Picks and Pans Review: Yearbook
collection of old school annual pictures of famous people, this book is diverting even if you don't agree with Memories editor Carey Winfrey, who says in his introduction that "high school is life and who you are there is who you turn out to be.' "
The array of photographs, taken from a regular feature in the magazine, is wide, and checking out how Paul Newman or Michael Jordan or Madonna has changed—and how they haven't—is irresistible.
Some of the information quoted from the yearbook captions will catch your eye too.
There's a quote attached to Eddie Murphy's picture: "In reality all men are sculptors, constantly chipping away the unwanted parts of their lives, trying to create their idea of a masterpiece." There is trivia: Jack Nicholson was a basketball team manager, Elvis Presley was in ROTC, Anne Tyler was on the stage crew, Garrison Keillor was a Young Republican, Jim Bakker was editor of something called Campus Keyhole, and Jacqueline Bouvier's ambition was listed as "not to be a housewife."
It's okay to make fun of what dweebs and dorkettes these people used to be. But let him who is without an embarrassing yearbook picture cast the first stone. (Dolphin/ Doubleday. paper, $9.95)