It’s rare that I flock to the book stands when a celebrity pens a book. There is an infatuation there that I don’t always understand, but this fall, several books are going to, or already have, dropped penned by celebrities that I actually want to read.
Motivated in part by humor, reputation, and even a little by extreme obsession, these books have made it to the top of my to be read list.
1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
I have to admit that I have one reason that I really want to read this book: Anna Kendrick is hilarious. I have been following her on Twitter and Instagram, and she often has poignant, creatively crafted observations on life, and I am really curious about what will emerge in a longer format. Her book is a collection of autobiographical essays, a format that feels ideally suited to what I have glimpsed of her writing style. When she talks about the book, she stresses her insecurities in an articulate manner that makes me think she is speaking about my own writing life.
2. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
I have heard some amazing things about Lauren Graham’s writing abilities, and while I have not read Someday, Someday, Maybe (What’s wrong with me?!), I’ve seen some great reviews. Not only that, but she is one of the few celebrities that I enjoy listening to in interviews. She can be just as entertaining as she is on TV.
Perhaps, my fandom obsessiveness with Gilmore Girls (and Parenthood) have made me extremely susceptible to the timed release of this book right as the new Netflix Gilmore Girls series is about to drop. I am highly anticipating putting some coffee in my Luke’s Diner mug and sitting down to a mound of junk food after Thanksgiving.
3. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
Perhaps you don’t recognize her name, but you are sure to recognize her face. Known to any child of the ’90s (and possibly beyond), Mara Wilson landed herself in quite a few films that not only defined my childhood, but endured into my adulthood. Known for her roles in Matilda, Miracle on 34th Street, and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara has implanted herself in many childhood hearts.
Not only am I curious to know the answer to the question the title of her book poses, but I am excited to read the essays inside that are sure to be as well done (or better) than those that I have read on her blog. Ever since I discovered it, I have been anticipating this book’s release.
4. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
I find Amy Schumer’s brand of humor entirely intriguing, but it is the reviews of this book that promise emotional vulnerability that will bring me to the book sooner rather than later. The reviews have simply been outstanding for her humor as well as her ability to tug at the heart, and I have had a personal obsession with personal essays as of late.
5. Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Taken from her personal diaries on the set of Star Wars, Fisher’s new book has got the little geek in me quite excited. Ok, I’m a huge geek. The cover itself has me in raptures. While Fisher has written from the other side of her Star Wars fame, I am more curious to read from her young, nobody eyes about what it was like to live through one of the biggest pieces of film history.
Coming out November 22nd, you can Pre-order Fisher’s book on Amazon.
Through essays, diary entries, and personal accounts, it isn’t impossible for celebrities to connect to the human emotions that we all feel, including our triumphs and our insecurities. I do insist on choosing books by celebrities carefully, but I am definitely excited to dive into these books.
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