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Buzz In: How Do You Feel About Celebrity-Penned Books?

Actors are always looking to expand their horizons, and though most head towards music or clothing lines, a few brave souls venture into the wide world of literature. Some celebs have tried their hand at writing fiction — like Steve Martin's Shopgirl or Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State — while others find fodder in their own life stories.

I have to admit that I kind of loved Tori Spelling's sTORI Telling, and lately I've been considering exploring the buzz behind Lauren Conrad's LA Candy (don't judge me). I've also heard that Tracy Morgan's I am the New Black is a good beach read, and on the flip side, a few of my Sugar buddies hated Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea.

Clearly there are a lot of options out there, but just because a book is a best seller doesn't mean it's a great read. How do you feel about celebrity-penned books? Which ones have you loved and which have you hated?

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lawchick lawchick 7 years
Oooh I loved "Vodka." It's the same kind of humor as David Sedaris, but a little dirtier/more juvenile and admittedly not nearly as well-written. But it had me in stitches!
jelibeann jelibeann 7 years
I actually don't watch Chelsea Handler's show, but a friend lent me her book and I thought it was hysterical...helped get me through a seven-hour red-eye flight. I also enjoyed the movie Shopgirl - but didn't realize it was a book until now - I'll have to check that out.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
I didn't read Shopgirl but I did watch the movie and liked it. I think a lot of people in the entertainment industry are very creative and talented. However, I remain skeptical about spending money on reality tv star memoirs and books...and fashion lines etc.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 7 years
I'm with Molly, Shopgirl was alright but Steve Martin's 'The Pleasure of My Company' is one of my favorite books of all time. His memoir- 'Born Standing Up' is also a great read.
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
i wouldn't read conrad, only b/c if i'm not mistaken it was written by a ghost writer and i just find that dishonest. Chelsea Handler is a trip and i haven't read any of Steve Martin's books yet, but i will check them out.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I ***loved*** Are You There Vodka? It totally cracked me up. I would, however, never read anything by Lauren Conrad. I mean, from what I've read, why doesn't she just write a memoir and call it what it is?
Molly Molly 7 years
I hated Are You There Vodka, liked Shopgirl, but preferred Steve Martin's The Pleasure of My Company. I remember so vividly reading Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State. I also really enjoyed Kathy Griffin's book — it was way more touching than I expected it to be and interesting to read about coming up in that world of female comics.
belle28 belle28 7 years
I adore Chelsea Handler, which tells you it means a lot when I say I didn't care much for 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea'. Her first book was MUCH better. As for the others, I think that expressing yourself through the written word is a talent lots of people have--so why not celebrities?
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