It's time to kick off the Celebrity Memoir track
of Lemondrop's Book Club
. Our first selection is Russell Brand
's 2009 memoir "My Booky Wook
Even if you haven't read the whole thing, you can still interject comments while sipping on a glass of chardonnay (or vodka-Tang), just like at a "real" book club! And sign up
for our Book Club mailing list for exclusive offers.
We'll have more juicy questions throughout the week -- the Pink Umbrella Incident will not go unmentioned.
for the first question, then leave a comment; everyone who comments is eligible to win free books, Lemondrop T-shirts, and who knows what else.Discussion Question 1: Is this guy famous or old enough for a memoir?
"My Booky Wook
" came out in the U.K. in 2007, when Brand's career was beginning to take off in his homeland. The American edition was published earlier this year, when Brand had achieved, at best, B-list stardom
. He's best-known here for hosting the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards
(which he'll do again this Sunday) and his role in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall
How famous does one have to be to have a "celebrity" memoir? Does Brand qualify, or does his tawdry tale of substance and sex abuse belong in the addiction-memoir aisle? How might the book be "better" if Brand had waited a few years for more material? Consider that Drew Barrymore
's addiction autobiography came out when she was 15.
What do you want to read about in a celebrity memoir? Would you say that "My Booky Wook" fits your celeb memoir ideal? Why or why not?
What celebs do you think should have waited longer to have their "life" stories published
? Who's simply not famous enough
to warrant authordom? Whose memoirs would you pay to read right now
Leave a comment to let us know what you think, then go on to the next question.