By Billy Crystal
(Henry Holt and Co., $28)
Beloved comedian Billy Crystal celebrates his 65th birthday with this mahvelous memoir that alternates riffs on the indignities of aging with heartfelt reflections on his family, friendships and 40 years in show business. He’s an entrancing storyteller, a skill that earned him the Tony Award in 2005 for his Broadway play 700 Sundays. Each of the book’s behind-the-scenes peeks isn’t so much a tell-all as an endearing tell-why: Why he carried a toothbrush in his pocket when hosting the Oscars nine times, why cattle rustling seemed like second nature to him in City Slickers and why everyone should do something special for his or her birthday.