR

Wilson, Casey. The Wreckage of My Presence: Essays. Harper. May 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780062960580. $26.99. ESSAYS

Laden with Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG honors, plus a Grammy Award, Foxx pivots here to talk about raising two very different daughters, even sharing the pages with them in Act Like You Got Some Sense (400,000-copy first printing; originally scheduled for October 2020). Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan, a viral sensation, pulls out the Southern charm to tell funny stories about life and celebrity in How Y’all Doing? (100,000-copy first printing). Having started the YouTube channel Dad, How Do I? to hand out the fatherly advice and how-to tips he wishes his dad had been around to give him, Kenney here reiterates that advice while surveying his childhood and how that channel went viral (75,000-copy first printing). In We Were Dreamers, Chinese Canadian actor Liu relates his interrupted upbringing, having lived with grandparents in China until age five, then joined his parents in Canada (50,000-copy first printing). Brat Packer McCarthy relates a life that embraces acting, directing, and working as an award-winning editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. In Sunshine Girl, Margulies shows how she created order amid the chaos of a difficult childhood—her divorced parents often lived on different continents—to become an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award–winning actress. In Sinatra and Me, Oppedisano, a longtime confidant and key member of the singer’s management team, reflects on Sinatra’s life, loves, and commitment to his craft (100,000-copy first printing). In The Wreckage of My Life, actress/podcaster Wilson offers funny but heartfelt essays ranging from the joys of eating in bed to her obsessive need to be liked (100,000-copy first printing).

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; 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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