Spring celebrity memoirs

Al Woodworth on January 28, 2020
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Celebrity memoirs publishing this winter and spring

Celebrities: they are just like us! Yes, celebrities might have millions of fans who idolize them (and who squash their privacy) but they also have families that are complicated, relationships that make them think twice, and hilariously embarrassing moments, just like the rest of us. In these memoirs publishing in the next three months, Diane Keaton, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, Val Kilmer, and Colin Jost share their experiences—from flashbulb-lit red carpets and childhood memories, to the complex relationships they have with their brothers, partners, and even themselves.


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Brother & Sister by Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton’s charming and disarming memoir Then Again introduced fans and readers to the legendary actor's world and, above all, her complicated and beloved mother. In her new memoir, Brother & Sister, Keaton pulls back the curtain even more to grapple with her relationship with her brother—and how, despite the same childhood, he ended up living his life on “the other side of normal.” She wonders, “Why was his life so fraught with fear and anxiety? Even though we shared the same parents, the same schools, why were we so different?” Keaton’s memoir exudes love, care, and a deep desire to understand her complicated brother. (February 4, 2020)


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Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson, the singer, pop-phenomenon, reality TV pioneer, and billion-dollar fashion mogul spills it all in her memoir, aptly titled Open Book. With her trademark voice, Simpson shares her life story – the struggles and triumphs—revealing a woman so much more than the pop-culture clichés (was that “chicken or fish” of the sea?) that she became synonymous with. From her storied relationships, building a global empire, and finding the confidence to be her authentic self, Simpson shares the wisdom she’s learned along the way. (February 4, 2020)


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More Myself by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, musician and producer; she’s an entrepreneur, a successful actress, and a powerful force in the world of activism. In her new memoir, More Myself, Keys dives into her life—the challenging relationship with her father, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, trying to be perfect, and realizing her voice was just as valuable as the ones around her. Part autobiography, part narrative documentary, Keys takes readers on her own journey from a being a people pleaser to standing up for herself and discovering her own self-worth. (March 31, 2020)


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A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

Colin Jost is a head writer for Saturday Night Live and co-anchor of "Weekend Update," and in his new memoir he hilariously, self-effacingly lays bare his life inside the show, touring the country as a stand-up comedian, being saved by Jimmy Buffet, and competing in a twenty-five-man match at WrestleMania—no joke. As Zadie Smith wrote, “Colin Jost is as funny as his face is punchable. Which is to say: very. He also knows a lot about Staten Island, soiling himself, internal parasites, and firemen’s pensions. He’s really the whole package. And if you care about comedy—writing it, performing it, watching it, or giving up any semblance of a normal adult life for it—so is his book.” (April 14, 2020)


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I'm Your Huckleberry by Val Kilmer

Legendary actor Val Kilmer (Top Gun, The Saint, Top Secret!, Tombstone) shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and romances, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggle with throat cancer. Publishing ahead of next summer’s highly anticipated Top Gun sequel, I'm Your Huckleberry chronicles Kilmer’s life both on and off the screen. (April 21, 2020)


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