17 Celebrity Memoirs That Will Make You Cry, Laugh, and Give You Insight Into Your Favorite Stars
I know from firsthand experience that falling into a reading rut can be the absolute worst, especially when you have a TBR pile the size of Mount Everest on your bookshelf. Sometimes the reading brain needs a break from your typical beach reads or psychological thrillers. Enter: juicy celebrity memoirs. A memoir is a great pick-me-up read because, chances are, you're already pretty familiar with the author and you've developed a large enough interest that you're craving more. After much digging around, we've put together a handpicked reading list with books that are sure to make you cry, laugh until you almost pee your pants, or maybe even a little of both! From behind-the-scenes looks at our favorite reality franchises like The Bachelor to Hollywood secrets and relationships, we've got you covered. Happy reading!
Anna Faris is pulling back the curtain in Unqualified, a humorous memoir dedicated to learning how to love and advocate for yourself. She's sharing stories ranging from when she was in the third grade to how she's surviving parenthood, marriage, and everything in between — especially in Hollywood!
We're Going to Need More Wine
Widely known for her iconic role in the '90s film Bring It On, Gabrielle Union is opening up about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, and what it means to woman in today's society in her memoir, We're Going to Need More Wine. Union isn't holding anything back, including essays detailing her rise to fame and the unspeakable beauty standards that are demanded of women in Hollywood.
This Will Only Hurt a Little
In a very candid and real memoir, Busy shares her experiences with onset bullying and body shaming, as well as undergoing some of the most heart-shattering betrayals of her career. The Dawson's Creek actor also shines a light on her personal struggles with postpartum anxiety and the hurdles of motherhood in This Will Only Hurt a Little.
The Last Black Unicorn
Comedian Tiffany Haddish will have you fighting back tears of laughter with her book The Last Black Unicorn, an up-close and personal look at how her upbringing in South Central Los Angeles led her to be the jokester and actor she is today. They say laughter is the best medicine, so grab a copy of Haddish's memoir now!
At one point, Demi Moore was on the rise to becoming one of the highest-paid and most-respected actors in Hollywood; however, her battle with addiction and reoccurring body-image issues always interrupted her success. In Inside Out, Moore is sharing her life with the world and opening up about some of the most pivotal and public experiences (hint, Ashton Kutcher) of her life.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Since the age of 15, Rob Lowe has spent his life in the public eye, and he sure does have the anecdotes to prove it. In Stories I Only Tell My Friends, the West Wing actor is reminiscing on some of the wildest and most eye-opening experiences he's been a part of and how they've shaped his life today.
It'd been 25 years since Drew Barrymore published a memoir, and Wildflower was more than worth the wait! Growing up under the Hollywood spotlight, Barrymore has impacted the entertainment industry in more ways than one, and now she's diving into how she's learned to create a healthy, happy, and balanced life.
Life Will Be the Death of Me
If you've read any of Chelsea Handler's other memoirs, you know just how juicy and downright hilarious the comedian can be. In Life Will Be the Death of Me, Handler exposes the trials and tribulations of her year of self-discovery thanks to help from her assistants, her psychiatrist, her relatives, a shaman, and more than a handful of edibles.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Issa Rae isn't holding back in her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, a New York Times bestseller. Between juggling relationships, the workplace, friendships, and "rapping," Rae is laying it all out on the table, including learning to how to accept and love yourself.
The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
If you're looking for a juicy memoir packed with behind-the-scenes secrets and embarrassing celebrity interactions, you've come to the right place. The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year is everything you didn't know you needed! Told by Andy Cohen himself, this deeply personally memoir illustrates how Cohen literally built a place for himself on mainstream TV, quickly becoming the face of the Bravo network.
Why Not Me?
As if we need to give you a reason to read Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me?, the actor and writer is giving a never-before-scene look into her comedic, and sometimes sad, breakthrough journey into Hollywood. A collection of hilarious and juicy essays, you'll read about her secrets to being super glam, the ongoing pressure the media puts on women about looking a certain way and being a certain size, and her run-ins with celebs like Bradley Cooper!
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
From Brooklyn to Hollywood, Leah Remini doesn't back down from what she believes is right. Her frank memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, is an in-depth examination of her public and painful split from the Church of Scientology.
Around the Way Girl
Taraji P. Henson is spilling facts and figures in her renowned memoir, Around the Way Girl. The Empire star is recounting the challenges and disappointments of becoming an actor, particularly as a woman of color, while also giving a hilarious glimpse into some of her most memorable red carpet moments.
Over the Top
JVN fans, rejoice! Because honey, it's about to get crazy raw up in here. Over the Top is the ultimate road map of how Jonathan Van Ness made it from living in a small Midwestern town to being an all-around queen on Netflix's Queer Eye — including all the pit stops and hardships he faced along the way. He's getting raw and vulnerable while serving up some self-care advice with a side of sass.
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
You may know her from her comedy specials or pee-your-pants-funny films, but if there's one thing we love most about Amy Schumer, it's how relatable she is! Her extremely personal memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, is a minefield of heartfelt stories and essays on topics ranging from family relationships to dating and sex, and even those awkward stages of teenage puberty. Is there anything Schumer can't do? (The answer, as always, is no.)
Get ready to cry, laugh, and feel every emotion in between while reading Jessica Simpson's very raw New York Times bestseller, Open Book. The fashion icon and pop superstar is opening her heart to America and inviting readers on a journey of self-awareness and reflection.
The First Time
This list wouldn't be complete without a juicy Bachelor tell-all, now would it? Giving Bachelor Nation what they want, Colton Underwood is dishing on his experiences on The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and of course, being America's leading man on The Bachelor. The First Time is a behind-the-scenes look like no other.