We’ve all been there: you pick up the new read from your favorite celebrity, cuddle under a cozy blanket on the couch, then crack open the book to find… it’s terrible. The vapid celebrity memoir is an American staple, but luckily, not all stars succumb to literary sins. Here are books 11 – 20 of 50 books written by celebrities that are actually worth a read. Go to the ETI tomorrow at noon to see more of the list.
Unafraid to provoke, Dunham’s signature feminism shines through every sentence as she details the hilarious parts of her life, as well as the horrific, in a thought-provoking essay collection.
Many of the books on this list owe something to the Saturday Night Live alum’s blockbuster book of essays, which has sold more than 3.75 million copies. Those numbers proved readers wanted this kind of bold, feminist humor — especially when it’s written in such spectacular fashion.
The Back to the Future star’s heart-wrenching memoir details how he lived secretly for years with Parkinson’s disease before publicly sharing the diagnosis in 1998. Fox’s positivity permeates the pages, and the reader’s left with a distinct feeling of hope.
The Oscar-nominated actress proved she’s a lot more than just Precious in this engrossing memoir that reflects on the struggles of her childhood and her recent life. Come for the story of the time she worked as a sex phone “talker,” and stay for her inspiring wisdom.
Mia Farrow delves into her relationship with Woody Allen in this difficult memoir, in which she recounts her partner beginning a relationship with her adopted daughter. She writes, “I found myself experiencing the same creeping fear I’d had as a child, after the polio: that I had unknowingly brought danger into my family and that I might have contaminated those I loved the most.” It’s essential reading to fully understand the renewed allegations against Allen from a few years back and the continuing fall-out.
The late, great Star Wars actress’s juiciest memoir is The Princess Diarist, in which she revealed an affair with Harrison Ford. But Wishful Drinking, based on her one-woman show, is arguably the more intriguing book. Her first memoir after four novels, it’s full of her signature wit.
The Mindy Project was still a year away from its birth when Kaling’s first essay collection came out, and the world wasn’t yet aware that her comedic genius went much further than the role of Kelly Kapoor on The Office. The book’s hysterical commentary on friendship and dating turned her into a sensation, and a follow-up, Why Not Me?, was equally irresistible.
The Oscar-nominated star of Fearless and former co-host of The View reveals the truth of her distressing upbringing in her memoir, subtitled “How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).” That aptly summarizes Perez’s ability to mix cheeky humor and serious reflection upon her challenging upbringing.
The actress detailed in 2005 her journey to that point, including her childhood, her career, and her controversial activism. That last one makes this book more illuminating than your average tell-all, as does her strong, feminist point-of-view.
This reality show memoir is far better than it has any right to be. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star dished on her dramatic divorce from Eddie Cibrian (tabloid catnip thanks to his affair with LeAnn Rimes), and with nothing to lose, Glanville’s look back is a self-deprecating romp.
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