Memoir: September 2008 Archives

Spaceman memoir

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is working on a memoir about his triumphs in space and the hard times back on Earth.

Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon will be published next year by Harmony Books, in time for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

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Buzz Aldrin (AP photo)

''From the pinnacle of Apollo, my greatest challenge became the human one -- overcoming alcoholism and living beyond depression -- a challenge that required more courage and determination than going to the moon,'' Aldrin, 78, said in a statement issued Thursday by Harmony.

''I was 39 years of age, had achieved my grandest goal, and should have been on top of the world, but there were no roadmaps, and few signposts if any along the way that could lead me out of the quagmire into which I had tumbled. For 10 years, I floundered.''

Neil Armstrong and Aldrin were on Apollo 11's lunar module, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.


Britney's mom's book

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Britney's mom's memoir comes out next week! Does anyone care?

Lynne Spears writes (with Lorilee Craker) about both her famous daughters -- Britney and famous pregnant teen Jamie Lynn -- in Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World (Thomas Nelson, $24.99).

Through the Storm

According to the Associated Press, which got its hands on an advance copy of the book, Lynne Spears "rejects the image that she pushed Britney into show business, and writes that the singer was always focused on achievement and would constantly practice to the music of Madonna, Whitney Houston and others." (If I had a dime for every little girl who sang along with their favorite pop stars...)

Lynne Spears also praises Kevin Federline (Britney's ex-husband) as a "caring daddy" and Britney as "an amazing mother" -- but only when at her best.

This book will likely sit on the best seller list for a week or two, which is a shame because it sounds like nothing more than a mother cashing in on her dysfunctional daughters' successes and failures. Apples don't fall far from the tree, Ms. Spears.

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