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Insider stories with celebrity status in the latest reads

Celebrities, like the rich, are different from the rest of us — as these five new books amply attest.Nevertheless, Alec BaldwinThis celebrity bio by Alec Baldwin (christened Xander, in case you wondered) marched smartly onto the bestseller lists as soon as it was released last month. He tells us right at the start that what makes Alec run is a desire to please his schoolteacher dad, make money and achieve a “certain kind of immortality.” Baldwin is clever, charming and candid about his flaws and bad times — among them, the drugs, the fractious divorce from Kim Basinger, the nasty voice mail to daughter, Ireland, then 11.Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam GrantAfter her husband died two years ago, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, felt she would never recover. She contacted a friend, Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton College, whom she had met through her husband. He told her that after suffering a period of acute grief, people can move through the void. The secret, he told her, is resilience, which is the subject of this timely book — part memoir, part self-help, part common sense guide to getting on with your life. Sandberg’s first book was the influential Lean In, which changed the conversation about women and leadership. Article Continued BelowTough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, Deborah NelsonThe six women featured in Tough Enough include writers, intellectuals and artists. None would be particularly happy to be grouped by gender but, to author Deborah Nelson’s mind, they all had an unusual theme at the centre of their creative work: unsentimentality.  It’s a word that suggests heartlessness, pitilessness and a lack of feeling, charges that have been leveled at all these women. But it also indicates the backbone to address suffering and painful reality head on. Author Nelson teaches English at the University of Chicago.The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince, Mayte Garcia

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