Stand Up Straight and Sing!
By Jessye Norman
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27)
You don’t need to like opera music to appreciate the inspiring life story of star soprano Jessye Norman. The power and passion the Grammy Award winner embodies on stage are a reflection of the dignified strength and spirit her parents modeled throughout her upbringing in the segregated South. While Norman has performed the world over, she has never forgotten that young girl whose voice first soared in the church pews and farm fields of her native Georgia.
Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty
(Random House, $26)
All this time, actress Diane Keaton hasn’t just been hiding under her trademark wide-brimmed hats; she has been observing. With wry humor and self-awareness, she reflects on beauty in all its forms: in the mirror, in nature, in others — and in the end, in being true to yourself.
Everybody’s Got Something
By Robin Roberts and Veronica Chambers
(Grand Central Publishing, $27)
It’s fair to say Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has had her share of not-so-good mornings. This touching memoir recalls both her triumphs and the tribulations — breast cancer, a bone marrow transplant, her mother’s death — that she braved not only in full view of the world, but with complete composure and grace.