Celebrities are always at the forefront of media and public attention – it’s part of their job. But when they choose to be vulnerable and share their experiences, which are often deviant from the life experience of an ordinary person, it’s even more beautiful. Regardless, not all celebrity memoirs are genuine or insightful. Here’s a list of 10 memoirs of female celebrities from Hollywood that are worth reading.

What it Feels Like for a Girl by Paris Lees

10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading - What it Feels Like for a Girl by Paris Lees
10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading – What it Feels Like for a Girl by Paris Lees

This punchy memoir chronicles Paris Lees in her younger adolescent days, amidst her confusion over sexual identity and place in society. She unashamedly describes her journey from a bullied child to a transgender woman who was voted a ‘positive model for the LGBTQA community’. This is a bold memoir, and written in the present tense – which increases the urgency and impact of its content.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star’s first memoir volume is full of innocence, truth and a whole lot of humour. Even as Poehler talks about her life as an actor, sharing anecdotes from SNL or her theatre days, she manages to insert wit and laughter into them. However, there’s more to the book than just some belly laughter. Replete with the accumulated wisdom of her years, Poehler discharges lessons of life with this one.

Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading - Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading – Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling

Here’s the ‘The Mindy Project’ celeb, and an Indian American woman who has fought for her place in Hollywood. In this book, she lays bare her struggles as a woman of colour trying to live a ‘normal’ life while struggling with her career, friendship and romances. This book is insightful, but just like Poehler’s, it’s full of dazzling wit and belly-aching humour.

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Open Book by Jessica Simpson

In this book, Hollywood star Jessica Simpson delves into the details of her life to chart a story fraught with difficulties and exaltations alike. From a difficult childhood in Texas to her entry into the glamour of Hollywood, she bares her heart. She also talks about her intimate life – her unsuccessful marriage to Nick Lachey, abusive relationship with John Mayer and now happy marriage to Eric Johnson.

Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore

10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading - Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore
10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading – Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is not just a Hollywood actress – she is a sensation. But here, she tells the story of her life minus the glamour – she makes visible the person underneath. From her alcohol addiction to her drug abuse, and her attempts to return to normalcy, she shies away from nothing.

The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone

The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone
The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone

This book isn’t the memoir of a regular Hollywood actress. In fact, is a testament to the grace of a life resurrected. Stone had it all – money, fame, a dazzling career, until a stroke destabilized all of it. Now, she traces the graph of her life as she attempts to remake it. With candour and strength, she recounts the story of an extraordinary life.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading - Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading – Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

In this memoir, Fisher looks back at her life full of stardom since her very entry into it. She chronicles her journey as an actress. But she also talks about the intimate intricacies of a celeb life. And it’s a crazy life – from an unsuccessful marriage to being a single mother and from being left for a man to waking up next to a dead friend.

Home Work by Julie Andrews

Home Work by Julie Andrews
Home Work by Julie Andrews

In this sequel to her novel ‘Home’ where she talked about her childhood, Julie reflects on her years as an actress in Hollywood. From Mary Poppins and Sound of Music in her early career to her marriage to Blake Edwards, this book has all the elements of a perfect Hollywood memoir.

Inside Out by Demi Moore

10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading - Inside Out by Demi Moore
10 Memoirs Of Female Celebrities From Hollywood That Are Worth Reading – Inside Out by Demi Moore

One of the most brilliant actresses Hollywood has known, Demi Moore saw the heights of success at the peak of her career. In this memoir, she gives us an intimate look at what success felt like for her, along with other bittersweet moments like her alcohol addiction, motherhood and finding herself.

Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies

Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies
Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies

In this, the brilliant actress Margulies talks about her childhood spent shuttling between her divorced parents across continents and winning the approval of her weird mother and absent father. She then talks about her life as an actress – the haunting choices she made and the innumerable sacrifices and rejections along the way. She also talks about ten good – the unforgettable acting roles that shaped her professional and personal life.

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