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Just in time for the James Brown biopic Get On Up, another of his children has written a book.

In Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me, Dr. Yamma Brown “shares an intimate, heartbreaking, and hopeful story,” according to a news release from her publisher, Chicago Review Press.

The book promises to be “more than a celebrity tell-all,” according to the release. “Anyone who has faced domestic and emotional abuse will sympathize and relate to Yamma, and cheer for her as she learns to relish in her accomplishments in spite of herself.”

Yamma Brown, the youngest daughter of James Brown and his second wife, DeeDee Jenkins, lives in Augusta.

The book is expected to be available in September.

George W. completes biography of his dad

NEW YORK — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released Nov. 11. In 2010, Crown published the younger Bush’s million-selling memoir, Decision Points.

“George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father,” George W. said in a statement issued by Crown. “I loved writing the story of his life, and I hope others enjoy reading it.”

According to Crown, the book will cover the elder Bush’s whole life and his influence on his son, from George W.’s “childhood in West Texas to his early campaign trips with his father, and from his decision to go into politics to his own two-term presidency.”

Hijuelos novel to be published next year

NEW YORK — A novel completed by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos shortly before his death last year will be published in the fall of 2015.

Grand Central Publisher announced Wednesday it has acquired Hijuelos’ Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise, based on the friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. Grand Central will also publish Hijuelos’ Another Spaniard in the Works, a short story about a musician who meets John Lennon in 1980, the year a deranged fan killed the ex-Beatle.

Hijuelos is best known for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, a 1989 novel about Cuban musicians that won the Pulitzer.


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