Is there anything more exciting than watching someone open gifts? Possibly, but it’s always fun to see someone you love light up at a gift you’ve purchased just for them.
If you’ve got a Hollywood-obsessed person on your hands, there are tons of new memoirs from celebs big and small that are just waiting to be read. Some are personal, like Patti Smith’s “M Train” and some are hysterical, like Judd Apatow’s Sick in the Head. Some are informative, like Shonda Rhimes’ The Year of Yes, while some can be as comforting as a best friend (like Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?
Whatever the subject matter, don’t discount the power of a good book. Read on for a list of recommendations for the pop culture lover in your life.
1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
As any fan of The Office, The Mindy Project, or her first book “Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” can tell you, Mindy Kaling is a brilliant, funny, and honest performer — so why would her second memoir be any different?
2. Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In The Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
It wasn’t enough for Shonda Rhimes to own Thursday night TV, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal had to go and write herself a book, too! If you know someone who’s looking to be half as successful as Ms. Rhimes, her empowering take on self-help is for them.
3. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood by Leah Remini
The King of Queens star (and J. Lo’s BFF!) dissects her life raised in the church of Scientology—while building her career in Hollywood—and details how she got out. An interesting, honest and funny read.
4. Binge by Tyler Oakley
The YouTube phenom takes his thoughts off the internet and onto the page with his new (hilarious) collection of personal essays, which continues to sit pretty on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
5. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
In a world where every waking moment of a celebrity’s life is documented on the internet, it’s interesting to take a walk down memory lane to see what life was like for the rich and famous before paparazzi and Instagram opened the red curtain. Drew Barrymore, who became famous at the ripe old age of seven, holds nothing back in her brand new memoir.
6. M Train by Patti Smith
If her National Book Award for “Just Kids” is any indication, her second memoir—which she has dubbed “a roadmap to my life” — will be just as life-changing to all who read it.
7. Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian
What gift guide would be complete without one of the (seemingly millions of) products created by the Kardashians? In Khloe’s first memoir, she details life in the spotlight with her famous family, her marriage to Lamar Odom, and her quest for happiness in her own skin.
8. Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
Want to know how an artist stays relevant after forty years in the music business? This one’s for you.
9. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song by Sara Bareilles
If she didn’t stay true to herself from the beginning, we’d never have Bareilles’ hit song “Love Song,” which took the world by storm upon its release in 2007. In her first book, she talks about the up and downs of fame, and what she learned along the way.
10. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
What do you get when you mix Aziz’s hilarious wit with expert research on the ins and outs of dating in 2015? That’d be Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.
11. Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde
Need a gift for the rebellious one in your life? Take a walk on the wild side with rock n’ roll icon, Chrissie Hynde.
12. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half The Story by Jewel
Her tough upbringing is no secret, but Jewel goes even deeper in her new memoir, revealing how she went from a homeless teenager to selling 30 million albums worldwide.
13. Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
For the person who always appreciates a good laugh, director/producer/blockbuster-maker extraordinaire Judd Apatow has gifted us with the perfect book this holiday season. Browse through his many interviews with famous comedians over the years, and prepare for lots of LOL moments.
Which celebrity memoir will you gift this holiday season?
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