Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading


If you’re looking forward to catching up on your summer reading list this season, try adding these exciting celebrity memoirs to your round-up of top titles. Here’s our guide to the best stories of fame, fortune, and success, as we look at these page-turners which also take us into the fascinating private lives of our favourite celebs.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Random House: In light of the 86-year-old literary legend’s recent death, we couldn’t help but place her inspirational autobiography at the top of our list. Maya Angelou’s 1969 memoir details her rough childhood and her struggles against racism in the South. The timeless poet lived up to her iconic poem “Still I Rise”, putting a troubled past behind her.

Decoded by Jay-Z, Spiegel & Grau, Random House: The 44-year-old rap mogul is known for his smooth rhymes and catchy lyrics, especially after the release of his twelfth album Magna Carta…Holy Grail last July. His 2010 memoir Decoded takes us further back into the childhood, youth and early career of Jay-Z (whose real name is Shawn Carter). With a mix of lyrics and language as part of this edgy memoir, Decoded is the story of Jay-Z’s rags-to-riches rise to the top, from a troubled teen to a successful artist.

Bossypants by Tina Fey, Little, Brown and Company : With her sharp wit, 44-year-old comedienne Tina Fey has become a sensation thanks to her role as Liz Lemon on NBC’s 30 Rock and her work on Saturday Night Live. 2011’s Bossypants tells the tale of a girl who eventually saw her childhood dream come true! Her book even topped the New York Times best-seller list when it came out, with a very impressive 27 weeks on the list as a hardcover title and 19 weeks as a paperback edition.

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington, Random House: At age 73, American Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington is still an icon in the fashion industry. Her 2012 memoir shares the story of her adventures in both life and the sartorial world and later as a legendary force at Vogue. Even a car accident in her twenties couldn’t stop this Welsh-born beauty from becoming a stylish superpower.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers Press: In her lighthearted 2012 memoir, sassy 34-year-old comedy writer and actress Mindy Kaling spills all the details about her childhood in Massachusetts as the daughter of South Asian immigrants, her career struggles as an emerging comedienne in a tough business, and the many friendships she’s made along the way.

Then Again by Diane Keaton, Random House: When Annie Hall actress Diane Keaton published this tell-all memoir about herself and her mother in 2011, fans got a closer look at one of the most precious and memorable relationships in the star’s life. Then Again takes us into Diane Keaton’s childhood dream, all-American family life, and coming-of-age, which helped her develop into the daring and edgy Hollywood sensation she later became.

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