Well, at least this isn't a "memoir." The recent "My Crazy Beautiful Life" by Ke$ha is billed as a "photo journal and scrapbook."
You know Ke$ha: She of the blue lipstick and such notable lyrics as "Before I leave / Brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack," from "Tik Tok," the 6-million-copy-selling 2009 single. Because, you know, when she leaves for the night, she ain't coming back.
"My Crazy Beautiful Life" (Touchstone; $22.99) is truly for the fans, her "Animals," as she calls them. The 190 pages are "for the freaks, the mad ones, the passionate dreamers, the crazy kids, and the animals who every single night live life as if it were the last night of their lives."
It's also for the reading-averse. The text is basically elongated captions, which isn't a bad thing. And what that text tells us is heartfelt and extraordinary at times. Ke$ha was raised by a single mother, did well in high school and tossed aside acceptance letters to Ivy League schools to go out to Los Angeles and work with Dr. Luke.
The rest, as they say, is history. Pretty good for a gal who left Nashville with "a guitar, a laptop and a mission."