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07/16/2014 4:00 AM |

Memoirs by People with Weird Jobs

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory
by Caitlin Doughty

Los Angeles based mortician and medieval scholar Caitlin Doughty writes the popular web series Ask a Mortician about her work in the funeral industry. Her memoir tackles all your lurking, morbid questions about why and how a person might get into the necessary if macabre field.
(W.W. Norton, September)

Celebrity Books You Might Actually Want to Read

Not That Kind of Girl
by Lena Dunham

There’s just no way that you’re going to be able to escape Girls impresario Dunham’s memoir once it hits shelves this fall. The good news? It looks pretty great, at least from the segment Dunham read to an audience at Book Expo America, in which she voiced the hope that her stories might “prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act.”
(W.W. Norton, September)

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

Poehler first gained fame as Tina Fey’s whip-smart sidekick on Saturday Night Live, but she’s long since come into her own with the NBC hit Parks and Recreation and her online community Smart Girls. Yes Please is Poehler’s semi-memoir in the mold of Fey’s Bossypants and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
(W.W. Norton, September)

Watch Me
by Anjelica Huston

Huston’s first memoir, A Story Lately Told, relayed the story of her early years with verve and charm, and a knack for storytelling rarely exhibited in celebrity memoirs. In her follow-up, Watch Me, Huston tackles her rise to fame in Hollywood—aka the juicy stuff.
((Scribner, November)

Food: A Love Story
by Jim Gaffigan

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is best known for his bits on various kinds of food—no doubt a friend has foisted a YouTube clip of his routine about Hot Pockets on you sometime or other—so it seems an appropriate topic for his follow-up to the bestselling and warmly funny Dad is Fat.
(Crown Archetype, October)