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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Controversial. Cathartic. Painful. These are the types of responses the former presidential nominee stirred with her new memoir about the 2016 election. Filled with revelations, criticism (of the likes of Matt Lauer, James Comey, and -- unsurprisingly -- Donald Trump), What Happened is first and foremost Clinton's truth. "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was on a wire without a net," she writes. "Now I'm letting my guard down."
Buy It! What Happened, $30; amazon.com
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It Takes Two: Our Story by Jonathan and Drew Scott
In their revealing memoir, the Property Brothers stars share stories about their rise to fame — including their years modeling and acting — and also open up about their past financial struggles, which saw Jonathan filing for bankruptcy and Drew racking up $100,000 in debt. “We didn’t want to cut anything out of the book,” Jonathan tells PEOPLE. “We talk about all the highs and all the lows."
Buy It! It Takes Two: Our Story, $27; amazon.com
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Believe Me by Yolanda Hadid
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans have watched Hadid bravely battle the effects of Lyme disease, and in this personal memoir, she takes you inside her struggle — including how her illness drove her to contemplate suicide. “As difficult as these past five years have been, I am so grateful that this journey has led me to living in the light,” she says. “I have had it all and lost it all, only to realize that less is more, money can’t buy you health or happiness, and one day at a time is good enough.”
Buy It! Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisibility of Lyme Disease, $26.99; amazon.com
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I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart
If you want proof that the best comedy is often drawn from pain, then check out Hart's new memoir. Hilarious and sometimes heart wrenching, he reveals what it was like growing up with an alcoholic father and recounts his own violent marriage. "In life, you can choose to cry about the bullshit that happens to you or you can choose to laugh about it," he writes. "I chose laughter."
Buy It! I Can't Make This Up, $26.99; amazon.com
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Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life by Sanya Richards-Ross
The Olympic-gold medalist may burn up the track, but she's struggled with love, family and identity. From a shocking event that impacted her performance at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games to the constant pressure to outperform everyone else, Richards-Ross shares her story in the hopes of pushing others forward.
Buy It! Chasing Grace, $24.99; amazon.com
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Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular by Mayim Bialik
A self-described "late bloomer," The Big Bang Theory star wrote this girl's guide to growing up by drawing on her own experience -- and the many years she studied neuroscience. Bialik uses her personal wisdom and fun facts to help girls navigate school pressures, crushes, and body changes.
Buy It! Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, $11.39; amazon.com
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There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch by Kelly Osbourne
If brutal honesty is your favorite memoir style, Kelly Osbourne's new book is for you. She writes about a range of issues from bullying, body image and fashion to drug addiction and her crazy childhood. She also reflects on the time both of her parents almost died -- and her visit to a mental institution.
Buy It! There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch, $21.60; amazon.com
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Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood by Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas
In Hollywood, long-lasting marriages are rare -- except for actor Kirk Douglas' relationship with his wife. In this collection of love letters, Kirk and Anne Douglas reflect on the romance behind their more-than-60-year marriage (hint: fidelity isn't the answer). They even share the precious time they had with Elizabeth Taylor and her third husband before he died tragically.
Buy It! Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood, $16.50; amazon.com
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The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner’s memoir hasn’t been released yet, but the celebrity world is already abuzz. The book reveals that Jenner (who transitioned from male to female two years ago) had gender reassignment surgery this past January. "The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful but liberated," she writes in the memoir, according to RadarOnline. The book promises to track Jenner’s journey from a hyper-masculine Olympic gold winner to her difficult but liberating decision to transition. It will also delve into her complicated relationship with her family — including the ever-popular Kardashian clan.
Buy It! The Secrets of My Life, $30; amazon.com
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Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
From drug and alcohol abuse to a rift with his daughter, there is plenty of interesting drama in the actor’s new memoir. "I got sober when I was just about to turn 27," Baldwin (now 58) said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos. "And those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker … to my misery, boy, that was a tough time." He added: "There was really, really a lot of pain in there. A lot of pain."
Buy It! Nevertheless, $28.99; amazon.com
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Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith
Mike Nesmith of the Monkees wrote a memoir that promises to be a psychedelic, nostalgic trip for many fans when it releases on April 18. The artist recounts his financial struggles, an undiagnosed disease that almost crippled him, drug use and his 'bromance' with Jack Nicholson. At the end of the book, readers will be torn between loving him as an artist and admiring his resilience.
Buy It! Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff, $28; amazon.com
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Katey Sagal: Grace Notes: My Recollections
The Sons of Anarchy star reflects on her 15-year battle with drug addiction and her on-off romance with KISS's Gene Simmons back when she was a singing waitress in Santa Monica in this gripping memoir. Though Sagal and Simmons dated for years, she admits, "I thought Gene was really weird." The actress also reveals that another musician once proposed to her, and when she told Simmons she'd turn down the offer if he married her instead, he simply laughed at the proposition.
Grace Notes: My Recollections, $26; amazon.com
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Mayte Garcia: The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince
In her memoir, the iconic singer's ex-wife tells of their passionate love, their excitement about their baby, Amir, and the pain and heartbreak that followed when their child, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, died just six days later. “I don’t think he ever got over it,” Garcia told PEOPLE of her ex-husband, who died in April 2016 from an accidental overdose. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.”
