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'Waiting to Be Heard' by Amanda Knox: Read EW's review of the $4 million memoir

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After the 2007 murder of her British housemate, Meredith Kercher, as they studied abroad in Umbria, Italy, American Amanda Knox was blistered in the European press. Now “Foxy Knoxy” (a middle-school soccer nickname seized upon by the tabloids) tells her side of the story in HarperCollins’ just-released Waiting to Be Heard. With a nod to the sensationalist coverage, Knox, now 25, describes her sexual escapades during those first few weeks in Italy (she says they represented a conscious decision to make sex “be about empowerment and pleasure, not about, Does this person like me?”) and drug use (she admits, “Around our house, marijuana was as common as pasta”).

As for the murder itself, Knox changes her description of the night of the crime several times — mostly, but not always, with good reason. She does believably argue that she was coerced into accusing her innocent boss, Patrick Lumumba: She says investigators shouted at her for hours and even slapped her. The chapters that follow — her two trials, the DNA evidence (or lack of it), and the prosecutorial misbehavior that ultimately overturned her conviction in October 2011 — are overlong and familiar to anyone who followed her case. (The Italian judicial system has ruled that it will retry Knox; if she’s convicted, they’d have to ask the U.S. for extradition.) Still, the section on her prison years rivets. It’s painful to see the smart, beautiful, incredibly naive exchange student of the first few pages turn hard and brittle as she navigates the labyrinthine Italian prison system. The bottom line is this, though: Waiting to Be Heard won’t make either Knox’s detractors or her supporters change anything they believe about her. Parents of college kids, though, might rethink that junior year abroad. B

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Beastie Boys members ink memoir deal

The two surviving members of the Beastie Boys, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz, are writing a memoir. The pair signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, a Random House imprint — but “the first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir,’” the group’s agent Luke Janklow told The Times.

Instead, the book will have a “kaleidoscopic frame of reference,” according to Julie Grau and will be a right turn away from the typical rock memoir, taking the form of a loose oral history, with material from other writers and “a strong visual component.” It will be edited by ego trip founder Sacha Jenkins.

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Obama adviser David Axelrod plans memoir for 2014

One of President Barack Obama’s top advisers and strategists during his first term has a book deal.

David Axelrod is working on a memoir scheduled for fall 2014. At least two other former Obama administration officials, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Timothy Geithner, also have books planned next year.

Penguin Press announced Axelrod’s book on Tuesday. According to Penguin, Axelrod will write about his long friendship with Obama and offer his views on elections and government.

Axelrod helped run Obama’s successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and worked as an adviser to the president during his first term. The 58-year-old former political writer and ex-columnist for the Chicago Tribune recently joined NBC News as a senior political analyst.

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Hillary Clinton authoring book on Secretary of State tenure, coming 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will write a new book with Simon & Schuster, chronicling her time as Secretary of State and imparting her ideas on how the U.S. can face tough challenges ahead. The book will be released in 2014.

“Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary public service has given her a unique perspective on recent history and the challenges we face,” said Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp in a statement. “This will be the ultimate book for people who are interested in world affairs and America’s place in the world today.”

In the as-yet-untitled book, Clinton will recount her role in and reflect on key, recent events, such as the killing of Osama Bin Laden; the Arab Spring; North Korea; the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime in Libya; the transitions in Afghanistan and Iraq; the rise of new powers like China, Brazil, Turkey, and India; and a host of other global issues, like climate change, economics, technology, and women’s rights.

Clinton will also share personal anecdotes of her extensive work with world leaders, including with President Obama and the National Security team.

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Legendary music biz executive Clive Davis opens up about Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and his own bisexuality in new memoir

Soundtrack-of-My-Life

It is almost easier to list the artists legendary music business executive Clive Davis hasn’t worked with than the ones he has during his half century-long career. Suffice it to say that the founder of Arista and J Records and the current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment has overseen releases by everyone from voice-of-his-generation Bob Dylan to Milli Vanilli who, as it turned out, weren’t even the voices of themselves.

