Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Olivier by Terry Coleman
In the juiciest of the dozen or so works about Sir Laurence, Coleman sheds light on subjects including the affair with actor Henry Ainley.

Lee Miller: A Life by Carolyn Burke
The story of the model turned photographer who knew Hitler (check out the shot of her in his bathtub) and loved Man Ray.

Belushi by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby
25 years after The Blues Brothers, Belushi's widow coedits a dishy oral history with previously unseen photos.

The Autobiography by Donovan Leitch
The singer offers a lively account of the "Mellow Yellow" '60s—and asserts that he was "more creative and influential" than Bob Dylan.

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts
A look at the truncated career of Gone with the Wind's Mammy, the first African-American to win an Oscar.

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