The best celebrity memoirs and autobiographies

While many readers may look down upon celebrity tell-alls, not all memoirs are created equal.

These celebrity memoirs are actually worth the read.
These celebrity memoirs are actually worth the read.  © Screenshot/Instagram/@readyourworriesaway

There are plenty of negative stereotypes attached to the celebrity memoir – cash-grabs, headline fodder, and most often ghost-written.

Though this is certainly true for some, other stars have put forth unexpectedly insightful reflections on their lives in their books.

From reflections on the lingering impact of trauma to a captivating tale of resilience, these celebs have gifted the world with some truly unforgettable and moving memoirs.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The late Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher was also an incredibly talented writer.
The late Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher was also an incredibly talented writer.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@zoe.rosie, Robin Marchant / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

In addition to her iconic acting performances, the late Carrie Fisher was also an immensely talented writer.

Her talents combine in 2016's The Princess Diarist, a memoir chronicling the early days of the Star Wars film franchise.

Though there are plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets to thrill any Star Wars fan, Fisher's poignant writing style and reflections on her young adulthood add an unexpected depth to this read.

Brad Pitt's rift with his children takes new turn with latest shocking blow
Brad Pitt Brad Pitt's rift with his children takes new turn with latest shocking blow

For an extra special experience, be sure to check out the audiobook version Fisher narrates herself along with her daughter Billie, who narrates the passages from Fisher's diary.

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy's memoir I'm Glad My Mom Died has been a bestseller since its release last summer.
Jennette McCurdy's memoir I'm Glad My Mom Died has been a bestseller since its release last summer.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@jennettemccurdy, Kena BETANCUR / AFP

I'm Glad My Mom Died is the heart-wrenching memoir of iCarly star Jennette McCurdy.

The book chronicles the 30-year-old's experience as a child star and her complex relationship with her abusive mother.

Filled with touching insight and imbued with McCurdy's unique sense of humor, I'm Glad My Mom Died is a remarkable read that truly elevates the celebrity memoir genre.

We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu

Marvel star Simu Liu highlights the complex dynamics within his family after they emigrated from China to Canada.
Marvel star Simu Liu highlights the complex dynamics within his family after they emigrated from China to Canada.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@mrsmarvellousfiction, Jon Kopaloff / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Marvel star Simu Liu broke barriers with his debut as Shang-Chi in the franchise's first Asian-led film.

In We Were Dreamers, the 33-year-old highlights his parents' experiences growing up amid China's Cultural Revolution and brings readers all the way up to his breakthrough role in the MCU.

Liu candidly recounts the many moments of frustration and disappointment that hide behind the international success he has now found.

A celebration of strength among both families and individuals, We Were Dreamers is a must-read!

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime focuses heavily on his mother Patricia.
Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime focuses heavily on his mother Patricia.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@treereads, Andrea RENAULT / AFP

Comedian Trevor Noah brings readers on a moving journey as he recounts his childhood in South Africa in his memoir, Born a Crime.

The 38-year-old honors his mother's unbelievable level of resilience as she raised him under Apartheid.

Her willingness to do whatever it took to protect her children and her continual faith in the face of horrific circumstances is deeply inspiring, making it a particularly striking read.

Born a Crime is even set to be adapted as a movie, with Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong'o attached to portray Noah's mother Patricia.

Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton

Harry Potter star Tom Felton discusses many of the iconic faces of the franchise, giving fans some exciting insight into life on the film set.
Harry Potter star Tom Felton discusses many of the iconic faces of the franchise, giving fans some exciting insight into life on the film set.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/@magical.chapters, Tolga Akmen / AFP

Harry Potter alum Tom Felton shared his reflections on growing up while starring in the magical franchise with a new memoir, Beyond the Wand, which was released last fall.

The 35-year-old's book is an insightful look at what it's like to grow up in the spotlight and how it impacts him to this day.

Felton's compassion and gratitude for the franchise are evident as he shares heartwarming stories from his days on set and reflects on how the challenges differed for each of the young actors.

He also openly discusses his struggles with his mental health and substance abuse, promoting empathy and awareness for these tough topics.

For all the tea on 2023's celebrity memoirs and other anticipated reads, check out our list of the most exciting book releases coming up this year.

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