This collection of memoirs brings readers behind the scenes and into the lives of those who dared to make it in Hollywood. And they could make great gifts for the book lovers in your lives.
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‘A Star Is Bored’ by Byron Lane
"A Star Is Bored" is a “making it in Hollywood” story peeking behind the curtain at the life of an assistant to the stars.
Byron Lane documents his experience as the right-hand man and main confidant to some of the most famous starlets in Tinseltown, including the late Carrie Fisher. He also allows the reader to understand the struggles that come with playing this unique role.
Lane delves into some celebrity secrets and explains what inspired him to step into the spotlight himself.
‘He Put My Buddha in the Freezer’ by Amy Karl
Amy Karl’s memoir "He Put My Buddha in the Freezer" chronicles a decade amid an A-list crowd and the lessons it taught her.
After falling in love with talent agent Richard Berg, Karl straps in for the ride of her life and seeks to make it as a woman in a man’s world. She finds herself attending basketball games and yoga classes alongside some of the biggest names in the business, but some of Karl’s greatest discoveries are made in the last place she ever expected.
Read along on this author’s journey through love, loss, pain and pleasure, with a hefty dose of laughs as well.
‘Just the Funny Parts’ by Nell Scovell
In "Just the Funny Parts" Nell Scovell calls for gender diversity in Hollywood, specifically recounting her experience as one of very few women in the late-night writing sphere. Following the Letterman sex scandal, the author embarks on providing insights into navigating Hollywood as a woman among mostly men and offers insights on how to thrive in your workplace — even if it’s not a Hollywood soundstage.
Scovell speaks on fighting her way to the top with humor and anecdotes to boot.
‘Girl Walks Out of a Bar’ by Lisa F. Smith
“Girl Walks Out of a Bar” recounts the author’s high-profile life and her struggle with addiction while in the public eye. She also touches on the drama of being a celebrity and the intense challenge of balancing both public and personal lives.
This story seeks to show the reader that life in Hollywood is definitely not all glitz and glamour and breaks the stigma that celebrity life is all it’s cracked up to be.
‘Little Miss Little Compton’ by Arden Myrin
In the memoir "Little Miss Little Compton," comedian Arden Myrin documents her transition from life in a small Rhode Island town to rubbing elbows with Hollywood royalty.
Myrin’s memoir brings us along on her journey from grappling with her unconventional upbringing to kicking Courteney Cox in the face — truly the ride of a lifetime.
‘This Will Only Hurt a Little’ by Busy Philipps
The hilarious autobiography "This Will Only Hurt a Little" follows the life and career of Busy Philipps.
After moving to Hollywood at age 19, she encountered an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and brings each to the pages of this memoir. Busy takes readers behind the scenes of Hollywood productions and into the hilarious theatrics of her everyday life.
Told from an entertainer’s perspective, this book will have readers yearning for an encore performance.
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‘Back to the Kitchen’ by Freddie Prinze Jr.
The ’90s heartthrob was raised in New Mexico by his mom on home-cooked meals inspired by his Puerto Rican heritage.
In "Back to the Kitchen" the “She’s All That” star shares those dishes, and many more, including tacos and New Mexico-style spicy eggs.
‘The Clean Plate’ by Gwyneth Paltrow
Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow has turned being a lifestyle guru into quite the business. The Goop founder has always been known for being the cheerleader of clean, healthy eating.
Her cookbook "The Clean Plate" takes a deep dive on the topic as she shares more than 100 recipes that heal the body.
‘Cravings’ by Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen is almost as famous for being a foodie as a model, so it’s no surprise her tome "Cravings" is one of the best celebrity cookbooks out there.
It’s chock-full of recipes for every occasion, from family dinners to date nights to parties.
‘From Crook to Cook’ by Snoop Dogg
If you’ve ever wondered what Snoop Dogg eats when he gets the munchies, now you’ll finally know. Plus, he has probably picked up a culinary tip or two from his friend Martha Stewart.
Snoop Dogg’s first cookbook, "From Crook to Cook," is just as fun as you’d expect. Its 50 recipes cover soul food classics like baked mac & cheese as well as his spin on classics like soft flour tacos and easy orange chicken.
‘The Kind Diet’ by Alicia Silverstone
If you’re a vegan or just trying to cut down on meat, "The Kind Diet" is the best celebrity cookbook for you.
“Clueless” actress, activist and conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares how to make an easy transition to a vegan diet with plenty of advice and recipes. She shares all the health perks of a plant-based diet, such as easy digestion and clearer skin.
There’s advice on how to get all the nutrients you need sans meat, fish or dairy.
‘Stirring Up Fun with Food’ by Sarah Michelle Gellar
In "Stirring Up Fun with Food," “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar shares more than 100 food-crafting ideas that you and your kids will have a blast making — think brownies on a stick.
The book is organized by month and has ideas for every holiday and occasion, including Valentine’s Day, Shark Week, Halloween and “Star Wars” Day.
‘True Roots’ by Kristin Cavallari
Health-conscious cooks will love that this one ticks off all the boxes since every single recipe doesn’t have a trace of gluten, dairy or refined sugar. Even better, cooking that way can be easy.
That’s one of the reasons Kristin Cavallari's “True Roots” was propelled to the top of the best-seller list. The former star of “The Hills” will leave you with a happy tummy with recipes like zucchini almond butter blondies and rose sangria.
‘The Tucci Table’ by Stanley Tucci
During quarantine, Stanley Tucci’s cocktail recipes won the internet, reminding us that his gifts extend beyond the screen.
His second cookbook "The Tucci Table" focuses on his family’s traditional Italian dishes as well as his British wife’s, Felicity Blunt, all with an American twist. Think pasta alla bottarga, mushroom-stuffed trout and pork chops with onions and mustard sauce, to name a few.
‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ by Reese Witherspoon
It’s hard to imagine that Reese Witherspoon is bad at anything, and that goes for cooking, too. Her best-selling cookbook "Whiskey in a Teacup" is oozing with Southern charm, just like she is.
Sure it has recipes — including how to make the perfect cheddar biscuits as well as fried chicken — but it offers so much more, including her musings on southern hospitality, with tips on how to entertain, decorate and even apply hot rollers to your hair.
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