While still a rookie NBA player in the late 1960s, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar began reading Sherlock Holmes novels while on the road. During a 2015 interview with Parade Magazine, he noted, "Being black in the 1960s and 1970s was especially perilous. Because prejudice is built on misinformation and faulty thinking, I naturally appreciated Holmes’ insistence on logic and facts as the wisest means to form opinions. If we all thought like Holmes, I reasoned, the world would be free of prejudice."
Nearly 50 years later, Abdul-Jabbar published his 11th book, Mycroft Holmes, which is the untold story of Sherlock's older, more-humane brother.
There are a surprising number of athletes, actors, and other high-profile figures who also have published novels, memoirs, and other literary works, demonstrating multifaceted talents. Other books penned by A-listers include:
- Shopgirl, by Steve Martin
- Bossypants, by Tina Fey
- Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
- Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, by Portia de Rossi
- Rules for a Knight, by Ethan Hawke
- Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, by actress-turned-neuroscientist Mayim Bialik
- Eureka, by Jim Lehrer
- Uncommon Type: Some Stories, by Tom Hanks
- Not My Father's Son: A Memoir, by Alan Cumming
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Also, Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men. A seminal volume that marks a new masculinity. Includes patterns.
Thank you for your post, Lisa--also, I recommend movie actor extraordinaire, Tom Hanks' first book of short stories titled "Uncommon Type"--the New York Times interviewed him: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/books/review/tom-hanks-by-the-book.h…
Some great ideas for our winter's reading list--if winter ever gets here!
Great reading ideas, Lisa! Wow, I didn't know Blossom grew up to be a neuro-scientist!