Thu Jul 31 13:27:58 SAST 2014

Celebs' tell-all books

Dec 16, 2012 | AMANDA NGUDLE |

IT might have been a bitch of a year for most, but for celeb authors it was a year of never ending unveilings and the Mxit generation exchanging excerpts.

BIT OF A LET DOWN: Kelly Khumalo signed copies of her book The Kelly Khumalo Story amid much fanfare at the Rosebank Mall . Picture by Vathiswa Ruselo
YAWN: Bitch, Please! I'm Khanyi Mbau by Lesley Mofokeng

It's a year that got even those who avoid reading like a plague to page through, even if just to gawk at the pics.

Not all of them were worth the time or your dime. So if you're wondering which one to get for your Christmas reading, try these:

Bitch Please-I'm Khanyi Mbauby Lesley Mofokeng

In a bid to resuscitate a dead career of being famous for being famous, Khanyi and Mofokeng crafted a premature tale of the rise and fall of a gold digger.

Give this book out to no-one as it will come in handy on days of hard stools. It's been said that reading (no matter what about) eases the pressure to deliver nature's deficits.

Some blame the author for the under-delivery but when a story is not compelling what do you do?

Eyebags and Dimplesby Bonnie Henna

Surprisingly enough, she penned this one herself.

And thankfully, there was a story and a lesson for us all. Most thought she'd hold back a few poignant points, given that she's always played her cards close to her chest, but Miss Dimples lays it all bare.

It talks frankly about depression and how it ruined her relations with people. A good read but perhaps not while on holiday.

Endings and Beginningsby Redi Tlhabi

A disturbing tale of a peculiar friendship between a child and a brazen thug. On the day of his death, which is where the tale begins, a young, emotionally- wounded Tlhabi is alone as the community rejoices Mabegzo's gory death. It invokes the pain of her dad's death two years before.

Importantly, the book looks at the socioeconomic circumstances that help create the likes of Mabegzo.

It's well written. Though bordering on horror here and there, it's a great ice-breaker.

The Kelly Khumalo Storyby Melinda Ferguson

Khumalo unleashed this book to much yawn.

The timing could have been perfect and it comes with a punching story of a life of drug abuse.

But people felt cheated by a number of manipulated truths, such as Kelly parking her Hummer next to her mom's RDP house, which her show reveals as a five-roomed house.

A Bantu In My Bathroomby Eusebius McKaiser

I heard the first review of this book from a businessman who doesn't usually read to pass time.

He was raving.

I read it and I was shocked at McKaiser's no-holds-barred approach to SA's most controversial topics, such as black racists, his liking for gay black men, how he was raped as a child and admitting to thinking you can never know what the other person thinks of you in a relationship.

His writing style is off the hook.

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