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Celebrities who Write Books

You don't get to be rich, famous, popular, infamous or otherwise notable by being shy. So it's not surprising that celebrities get into the book-writing game. Many stars use their memoirs as a way to tell their side of the story, others extend their creative tendencies by trying their hand at the great American novel. Children's books, cookbooks, self-help books - you name it, and at least one star has penned one for your pleasure. 

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Memoirs  •  Non-fiction • Self-Help  

Saturday
Jun112011

The Judds - a word from all three women.

The Judd women each have a story to tell - and they each have their own version of the same stories to tell. If you're a fan, you're sure to be riveted by these ladies' own recollections of their time together, on the road and the aftermath and lessons they've learned.

Ashley Judd, Actress & Activist 
All That Is Bitter & Sweet (2011)

Asked why she was opting out of a successful career, walking away while she was one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood, Ashley herself could not provide an answer. She simply knew that after her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, her own life depended on advocating on behalf of the vulnerable. Promising each new sister, “I will never forget you,” Ashley began writing extraordinary diaries—on which this memoir is based—expanding her capacity to relate to, and to share with a global audience, stories of survival and resilience.

Along the way, Ashley realized that the coping strategies she had developed to deal with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment, were no longer working. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but an expanded kit of spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work.

Now, in this deeply moving and unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, as a left-behind lost child attains international prominence as a fiercely dedicated advocate. Her story ranges from anger to forgiveness, isolation to interdependence, depression to activism. In telling it, she resoundingly answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.      

Wynonna Judd, The Judds
Coming Home to Myself (2005)

From the heart of one of the most beloved performers in music comes a candid memoir of professional triumph, private heartbreak, and personal victory-a coming-of-age account of a very private search for harmony and a very public rise to fame. Coming Home to Myself is the result of that emotional journey-a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.    

 

Naomi Judd, The Judds
Naomi's Breathrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life (2004)

Country singing superstar Judd overcame medical odds by recovering from hepatitis C and wants others to benefit from her health regimen. In this lively and inspirational book, she offers a mix of autobiography, medical advice and just plain homespun talk from one plucky Southerner. Judd is up-front about her mistakes-she got pregnant the first time she had sex and ended up divorced and supporting two children in her 20s. She put herself through college during her 30s, earning a nursing degree, and only began her singing career at age 37. During her 40s and 50s, Judd's health declined, and after traditional treatments failed, she turned to alternative therapies and focused on decreasing stress and obtaining greater personal satisfaction. Judd found strength in religion, exercising and developing goals for the future. Her advice for others is both accessible and convincing.

Saturday
Jun112011

Nikki Sixx and the drugs who loved him, a whole whole lot.

When I was younger, I used to love movies and books about junkies, drunks and people who were out of control. I'm sure there was a time when this book would be a must-read for me, but now the thought of it just makes me nervous. I'm sure it's a harrowing, and hopefully educational, experience for both the writer and the reader to go on this drug-addled experience together.

Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue
Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (2007)

In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself. When Motley Crue was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days - sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers - in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions. Here, Nikki shares those diary entries - some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre - and reflects on that time. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more. Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and shockingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom - and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.      

 

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