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Celebrity Books You Need To Add To Your Shelf This Year

by | October 18

Growing up I enjoyed watching MTV Cribs and VH1’s The Fabulous Life of… and I loved flipping through magazines like Seventeen, US Weekly, People, and YM to find out what my favorite celebs were up to. I wanted to know Christina Aguilera’s favorite color or Justin Timberlake’s favorite movie. Now with social media I can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what life is supposedly like for the celebrities I love.

But what’s even better than following them on social media is hearing from them (in their own words) about how they have grown and developed their talents over the years. If there was a project that made them uncomfortable or that they regretted working on and why! That’s the reason I love reading celeb memoirs. It allows you to get the scoop right from the source.

These stars are sharing their stories and lessons learned over the years. Whether you’re looking for the perfect celeb read for yourself or looking for a gift for a friend (the holidays are right around the corner), there are plenty of amazing books to choose from this year!

Whiskey in a Teacup

Whiskey in a Teacup

by Reese Witherspoon

This is Reese Witherspoon’s first book and it is one that I have been eagerly anticipating since I first heard about it. Reese shares how she infuses her Southern upbringing and teachings from her grandmother into her daily life. It is the lifestyle book to have this year. Reese is not only an Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur, she is also a book lover. She even shares a bit about “The Perfect Book Club” and how she organizes her bookshelves.

Cravings: Hungry for More

Cravings: Hungry for More

by Chrissy Teigen

Looking for something yummy to eat? Chrissy Teigen has you covered with a ton of recipes in her second cookbook. She is a girl after my own heart with the way she talks about food in this book. Intertwined with delicious recipes, Chrissy dishes about her personal life and adjusting to parenthood. I’ll be grabbing this book to try out some of her comfort food recipes as I watch another episode of Lip Sync Battle!

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American Like Me

American Like Me

by America Ferrera

In American Like Me, over thirty celebrities (including Lin Manuel Miranda, Uzo Aduba, and Kal Penn) share their stories about growing up between cultures. As a first-generation kid, I am SO excited for everyone to read this book! This book was SOOOOO relatable to me and I imagine that many people around the country will feel the same.

I grew up in the small town of Akron, Ohio. While there were pockets of diversity and communities of Indo-Pakistani people that I met through my mosque, at my schools I was often the only non-white kid apart from my siblings. I loved growing up knowing two languages (English and Urdu) and enjoyed watching countless Bollywood movies with my family. What I didn’t love—when my friends asked why my mom was wearing “those weird clothes.” Even today, nobody can ever seem to pronounce my name correctly, so I’ve adopted an easy name (Sarah) to use at Starbucks, Panera, and anywhere else where you have your name called when your order is ready for pickup.

My Squirrel Days

My Squirrel Days

by Ellie Kemper

The hilarious star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ellie Kemper, shares a collection of personal essays in her debut memoir, My Squirrel Days! In this book, she chronicles her journey from growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis to moving to Los Angeles and getting her big break in Hollywood. Ellie Kemper brings her comedic spin to these essays—entertaining us with stories about falling on Doris Kearns Goodwin, inadvertently insulting someone famous at the Emmy Awards, and more.

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This Will Only Hurt a Little

This Will Only Hurt a Little

by Busy Philipps

If you enjoy watching Busy Philipps’ Instagram stories, I’m sure you’ll want to read this book, which gives us an inside look at her life. This memoir is honest, funny, and at times painfully candid. The Freaks and Geeks star shares stories from her teenage years to adjusting to motherhood and everything in between.

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My Love Story

My Love Story

by Tina Turner

Tina Turner’s My Love Story features stories from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s. In this beautiful memoir, one of the best-selling artists of all time details her personal history—from her darkest hours to her happiest moments.

Hindsight

Hindsight

by Justin Timberlake

If you were a fan of Justin Timberlake from his days in *NSYNC, like I was, or if you are a newer fan of his, you will want to get your hands on his new book. Hindsight  includes pictures of and stories about his life—from his early days as a Mouseketeer to his present life as an artist and father.

Becoming

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a new memoir, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! She reveals stories from her childhood in Chicago to life on Pennsylvania Avenue as FLOTUS. She details private and public ups and downs and other life experiences that have shaped the woman she is today. I’m hoping she will also reveal some of the details about what she and our former president have been up to since leaving the White House and how they are helping to make a difference through the Obama Foundation.

Lessons

Lessons

by Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel Giselle Bündchen shares her personal stories and insights, along with photos, to explore lessons that have shaped her life. You might recognize her from her struts down the runway in many Victoria Secret fashion shows. She also has a husband that is kinda famous—he supposedly is a champion football player (Tom Brady) on a team called the Patriots.

Giselle’s journey began in southern Brazil where she grew up with five sisters. She was spotted by a modeling scout in São Paulo when she was fourteen. Four years after that she debuted in Alexander McQueen’s spring 1998 London runway show, which officially launched her career as a model. In her book, Lessons, she details her journey and the challenges she had to overcome.

Never Grow Up

Never Grow Up

by Jackie Chan

I think the first Jackie Chan movie I ever watched was Rush Hour, and I remember being mesmerized by his martial arts skills. I was surprised to learn in later years that he did all his own fight scenes and stunts. In his upcoming memoir, Never Grow Up, Chan reflects on his early childhood years at the China Drama Academy to his big breaks in Hong Kong, Hollywood, and beyond.

In 2016, he received an honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievement in film (he starred in over 200 films during his fifty-six years in the industry)! This memoir details his story with the same openness he brought to the blooper reels at the end of his many movies.

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).