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Those Were the Days: Norman Lear’s Memoir Pubs Today

“This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure,” raves Booklist in a starred review of Norman Lear’s memoir, Even This I Get to Experience.

NormaLearCoverThe creator of such iconic and unprecedented hit shows as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” Lear reinvented television comedy in the ‘70s. At one point, he had nine shows on the air, and at their peak, his programs were watched by 120 million people a week.

Now, Lear is telling his story, from his Depression-era days growing up with a dad sent to jail for scheming to sell fake bonds, to becoming the highest-paid comedy writer in the country, working for Danny Thomas, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Martha Raye, and George Gobel. A member of a B-17 bomber crew in WWII, Lear made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List” and was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton.

Dave Itzkoff, writing about Even This I Get to Experience in the New York Times, cites Lear’s influence on Roseanne Barr, Rob Reiner, and Trey Parker. Itzkoff quotes Parker, creator and producer of “South Park” with Matt Stone, as saying that Lear’s work “had an immeasurable impact on that show and its satirical, scared-cow-slaughtering sensibility.”

Now, in his book out today from Penguin Press, we all can read of the events and people that had an immeasurable impact on Norman Lear, and shaped his sensibility.

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Book of Mormon Creators Toast Kevin Morris on Literary Debut

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Anne Garefino, Kevin Morris, James Frey, Matt Stone
credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Matt Stone (South Park, The Book of Mormon), Anne Garefino (co-executive producer of South Park, The Book of Mormon) and author James Frey gathered together this week at a party in New York to toast The Book of Mormon co-producer Kevin Morris on his literary debut with White Man’s Problems.

The self-published title came out earlier this year on Amazon. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.”

Check it out: “Stories such as ‘Mulligan’s Travels,’ about an LA banker’s uncelebrated return home from New York, and ‘White Man’s Problems,’ the comedic chronicle of a dubious father on a school trip to Washington, DC, exemplify Kevin Morris’s poignant, clever, and entirely entertaining style.”

The Book of Mormon: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical Out Today

Newmarket Press has released The Book of Mormon: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical today.

This book will be the only official companion book of the theatrical production. It features 128 pages and 28 color photos. To date, The Book of Mormon has received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Book of Mormon: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical includes: a foreword by journalist Mark Harris (author of Pictures at a Revolution); an original introduction by the authors [Trey ParkerRobert Lopez, and Matt Stone] on the genesis of the show; a production history; and the complete book and lyrics, with four-color spot illustrations throughout.”