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Marion Barry’s autobiography promises “full story”

(Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP, File) (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP, File)

Looks like four-term mayor and now city councilman Marion Barry is truly adopting the moniker “Mayor for Life,” the faux honorific often used to refer to his Teflon-like ability to bounce back from adversity and win elections. It’s the title of his long-awaited (well, at least by some) autobiography, which is available for pre-sale now and will debut June 3.

It’s unclear how much of a tell-all “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” will be. But then again, it’s unclear how much there is to tell that hasn’t been hashed over in Hizzoner’s long, tumultuous, and well-documented career. The synopsis on Amazon (Disclosure: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post) describes the tome as “his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.””

“Full”? Meaning there’s something we missed, apparently.

It promises to be heavy on Barry’s early chapters, his poor upbringing in Mississippi and Memphis and his days as a civil rights leader. But wait… it also will delve into what he’s euphemistically calling “the night of embarrassment,” which, we’re assuming is the evening on which he was busted smoking crack in a hotel room.

Interestingly, the publisher is Strebor Books, the Atria Books/Simon & Schuster imprint run by local erotic-fiction author Zane, who is in the news of late because of the some $541,000 she owes the IRS and the state of Maryland in back taxes. Author Omar Tyree is listed as a “contributor.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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