Mel Brooks Memoirs, An HBO Story, and More


Cover image: Ballantine

Cover image: Ballantine
Graphic: Natalie Peeples

It was time for Mel Brooks to jerk off and write a memoir. The actor, screenwriter and director of films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Mute, High Anxiety, Space balls, and Robin Hood: the men in tights finally put on paper what will surely be the excruciatingly boring details of his life, from his childhood in Brooklyn during the Depression days and his service in World War II to his appearance on the first Tonight’s Show with Johnny Carson in 1962 and working in the Your show of shows writers’ room with Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart. In All on me!, Brooks takes readers through his long and arduous career in Hollywood and Broadway, weighing down his memories with boring anecdotes and aside. We hear that this one, like the writer himself, is a bit humorless.

More in November: Borealis by Aisha Sabatini Sloan (November 2, Coffee House); Tacky: Love letters to the worst culture we have to offer by Rax King (November 2, Vintage); What just happened: Notes on a long year by Charles Finch (November 2, Knopf); In pursuit of Homer by László Krasznahorkai (November 2, New Directions); Her name was death by Rafael Bernal (November 2, New Directions); 1000 years of joys and sorrows by Ai Weiwei (November 2, Couronne); I Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of the Sopranos by Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa (November 2, William Morrow); Our country friends by Gary Shteyngart (November 2, Random House); Incineration by Rafael Chirbes (November 2, New Directions); My body by Emily Ratajkowski (November 9, Henry Holt); Indigo: Arm wrestling, snake save and a few things in between by Padgett Powell (November 9, Catapult); Will by Will Smith (November 9, Penguin); Look for me and I’ll be gone by John Edgar Wideman (November 9, Scribner); The phrase by Louise Erdrich (November 9, Harper); The New Adventures of Hélène: Magical Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (November 16, Deep Vellum); You feel it just below the ribs by Jeffrey Cranor and Janina Matthewson (November 16, Harper); NOOR by Nnedi Okorafor (November 16, DAW); Project 1619 through Nikole Hannah-Jones (November 16, One World); Medusa Ankles: Selected Stories by AS Byatt (November 23, Knopf); white on white by Aysegül Savas (November 30, Riverhead)


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