51 Super-Revealing Celeb Books to Read Right Now
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton
A new book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess
, penned by Andrew Morton— the same author who wrote the famed Princess Diana biography Diana: Her True Story —
explores Meghan’s life before Harry, including her childhood in Los Angeles. Morton writes that on one occasion Meghan, who has previously spoken of the racism she encountered growing up biracial in L.A.
, was asked by a clique if she wanted to join a club for "white girls only."
He writes,"It was clear that Meghan had inherited her mother’s strong sense of right and wrong and was prepared to stand up for herself and for others."
Buy It! Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,
Life After Darkness by Michelle Knight
Michelle Knight spent nearly 11 years of her life inside a house of horror where she was chained, tortured, raped and beaten. Despite the nightmarish conditions she endured, she wants everyone to know one thing – she’s a survivor. "I don’t dwell on the past. I really try to look forward,"Knight told PEOPLE when discussing her book
. "I want to be remembered as a victor, not a victim."
Buy It! Life After Darkness,
The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
knew the moment was inevitable. Still, it was no less heartbreaking when her beloved mother, Beverly, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease
, forgot who Harden was for the first time a few years ago. "We were on the phone and she said, 'I’m sorry, but who are you?'" writes Harden of the call with Beverly, 81, in her memoir. The actress also reflects on memories and lessons gleaned from Beverly’s life
– as a mother, a creative force and a demure yet fierce wife of a Navy officer – while also opening up about her Alzheimer’s journey.
Buy It! The Seasons of My Mother,
Everyday I'm Hustling by Vivica A. Fox
Equal parts memoir and self-help book, Vivica A. Fox's memoir also dishes on her relationship with ex 50 Cent. Though she writes how "cherished and special" their intimate moments were, the actress, 53, also states: "Most of the time, I would be the one initiating sex, because I really enjoyed making love with him." When excerpts leaked, 50 Cent immediately denied her claims on Instagram
. The drama has only begun...
Buy It! Everyday I'm Hustling,
Pretty Mess by Erika Jayne
star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,
wrote a memoir that details her rise to fame (as Erika Jayne) and her romance with husband Tom
, whom she met while working as a cocktail waitress. Their connection was immediate, even though he was 33 years her senior. "Tom did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth," Girardi told PEOPLE. "We both came up the hard way. And we appreciate growth."
Buy It! Pretty Mess,
This is Me by Chrissy Metz
In Chrissy Metz's new memoir, This Is Me
, the 37-year-old actress opens up about her painful history of being ridiculed and harassed, and judged throughout her childhood and teens for her weight. "By fifth or sixth grade, I started becoming aware of being different in the sense of my size," the star told PEOPLE. "I started to examine everybody else’s body and my own and pick myself apart. …I was wanting to wear a T-shirt when we would go swimming because I didn’t want to expose myself. Emotionally, I was so down on myself."
Buy It! This is Me,
Perfect is Boring by Tyra Banks and Carolyn London
America's Next Top Model
host Tyra Banks gets real in this memoir she wrote with her mom, Carolyn London. Banks reveals how insecure she was as a teen, and how her mom encouraged her to become the successful woman she is today. Now mom to two-year-old son, York, Banks also goes into her struggles to conceive
. "It hurt me so much to watch [Tyra] struggle through that," London told PEOPLE. "She set up a nursery and in the bathroom she put a tile in the floor that said, 'Mommy Already Loves You.' And then she found out the IVF had failed. It ripped my heart out."
Buy It! Perfect is Boring
, $27; amazon.com
Falling with Wings by Dianna De La Garza
In a heart-wrenching memoir, Dianna De La Garza, mother of Demi Lovato
, opens up about her family’s battles with mental illness and addiction — and her famous daughter’s tortured path to success
. "I wanted to share this story because I thought there might be people out there who might be going through some of the same things that my family was going through," Dianna told PEOPLE. "It might help them in some ways."
Buy It! Falling with Wings,
Rose McGowan may have starred in the beloved TV series, but her life has been anything but "charmed." In Brave, t
he outspoken actress reveals the emotional abuse she says she suffered on set, why she really got plastic surgery, and exposes the damage Hollywood inflicts on young female actresses -- most damning of all are the details of her alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein
. "My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another," she says. "BRAVE
is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same."
Buy It! Brave,
In his new memoir, Nick Nolte reveals the most secret parts of his life: his struggle with addiction, his multiple divorces, and his journey for personal enlightenment. The actor also shares the story behind his infamous arrest and battle for sobriety.
"I was just worn out," he told PEOPLE. "Just worn out."
Buy It! Rebel,
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
In her new memoir, Girls Trip
star Tiffany Haddish proves that mixing painful revelations with humor equals a powerful read. She reveals the scarring experience of living in foster homes as a teen, as well as the mental and physical abuse she suffered from some of the people she loved the most. But she also shows how she transformed her pain into comedy to become the first African-American female comic to host Saturday Night Live.
Buy It! The Last Black Unicorn,
The gymnast may have won gold medals, but her journey to victory hasn't been easy. In Aly Raisman's memoir she reveals the body shaming she experienced, the immense physical challenges she pushed through, and writes that the team doctor sexually abused her.
