After my one on one time with the iconic Shania Twain, I got to thinking and I realized that I read a lot of celebrity biographies. I’ve always been a celebrity junkie, I check People.com everyday and I’ve been known to linger over to perezhilton.com for a quick celebrity update. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have celebrities fan pages in my favorites list, but I like to be updated on the fact that Whitney’s headed to rehab and I like to know where Wills and Kate are headed on their honeymoon. So why not mix my celebrity fandom with my love of reading… which brings us to this week’s Book Love Sunday feature, which is “Reeder’s Top 10 Favorite Autobiographies”
1. sTori Spelling – Tori Spelling –> Hands down, my favorite biography to date. Why, you ask? Because Tori Spelling doesn’t hold back at all when it comes to her first kick at the can to tell it all (she has since written 4 books, including this book). If you were a fan of Beverly Hills 90210, then you definitely should pick up this book to find out how the cast dealt with the Shannen Doherty drama and how she begged her father, TV mogul, Aaron Spelling to finally let Donna lose her virginity. It’s a tell all that not only includes 90210 gossip, but family drama, relationship drama and a whole lot more! It’s a definite must read for the 90’s lover.
2. Audition – Barbara Walters –> The woman who changed the dynamic of reporting the news, Barbara Walters is an icon to say the least. This memoir depicts her rise to the top and the people who got left behind, like her daughter, who she speaks of quite candidly, which I found quite surprising. She also discusses her failed marriages in length. This personal and honest memoir gives the reader a look into the life of someone who’s as equally as intriguing as the people she’s interviewed over the years (minus the Jersey Shore castmates).
3. Official Book Club Selection – Kathy Griffin –> We all know Kathy Griffin as the comedian that continuously makes us laugh out loud on her show ‘Life on the D List’, but what you may not know about the talented Griffin is that she struggled growing up with a brother that made childhood dismal and scary at times. She also shares the story of her ex husband that famously mishandled her financial affairs while married. It may deal with some serious topics, but there is a comical element to each chapter and you’ll find yourself slapping your knee more than one time.
4. Life – Keith Richards –> To be fair, I have yet to read Keith Richards memoir, but I’ve heard and read so many great things about it, that I had to include in the list. Famous for his outstanding contribution to the Rolling Stones, Richards discusses how the band came to be and the experiences he and the band have faced over the years (some good, some bad). I’m to understand that it’s an honest and real look into his world and his story telling ways make for a dynamic and outstanding memoir.
5. Unbearable Lightness – Portia De Rossi –> This probably one of the most revealing memoirs I’ve ever read, there is no bridge that Portia De Rossi doesn’t cross. She covers her sexuality in length and shares that her feelings for woman were hidden for years and years. She even reveals that she used (her now wife) Ellen Degeneres as a benchmark to see how Ellen’s ‘coming out’ would affect her career. De Rossi also shares her struggle with anorexia and you read about a world of disease and unhappiness. Now, healthy and happily married, she her memoir portrays how she found her happily ever after.
6. Candy Girl – Diablo Cody –> How does one go from a stripper to an oscar winner in less than two years? Find out how in Diablo Cody’s ‘no hold bars’ memoir. Her documented life before she ‘made it’ is as equally as good a story as her life post Juno. She’s not afraid to go into description and you’ll find her journey shocking and heartwarming at the same time.
7. Clapton – Eric Clapton –> Eric Clapton, the epic singer and songwriter shares his raw and difficult life with his fans in his first ever autobiography. He admits to being a bad husband and he shares his bouts with drugs and alcohol. All in all, it’s a descriptive and interesting story told from one of the greatest guitarists of our time.
8. Wonderful Tonight – Patti Boyd –> Clearly, I’m a fan of Eric Clapton (and the Beatles) because right after reading “Clapton”, I picked up his ex wife, Paittie Boyd’s story about her life as a groupie and her marriages to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She shares the story of their love triangle and what life was like with both influential men. She’s the inspiration behind both, “Wonderful Tonight” and “Layla”.
9. Open – Andre Agassi –> Admittingly, I’m not a huge Tennis fan, I’m more of a Brooke Shields fan; which is how I first got introduced to who Andre Agassi was, they have since divorced, but I was intrigued when I kept reading great reviews about his book, “Open”. It’s a great coming of age story and how he found his passion and found himself at the same time. Definitely a must read!
10. From this Moment On – Shania Twain –> Known for her quiet and private life, Shania Twain had no choice to be thrown into the spotlight again when she found out her husband was having an affair with her best friend. Instead of shying away from the drama and massive amounts of questions from the media, she decided to write a book sharing her side of the story, while also depicting her rise to fame and fortune. Her memoir is raw, real and she isn’t afraid to share stories that most families like to hide under the rug. She has no boundaries and it makes for a very interesting read.