By Terri Schlichenmeyer —
How do others live their lives?
The best way to find out is by asking, of course. But what if you can’t? Then read these new slice-of-life biographies this month …
Running with the Champ
Being the friend of “The Greatest” must be fun, right? In “Running with the Champ” by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), you’ll see how a white man became fast friends with a black man who was bombastic, bragging, generous and funny. Imagine hanging out ringside with Muhammad Ali. Imagine being his running partner. Think about what being BFFs with him might be like (hint: It packed a punch).
83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson
Now, imagine being Michael Jackson: addicted to painkillers, deeply in debt, and desperate for a comeback in “83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson” by Matt Richards and Mark Langthorne. It’s a hard-hitting, thoroughly researched account of Jackson’s life and career, and an almost minute-by-minute look at the day he died and what happened afterward. And it’s sobering.
Finally, what’s summer (or fall, for that matter) without hotdogs? In “Famous Nathan” by Lloyd Handwerker with Gil Reavill, you’ll read about the man who put the “dog” next to Coney, and you’ll get a good sense of what life was like a century ago.
How do others live their lives? Find out, inside a book.