Celebrity memoirs always garner great buzz upon release. Whether fans and foes are interested in the behing-the-scenes drama, or more often interested in the early life of key public figures, a celebrity memoir is always a success on the must read lists.
Here are seven celebrity memoirs that are definately worth reading:
1.Barack Obama- Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Described as illuminating, 44th United States of America President Barack Obama opens up about his early life before stepping into the limelight. Starting out his political career as in Senate, Obama’s father shaped his life in ways Barack could not have imagine. It is a coming of age story, that is an impressive tale of family, life past and present coming full circle. The book has a star rating of 3.9/5 on Goodreads.
2. Trevor Noah- Born A Crime
Trevor Noah narrates his life as a young boy, and teenager in South Africa. As earlier reported on The Sauce book is a snapshot of the complexities of his life as a mixed race child. A story of finding one’s identity, reaching for the stars and the struggle to get to the top, Noah chronicle’s his life’s journey so far. Released in 2016, this book only grew in popularity recently in late 2017. A movie based on his life is now in production, to be released later in 2019. The book received a star rating of 4.5/5 on Goodreads.
3. Michelle Obama – Becoming
Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 448 paged book which was released on the 13th of November 2018 explores her experience from childhood, her work, motherhood and her time in The White House. It has been praised for its universal appeal across genders and ages. In it, she reveals difficulties in her marriage with Barack, disclosing details of how the couple suffered a miscarriage and later used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive both children, Malia and Sasha. Making history as one of the top selling memoirs, ‘Becoming’ scores a 4.6/5 rating.
4. Tiffany Haddish – The Last Black Unicorn
The book released in late 2017 as reported on The Sauce. The book is a collection of essays based on personal experiences that Haddish overcame. Unbarred, raw and hilarious the young girl who was born to an Eritrean father and African American mother unveils her troubled past, to all the world. For anyone seeking to climb up the ladder, Tiffany’s book offers great advice on overcoming hardship, in a story of encouragement that emphasises the importance of perseverance. The book is a celebration of the highs and lows of Tiffany’s life, and an acknowledgment of how funny life is. The book received a star rating of 3.9/5 rating.
5. Lilly Singh – How to be a Bawse : A Guide to Conquering Life
Youtuber turned television host Lilly Singh released a book in 2017. The young Canadian comedian who amassed a large following online shared some of her life’s stories in the classic humourous style. Making light of some very serious situations, Lilly is candid and direct in an entertaining collection of stories. According to a report, Lilly teaches readers to be a bawse- a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. The book gets a 4.08/5 rating on Goodreads.
6. Shonda Rhimes- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
‘Scandal’ creator and writer Shonda Rhimes wrote a timeless read in 2016. A guide to making things work, and living in the present, Shonda challenges readers to say yes to everything they could be scared of. Touching and sincere, Shonda could be the spark to anyone who is seeking to change their lives. Unlock your potential and say yes! This book earned a 4.1/5 rating.
7. Nelson Mandela – Dare to Linger : The Presidential Years
The book that was published in 2017 covers the presidency of Mandela. The father, brother and leader of the Rainbow Nation wrote 70,000 words at the end of his presidency. The manuscript remained unfinished till his death in 2013. But Mandla Langa took up the manuscript to finish project. Speaking to the Guardian by telephone from Johannesburg, Langa said that at first he found the project daunting, but his guiding principle was to prevent Mandela’s words from “being overwhelmed by my own interventions”. The book got a 3.7/5 rating on Goodreads.