Celebs are just like us â theyâve been spending a lot more time cooped up at home, making it much harder to track their goings on and whereabouts. Since weâve all been doing less socialising, that leaves more time for leisure activities, like reading. So why not put those two together and pick up one of the bestÂ celebÂ memoirs? Many of them are filled with juicy gossip, so youâll scratch that itch while adding to your reading pile.
The bestÂ celebÂ memoirsÂ are a great escape into the glamorous lives of movie stars, comedians and chart toppers. Sure, they can sometimes be guilty pleasures, but the tales of gossip, scandal, sex and drugs (cough, cough, Elton John) will keep you turning the pages. Others are incredibly inspiring â weâre looking at you, Michelle Obama. Either way, theyâre an inside look at intriguing public personas, so curl up with one of these bestÂ celebÂ memoirs.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
As one of the most famous first ladies of all time, Michelle Obama has made a deep impact on America that goes far beyond our borders. In one of the top-sellingÂ memoirsÂ ever published, she shares her full story, from growing up in the South Side of Chicago to working her way to Princeton to becoming a successful lawyer, a mother and the presidentâs wife. She shares her deepest thoughts at every stage, even revealing her marriage struggles. The tome is a deep dive into a true American icon.
Me by Elton John
Just like when he performs his music, Elton John doesnât hold anything back in his autobiography. Born Reginald Dwight, he tells of growing up as a shy boy in the London suburbs to early music struggles with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to becoming a global superstar. Truly living the sex, drugs and rock ânâ roll lifestyle, he spills it all, from his suicide attempt to befriending Princess Diana to finally conquering his addiction. Itâs easy to see why the living legend has always attracted the spotlight.
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
The sharp humour that Carrie Fisher was known for both on and off the screen comes to life in the pages of her first memoir. Inspired by her hit one-woman Broadway show, she shares the pressures of growing up as Hollywood royalty, dating (and briefly marrying) Paul Simon and what being Princess Leia was really like. Filled with wit and wisdom, itâs certainly a worthy read.
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Any fan of her poetry knows that Patti Smith has a way with words, which is on full display in her first memoir. Unlike many books written by stars, this one was a huge hit with critics, even earning her the National Book Award in 2010, truly earning its ranking in the bestÂ celebÂ memoirs. Her relationship with famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe takes centre-stage in the book, recounting its course over 20 years as Smith finds her path in New York Cityâs exploding 1970s punk scene.
Life by Keith Richards
The guitarist, singer and songwriter of the Rolling Stones practically invented the rock ânâ roll lifestyle. Life tells the story of Richardsâ groundbreaking band, from humble beginnings in a cheap London apartment where he lived with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, leading up to their global rock god status, and everything in between. From his relationships with Anita Pallenberg and Patti Hansen, to drama with his bandmates to the death of Brian Jones, Richards shares it all with searing honesty.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Long before âgirlbossâ was even a thing, Tina Fey was defining that role at NBC. The writer and comedian stretches back to her childhood and improv comedy past before dishing on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. She muses on breaking glass ceilings, women in comedy, motherhood and what went on when the camera wasnât rolling. Of course, sheâll also make you laugh â a lot.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Issa Rae isnât the first person to become famous from YouTube, but she might be one of the funniest. Launched in 2011, her Awkward Black Girl web series caught lots of attention for its cringe-inducing but knee-slapping take on everyday real life. Her 2015 memoir, which was published before her HBO series Insecure premiered, shares the same title as her show and riffs on what is was like growing up a little too weird and not quite feeling black enough.
In Pieces by Sally Field
Sally Field famously spent seven years writing her memoir, all without a ghostwriter, and that effort shows. In her incredibly vulnerable and deep-reaching book, she opens up about a childhood marred by sexual abuse from a family member, her lifelong feelings of loneliness, her rollercoaster relationship with Burt Reynolds and her illustrious career, including the scoop on her famous Oscar acceptance speech. The emotional depths of her book match the ones she is famous for portraying on the silver screen.
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
Since Nora Ephron is so well loved as a film director and screenwriter â with beloved movies such as Youâve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally under her belt â itâs easy to forget she was also a journalist. Her laser-sharp writing appeared in venerated publications like Esquire magazine. This 2006 tome, a blend of essays and memoir, includes that infamous essay about ageing, her career and New York City. Just like the author, the approach is a little quirky and very unique.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and Harmony Becker
This New York Times bestseller isnât your averageÂ celebrity memoir. Best known for playing Lt. Sulu on Star Trek in the 1960s, this graphic memoir tells the story of George Takeiâs childhood when he was imprisoned in an internment camp for those of Japanese descent in the United States during World War II. When he was four, his entire family was forced from their home into a concentration camp, where they were held for years. The book explores the courage he and his family showed as well as their hope in democracy.
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