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Jermaine Jackson to Write About Michael Jackson

Former Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson will pen a memoir about his late brother, Michael Jackson. Entitled You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother’s Eyes, Jackson aims to write “the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty illuminating the private man, the son, the father, and the brother.”

The video embedded above features both Jermaine and Michael (as well as Tito, Jackie, and Marlon) performing their 70′s hit, “ABC.” Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone will release the memoir in fall 2011. Publisher Stacy Creamer negotiated the deal with Curtis Brown literary agent Gordon Wise.

Creamer had this quote in the release: “Jermaine’s book will offer a unique view of the real Michael Jackson, a perspective only a very few people could possibly have. As his brother and close confidante since they were children, Jermaine can explain Michael in a way that, in life, Michael was never able to articulate himself.”

‘Why I Left My Children’ Author Generates Thousands of Comments

In her memoir (Hiroshima in the Morning) and personal essay (“Why I Left My Children“), author Rahna Reiko Rizzuto explained why she left her husband and two sons (ages three and five at the time) to become a part-time parent.

The video embedded above features a Today Show clip with Rizzuto and relationship expert Argie Allen. A recent profile of the author on Shine generated more than 16,000 comments, 360 re-tweets on Twitter, and 75,000 “likes” on Facebook.

What do you think? Here’s an excerpt from the article: “In any case, it’s evident that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to motherhood. But does striking out on your own or being a ‘Hiroshima Mom’ take free-range parenting to an extreme?”

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Bookstore Owner Warren Cassell Has Died

Longtime bookstore owner Warren Cassell passed away last weekend at age 80-years-old. According to Shelf Awareness, he owned and operated the Just Books store in Greenwich, CT for many years.

Cassell, who was reportedly a larger-than-life salesman, sold the store in 2002 so that he and his wife could retire. They moved to Portland, OR after this event to be near family.

Here’s more from the article: “[H]e did not retire in the general sense of the word: among other things, he worked part-time at Broadway Books, started a memoir and recently became involved with operationpaperback.org, a group dedicated to providing gently used paperbacks to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, to VA hospitals and to families with members serving overseas.”

George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.

Sissy Spacek Inks Memoir Deal with Hyperion

hyperion.jpgHyperion has acquired a memoir by Sissy Spacek, written in “her authentic, big-hearted voice.”

The book is scheduled for a 2012 release with the tentative title, Barefoot Stories. Jim Stein of the Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency negotiated the deal with editor Sarah Landis. The deal includes audio rights. Landis will edit the book.

The press release offers this quote from the soon-to-be-author: “I’m thrilled to be writing this book. I just wish I had studied harder in English class.”

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