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REVIEWED BY NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN
This biography about Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff's clan is chock-full of drama. Among the reveals: Bernie and his wife Ruth's suicide attempt after his '08 arrest; the rift between the duo and their sons, Andrew and Mark; and Ruth's attempts to reconcile with Andrew in the wake of Mark's suicide last December. Since Andrew and Ruth cooperated with author Sandell, it's not surprising that the book portrays them sympathetically, as unsuspecting victims of Bernie's lies. Buy that or not, anyone curious about this fractured, once tight-knit family will find plenty of food for thought here.
In a new book, the Office star riffs on everything from being 'chubby for life' to her love of chest hair
WHY WRITE A BOOK?
I had all these notebooks of observations and stories. I thought, what else am I going to do with this stuff?
YOU OPEN UP ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD-YOU GOT TEASED ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT?
Since I was 12 or 13, the one constant in my life has been wanting to lose 15 lbs. But being a comedy writer, nobody's looking to me to be model-sized. That said, I'm still trying to lose like 15 lbs. But I think of it in a fun way!
HOW ARE THINGS AT THE OFFICE NOW THAT STEVE CARELL IS GONE?
We all have [so many more] lines! But Steve is such a good person. He was never unpleasant, which is, like, a gift.
AND RAINN WILSON?
I kind of trash him in the book, but Rainn is one of my favorite people. He's not Dwight-he has a great body. He's like secret sexy guy.
HOW'S HIS CHEST HAIR?
Rainn Wilson has a pleasant tuft of chest hair.
We don't have any sensational meltdowns if, say, Catering accidentally puts chickpeas in a star's salad. Actually, wait, maybe I'm that person. I will throw a salad across the room if there are chickpeas in it, I swear to God.
THE REAL STEVE CARELL
I've always found Steve gentlemanly and private, like a Jane Austen character. I would privately theorize that he never involved himself in gossip because-and I am 99 percent sure of this-he is secretly Perez Hilton.
THE REAL MINDY
No one wonders what I'm like in real life, because they assume I am [my character] Kelly Kapoor.... Not something I would mind if I were playing Lara Croft, [but] when you're playing a bit of a selfish, boy-crazy narcissist, it's a concern.
A PAST ERASED
Three years after a concussion wiped his memory clean, Scott Bolzan is struggling to rebuild his life
It started with a simple accident: On the morning of Dec. 17, 2008, Scott Bolzan slipped in the bathroom at his office and hit his head. When he woke up in the hospital and didn't remember his fall, doctors weren't especially concerned. But it soon became apparent that this was no ordinary concussion. "What's a wife?" Bolzan asked when told that Joan, his spouse of 24 years, was on her way. As he explains in his new book, My Life, Deleted, the entrepreneur, father of two (daughter Taylor, now 19, and son Grant, 21) and former NFL linesman had forgotten everything, from the names of planets to the faces of loved ones. "He looked at me," recalls Taylor, "with no emotion."
Doctors still thought the condition would be temporary, but months passed and nothing changed. "It was terrifying-beyond fear," Bolzan says. Joan was devastated: "It was like I lost my husband."
Diagnosed with retrograde amnesia-one of the worst cases on record-he set out to relearn all he could, watching the History Channel, reading paperwork from his jet-leasing business, sifting through old photos. Slowly, Joan reminded him of difficult things, like their son Grant's heroin addiction-facts that plunged Bolzan into depression.
Yet over time a new man emerged, one a bit mellower than Bolzan's former "alpha" self. These days, between visits to doctors, who hope increased blood flow to his brain will call back his memories, he also reaches out to other amnesia victims. "It's still a struggle," admits Bolzan, who takes antidepressants. "Every day I ask myself, 'When will I remember?'" But his family's love keeps him going. Says Taylor: "I'm so thankful he's here."
AN INVISIBLE THREAD
by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
Longtime People writer Tresniowski, and Schroff, a former PEOPLE ad executive, share the story of Schroff's life-changing friendship with a homeless boy.
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