updated 10/17/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/17/2013 AT 5:30 PM ET
Johnny Carson’s womanizing, Billy Crystal’s take on aging, Aisha Tyler’s many accidents This weekend our staffers are losing themselves in stars’ life stories.
Tell us what you think – and let us know what you’re reading!
Her Pick: Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
Written by his longtime attorney and confidante, this is the King of Late Night close-up. Unlike so many celebrity bios, it has the benefit of seeming both dishy and true. It’s not just a question of “Carson revealed;” it’s “Carson understood.”
Jonathan Michals, technical analyst
His Pick: Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal
This is a splendid and entertaining autobiography that’s also a valentine to Crystal’s wife, Janice. As heartfelt, honest and open as anything I ve read. It’ll make you want to watch When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers all over again.
Kate Hogan, staff features editor
Her Pick: Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler
I thought I knew Aisha Tyler – Friends, The Talk, Archer – but I never knew about her hot motorcycle-riding dad, her hippie childhood in San Francisco and literally, all of her self-inflicted wounds (how many accidents can one child have?!). And what was really fun about this book, aside from Tyler’s lively, conversational tone, was hearing about her early stand-up gigs, the fears she faced, her missteps on the road to fame and ultimately, her big successes.
This one started a little slow for me, but I guarantee that by the time you’re done reading, you’re going to want to be Tyler’s best friend. (Speaking of, if you’re reading this, Aisha, hi!)
Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s rainy day readsand more great book finds here.