Summer is here and we wouldn’t dream of hitting the beach without a book in our bag, especially one written by one of our favorite celebrities. It’s fun to peer inside the real lives of the stars we’ve only known on the stage or the screen. Here, we’ve rounded up ten nonfiction books written by some of our favorite actors, singers, and TV hosts. If you’re looking for some celebrity nonfiction, look no further. From memoirs to essay collections to cookbooks, these books will lift you up, point you in the right direction, and teach you to love yourself just as you are.
Get ready to be inspired and feel motivated when Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. shares his journey to success. Odom is generous with his hard-earned wisdom and the stories he recounts are nuggets of pure gold for the aspirational. Ultimately, Odom’s recipe of hard work, determination, and belief shine through on the page, and at the end, you will realize that anything is possible.
Author Trevor Noah is the bright, affable The Daily Show host we all know and love. But as a child, this outgoing star was kept inside and out of sight. Noah’s mother is black and his father is white, which made their having a mixed-race child illegal during South African apartheid. While the subject matter is heavy, Noah brings his winning sense of humor to the writing.
If you loved Tiffany Haddish in the hilarious movie Girls Trip, you’ll love her even more after reading her memoir. Though the book is often laugh-out-loud funny, it also thoughtfully covers serious topics as abuse, neglect, mental illness, life in foster care, and homelessness. What shines through it all is Haddish’s commitment to comedy and her acknowledgment of how it saved her.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Anderson Cooper any more than you already do, he goes and writes a sweet book with his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt! We are swooning. This collection of correspondence between mother and son is full of Anderson’s realism and Vanderbilt’s idealism. Mostly, the two share invaluable life lessons to fill even the darkest cynic with hope.
We miss Carrie Fisher. We bet you do too. Here, her brilliant, honest, and hilarious voice is brought back to us. Fisher began work on this book when she rediscovered her journals from when she was filming Star Wars. The book provides insight into Fisher’s life as she was filming, and foreshadows the cultural icon she would later become. May the force always be with her.
If you read Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, then you know that Kaling is not only a talented actress, but also an excellent comedic writer. Here, Kaling weaves together essays to create a portrait of the actress as a young woman, from childhood to the time of her writing the book. Kaling also provides open and honest insight about body issues and her desire for one thing we all crave: acceptance.
We love how fun, funny, outspoken, and smart Chrissy Teigen is. We also love that she loves food and isn’t afraid to dish about it. Filled with gorgeous photos, fast and easy recipes for delicious meals, and an extra helping of humor, this cookbook is sure to be one you reference time and again. Don’t believe us? Why not try her coconut rice out for yourself and let us know what you think?
We miss Dwight Schrute and his beet farm, don’t you? Happily, we feel like we’ve regained a tiny bit of Dwight in this memoir, recounting the nerdy, funny, hopeful, and fascinating life of Rainn Wilson, the actor who portrayed Dwight on The Office. Wilson chronicles his experiences working in acting and comedy, all while using the same offbeat humor Dwight was famous for.
By the time Jane Lynch was in her 30s, she had put her anxiety-ridden and alcohol-abusing younger self behind her. She was out and proud, sober, and had basically turned her life around. That turn was the impetus for Lynch to get out and embrace all of the coincidences and happy accidents that led her from a Frosted Flakes commercial to her star-making role as Sue Sylvester in Glee. But stardom wasn’t the only thing Lynch gained from all of these happy accidents: She also found love and contentment.
Music and musing punctuate this insightful and powerful memoir. As a young boy, Dave Holmes felt he was on the outside looking in. He grew up closeted in a Catholic household but that wasn’t the only reason he felt an outsider. He also couldn’t quite find his place in the world. That is, until his love of music found it for him. This book isn’t just about Holmes’s work as a VJ on MTV; it’s about how music helped him, as it has helped so many others, to give up trying to fit in.