A Day in the Life: Best Celebrity Memoirs
You know you’ve really made it as a celebrity when you’re famous enough to put out a memoir. While many celebrity memoirs can be self-indulgent and badly written, here are 10 of our favorite celeb penned books that will make you laugh, make you cry, and perhaps make you see the author in a whole new light.
Tina Fey’s Bossypants
Written by SNL alumni and 30 Rock creator Tina Fey, Bossypants isn’t recommended for your morning commute. But only because it’ll have you snorting out loud on the subway. Fey’s self-deprecating self-reflections and fascinating childhood stories range from hilarious, to dark, to downright embarrassing.
Our favorite chapter is called “Dear Internet” in which she addresses the musings of anonymous commenters: “’Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, bitchy, overrated troll.’ … To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.”
Bossypants was published in 2011 and has sold over 3.75 million copies to date.
Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook
British comedian Russell Brand bared all in his 2007 memoir My Booky Wook. Don’t be fooled by the whimsical title. In it, Brand delves deep and takes us through his awkward youth — he describes handling his first time with a woman like “a man struggling to build a cuckoo clock in oven gloves” — his drug addiction which began at age 16, and his subsequent journey to sobriety.
Brand’s book is one of our favorites because of its frank and humorous approach to what many would consider a hard life lived. It’s apparent that Brand knows himself well, dark corners and all, and isn’t afraid to share that with the world.
Leah Remini’s Trouble Maker
Most people who leave the Church of Scientology do so quietly out of fear of retaliation from the shadowy organization, but Leah Remini is not one to be intimidated. The former King of Queens actress was a member of the Church for over 30 years before she up and quit in 2013.
Two years later Remini published her memoir Trouble Maker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, in which she confirms many of the rumors that had long been swirling around the organization, including that they physically, mentally, and financially abuse their members. Aside from all of the shocking revelations it contains, we love this memoir because it’s just so damn ballsy.