Category Archives: Biographies & Memoirs

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell has written a funny and poignant look at his life and how it has his experiences have shaped his view of the world and his approach to life. I absolutely loved how open and honest he is about his own “awkwardness” in life, how he has had to bridge so many worlds and how it has affected everything from his family to his career. I think we all struggle to fit into the world and Bell writes so truthfully about finding his own way to become a success. I loved how each chapter examines a topic and the people that influenced him that helped him become who he is and make his own unique mark.

Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith

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Infinite Tuesday is a deeply personal and introspective memoir by Michael Nesmith. If you are looking for a tell-all about the Monkees, this is not the book for you. Nesmith discusses his family, friendships, marriages, successes and failures, and an incredible spiritual journey. The biggest takeaway from this book for me was his absolute perseverance in life. His desire to find new “bands” to work with, both musical and in the business world, was truly inspiring as he found ways to be creative in the industry. From recording, to inventing music videos, to producing, Nesmith has been on the ground floor of many new forms of media. Nesmith discusses the ups and downs of “Celebrity Psychosis” and the “Hollywood Mind”, giving insight into how you can start to believe your own hype, and how it can both help you and hurt you at the same time. This book felt very much like I had an opportunity to sit down with Nesmith and listen to his stories. His friendships and encounters with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jack Nicholson, and Douglas Adams truly helped me understand a very important and creative time in pop culture. He really does tell a tale of a complete and interesting life.