BELIEVE ME: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, DEATH, AND JAZZ CHICKENS
EDDIE IZZARD (MICHAEL JOSEPH, $40)
Born in the British colony of Aden, in the Middle East, UK comedian Eddie Izzard has been one of the towering figures in the world of stand- up comedy for the past two decades. While he’s known for his transvestism and penchant for running multiple marathons in the name of charity, here fans finally learn more about his route to stardom. Izzard’s mother died from cancer when he was six, and he’s spent much of his life “trying to get her back”. While working his way up the showbiz ladder, he has also dealt with dyslexia and revealing his sexuality. The pace of the opening chapters is slowed by the inclusion of some very long footnotes, a bit like a live show that struggles to get going. But by the final page, the reader has had both heart-strings tugged and funny-bone banged.