Riding the Elephant
A more mature follow up to his first memoir, American On Purpose, Ferguson’s latest memoir in essays discusses themes like fatherhood, aging, and mortality with a new perspective. The former host of The Late Late Show shows a more self-reflective side of this Scottish-born comedian, but fans will recognize his signature wit as he candidly recounts tales from his youth and life experiences not appropriate for standup.
A Very Punchable Face
If you tune into Saturday Night Live most weekends, you’ve likely seen and heard Colin Jost. As the head writer and Weekend Update cohost, Jost’s familiar face is, according to some, quite punchable. In these hilarious essays, he shares things that might surprise (and disturb) you, like how an insect laid eggs inside his leg and how Jimmy Buffet saved his life. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek at what it’s like to be on SNL, what it was like to attend Harvard during the invention of Facebook, and his experience growing up on Staten Island. Jost’s comedic writing shines through, making this a book guaranteed to have you laughing out loud (we promise).
Brother & Sister
With popular movies from Annie Hall and The First Wives’ Club to Father of the Bride and Something’s Gotta Give on her resume, Keaton’s third memoir focuses on her relationship with her brother. Scattered with photos, journal entries, and letters, Keaton reflects on her brother’s life and the challenges that both brought them together and tore them apart. A heartfelt story of siblings, Keaton’s memoir will resonate with many of those who’ve had strained family relationships themselves.
Fashion designer Betsey Johnson went from a childhood in Connecticut with a white picket fence to a style icon. Her memoir delves deep into how she went from designing for other companies to building a self-made fashion empire, all while being a single mom. The main focus is on her career, but there are plenty of insights into her personal life, including her four husbands and her battle with breast cancer. The photographs sprinkled throughout add a visual element to the book that helps bring it to life.
Memoirs and Misinformation
Best known for his roles in movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Truman Show, Jim Carrey has had a successful acting career. And at the age of 58 he’s trying his hand at something new: a somewhat autobiographical novel. So, this isn’t exactly a memoir but… we think it still fits on this list. If you read it, you’ll know what we mean. A story about acting, celebrity, romance, and Hollywood, Carrey and Dana Vachon have constructed a unique blend of genres.
Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood
RuPaul’s Drag Race alums and hosts of the digital talk series UNHhhh, Trixie and Katya, have written a satirical guide to beauty and homemaking. This collection of essays, conversations, how to’s, and campy photos give advice on money, self love, friendship, and more. Both hilarious and insightful, this blend of tutorials and personal stories are as entertaining and hilarious as the drag superstars themselves.
A black girl from a small suburb in Kentucky who grew up in the internet age and became a YouTube celebrity, Akilah Hughes’ comedic book of essays is intimate and hilarious. The book is made up of short chapters with advice on growing up and navigating life challenges, as well as what it means to be “internet famous.” Hughes’ voice jumps off the page, pulling readers into her life as a spelling bee champion, 15-year-old high school graduate, and woman of color. It’s these snippets that are combined to give a full picture of her journey from Kentucky to Brooklyn, making for a highly readable, and enjoyable, experience.
No Walls and the Recurring Dream
Fans of the popular feminist singer, Ani DiFranco, will enjoy her new memoir that gives insight into her song lyrics and her difficult childhood. An emancipated minor who released her first album at the age of 18, DiFranco rose to fame in the mid-1990s. Known for her nonconformity, she uses this memoir as a way to show how you can be who you are and follow your dreams no matter what challenges might arise. Much like her songs, DiFranco uses poetic prose and her gift of storytelling to talk honestly about complicated subjects like reproductive rights, sexuality, and political activism. This coming-of-age story will give fans a better understanding and appreciation of DiFranco exactly as she is.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Best known for The Mindy Project, Kaling’s memoir is fun, light, and easy to read—perfect for getting you out of any kind of slump. Her observations on contemporary life mixed with her sense of humor make it a joy to read. The only woman on staff when she was hired as a writer and actor on The Office, Kaling’s unlikely rise to fame is an entertaining and, of course, funny journey. Kaling’s charming and refreshing personality makes it seem like you’re spending a long weekend with your best friend. If you don’t already want to be her BFF, this book is sure to change your mind.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
Looking for something a little different? Your search is over! In Harris’ “choose your own adventure” take on a memoir, he lets you choose what path he takes as you’re reading. Make the wrong choice and wind up suffering a hideous death at the hands of vicious piranhas. Pure entertainment, this book takes you on the set of How I Met Your Mother, backstage at awards shows, and gives you a peek into his family life. Plus there are magic tricks, cocktail recipes, and embarrassing childhood photos, which only adds to the unique experience.
There are a LOT of celebrity memoirs out there but not all of them are worth reading (sorry, but it’s true). So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to narrow them down and share with you the ones we love. From standup comedians and famous actors to fashion designers and musicians, you’re sure to find a celebrity memoir that appeals to your taste. We also find this genre to be particularly enjoyable on audio—especially if narrated by the author themselves—so download one on your phone and your favorite celebrity can join you while driving to work or doing the dishes!
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