The best celebrity memoirs of 2019

best celebrity memoirs of 2019

2020 is on the horizon and to celebrate, we’re looking back at the best celebrity memoirs of 2019 – from candid, raw and heartbreaking, to wildly funny. There’s something for everyone here, and we know you’ll love them!

Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry

For the first time, rock icon and lead singer of Blondie Debbie Harry shares her autobiography along with never-before-seen photos. In Face It, Harry takes readers through her life, from musical success to her heroin addiction, along with the relationships, bankruptcy and the breakup of her band.  


Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, comes Patti Smith’s story of a transformative year – one in which she dedicated to solitary wandering. In her memoir, Smith takes readers from California to the Arizona desert, to a Kentucky farm and to a hospital room – all before she heads into a new decade of her life.


Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up by Cristela Alonzo

In what she describes as a “mixtape memoir,” Cristela Alonzo shares her humble beginnings – living with her family in an abandoned diner – and the surprising path that led her toward becoming a comedian star of her very own sitcom.


Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton

In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews intimately discusses her iconic career and unveils her story of adjusting to Hollywood life, dealing with the demands of success, being a new mother and the marriages and adopted children who followed.


Horror Stories: A Memoir by Liz Phair

When Liz Phair made her musical debut with Exile in Guyville, she was instantly catapulted into feminist pioneer and rock star status, demanding the attention of critics, songwriters, musicians and fans alike. Now, in a series of revealing essays, Phair reflects on her journey and explores the experiences that created every pivot along the way.


Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, Wong told the world her comedic unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women and more. In her memoir, she shares personal essays about her life offstage and other thoughts that swirl in her mind as a modern mom.


Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore

From iconic film roles and high-profile relationships to alcoholism, famed actress Demi Moore has never been far from the spotlight or the headlines. In her tell-all, Moore shares about her on-camera success and trying to fit in, being a good mother and being a good actress. These are the fears that plagued her every time the lights went out.


Little Weirds by Jenny Slate 

Author Jenny Slate is best known for her Netflix special, Stage Fright, and for creating the loveable character Marcel the Shell. She sees the world in a creative, optimistic-yet-organic way, and in her debut memoir, she brings her unique observations and sun-shiny views to life for all of us to enjoy.


A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford

After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, best friend and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. With warmth and candor, Robyn sets the record straight about her experiences with Whitney Houston during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes during recordings, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter and more.


On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard by Jennifer Pastiloff

Nearly deaf, Jen Pastiloff was depressed, uninspired and working as a waitress when an opportunity to host yoga retreats fell in her lap. In spite of her inexperience, she bravely took on the job of helping others heal – a role that has helped her heal her own heart and soul in the process.  


Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again by Andrea Barber

It was 1987 when we first met quirky Kimmy Gibbler in the Tanner’s home on Full House. Actress Andrea Barber shares about the eight-season run on one of the most popular series of the ‘80s and ‘90s – a time when the introverted young star was plagued with self-doubt, insecurities and debilitating anxieties that kept her in the dark in the decades that followed.


In Pieces by Sally Field

American icon Sally Field tells her story that begins with a lonely childhood and her discovery of the craft that helped her find her voice in the paperback version of In Pieces. With raw honesty, Field takes readers through her powerful journey of success, motherhood, complicated relationships and family.


Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir by Adam Rippon

Former Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey as “America’s Sweetheart” as he likes to call himself in this hilarious memoir that The Washington Post calls “comedic gold.” Rippon shares his highs and lows in his authentic and unforgettable writing style that will leave readers in stitches.


Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

In this smart, captivating paperback memoir, daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, opens up about her famous parents, the mansions, vacations and private schools on which her childhood was founded, and the complicated relationship she had with her father.

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Alison Luther

Alison Luther is a freelance editor and writer based in Fredericksburg, TX, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her background is in digital consumer content and marketing strategies, but today she focuses on small business marketing, ghostwriting, and writing about all things books on She Reads. In addition to raising longhorn, chickens, and children, she loves to cook and is a voracious reader.

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