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Jennifer Gray is out of the corner and on ‘s Best-Selling Books list: Her new memoir “Out of the Corner” (Ballantine, 352 pp.) Debuts at No. 34 this week.

In her memoir, Gray takes readers on a candid tour of her life and career, from her breakout performance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the “Dirty Dancing” role that changed it all, through her Season 11 win on “Dancing With the Stars, “sharing lessons on heartbreak, self-worth and family along the way.

“This book is a deep dive into my life. It’s choices that I made, whether consciously, reflexively, or because of what was modeled for me. As we age, we become more distilled versions of ourselves. It’s interesting to reframe things in a way with distance, with life having been lived, and realize there are certain things that I assumed were empirical truths that aren’t, ”Gray told.

“Writing the book forced me to really slow down and examine if the story I’ve been telling was giving me my best life … I got more out of writing this book than all the years of therapy because I wanted to be unflinching in my desire for my truth. “

Among the highlights, Gray talks about her early relationship with actor Matthew Broderick, her pandemic divorce from actor Clark Gregg and her upcoming role as adult Baby in the new “Dirty Dancing” film

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“Book Lovers,” by Emily Henry.

Emily Henry nabs her first No. 1

The third time on ‘s Best-Selling Books list is the charm for Emily Henry, who nabs her first No. 1 book with “Book Lovers.”

The rom-com novelist’s book focuses on cutthroat literary agent Nora Stephens, who goes on vacation to North Carolina. But instead of finding the good time she planned on, she instead bumps into brooding editor Charlie Lastra.

The last two years has been a build-up to the top spot for Henry, whose 2021 book “People We Meet on Vacation,” about a pair of friends reuniting on a road trip, reached No. 5; 2020’s “Beach Read,” about two writers who stay in neighboring beach houses for the summer, peaked at No. 25. Both books join “Book Lovers” on this week’s list, at No. 29 and No. 59, respectively.

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Naomi Judd on her struggles with depression

Nearly two weeks after the country icon’s death, Naomi Judd’s 2016 book “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” (Center Street, 320 pp.) Debuts on the best sellers list.

On April 30, Judd’s daughters Ashley and Wynnona Judd tweeted, “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory. ”

No further details of her death have been released. The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 1, as planned.

Wynonna Judd (second from the right) and sister Ashley Judd (left) stand next to the Judds' induction plaque during the Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

While promoting “River of Time” back in 2016, Judd opened up about her battle with depression, telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that she had been diagnosed with severe depression and had spent time in psychiatric hospitals. She said she was confronting lingering issues from her childhood as part of her therapy, including being molested by a relative when she was 3.

Judd also hit the best sellers list with “Love Can Build a Bridge” in November 1993. The book remained on the list for 12 weeks, going as high as No. 18. She would follow that with 2004’s “Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life,” which peaked at No. 42.

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Contributing: Pam Avilla,; Marcus K. Dowling, “Nashville Tennessean”

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