Celebrity Memoirs Read By Their Authors
Bossypants

Bossypants

This easy reading memoir is part comedy, part auto-biography. Fey covers a lot of ground here: from her Pennsylvania childhood to her awkward college years, her crappy job at the YMCA to the big leagues of SNL. Filled with funny and fascinating anecdotes, like what a photo shoot is really like, and how she finally nailed Sarah Palin’s precise lip color shade. Fast and fun. 5 hours 32 minutes. More info →
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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

I am a big Gilmore Girls and especially Parenthood fan. This is everything you could want from a celebrity memoir, especially if you love her work, and her reflections on love, life, and work are extremely engaging. (Psst—if you love Lauren Graham, definitely check out her novel Someday, Someday, Maybe). 4 hours 35 minutes. More info →
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

This one made me laugh out loud in places. The backstory about how Mindy developed her comedic talent was really interesting, especially in light of all the reading on deliberate practice reading I've done. 4 hours 37 minutes. More info →
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

In this collection of coming-of-age essays about his South African childhood, The Daily Show star does a masterful job of alternating the deathly serious with the laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes even combining the two. His mischievous childhood and unconventional youth provide wonderful fodder for not-quite-polite but always entertaining stories. 8 hours 44 minutes. More info →
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Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

Interesting and entertaining memoir about Steve Martin's roots and the real story behind his "overnight" success, packed with surprising tidbits about the industry and Martin's personal life. Fun, fast, and very readable. A great show biz biography, especially as read by the author. I was extremely surprised by some of his longstanding personal connections. (Read it and you'll see what I mean!) 4 hours 2 minutes. More info →
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This Is Just My Face

This Is Just My Face

Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe shares honestly about growing up in Bed-Stuy/Harlem with a polygamous father and subway-singing mother, dealing with depression and an eating disorder, and her path to acting. A witty, charming, and moving memoir. 6 hours 54 minutes. More info →
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Yes Please

Yes Please

A juicy memoir with Amy Poehler's trademark sense of humor and frank insights. Read this if you’re a fan of Poehler's work on Saturday Night Live and Parks And Recreation or you need to be reminded you’re not alone in the world. The full cast narration includes Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart (who reads haikus), and even Amy's parents. 7 hours 31 minutes. More info →
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Dream More

Dream More

When Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg from the By The Book podcast recommended this on episode 121 of What Should I Read Next, I couldn't download it fast enough. This book is an expanded commencement speech Dolly gave at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville about getting more out of life—work, relationships, all of it. There's nobody quite like Dolly Parton—good gracious, I had no idea just how much the woman has accomplished—and I LOVED hearing her tell stories about her life. I grinned like a fool the whole time I was listening. Short and sweet, at 1 hour 27 minutes. More info →
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Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

This wild ride of a memoir, packed with what Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine," has taken on a special significance since Bourdain's untimely passing. Fair warning: I've read this, and it's pretty intense. This is nothing like your typical foodie memoir. 8 hours 13 minutes. More info →
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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

Television actress Diane Guerrero was only 14 years old when her parents were deported from the United States. Guerrero was born in the US and therefore able to stay in the country but dependent on the generosity of family friends who enabled her to continue her education and eventually pursue an acting career. In light of the discussion on immigration reform, Guerrero’s memoir gives an important perspective. 9 hours 10 minutes. More info →
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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

This inspirational memoir's epigraph bears quotes from Maya Angelou and Christina from Grey's Anatomy, which gives you a good idea of what you'll find inside. Rhimes is the queen of Thursday night tv, creating and producing smash hits like Grey's and Scandal. This time she's telling her own story of how her sister issued her a six-word wake-up call—You never say yes to anything—and the year of YES that followed. 7 hours 4 minutes. More info →
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Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You

Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You

Best known as Raj from The Big Bang Theory, Kunal Nayyar takes us behind the scenes of the hit television show and shares about his childhood in New Delhi, college in Portland, and his path to becoming an actor. A collection of underdog stories, this witty memoir has a whole lot of heart. 6 hours 43 minutes. More info →
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Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

The woman has an impressive c.v.: cookbook author, supermodel, Top Chef judge, fashion columnist, wife of Salman Rushdie. In her memoir, she reveals parts of her life that haven't been tabloid news fodder, from her recent life in NYC back to her Indian roots and their enduring significance in her life. 12 hours 37 minutes. More info →
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A Little Bit Wicked

A Little Bit Wicked

Kristin Chenoweth is known for many things: her starring role as Galinda in Wicked, her Tony Award for You're A Good Man, and any number of hit TV shows. But do you really know her? Chenoweth shares about her Oklahoma upbringing, her foray into beauty pageants, and the life-changing detour she took on her way to becoming an opera singer. 6 hours 52 minutes. More info →
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Just Kids

Just Kids

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith delves into her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in New York in the sixties and seventies. It's an intimate portrait, both entertaining and wise. 9 hours 50 minutes. More info →
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Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

Calling all Broadway musical fans! Original cast member of the award-winning musical Rent, Anthony Rapp shares the many ways this experience changed his life. He details his theater experiences, his sexuality, and his mother's cancer making for a moving and memorable reading experience. 9 hours 28 minutes. More info →
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Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

Actress Carrie Fisher holds nothing back. From her Hollywood upbringing to landing the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars at age 19, she lifts the veil and shares a more painful reality than many guessed, including her experience of being diagnosed with bipolar and battling substance abuse. This is her life as she can best remember it. Only 3 hours 6 minutes. More info →
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Troublemaker

Troublemaker

Actress Leah Remini pulls no punches in her searing account about her 30 years inside the Church of Scientology. In 2013 she publicly left the church, no longer able to hold back her questions and doubts, and she's since been declared an enemy of the church and cut off by friends and family who remain a part of it. Honest and unflinching, Remini discusses her painful path toward spiritual freedom. 7 hours 12 minutes. More info →
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Born to Run

Born to Run

I just finished this audiobook, which I picked up because I kept hearing from other not-rabid fans that this was a great example of a memoir done right. I was a little surprised at the heavy focus on a few personal relationships ... and then I did a little research, and discovered one stipulation of his ten million (!!!) advance was that he dish on the details. I admire his career, but I'm not a devoted fan, and that made the narrative a little slow in places. However, I would have read this just for his insights into music as art: how it's made, what makes it work, that indefinable thing all great musicians have—I could listen to those segments over and over again, and probably will. 18 hours 16 minutes More info →
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Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

I listened to this on audio, at the urging of fellow readers who said it was surprisingly good. (I was inclined to believe them after hearing Lowe's fantastic interview on Off Camera with Sam Jones, one of my favorite podcasts.) I knew very little about Lowe's career; I had only seen St Elmo's Fire and The West Wing before reading this, (I didn't even realize that was him in Wayne's World!), and was constantly surprised by his unusual childhood, his early acting days, the scope of his current work, and how he seems to know everyone. My favorite stories were about JFK Jr and 9/11. This was so easy to listen to I blew through it in a few days. 9 hours 10 minutes. More info →
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