In Their Own Words: Celebrity Memoirs

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Ever wondered about the lives of celebrities? What kind of upbringing they had, where their drive to succeed comes from, or how they overcame tragedies in their pasts? Find out from the celebrities themselves with these eBooks and digital audiobooks on Libby! For help with Libby or the Libby app contact the Homewood Library Informationist at

Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Beginning with her childhood in the 1980’s and ending with her marriage to professional football star Eric Johnson, Simpson takes the reader on a no-holds-barred, in-depth look at the struggles in her life. Check it out here.

Life by Keith Richards
This infamous member of The Rolling Stones peels away the layers of stardom and to discuss his childhood and musical career, revealing his dislike of the hype that goes with being famous and how his love of music kept him going. Check it out here.

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile
“Evocative and piercingly honest, Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church’s basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.”* Check it out here.

Acid for the Children by Flea
“The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.”* Check it out here.

My Song by Harry Belafonte
“Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. Now, this extraordinary icon tells us the story of that life, giving us its full breadth, letting us share in the struggles, the tragedies, and, most of all, the inspiring triumphs.”* Check it out here.

I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
“Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: theaforabove, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.”* Check it out here.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
“Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.”* Check it out here.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
“The last book from beloved Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist is an intimate, hilarious, and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.”* Check it out here.

This Is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe
“Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight (“If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself,” she writes, “would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?”). Irreverent, hilarious, and nontraditional, This Is Just My Face takes its place and fills a void on the shelf of writers from Mindy Kaling to David Sedaris to Lena Dunham.”* Check it out here.

Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness
Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. In this revelatory, raw, and rambunctious memoir, Jonathan shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen. JVN fans may think they know the man behind the stiletto heels, the crop tops, and the iconic sayings, but there’s much more to him than meets the Queer Eye.”* Check it out here.

Open by Andre Agassi
“With its breakneck tempo and raw candor, Open will be read and cherished for years. A treat for ardent fans, it will also captivate readers who know nothing about tennis. Like Agassi’s game, it sets a new standard for grace, style, speed, and power.”* Check it out here.

One Life by Megan Rapinoe
“Using anecdotes from her own life and career, from suing the United States Soccer Federation alongside her teammates over gender discrimination to her widely publicized refusal to visit the White House, Rapinoe discusses the obligation we all have to speak up, and reveals the impact each of us can have on our communities.”* Check it out here.

Life in Motion by Misty Copeland
“With an insider’s unique point of view, Misty opens a window into the life of a professional ballerina who lives life center stage: from behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets. But in this beautifully written memoir, she also delves deeper to reveal the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.”* Check it out here.

24 by Willie Mays
“Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir.”* Check it out here.

Rafa by Rafael Nadol

“With candor and intelligence, Nadal brings readers on his dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family.”* Check it out here.

*All quoted text from book publishers via Goodreads.


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