If there’s one subject celebrities know—and love best—it’s themselves. Through hilarious prose, thoughtful essays, and salacious gossip, the following authors peel back that fourth wall and allow us to peek inside. And trust us–these are six peepholes you wanna look through.
Dear Mr. You, by Mary Louise Parker
Mary Louise Parker loves men. So much so she wrote a memoir about the dudes—real and hypothetical—who’ve shaped her being. Told through a series of letters, the book covers every notable male she’s thankful for, from the grandfather she never knew, to lovers she’ll always remember, to the uncle of her adopted baby.
Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari
Dating sucks. Not only do hopefuls have to trod through the perilous dating scene, these days they have to analyze, translate, and infer meaning of high-tech data and computer code like Tinder bios and Emojis. To the rescue: comedian Aziz Ansari and NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg. In this book, the pair devise a research project to shed light on today’s cryptic courtships.
Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling
Sort of a What’s Eating Mindy Kaling, Kaling’s intimate yet rollicking collection of essays covers everything from what’s “natural” in Hollywood (honey blonde hair on dark-skinned gals) to coming face to face with Bradley Cooper. Though picaresque and hilarious, her memoir gets deep: personal stories about body issues and online bullying are not off limits.
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Leah Remini
The latest to dish on the fascinating what’s what behind the closed doors of the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini constructs an eye-opening tell-all that covers her 30-year attachment to the Church. And the outspoken actress doesn’t hold back from divulging the church leaders’ abusive behavior to recollecting the time she saw baby Suri Cruise neglected and crying on the bathroom floor during Tom and Katie’s wedding, it’s all in there.
Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore
Though it’s not as salacious as her first memoir, Drew Barrymore’s sophomore tell-all does elicit a few raises of the brow. Written with the poise that comes from experience and maturity, Wildflower is a collection of thoughtful essays that range from interesting (the starlet wants to be buried underneath an avocado tree) to scandalous (like the time she got drunk in Germany when she was … 11).
So That Happened, by Jon Cryer
You know him as Duckie from Pretty in Pink, but you will love him as the guy who had a thing for Demi Moore in No Small Affair. In a crazy tell-all that most definitely gets the R-rated treatment, Jon Cryer shares his on-set experiences working with Charlie Sheen (dirty conquest photos included) and what his first visit to the Playboy Mansion entailed. It’s a wild ride.