SILVER PLAYBOOK LINERS In his memoir, “Forever Young”, Hayley Mills writes about the pressures of being born into an acting family and staring in a series of box office hits as a teenager. Mills was only 12 when she shot her first film, “Tiger Bay,” alongside her father, Sir John Mills; on December 15, 1959, The Times described her as “one of the most composed little performers we’ve seen in a long time.” A year later, she starred in the film version of Eleanor H. Porter’s novel “Pollyanna”. “The news is that only an unreenergized cynic with a constant aversion to children, good or bad, Technicolor and a sweet legend spun in standard, obvious style would laugh at this postcard memory of improbable things from the past,” he said. wrote our review. “Blonde and pixie Miss Mills gives a restrained, natural and gratifyingly mature performance. She is a sympathetic young girl whose manners and speech are unchanged and compelling. Mills won a Special Oscar, presented by Shirley Temple, for that role. “Forever Young” appears at No. 9 in its first week on the hardcover non-fiction list.
QUEENS OF BEAUTY There are plenty of reasons to cry and cringe right now, but if you take a look at this week’s bestseller list, you’ll find glimmers of hope in two new arrivals with the same title: “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” by Sally Rooney, who debuts at # 1 on the hardcover novel list, and “Beautiful Country” by Qian Julie Wang, who plants her flag at # 3 on the side hardcover non-fiction. The two books couldn’t be more different. One is a high-profile novel by a novelist so famous that she inspired an eponymous eponymous shop (say 10 times faster) in London and a branded coffee truck (sponsored by Air Mail) in New York; the other is a memoir of the author’s move from China to “Mei Guo” – the United States, or “beautiful country” – where her family endured an incredibly difficult life in Brooklyn. Although set in different worlds, both books feature narrators whose lives are shaped by words.
FACE OF LOGIC Bobby Hall, the rapper known as Logic, adds another sunny track to the mix with his memoir, “This Bright Future,” which appears at No.4 on the non-fiction list. It’s not a happy story for calm readers, but it does show how a child can survive addiction and chaos before building a musical rocket for their own future.