Celebrity memoirs make for delicious reading because, let’s face it, the stars really are just like you and me. They are blessed with the same joys, and they suffer the same heartbreaks. Yet because they are celebrated, their lives are magnified. They’re just like the rest of us, only more so because we view them through the lens of fame. The latest memoirs from the stars answer the question we all ask: Just who are these people really? Their stories range from heartbreaking to hilarious. You won’t forget them.
Unqualified by Anna Faris
“I didn’t want a book that presents my life as idealistic,” the actress has said about her new memoir. “I wanted to show the fact that I am unqualified, and I don’t know what I’m doing, and I’m grateful for the people who love me anyway.”
Standing Strong by Teresa Giudice
“I’m still not happy with Joe,” she reveals about her husband. “Actually that’s the understatement of the friggin’ century. And I’m not going to hide it anymore,” writes the star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
The comedian writes about his violent marriage and growing up with an alcoholic father. “In life, you can choose to cry about the bullshit that happens to you or you can choose to laugh about it,” he writes. “I chose laughter.”
The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner
“The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated,” writes the Olympic gold winner about her gender reassignment surgery this past January. Jenner transitioned from male to female two years ago.
Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
“I got sober when I was just about to turn 27,” the 58-year-old Baldwin said in an interview. “And those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker … to my misery, boy, that was a tough time.” He added: “There was really, really a lot of pain in there. A lot of pain.”
Mayte Garcia: The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince
She writes about the iconic musician’s heartbreak when their child died just six days after birth. “I don’t think he ever got over it,” Garcia said. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.” Her ex-husband died in April 2016 from an accidental overdose.
Lily Collins: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me
She wrote the memoir hoping to inspire her young fans. “You have to come to terms with who you are, be proud of who you are, love yourself, and know what it is you need before you can love someone else fully,” she said. “[Self love] is the one and only love that you need first and foremost.” The actress is the daughter of musician Phil Collins.
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