“Bookworm” is a badge I wear proudly and have ever since I was a kid. My books of choice then were mainly fiction tales, never dreaming that as an adult I would write my own memoir.
I read a lot of celebrity memoirs this summer, including (starred by my personal rating):
Orange is the New Black (Piper Kerman) ****
Everybody’s Brother (Cee-Lo Green) ** 1/2
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life (Rosie Perez)*****
The Love Playbook (LaLa Anthony) *** [some overlap with lessons I teach in my book]
Mo’ Meta Blues – Questlove (Ahmire Thompson) ****
Ultramarathon Man (Dean Karnazes) ***
Unbreak My Heart (Toni Braxton) ****
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami) ***
I listened to all of these books except Questlove’s and LaLa‘s. For the most part, they all contain introspection and show author as a real person with a variety of interest and insecurities that make them even more relatable than they seem in the media. So many people that you might think don’t have struggles, have them–or worse.
The memoirs next on my list include those by:
- Robin Roberts (with whom I share the same birthday this month) – Everybody’s Got Something
- Oprah – What I Know For Sure
- Lena Dunham – Not That Kind of Girl
- Sheila E. – Beat of My Own Drum
- Common – One Day It Will All Make Sense
- Ashley Judd – All That is Bitter and Sweet
- It has lots of interesting, juicy stories.
- It’s honest.
- It teaches lessons that every young woman should learn before she finishes school.
- God told me to publish it–so it’s definitely worth sharing.