"I want to create change," she told PEOPLE. "No one deserves to be hurt or taken advantage of."
Buy It! Fierce,
Two's Company by Suzanne Somers
From life as a single mother and her decades-long, sizzling romance with Alan Hamel to her multiple health struggles, Suzanne Somers' newest book has it all. "People say, 'Relationships in Hollywood don't work out,' " she told PEOPLE. "And I'm going, 'Yeah, they do.' This is a real love affair."
Buy It! Two's Company,
Growing Up Fisher by Joely Fisher
Joely Fisher may have had a fun, showbiz childhood, but she was also born into a family that struggled with addiction. In her memoir, she delves into it all, as well as the pain she felt after her sister Carrie Fisher's unexpected death.
"I can't imagine that we won't meet up somewhere," Joely said of her famous sister.
Buy It! Growing Up Fisher,
The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis
In her new memoir, the Black-ish
star reveals how she grew from a midwestern girl to a beloved actress and singer. Jenifer Lewis dishes out some of her darkest, wildest moments -- with a refreshing side of funny. "We are as sick as our secrets, so I tell everything," she told PEOPLE.
Buy It! The Mother of Black Hollywood,
Unqualified by Anna Faris
Some authors are flippant with their book titles, but in Anna Faris' case, she really means it. "I didn’t want a book that presents my life as idealistic," she told PEOPLE about her new memoir, Unqualified
. "I wanted to show the fact that I am unqualified, and I don’t know what I’m doing, and I’m grateful for the people who love me anyway." From the difficult birth of her son and the choice to have breast augmentation to fun anecdotes about Chris Pratt before their separation
, Faris' book is as honest as it gets. It also features a foreword by her ex. "It’s just sort of how I felt as a really quiet kid with headgear and then suddenly being an actress in L.A.," she said on her Unqualified podcast
. "Basically how I haven’t felt comfortable in my own skin."
Buy It! Unqualified
, $28; amazon.com
We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
Union is the star of the hit show Being Mary Jane,
but her story is anything but glamorous: She struggled to gain acceptance while growing up in an all-white neighborhood and, as a teen, was horrifically raped at gunpoint. But she also gained awareness of herself as a black woman, embraced her sexuality and found a man so amazing that he makes Prince Charming look like a pathetic dream. "I want there to be a general message of 'You're not alone; this type of crazy s--- happens to everybody,'" she told PEOPLE.
Buy It! We're Going to Need More Wine,
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
In a candid memoir, the former First Daughters share fun tales of growing up in the White House. From getting their first martinis from their grandma (former First Lady Barbara Bush) at 16 to respectfully disagreeing with their dad (George W. Bush) about gay rights, they reveal that the best aspect of their childhood was growing up with each other.
Buy It! Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life,
Standing Strong by Teresa Giudice
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
star shares a lot of intense information about her life -- the most revealing of which is about her relationship with husband Joe. "I’m still not happy with Joe," she writes. "Actually that’s the understatement of the friggin’ century. And I’m not going to hide it anymore." Sit down in comfy chair because there are many more revelations to come.
Buy It! Standing Strong
, $26; amazon.com
Raising Trump by Ivana Trump
Whether you follow Donald Trump on Twitter or blocked him, the new book by his ex-wife is an interesting read. She details raising their three children and even has a few thoughts on Melania Trump. When she referred to herself as the President's "First Lady" during an interview about the book it resulted in a Real Housewives-esque feud between the two women
. And Ivana was only warming up.
Buy It! Raising Trump
, $26.99; amazon.com
I'm Fine...And Other Lies by Whitney Cummings
"Comedian Cummings writes hilariously about 'stories and mistakes I've made that were way too embarrassing to tell onstage.'" - PEOPLE review
Buy It! I'm Fine...And Other Lies,
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,
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
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
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,
Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life by Sanya Richards-Ross
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,
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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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
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
CARRIE FISHER: THE PRINCESS DIARIST
AMY SCHUMER: THE GIRL WITH THE LOWER BACK TATTOO
It may have hit shelves back in August, but the comedian's debut book
is anything but dated. Schumer recounts stories of her childhood and rise to fame with her trademark sense of humor.
Buy It! The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
, $28; amazon.com
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
Buy It! Not Dead Yet
, $28; amazon.com
ANNA KENDRICK: SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY
If you're still not sure the Pitch Perfect
star is one of the more relatable celebs in Hollywood, let her laugh-out-loud collection of personal essays
Buy It! Scrappy Little Nobody
, $26.99; amazon.com
CARLY SIMON: BOYS IN THE TREES
Not only does the award-winning artist dole out candid stories
from her childhood and professional life, but offers up a more in-depth look into the writing process for "You're So Vain," as well as the demise of her marriage to James Taylor.
Buy It! Boys In the Trees
, $16.99; amazon.com
TARAJI P. HENSON: AROUND THE WAY GIRL
TREVOR NOAH: BORN A CRIME
The Daily Show
host introduces fans to the compelling backstory
behind his upbringing — which began in apartheid South Africa as the child of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother (considered a crime at the time).
Buy It! Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
, $28; amazon.com
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
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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