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Celebrity memoirs on the L.A. Times bestseller list

May 12, 2011 | 12:49 pm


Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards is a survivor, even when it comes to his memoir. The musician's autobiography, "Life," has been selling big at bookstores across Southern California ever since it came out: This week marks its six-month mark on the L.A. Times bestseller list.

Richards is at No. 10 on our hardcover nonfiction list, where another two celebrity memoirs are just getting started. Highest up is Shirley MacLaine's: The actress and bestselling author of "Out on a Limb," in which she wrote about recalling past lives, is writing again. "I'm All Over That," at No. 3 in its second week on the bestseller list, includes anecdotes and observations such as: "How peaceful it is not to have to look particularly pretty anymore or to wear a size 6."

Entering the bestseller list this week is Katie Couric with "The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives." The book, which is at No. 9, combines memories of Couric's career with advice from some of the high-profile people she's encountered. The result can be amusing -- Jimmy Kimmel's "When in doubt, order the hamburger" -- as well as entirely literary. Joyce Carol Oates tells her, "Read widely -- what you want to read, and not what someone suggests that you should read."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photos: Shirley MacLaine in 2005. Credit: Béatrice de Géa / Los Angeles Times. Keith Richards at the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Disneyland premiere. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images. Katie Couric in New York on May 9, 2011. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press