What do you get for the pop culture maven on your gift list this year? We’ve picked out our favorite celebrity memoirs and biographies of the year. From inspiration to gossipy drama, we’ve got you covered.
‘Open Book’ by Jessica Simpson
The different paths followed by the 90s pop stars have been interesting to say the least. Jessica Simpson gets a lot of flack for being an airhead–will she ever live down the whole “chicken of the sea” thing? However, she’s also a savvy businesswoman who built a billion-dollar empire with her handbags and shoes. In her memoir, Open Book, she reflects on her life in the spotlight–including intimate details Simpson never revealed before now.
‘The Chiffon Trenches’ by Andre Leon Talley
Andre Leon Talley burned every bridge with Chiffon Trenches, a deliciously candid look into the world of high fashion. Talley is a divisive figure in fashion, having once been Anna Wintour’s right-hand man before being cut loose from Vogue. Readers who are interested in couture or vintage high society gossip will love this book
‘The Rural Diaries’ by Hilarie Burton Morgan
You might remember Hilarie Burton Morgan from her stint on One Tree Hill. Maybe you’ve even occasionally wondered whatever happened to her. What happened is that she fell in love with fellow actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan and ran off to start a farm in upstate New York. In addition to stories about her life and family on the farm, she also shares recipes and tips for living your own more grounded life.
‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’ by Mariah Carey
The Queen of Christmas gave us an early gift with her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which hit shelves in September of this year. She spills all the details about her life, from an impoverished childhood to her dramatic love life. “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,” Carey wrote on Instagram when she announced her long-awaited memoir.
‘Nothing Like I Imagined’ by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is a fantastic writer, and if you’ve already read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? then you will definitely want to grab her latest collection of essays. Kaling teamed up with Amazon to release each essay as a short read as well, which Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read for free. (Everyone else will have to pay $1.99.)
The essays are as funny and candid as you’d expect from the comedian. Her anxieties are deeply relatable, and her stories about growing up Hindu and raising her own family as a single mom are surprisingly poignant.
‘Let Love Rule’ by Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz, his ex-wife Lisa Bonet, and Bonet’s current husband Jason Momoa have a fascinating dynamic. They’re all such good friends that it is impossible not to be just a little bit fascinated by them. (It doesn’t hurt that everyone involved is gorgeous.)
Kravtiz wrote a memoir about his life, including his blended family, emphasizing the power of love to heal and inspire. “I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow,” Kravitz wrote of his experience creating the book, alongside David Ritz. It’s a freewheeling read that draws on New Age wisdom as well as rock ‘n’ roll.