Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Celebrity Memoirs
Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, celebrity autobiographies don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. While many people view these tell-alls as ways for the celebs to exploit their lives or the lives of others in order to make a quick buck, lots of famous folk actually write them because a) they provide a sort of therapeutic release, and b) they genuinely do hope their stories will help others.
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Miley Cyrus (Miles to Go): Although EW.com situated Miles to Go in the 13th spot on its “14 Awful Titles for Celeb Memoirs,” I think (based on the book’s product description at Amazon, which claims the book offers “an honest, humorous, and often touching story of one girl’s coming-of-age”) that it’s actually fairly aptly titled. Miles to Go seems to have gotten its fair share of decent reviews, and it might be a great choice for the ‘tween and teenage girls on your shopping list.
Mary Weiland (Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll): The ex-wife of Stone Temple Pilots’ and Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland released her memoir, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, late last October and told ARTISTdirect.com editor Rick Florino she hopes her candor regarding battles with mental illness, substance abuse, and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle will help someone connect and NYDailyNews.com quotes her as telling Snark Food she hopes the book will eliminate “the stigma that the words ‘mental illness’ carry.”
Howie Mandel (Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me): Funny man Howie Mandel blended his lifetime struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into his routines here and there, but he tells all in Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me, the memoir he released last month and, as he admits to Ellen DeGeneres, one for which the writing – and releasing – process was both “funny” and “tough.”
Jodie Sweetin (unSweetined): Despite the popularity of the show for which she’s best known (Full House), Jodie Sweetin (who played Stephanie Tanner) doesn’t pack as much star power as some of the other celebs, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have just interesting and potentially helpful a tale of downfall with substance abuse and triumph with recovery to share. Sweetin released unSweetined last month and you can find customer reviews of it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Honorable Mentions: These celebrities and their memoirs are listed as Honorable Mentions because they were released before 2009 – it has nothing to do with their quality.
- Carrie Fisher – Wishful Drinking
- Maureen McCormick – Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
- Brooke Shields – Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
(This post is part of the “Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings” series. Learn more about what it’s all about, check out yesterday’s post about music and event ticket gifts, and come back tomorrow for movie gift ideas!)
Sparks, A. (2011). Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Celebrity Memoirs. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2009/12/holiday-shopping-with-celebrity-psychings-celebrity-memoirs/