Have you ever wondered what kind of life lessons you could learn from a famous person? Try one of these celebrity memoirs available in the JMRL catalog:
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union – A powerful collection of essays on gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood and the realities of modern women also includes the author’s wrenching experiences as a survivor of sexual assault, in a volume that seeks to raise awareness about the needs of victims of sexual violence.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – The host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today’s world.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – A collection of whimsical autobiographical essays by the actress and star of “Up in the Air” recounts memorable milestones, from her New England upbringing to the blockbuster films that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses.
Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin – The actor highlights parts of his life that he’s long kept private, from his troubled childhood and efforts to make it as a young actor to his struggles with addiction and his failings as a husband and parent.
This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe – The star of “Precious” and “Empire” shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway, and her own unconventional rise to fame.
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart – The actor and comedian presents a memoir on the importance of believing in oneself, sharing stories about the addiction and abuse that marked his childhood and how his unique way of looking at the world enabled his survival and successful career.
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – A collection of personal essays by the comedienne reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry, and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.
Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russel Brand – The British comedian and radio host shares the story of his personal struggles with addictions ranging from drugs and alcohol to food and fame, offering compassionate advice about the programs that most helped him.
The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines – The husband-and-wife stars of the popular “Fixer Upper” television program share the story of their life together, from how they met in Waco, Texas to their success as entrepreneurs and television personalities.