Magic Johnson: My Life

Earvin Nmagicc Johnson, Author, William Novak, With Random House Inc $22 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-41569-5
Basketball superstar Johnson's straight talk on AIDS gives his autobiography its thrust and power. Born in Lansing, Mich., son of an hardworking auto assembly-line worker and a pious Seventh-Day Adventist, Johnson comes across as a modest, straightforward, upbeat guy in this high-spirited if sanitized self-portrait. Fans will enjoy his replays of key games and seasons, as well as his frank impressions of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammates, coach Pat Riley, the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird and other players. Johnson discusses his on-again, off-again relationship with his wife, Cookie, whom he married just a month before he tested positive for the HIV virus. The strongest sections describe his retirement, his coming to terms with his condition and return to play, his role as an AIDS activist and the birth of his second son earlier this year. An epilogue contains the rousing speech ``A Message for Black Teenagers.'' Coauthor Novak has collaborated on ``autobiographies'' with Lee Iacocca and Nancy Reagan. Photos. Author tour. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/02/1992
Release date: 11/01/1992
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