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The 10 Best Celebrity Memoirs of 2022 to Gift Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is having time again. Time to sleep in. Time to relax. Time to connect with the people you love…and time to curl up with a good book!

And if you happen to have a friend or loved one with a penchant for all things celebrity, well, they’re in luck! 2022 has seen an explosion of celebrity memoirs hit our shelves. Here’s our top 10, in no particular order:

1. Jennette McCurdy: I’m Glad My Mom Died

Shocking. Intense. Powerful. Funny.

The iCarly star explores the traumas she experienced as a child star, being pushed into an industry she never wanted to join, the compromising situations she found herself in and her complicated relationship with her “narcissistic” and abusive mother, Debbie.

And while the story is certainly a heartbreaking one, it’s ultimately about McCurdy’s resilience, regaining control of her world and living a life of independence, freedom and joy.

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2. Matthew Perry: Friends, Lovers and the Big, Terrible Thing

“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

Yep, right from the very beginning, this book will have you hooked. The beloved Friends star shares a candid look at his fractured childhood, life in the spotlight and his struggles with addiction.

It’s for anyone who wants to know more about the man who so hilariously brought Chandler Bing to life or who might be struggling with sobriety themselves.

Oh, and it’s funny as hell!

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3. Viola Davis: Finding Me

Don’t just take our word for it, every book club under the sun is full of praise for this powerful memoir (including Oprah’s Book Club!) from Hollywood star Viola Davis.

From her “crumbling apartment” in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the world stage, Viola takes us on her journey of self-love, courage and finding her voice in a space that didn’t always see her. She says, “My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.”

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4. Simu Liu: We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant, Superhero Origin Story

An incredibly honest and at times heart-breaking look into the life of Simu Liu, the star of Marvel’s first Asian Superhero film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 

The book delves into his childhood in China where he was raised by his loving, gentle grandparents, to his days in Canada being raised by his immigrant parents, finding his place in between cultures, challenging their authority and eventually carving his own path from accountant, to stock photo model to Hollywood star!

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5. Tom Felton: Beyond the Wand: The Magic & Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard

This is for anyone who grew up watching/reading Harry Potter – which is pretty much *checks notes* everyone!

With his signature humour, Tom Felton shares his story of growing up in the spotlight after starring as the villainous Draco Malfoy in the pop culture phenomenon. He talks about his friendships with some of the biggest stars in the world including Alan Rickman, Emma Watson and Ralph Fiennes – and navigating a level fame he had no idea was coming.

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6. Ralph Macchio: Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

For those who grew up obsessed with Daniel San, Mr Miyagi and all things The Karate Kid – and for the new fans who are just discovering the world of hit Netflix series Cobra Kai – this is a fun trip down memory lane.

The book is a celebration of Ralph Macchio’s legacy as the most famous, fictional karate champion, how he scored the role and a behind-the-scenes look into some of the film’s most memorable moments.

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7. Constance Wu: Making a Scene

Not exactly a memoir, but a series of raw, powerful essays which looks at the life Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu.

These are the stories of how she made it to Hollywood, survived as an Asian-American woman in an industry lacking in representation and experiencing sexual assault and harassment along the way.

Constance had disappeared from social media prior to releasing the book – but now she is back, and ready to be heard more than ever before.

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8. Selma Blair: Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up

Two things – it turns out actor Selma Blair was a wild, wild child! And when it comes to writing her own memoir, she’s fierce and passionate as hell!

This is the story of her desperate want for attention, her rise to fame, the darkness of addiction that took over her world, the love and light that came through motherhood and a multiple sclerosis diagnosis that changed her life.

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9. Molly Shannon: Hello Molly!

Molly Shannon may be a star in the world of comedy, but you don’t have to know who she is to be completely mesmerised by her story. At age 4, her world was turned upside down when she lost her mother, baby sister and cousins in a car accident while her father was at the wheel.

With her signature wit and energy, Shannon takes us through her shattering start to life, developing a love for role-playing and eventually finding herself front and centre in show business.

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10. Geena Davis: Dying of Politeness

Screen legend Geena Davis knew she was going to be a star at the age of 3! But she became so much more than that…

This is a hilarious and candid look into some of Geena’s most iconic roles and her fight to ensure gender equality is not only clearly represented on screen but that women and girls around the world know  they can be anything that want to be.

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(Feature Image Credit: courtesy Hodder & Stoughton, HarperCollins, Little Brown)

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