Buy It! The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince, $27; amazon.com
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Lily Collins: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me
The actress has experienced too much hardship in her 27 years. In her new collection of essays, Collins delves into her long struggle with eating disorders, the truth about her abusive and alcoholic ex-boyfriends, and her absentee dad, Phil Collins. She wrote the memoir in the hopes that it will inspire her young fans. "You have to come to terms with who you are, be proud of who you are, love yourself, and know what it is you need before you can love someone else fully," she told PEOPLE. "[Self love] is the one and only love that you need first and foremost."
Buy It! Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, $11.48; amazon.com
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Gabourey Sidibe: This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Gabby is just as complex as the roles she's played in the 2009 movie, Precious, and the hit show Empire. In her new memoir she discusses her weight-loss surgery, her love for her body, dating and the surprising fact that she worked as a phone-sex company for three years before becoming a star.
A mix of complexity, intelligence and humor, Gabby's book promises to be as big a success as her acting when it hits shelves in May.
Buy It! This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, $11.99; amazon.com
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Mackenzie Phillips: Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction
In her previous book, High On Arrival, Phillips delved into her history of drug addiction and revealed she had a ten-year-long incestuous affair with her father, The Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips. In this new collection of essays she further reflects on her painful past. She also draws from her work as drug rehab counselor to guide others struggling with addiction. "I’ve changed my life and think it’s important for people to see you can recover," said Phillips. "Shame is an illusion."
Buy It! Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction, $10.72; amazon.com
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Judy Collins: Cravings: How I Conquered Food
The legendary singer, famous for her recording of "Both Sides, Now," documents her downward spiral into alcohol and opiod addictions and her struggle with bulimia, which began in 1971 when she was 31 years old. "For 11 years, I would be throwing up almost every day," says Collins, who overcame her eating disorder at age 42. "I was at one of the high points of my career, but the devil had found me where I lived and was going to keep coming at me until the despair threatened to drive me to complete the act I had rehearsed at 14."
Buy It! Cravings: How I Conquered Food, $26; amazon.com
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Rory Feek: This Life I Live
The singer came to national prominence as the dedicated husband and musical partner of his late wife, Joey, but in this autobiography, he opens up about his imperfect past. Among the revelations: As a young marine, he slept with his friend's wife, and he was once so poor that he waited a week to treat daughter Heidi's broken leg because he didn't have health insurance. Feek's often turbulent life turned around after he met Joey, proving that even the most beautiful love stories can have messy beginnings.
Buy It! This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever, $24.99; amazon.com
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Sid Lift: Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland
More than 40 years after Garland's death comes this intimate memoir from her third husband. Based on notes Luft drafted before he died, the book chronicles the icon's battle with addiction and depression, as well as her several suicide attempts, and includes surprising details such as a secret abortion during their courtship, her haunting bond with Marilyn Monroe and how the teenage Garland was molested by Munchkins on the set of Oz.
Buy It! Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, $30, amazon.com
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LAUREN GRAHAM: TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN
For the person who set an iCal reminder as soon as the premiere date for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was revealed — and regularly re-watches episodes of Parenthood on Netflix. The obsession is so, so real and it's fully embraced.
Buy It! Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), $28; amazon.com
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CARRIE FISHER: THE PRINCESS DIARIST
While the Stars Wars actress delivers memorable behind-the-scenes anecdotes of her time on the film's set, nothing quite compares to her bombshell admission that she and then-married costar Harrison Ford carried on a love affair.
Buy It! The Princess Diarist, $26; amazon.com
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PHIL COLLINS: NOT DEAD YET
The legendary musician is not one to hold back — and his memoir is no exception. In Not Dead Yet, he writes of his jamming sessions with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, his departure from Genesis to become a solo artist, and making a cameo in The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night film.
Buy It! Not Dead Yet, $28; amazon.com
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ANDY COHEN: SUPERFICIAL
The late-night host tells it like it is on his show Watch What Happens Live and spilled all in his last book, The Andy Cohen Diaries — and now Cohen is continuing his no-holds-barred streak with his latest literary contribution. One of his more memorable memories? His "shady" encounter with Taylor Swift.
Buy It! Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries, $27; amazon.com
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CARLY SIMON: BOYS IN THE TREES
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TARAJI P. HENSON: AROUND THE WAY GIRL
"God put me through these trials and tribulations and put me center stage for a reason," the Empire actress tells PEOPLE of chronicling her hardships — like leaving her abusive ex — in her memoir. "We can all identify with each other's struggles. Those emotional scars are what make you who you are."
Buy It! Around the Way Girl, $26; amazon.com
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TREVOR NOAH: BORN A CRIME
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NAOMI JUDD: RIVER OF TIME
"Nobody can understand it unless you've been there," the singer, one half of Grammy-winning mother-daughter duo The Judds, tells PEOPLE of her ongoing battle with depression — which she candidly details in her memoir. "Think of your very worst day of your whole life – someone passed away, you lost your job, you found out you were being betrayed, that your child had a rare disease – you can take all of those at once and put them together and that's what depression feels like."
Buy It! River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope, $27; amazon.com
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BRYAN CRANSTON: A LIFE IN PARTS
Throughout the tell-all, Cranston provides a rare glimpse into his private life, opening up about everything from growing up in a broken home and getting out of a dangerous relationship to plucking the courage to propose to his wife of 27 years, Robin Dearden, to how becoming a father actually informed his acting on Breaking Bad.
Buy It! A Life in Parts, $27; amazon.com
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