Stories Written by the Famous – What’s Worth Reading?

When someone famous publishes a book, how do we know it’s going to be worth our time?  Maybe they’re your favorite singer or public figure, but does that mean they can write something compelling?  We’ve reviewed several and found these to be extremely entertaining and worth a listen!

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Becoming - Michelle Obama

This touching memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama sold 1.4 million copies in its first week and went on to be the bestselling book of 2018!  Becoming also won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. You’ll like this very personal account from a woman who consistently defied expectations and shares the experiences that shaped her… from her childhood in the south side of Chicago, to balancing the demands of work and motherhood, her education at Princeton and Harvard, and all the way to her role as the first African American First Lady. Her book is written with wit and honesty… and the result is inspiring, eloquent, and hopeful.  Download Becoming here!

Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera had a full career during her short life.  She was a child actress and model who barely eked her way through high school, did a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, and found success starring as Santana Lopez on Glee. Her memoir, Sorry, Not Sorry was published in 2016, and since then, readers have enjoyed her funny and deeply personal story. Whether it’s with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over–or plod through–all the crap along the way. Even with a successful career and a family that she loved more than anything else, Naya said, “There’s still a thirteen-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who’s never sure of my own self-worth.” Sorry Not Sorry is for that thirteen-year-old in all of us. She lost her life in July 2020 by drowning, but her personal narration of her book continues to inspire many. Download it here! 

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by 50 Cent 

Talk about a success story! Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, worked his way up from the streets of Jamaica-Queens in New York to the boardrooms of cable broadcasting networks. He leaped to success in his early 20’s in the cut-throat entertainment industry as a multi-platinum rap artist. Then, he became the star and executive producer of Power, a gripping crime drama centered around a drug kingpin’s family. The series led to Jackson inking a four-year, $150 million contract with the Starz network—the most lucrative deal in cable history. Now Jackson shares his unique, cutting-edge lessons and hard-earned advice on embracing change. Jackson’s street smarts and hard-learned corporate savvy can help you successfully achieve your own comeback—and to learn to flow with the changes that disrupt your life. This successful entrepreneur, rapper and TV production mogul will inspire you… download Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter now!

Too Much & Never Enough by Mary Trump  

The anticipation for this book was incredible. In its first day, it sold a record 950,000 copies! Mary Trump, PhD, is the only niece of the 45th president and she describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. As a first-hand witness to countless holiday gatherings and family events, she shines a bright light on the dark history of one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families. With unexpected humor and a focused wit, Mary Trump, who is a trained clinical psychologist, she explains how the president’s childhood and his parents led him to be the divisive leader he is today. It’s an insightful, disturbing, and fascinating portrait.  Listen to her account here!

Open Book by Jessica Simpson 

Jessica Simpson is America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, and a reality TV pioneer. In her down-to-earth memoir, the billion-dollar fashion mogul takes you on a remarkable journey as she examines her life that has been blessed with a compassion to help others but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. In Open Book, Jessica Simpson uses her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before. We think you’ll find it inspiring and entertaining as she shares things she has never shared before… it feels like a heartfelt conversation with a friend! Laugh, cry, and enjoy listening to Jessica’s amazing story here!

Want more famous celebrity authors?  Try these!

My Love Story: A Memoir     By Tina Turner

Born to Run       By Bruce Springsteen

Courage to Soar     By Simone Biles

Naturally Tan: A Memoir      By Tan France

A Life in Parts       By Bryan Cranston

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