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Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook's CEO, signs a two-book deal

The Associated Press reports that HarperCollins has announced a two-book deal with Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Randi is planning to write a memoir titled Dot Complicated, as well as a children’s book. The memoir, which is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release, will provide insight into the digital world. From her time as Facebook’s marketing director to her time as a mother and founder of the Zuckerberg Media Company, Randi will share her experiences with life in the digital age.

“I am thrilled to be working with HarperCollins to share some of my own crazy experiences on the front lines of social media and to inspire people of all ages to embrace technology, as well as the new set of social norms that come along with it,” she said.

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Sachi Parker on being Shirley MacLaine's daughter in 'Lucky Me'. UPDATE: Shirley MacLaine responds

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Debra Winger had a famously tumultuous experience playing Shirley MacLaine’s daughter in Terms of Endearment (MacLaine didn’t enjoy the experience either), but imagine growing up with the Hollywood icon in real life. Sachi Parker, daughter of MacLaine and producer Steve Parker, writes about her atypical upbringing and the celebrated and idiosyncratic woman at the center of it in her new memoir Lucky Me: My Life with — and Without — My Mom, Shirley MacLaine (out Thursday). Here are some of the weirdest moments from the book. UPDATE: EW has received a statement from MacLaine in response to allegations from the memoir: “It’s a painful moment for me as a mother and as someone who values the truth. I’m shocked and heartbroken that my daughter would make statements about me that are virtually all fiction. I’ve praised her lovingly and truthfully in my own autobiographies. I’m sorry to see such a dishonest, opportunistic effort from my daughter for whom I’ve only ever wanted the best.” READ FULL STORY

Maceo Parker talks '98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music': Q&A

“Maceo, I want you to blow!”

When James Brown first said those words, it transformed Maceo Parker from an anonymous sax player into one of the most famous sidemen in music history. The line became a staple of Brown’s recordings and live shows, bringing the name “Maceo” to households across the country. But the story doesn’t end there. Parker’s full list of collaborators reads like a trans-generational wish list: George Clinton and P-Funk, Bootsy Collins, Keith Richards, Prince, De La Soul, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band. Not bad for a kid who started out playing soul covers with his brothers in Kinston, North Carolina.

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Five things we learned about the Mariah Carey-Tommy Mottola marriage from record exec's new memoir

The music biz memoir has become one of the hottest trends over the past couple of years — and the boys in the (record label) boardroom are not getting left behind. Today, Grand Central is publishing Tommy Mottola’s autobiography, Hitmaker: The Man and his Music, which he co-penned with Cal Fussman. Formerly the Chairman CEO of Sony Music, Mottola developed an amazing array of talent, including Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, and Mariah Carey. Mottola thought Carey was so amazing that in 1993 he married her, despite being both more than two decades older and the songbird’s technical boss.

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Hillary Clinton plans post-State memoir: 'I don't know what I'll say in it yet'

Hillary Clinton may be stepping down as secretary of state, but she’s stepping up her writing.

In an online “townterview” held yesterday out of Washington, D.C., the former senator and first lady said that she “will” write a memoir, presumably after leaving the State Department this Friday.

“I don’t know what I’ll say in it yet,” Clinton said, but added that it would allow her the chance to “go into greater detail” about the last four years.

There’s plenty of possible material — which Clinton will be able to play up any way she wants. A lengthy exploration of interventionism vs. imperialism? A breakdown of the U.S.’s international image with regards to the evolving, increasingly electronic, global community? A whole chapter about her and Barack laughing on 60 Minutes? Oh, Hils.

No word yet if Simon & Schuster, which published Clinton’s previous two books (It Takes a Village and Living History), has any deal in place for the manuscript, which means at least two things: Clinton hasn’t done much manuscript making, and once she’s finished, it’ll be up for grabs! Get to bidding, world.

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