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Celeb Memoirs that Make You Want to Be Their BFF

by | March 15
Celeb Memoirs

Celebrity memoirs are everywhere these days! So many of our faves are picking up the pen and writing these incredible books that seem to be the next best thing to actually hanging out with—and hearing all about—them. But I’ve got to tell you a secret: I don’t read these books at all. I MUCH prefer to listen to celebrity memoirs over audio. Many authors read their memoirs on audio themselves, and getting to listen to Tiffany Haddish or Busy Philipps tell their story directly to you gives the whole experience a much more personal touch. So the next time you pick up a memoir by your favorite celebrity, consider going audio instead! To help you get started, here’s a list of some of my favorites.

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This Will Only Hurt a Little (Audio)

This Will Only Hurt a Little (Audio)

by Busy Philipps

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps is the most recent memoir I’ve listened to. This book has quite a wide breadth, from childhood through Cougar Town, and all the stuff in between. She is so candid and straightforward, that I was laughing and crying along with her. One of my favorite sections in the book is when Philipps discusses the origin of her friendship with Michelle Williams: a better pairing, I could not imagine.

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Wishful Drinking (Audio)

Wishful Drinking (Audio)

by Carrie Fisher

I read Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher a while ago in book form, but it still stands out as a riotous good time, now in audio. Carrie holds nothing back as she describes her family, her life, and her addictions. As with This Will Only Hurt a Little, there is a female relationship that drives so much of Wishful Drinking, and it is the relationship between Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Now I’m the kind of millennial who remembers Debbie Reynolds from Halloweentown over anything else, so I was shocked to learn that she was Carrie Fisher’s mother. Each new piece of information was another fascinating tidbit that pulled me along, while my sides were ripping from laughter along the way.

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The Last Black Unicorn (Audio)

The Last Black Unicorn (Audio)

by Tiffany Haddish

Another hilarious memoir, though totally different from either This Will Only Hurt a Little or Wishful Drinking, is The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. Now this might be called a memoir, but it honestly sounds like a stand-up routine that Haddish would perform onstage. Sure, there are some painful and emotional parts, but mostly this book is downright hilarious. Just get to the bit about Roscoe, and you’ll be wheezing; you’ll see.

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Cara Nesi is a sales rep at Simon & Schuster who sells to independent bookstores in the Midwest. She grew up in the suburbs of New York and attended the University of Pittsburgh before returning to start her career in publishing. She enjoys reading literary fiction, especially absurdist authors like George Saunders, but she also reads A LOT of fantasy, science fiction and young adult books. Occasionally, she writes some fiction and non-fiction too. You can find her on twitter at @caranesi.