It feels as if every celebrity has a book out these days; as if it is some kind of necessary assignment in Hollywood. Most of them follow the same formula - make ordinary people think we are normal too, which is often complete crap.
More often than not though, these anecdotes are superficial, and they always have some sort of cheesy title, usually complete with even cheesier puns. But one out of every (about) fifty celebrity books is an out of the park, awesome book; one that every person should actually read. But, like I said, those are quite rare. That said, these are the fifteen that I believe not only don't suck, but should be sitting proudly on your bookshelf (if it isn't already).
15 I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star - Judy Greer
14 14. Shopgirl - Steve Martin
13 Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna Kendrick
Have you seen her Twitter feed? If you haven’t, you need to ASAFP. At first, you think she has just had funny roles, but then you read her Tweets, and you realize that she is that funny IRL. Reading this book will make you realize even more that this is a person you could grab a beer with, and talk shit about everyone else in the room. Here's what Anna Kendrick has to say about the book:
“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I'd like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I'm very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”
12 Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person - Shonda Rhimes
11 Why not Me? - Mindy Kaling
10 Diary of a Mad Diva - Joan Rivers
9 My Story - Marilyn Monroe
8 Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography - Neil Patrick Harris
7 The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year - Andy Cohen
6 Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
5 Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
4 Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
3 Yes Please - Amy Poehler
2 Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
1 Bossypants - Tina Fey
I know, I know. Bossypants is at the top of every list, for both celebrity memoirs and books you should read in your twenties. Guess what - I don’t care. I would be remiss if I didn’t add this book to the top of the list. Not only did Tina Fey come from humble beginnings, but she takes us along on a tour of every awkward stage in her life. While reading you will feel as if you are there with her at Second City in Chicago, interviewing awkwardly with Lorne Michaels, playing Sarah Palin, and even in the writers' room for 30 Rock. Her voice is clear in this book, and it feels as if she is sitting across the table from you, at a diner, casually eating fries, while catching you up on the embarrassing stories of her past. If you don’t pick this up, you’re not living your best life.
Sources: Scrappy Little Nobody, Good Reads.
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