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Obama’s ‘Promised Land’ leads impressive list of eagerly awaited memoirs

There’s plenty from a wide range of celebrities to keep us enthralled during the holiday season

Sunday Times Book Editor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… when truck loads of memoirs hit the bookstores in time for festive season shopping. I always stock up on autobiographies for my holiday reading and this year there are plenty to keep me happy during December.

First up, and the most highly anticipated, is Barack Obama’s The Promised Land. Released next week, the book is about the inside story of Obama becoming the 44th president of the US as well as being the first African American to hold the highest office in the country. It should be an enlightening read, especially at this time, as Obama writes about the dynamics of the demented partisan politics in Washington. The blurb also promises that Obama is “frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment”. 

Lenny Kravitz opens up about his childhood and early start of his career in his bio called Let Love Rule which is written with David Ritz. The musician writes lovingly of how his parents met, his difficult relationship with his father Sty who was a strict disciplinarian, his love for his mother Roxie Roker who was a star in the 80s sitcom The Jeffersons, and of his marriage to Lisa Bonet who played Denise Huxtable in the now unwatchable The Cosby Show. Heavyweight names like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Cicely Tyson are dropped throughout his memoir, but despite this Kravitz remains charmingly down to earth — perhaps because he grew up in two different worlds — Upper East Side New York and Brooklyn. In bookstores now...

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