Three new books crisscross that line between TV actors and the roles they play.
Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny (Hyperion) by Marlo Thomas, That Girl star in the '60s and second-generation TV actor, collects her memories as well as her interviews with comics ranging from Don Rickles to Jon Stewart.
Late, Late at Night (Touchstone) by Rick Springfield, pop star and longtime General Hospital heartthrob Dr. Noah Drake, is a memoir of show biz success and struggles with depression.
The Playbook: Suit Up. Score Chicks. Be Awesome. (Touchstone) by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn is a spoof on pickup guides that bears the name of the womanizing character Neil Patrick Harris plays on How I Met Your Mother.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor