Roger Ebert's Book 'Life Itself: A Memoir' Arrives on September 13th

August 23, 2011

Roger Ebert / Life Itself

Easily one of the most celebrated film critics of his time, Roger Ebert truly is a connoisseur of cinema, and plenty of cinephiles pay attention whenever he has something substantial to say. While Ebert has released several books about films, both good and bad, his newest piece of work takes a slight step back from merely talking about cinema as Life Itself: A Memoir has the film critic looking back on his whole life and career. From his early days as a child in Urbana, Illinois, to becoming a local newspaper reporter, to his high profile days at The Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert fondly and candidly guides through all his years. Read on!

Here's a more official description of the book, if you're still not sold on it yet:

In this candid, personal history, Ebert chronicles it all: his loves, losses, and obsessions; his struggle and recovery from alcoholism; his marriage; his politics; and his spiritual beliefs. He writes about his years at the Sun-Times, his colorful newspaper friends, and his life-changing collaboration with Gene Siskel. He remembers his friendships with Studs Terkel, Mike Royko, Oprah Winfrey, and Russ Meyer (for whom he wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and an ill-fated Sex Pistols movie). He shares his insights into movie stars and directors like John Wayne, Werner Herzog, and Martin Scorsese.

This is a story that only Roger Ebert could tell. Filled with the same deep insight, dry wit, and sharp observations that his readers have long cherished, this is more than a memoir-it is a singular, warm-hearted, inspiring look at life itself.

With all the years of film criticism and passion for cinema Ebert has under his belt, this sounds like a great read for all film fans, and likely for anyone looking to start their own career as a film critic. If you need anymore convincing, Ebert has posted the introduction chapter Memory, over at his blog at The Chicago Sun-Times. The book hits shelves on September 13th next month and you can pre-order it right here. It's definitely one that I'll be picking up to add to my ever-growing collection of cinema-centric books. Thanks to SlashFilm for the heads up. Who else is planning to pick up a copy?

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You may not agree with some of his critiques but Roger Ebert is a national treasure. His reach far exceeds the edge of a cinema screen. Take a moment and read some of his blog entries, well worth your time.

Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011


He reviews movies. That's a national treasure? Are couch potatoes given  medals for valor now?

Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011


... the guy's a moron... wasn't he mayor of New York in Godzilla BTW? xD

Yahzee on Aug 23, 2011


LOL! The actor who played the Mayor was Micheal Lerner. The character named "Mayor Ebert" was partially inspired by film critic Roger Ebert. And his "sidekick" look like Gene Siskel!

Jedibilly on Aug 24, 2011


Ebert looks like a creepy mannequin.

MACRO on Aug 24, 2011


Roger Ebert might be good critic, but I doubt his life is anything I would like to read about.

Chuck Killer on Aug 24, 2011


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