We all know celebrities- but does anyone actually know them? Sure, you see them in TVs and movies and singing our favorite songs, but how much do we actually know about what goes on behind the scenes? If you’re really curious about where your favorite celebrities got to where they are today, you have to read their memoirs (if they have one, of course). Celeb memoirs give you more insight into their lives and what it’s like to live in the limelight, so make sure you add these 8 juicy celeb memoirs to your list:
This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
If you know Busy Philipps, you know she’s definitely one to make you laugh. And her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little, will do just that. But, she also touches on a lot of important moments throughout her life, such as her experience being a Barbie spokes-kid and starring on Freaks and Geeks, but also about the abortion she had as a teen and the struggles she faces in her marriage. Just like all of us, life is full of highs and lows.
The Beautiful Ones by Prince
Prince is undeniably one of the greatest artists of all time, and his memoir goes to show just how true that is. Prince started The Beautiful Ones before his death, but never had the chance to finish it. Part one of the book is in Prince’s own words as he discusses his childhood and rise to fame, but the rest of the book is written by Dan Piepenbring, who worked with Prince in his last few months.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Anything by Tine Fey is something I want to get my hands on. Bossypants was published in 2011, and Fey takes us throughout the ups and downs of her life, touching on everything from her rise to stardom to her days on Saturday Night Live. A short, but funny (of course, it’s Tina Fey) must-read.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
If you’re going to read anyone’s memoir, make it this one. Becoming gives us insight into the life of one of the most influential women of all time, making you feel like you’re actually friends with her. Michelle Obama describes Becoming as a “deeply personal experience” and talks about her experience being the first lady and a mother, and how she found her voice in the world.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah takes us through a funny, but honest journey of how he became who he is today. He was born under an apartheid in South Africa, to interracial parents, which was at the time illegal. It is bound to make you simultaneously laugh and cry, but did we really expect anything else from Trevor Noah?
My Life So Far by Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda is iconic, and her memoir is an absolute must read. Jane Fonda is so much more than just an actress, she’s a longtime activist, feminist, wife, and workout star. At 82 years old, she looks incredible and still speaks up firmly for what she believe in. My Life So Far takes you through the ups and downs of being a woman trying to make a change in the world.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore is undeniably one of the most well-known actresses of all time, but how much do we really know about her life? Wildflower gives you all the answers you could ever need. In her memoir, Drew Barrymore takes us her journey of becoming a star and the many obstacles she overcame in her life, which was anything but easy.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
The best memoirs are the ones that make you both laugh and cry, and Mindy Kaling’s does just that. Kaling candidly shares personal stories of her life in the limelight, with experiences falling in love at work to finding new friendships. She constantly reminds us that throughout all the difficulties we face in life, we just have to keep going.