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There is something truly special about a person being able to share their story. A red carpet photo may look picture perfect while not revealing what is going on behind the scenes, but these celebrities shared it all in their memoirs. I recently listened to Naya Rivera’s on Audible. Though it was challenging given her tragic passing, her book’s ending was incredibly thoughtful and a testament to self-love. It inspired me to round up all the mommy memoirs I could remember. I hope they inspire you and offer a few laughs.
Sorry, Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera
Written right after she gave birth to her son Josey, Naya’s book is honest and laugh-out-loud funny. You’ll get a dose of Glee tea and a 101 lesson in what it means to accept and love yourself truly.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Funny girl Amy Poehler literally brought me to tears as I listened to her raw and honest memoir. A candid take on divorce and what it means to move on after you’ve loved and lost.
Secrets of a Sparrow by Diana Ross
Diana wrote her autobiography in 1993 and shared lots of juicy details about her career and personal life. The icon also published a photo book, Diana Ross: Going Back, in 2002 that is definitely worth perusing.
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
The Top Chef host has come a long way since her modeling days. I recently binged her newest show, Taste The Nation, where she gives an intimate look at her relationship with her daughter Krishna. She also has three cookbooks: Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet, The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs: An Essential Guide to the Flavors of the World, and Easy Exotic if you are looking for some inspiration in the kitchen.
Unqualified by Anna Faris
Anna had asked ex-husband Chris Pratt to pen the intro to her memoir before they divorced, and even though it must have been awkward AF at the time, he still did it. The actress and podcast host shares an inside look at her marriage and how tough it can be to navigate all the things women and mothers juggle at any given moment.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling
Mindy shared her voice twice before becoming a mommy to daughter Katherine. Her first book gave fans an inside look at Mindy’s brain and was followed four years later by her 2016 book Why Not Me?.
True Love by JLo
Jennifer Lopez released her memoir in 2014 along with an HBO special, Dance Again, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at her tour where ex-husband Marc Anthony ultimately joined her on stage in Puerto Rico. It was beautiful and emotional, and her book is nothing short of the same.
Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore
The usually private Demi Moore opens up about rape, motherhood, and her three divorces in her tell-all. The actress reflects on her substance abuse battles and her time in Hollywood.
It Seemed Important At The Time: A Romance Memoir by Gloria Vanderbilt
Gloria is one of my mom’s favorite American royalty celebrities. Vanderbilt had a difficult life and continued to open her heart to love, which has always been an inspiration in our household. She penned not only one, but four books. Her memoir gave an intimate look at her life, and later she and son Anderson Cooper co-wrote The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss.
Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N’ Roll by Priscilla Presley
Priscilla worked with contributor Sandra Harmon to give an inside look at life with the one-and-only Elvis Presley. Priscilla gets real about their whirlwind romance, the affairs, and how they stayed connected even after their divorce.
Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton
So Diana didn’t technically write a memoir all by herself, but she did shock the world in 1992 with the publication of In Her Own Words. Andrew Morton penned the book, but Diana was a significant contributor to the biography. It was the first time people heard from the Princess herself.
Sarah the Duchess of York, My Story by Fergie
The Duchess of York had a pretty public separation from Prince Andrew, and the mother of two quickly shared her story. The book was published in 1996 with help from contributor Jeff Coplon and spilled all the tea. She also wrote Finding Sarah and What I Know Now along with children’s books Little Red, Ballerine Rosie, and Tea For Ruby.
Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian by Kris Jenner
Kris was a little early on her memoir, in my opinion, but that only means her next book will have way more details. The momager gets real about her divorce, raising six kids, and what really happened when the OJ case took over their lives.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
We’ve seen Drew Barrymore grow up on-screen in front of us, and the actress is finally sharing how she found happiness. She also details the loss of her father and how one mundane activity saved her. Drew also penned Little Girl Lost back in 1990 after a tumultuous childhood as a kid actor and released Find It in Everything, a collection of photographs.
Whiskey In A Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon
This book is by no means a traditional memoir, but it is part-memoir and part-Southern hospitality in a one-of-a-kind look at Reese’s life. Learn a little about the Southern belle and learn some delicious recipes while you’re at it.
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