Celebrity memoirs — those perennial bestsellers and money-makers — are having a big moment right now in pop culture. Matthew Perry’s Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is understandably back near the top of the bestseller list; Britney Spears’
I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy is good and well-written! I love how Julia Fox loves New York in her memoir, Down the Drain.
Open - Andre Agassi (ghostwritten by JR Moehringer) - it's excellent.
The random celebrity memoir that hooked me was Rob Lowe’s Stories I tell my Friends. I listened to the audiobook and it was full of 80s nostalgia and just good storytelling.
Finding Me by Viola Davis was very powerful
Jessica Simpson's memoir was great--a massive surprise LOVE for me. I really liked Britney Spear's memoir and Spare was very well-written.
Pamela Anderson's memoir and Greenlights were both pretty overrated. Anytime a celeb puts their own poetry in, I'm wary. 🤣
I'm listening to the audiobook of Jennette McCurdy's (I think the only celeb memoir I've ever read?), and it is tragically compelling and very readable/listenable, with some welcome (black) humor interlaced throughout, but it reinforces my slight distrust towards the memoir genre as a whole, because there's so many back-and-forth conversations that are recounted word for word from her childhood (including from when she was 8-and-under), and there's just no way any human remembers all that. I know the essence of the interactions are probably being relayed truthfully, but it bugs me that memoirs fudge this line, so I can't fully invest in the person's "reality" or "truth" that I'm supposed to be getting.
There's a number of celeb memoirs I've heard are good that are on my TBR but they never seem to be high-priority enough for me to actually read them, lol: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (probably the highest priority); both of David Niven's, especially The Moon's a Balloon; Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner; Open by Andre Agassi; Finding Me by Viola Davis; Born Standing Up by Steve Martin; Charlie Chaplin's autobiography; Bossypants by Tina Fey; My Life in France by Julia Child; Just Kids by Patti Smith; Self-Portrait by Gene Tierney; Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm Macdonald; In Pieces by Sally Field; Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain; Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies...and maaaybe the ones from Will Smith, James Cagney, Lauren Bacall, and Simu Liu as well.
Don't @ me but Woody Allen's memoir was really interesting. It's a full-on history of his life, movies, etc., but he also fully addresses all the scandals -- and defends himself admirably, I think.
Pageboy by Elliot Page was excellent!!
I have yet to see anyone top Norm MacDonald’s “Based on a True Story” except maybe Keith Richards’”Life”.
The audiobook version of Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
Yes I Can by Sammy Davis Jr. Thirty years after reading it I still think about him being paid to entertain at hotels who would not rent him a room in Las Vegas. He absolutely changed the lives of his following generation.
Two of my faves: Jessica Simpson's and Elton John's.
Mike Nichols: A Life,” by Mark Harris is a terrific read. As a comic, he and Elaine May were amazing. As a director of theater and film, he was brilliant.
I love a good memoir! Recent ones I listened to and loved: Hello, Molly! (Molly Shannon) was just an amazing story and I loved all the "characters" especially her Dad. And Frank Bruni's Born Round and The Beauty of Dusk - both so different but so good.
okay celebrity memoirs (or biographies) are like my second favorite genres.
dreamgirl: my life as a supreme by mary wilson - i mean WOW!
just as i am by cicely tyson - the backstories of her and miles davis are ...
bad mormon by heather gay - this one is for my real housewives fans
my tbr list consists of:
travis barker’s memoir
sparrow by harry (tbr after i finish the crown and diana’s book)
nobu - by nobu (yes the restaurant guy)
kitchen confidential by anthony bourdain - i hear this is such a good book
I highly recommended listening to the audio version of Elton John’s memoir!!