Books by Carol Burnett
NPR stories about Carol Burnett
Susan Jane Gilman recommends behind-the-scenes reads about the rich and famous — by a rock star, a hotel concierge, a stuntman and a Brat Packer, all offering backstage passes to their glamorous lives. Entertaining and star-studded, they make for perfect holiday escapism — with a cocktail (or two) in hand.
Jane Lynch tells David Greene that her career got a giant boost from a Frosted Flakes commercial, and her personal life benefited enormously from a letter she wrote and thought she might never choose to send.
Before each taping of The Carol Burnett Show, the comedy queen stood on stage for a Q&A session with the audience. Burnett shares her favorite pre-show chats — and tales from her long career in show-biz — in her book This Time Together.
Jennifer Egan paints an inventive portrait of a record executive and his employee, while Anna Quindlen plumbs the life of a suburban mother. Mitch Albom tells the story of two clergymen, Carol Burnett remembers her TV variety show, and Marion Meade looks at the wacky life of writer Nathanael West.