Although reading non-fiction books may appear boring, memoirs can give you an interesting look into someone else’s life, and what better item to bring along a plan ride or beach trip than a good book. While reading the autobiography, you are able to learn from their mistakes, become more empathetic and get a better understanding about someone you admire. Listed below are ten celebrity memoirs worth checking out.
1. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
Released in 2011, this memoir gives an inside scoop into the life of the very talented Tina Fey, the creative mind behind the iconic movie, “Mean Girls” and the Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Guaranteed to keep you laughing, readers see Fey start as a girl with a dream to her one-sided college fling to her days as an SNL writer. Fey spills all of the secrets of her life and reminds people you’re nobody until someone calls you bossy.
2. “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” by Mindy Kaling
In her first autobiography, actress Mindy Kaling, best known for “The Mindy Project,” “The Office” and most recently, “Ocean’s 8,” writes about the many roles she played throughout her life including the obedient child of immigrant parents, a playwright and a comedy writer. The book appeared on the New York Times’ bestsellers list for five weeks, and following its success, she published the sequel, “Why Not Me?,” which reached No.1 on the New York Times’ bestsellers list, in September 2015.
3. “Scrappy Little Nobody” by Anna Kendrick
Throughout her book, Pitch Perfect star, Anna Kendrick recalls extraordinary personal stories with razor sharp wit from her unique path to becoming an actress, her life as a child actor on Broadway to filming “Twilight” and “Up in the Air.” Readers are given a look into her rise from a scrappy little nobody to a successful singer and actress.
4 “Born A Crime” by Trevor Noah
Literally born a crime, Trevor Noah was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, and at the time, their relationship was punishable by five years in prison. As living proof of his parent’s violation, Noah’s mother kept him indoors for the beginning of his life out of fear of the government taking him away. In 18 personal encounters, Noah tells the story about a rebellious boy trying to find his place in a world that he was never supposed to be a part of.
5. “Around the Way Girl” by Taraji P. Henson
The dynamic actress behind iconic characters such as Cookie from “Empire” and Katherine from “Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson opens up about the stories of her family, telling readers about her father, a Vietnam veteran who never allowed life to break him, and her mother, a survivor of violence both at home and on DC’s hostile streets. She also writes about her time at Howard University, the difficulty behind her journey to becoming an actress and overcoming hardships.
6. “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me ” by Lily Collins
Through her collection of essays, Golden-Globe nominated actress, Lily Collins opens the door for honest conversations concerning issues that young women struggle with such as self-confidence, dating, body image, family and so much more. Showcasing her own dark battles, Collins reminds readers they are not alone and inspires people to love themselves.
7. “We’re Going to Need More Wine” by Gabrielle Union
Dripping with wisdom and humor, Gabrielle Union writes about important issues such as beauty ideals, bullying and the beef between women in the entertainment industry. As she recalls growing up in white California suburbia, dealing with the divorce of her parents, the struggles of puberty and so much more, Union showcases the importance of self-awareness, being kind, confidence and supporting one another.
8. “Seriously…I’m Kidding” by Ellen DeGeneres
In her hilarious tell-all, beloved talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres welcomes you into her life, and her honesty will only make you love her more. “I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled.” DeGeneres writes.
9. “The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish
Breakout comedian and actress, Tiffany Haddish hysterically writes about growing up in a poor neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles where she learned to survive by being funny hoping kids would let her copy their homework, avoid getting beat up by the other foster kids and maybe get a boyfriend. You’ll have to check out her book if you want to find out if any of that worked out her. Spoiler alert, she’s still single.
10. “Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss” by Tyra Banks and Carolyn London
A perfect collaboration between a mother and her daughter, Tyra Banks and her mom, Carolyn London share Banks’ journey from becoming an insecure girl to the supermodel and savvy businesswoman she is today. Opening up about the good and the bad, Banks and her mama offer a book that will lift your spirits and keep you dying from laughter at the same time.
Often times, fans get caught up in the idea of fame and the money and assume that a celebrity’s life must be perfect, but this is never the truth. One of the biggest lessons that I think comes out of reading a memoir is that you never know someone’s story until they tell you, so don’t make assumptions. Instead, pop open their books and read for yourself.