Loved That? Read This! Celebrity Author Edition

It's not really true until a famous person says it is...

Naturally, many of us are curious about celebrities beyond what we see on the big (and little) screen.  More so now than ever before, celebs are writing their memoirs and use them as an opportunity to take a stand on political issues, share juicy on-set details and let us into their personal histories from before they were ever mobbed by paparazzi.  We’ve paired five current bestsellers with read-alikes from the vault to keep you in good celebrity memoir standing.  All are interesting, insightful and poignant.  Enjoy!


dave barry

Loved That? Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

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Read This: Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States by Dave Barry

We love funny men.  Much like Aziz Ansari’s recounting of our collective romantic history in Modern Romance, A Sort of History retells the story of the founding of our nation in the droll voice we have come to expect from Barry, an award-winning author best known for his long-running humor column in The Miami Herald.


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Loved That? Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

Read This: Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!  Just as Holly describes the (horrifying) behind-the-scenes world of the Playboy mansion, McCormick rehashes the dark side of growing up in the spotlight and shedding her squeaky-clean image.  Surprisingly more disturbing than Madison’s tale, you will not be able to put this memoir down.




betty white

Loved That? A Full Life by Jimmy Carter

Read This: If You Ask Me by Betty White

We know what you are thinking—how can we compare Jimmy Carter to Betty White? Life experience. You don’t live over 90 years and have nothing to say about it! White is funny and honest in her recounting of growing up, fame and being a woman.  The strong focus on the past 15 years is full of tidbits women of all ages can relate to.


 nick offerman and mike birbiglia

Loved That? Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman

Read This: Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia 

Don’t let “men talking about men things” turn you off to either of these hilarious books.  Birbiglia brings his sweet, funny voice to this collection of essays about life.  He takes a deeper (and still laugh-out-loud) look at becoming a stand-up comedian, some of which you may have heard chronicled on This American Life.  A feel-good read by a lovable guy.


Read any great celebrity memoirs lately? Tell us your favorites in the comments! 


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About Laura Brennan

LAURA BRENNAN is a writer and librarian. When she isn’t working, you can find her reading, watching Golden Girls on DVD, or eating green olives straight from the jar. Her style icon is still Clarissa Darling. She once saw Dennis Leary in Harvard Square and it was awesome. Follow Laura on Twitter @missizb31.

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