While quite a number of us have been doing more reading during these quarantine periods, it appears that quite a few celebrities have been doing more writing.
2020 is a year filled with celebrity memoirs, brought to us from the famous individuals who definitely have a life story worth reading about. Curious to know who these celebs are and what they have to say? Check out this list of celebrity memoirs published in 2020:
1. Priyanka Chopra – “Unfinished”
From Bollywood to Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra takes us on a journey that’s as captivating as the movies she acts in. This memoir will retell her life’s prominent moments, such as accounts from her 20-year-long career, her childhood in India, her teenage years living in the United States, losing her father to cancer, and her marriage to a man 10 years younger than her.
Her social media announcement for “Unfinished” reads: “Ironically, I named this memoir years before I started writing it. Having been a public person now for 20 years, with so much life to live and a long list of things to check off my list personally and professionally, I am very much #Unfinished. BUT the funny thing about writing a memoir is that it forces you to look at things differently, reconciling so many things you thought you had put to bed. In doing so, I’ve realised that being ‘unfinished’ has deeper meaning for me, and has in fact been one of the most common threads of my life…”
- Release date: 19th January, 2021.
2. Mariah Carey – “The Meaning of Mariah Carey”
Mariah Carey has been a popular figure for decades. The award winning singer was signed onto Columbia Records in 1988 and has been captivating audiences with her stunning voice ever since. So, to have insight into her iconic life is not only a privilege, but also guarantees to be remarkable in every sense.
The social media post where she made the announcement for her memoir reads, “I want to tell the story of the moments—the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today… This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered.”
- Release date: 29th September, 2020.
3. Mindy Kaling – “Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes)”
Mindy Kaling is a lovably quirky actress who turns heads whenever she appears on screen. Now, she’s grabbing attention with her essay collection, featuring the cutest covers that perfectly represent exactly who she is. This book recently released by “The Mindy Project” star, boasts six essays which showcase her playfully comedic approach.
Popsugar’s review of Mindy’s latest essay collection reveals, “She relays stories of single motherhood, social anxiety, and getting Kanye’d at a birthday party, like a familiar pal just catching up on your couch. She makes no attempts to soften the glow of her successful career as a writer, actress, and producer (why should she?), and yet her casual and comfortable writing style make her feel as relatable as my core college crew.”
- Release date: 6th October, 2020.
4. Lenny Kravitz – “Let Love Rule”
Lenny Kravitz is the iconic artist who holds the record for consecutively winning Grammy awards under the category of ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance’ for four years in a row. Lenny has had an eventful life where he not only sang, but also acted, produced and played multiple instruments. He has also written multiple memoirs, with this recent one sharing its title with his acclaimed 1989 album.
The book is described by its publisher as “the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music.”
- Release date: 6th October, 2020.
5. Rachel Bloom – “I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are”
Rachel Bloom stars in the excitingly eventful musical “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, and you can expect nothing less entertaining from her memoir as well. While Rachel’s title states that she wants to be where the normal people are, we can assure you that her memoir is refreshingly far from normal.
Her tweet in regard to her book reads:
“Yes there will be an audio version that I will narrate; yes it’s a collection of personal essays, poetry, amusement park maps, etc. about my relationship with normalcy; yes, a whole chapter is a musical and yes you can listen along with it while reading.”
- Release date: 17th November, 2020.
6. Megan Rapinoe – “One Life”
US soccer phenomenon and renowned activist, Megan Rapinoe, shares her greatest challenges and victories in her most recent memoir. Megan lives a multi-dimensional life where she uses her talents to fulfil her passion and also make the world better for other sportswomen like her.
The publisher’s description of this memoir reads, “Using anecdotes from her own life and career, from suing the United States Soccer Federation alongside her teammates over gender discrimination to her widely publicized refusal to visit the White House, Rapinoe discusses the obligation we all have to speak up, and reveals the impact each of us can have on our communities.”
- Release date: 10th November, 2020.
7. Ally Brooke – “Finding Your Harmony”
If you know the girl group Fifth Harmony, then you’d know its former member Ally Brooke. This 27-year-old singer’s memoir reveals the depths of her journey to fame; She talks about her solo career, her proudest accomplishments, and her experience on “Dancing with the Stars”. “Finding Your Harmony” is about dreaming big, having faith and achieving more than you can imagine.
The “Worth It” star shared a statement on the memoir reading, “I hope I can empower everyone to be who they want to be, whatever that means to them. We all should be celebrated for who we are and living out our truths. Thank you for allowing me to share mine. I share everything from my personal choices….to the darker moments I’ve experienced in my industry….and so much more.”
- Release date: 13th October, 2020.
8. Perez Hilton – “TMI: My Life In Scandal”
Ah, it’s the queen of gossip himself. Mario Lavandeira, now known as the celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, is usually busy spilling tea about A-listers. However, the 42-year-old media personality is now spilling his own tea in this juicy new memoir! Perez has been in the scene before we even knew what entertainment news really meant. So, to be able to read about the man who writes about others is definitely a rare and insightful experience.
A review reposted on Perez’s Instagram page reads, “Now, many years later, he brings us a very personal and powerful testament of HIS way of living and seeing the things he’s seen. He makes sure we know he’s just as human as anybody else and he admits to the things that years later he regrets, and things he’s absolutely proud of.”
- Release date: 6th October, 2020.
9. Jane Fonda – “What Can I Do?”
Jane Fonda is one of the most iconic women to ever exist. She’s a seasoned actress, political activist and former model. Jane has relentlessly fought for the environment, leading to her even getting arrested multiple times at climate change protests. Now, she’s telling us her story in hopes of urging the world to take action against the existential threats that our planet faces.
A description of this inspirational memoir reads, “‘In What Can I Do?’, Fonda weaves her deeply personal journey as an activist alongside conversations with and speeches by leading climate scientists and inspiring community organizers, and dives deep into the issues, such as water, migration, and human rights, to emphasize what is at stake. Most significantly, Fonda equips us all with the tools we need to join her in protest, so that everyone can work to combat the climate crisis.”
- Release date: 8th September, 2020.
10. Michelle Buteau – “Survival of the Thickest”
Michelle Buteau is popularly known for her role in the Netflix film “Always Be My Maybe”, and also for hosting the reality TV show “The Circle”. This 43-year-old comedian is now using her candid humour to relay the tale of her growing up “Caribbean, Catholic, and thick” in New Jersey. She also indulges readers in every decision she has made, and how it led her to being the popular figure she is today.
Her book description amusingly reads, “Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in standup opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family, and what it feels like to have a full heart, tight jeans, and stardom finally in her grasp.”
- Release date: 8th December, 2020.
And there you have it, 10 must-read celebrity memoirs you need to have in your own personal libraries. These iconic celebs have all carved their name in the world, and that’s more than enough reason for us to get to know them a little better.
If you get your hands on any of these great books, do let us know if you like what you read in between the lines!
Source: Best Life.