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Notable: Big names on the small screen


Big names on the small screen

Three new books look at the lives of people who had a huge impact on television.

Cosby: His Life and Times (Simon & Schuster) by Mark Whitaker is the first major biography of the comic icon, based on extensive interviews with him and others, published on the 30th anniversary of the debut of The Cosby Show.

Even This I Get to Experience (Penguin Press) by Norman Lear is a memoir that ranges over nine decades by one of the most influential figures in TV history, creator of All in the Family and many other memorable shows.

The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour — and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News (Penguin Press) by Sheila Weller is a triple biography of three ambitious, successful newscasters and journalists, part history, part dish.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor