As you know, I love to read and I have quite the collection of books. One of my favourite genres is autobiographies, especially ones written by my favourite celebrities. I love getting to see the aspects of their life that you don’t see on the screen, and being reminded that we are all just people (people who need people.. any Funny Girl fans out there?) and despite our different paths, we are still so much a like. After reading and reviewing Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please earlier this month, I started to make a list in my head of my other favourite memoirs written by celebrities, and thought I would share them with you today.
I Don’t Know Where You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer (not pictured). I read this when it came out last spring (perks of working at a bookstore) and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Judy Greer is the serial on-screen best friend. You probably recognize her from 27 Dresses, The Wedding Planner or as Kitty on Arrested Development (among many other credits). If you need a good laugh, and want some behind-the-scenes details, read this. Also, her best friend is Sean Gunn (Kirk from Gilmore Girls), so there’s that.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. I actually wrote a review of this one a while ago, which you can read here. Whenever I read this (it’s been two or three times, I think), I am reminded how much I love Mindy’s style of writing. She wrote some of my favourite episodes from The Office, is amazing on The Mindy Project and is definitely the best friend that I need in my life. Also, she has a new book coming out in the fall, which I can’t wait for!
Bossypants by Tina Fey. I remember being so excited to read this when it came out a few years ago. I knew that it would be funny, and I knew that there would be a lot of SNL or 30 Rock stories, so I was all in. Not only does Tina share a lot of good stories about her comedy career, but she shares how she got there, which is one of my favourite things to read about. I’ve read this at least twice, and each time I laugh out loud. I love Tina’s humour!
Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Yes, another female comedy writer. I already talked about this earlier this month, so you can read my full review here if you want. Suffice it to say, I loved it, and it has reached top 5 (and actually top 3) status.
My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke. This may be a surprising addition to this list, as Dick Van Dyke is not usually on the radar of most twenty-somethings. But, Dick Van Dyke is my favourite actor so of course I would enjoy reading this one. I loved reading about his experience on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Mary Poppins, and was surprised by his honesty about his struggle with alcoholism. If you are an old soul, like me, I would definitely suggest this one.
Are you a fan of memoirs? Which is your favourite?