By People Staff
June 23, 1980 12:00 PM

by Sidney Poitier

Though no literary stylist, the Oscar-winning actor (for 1964’s Lilies of the Field) has written a notably frank, affecting memoir. It runs from his childhood on a tiny Bahamian island to struggling years parking cars in Miami (he didn’t know how to drive when he took the job) to washing dishes in New York restaurants to his heyday as one of film’s biggest stars. He deals openly with his psychoanalysis, his first marriage, to model Juanita Hardy, his affairs (including nine years with Diahann Carroll), his love/hate relationship with Harry Belafonte and his struggles against Hollywood discrimination en route to his present eminence as a director. Poitier is more reticent about current wife Joanna Shimkus but does come across as a rounded, admittedly “stubborn” and ultimately likable figure. (Knopf, $12.95)