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7 Must-Read Celebrity Books Coming Out This Year

These are the memoirs everyone will be talking about until 2021.

There are fewer reads that are more addictive, juicy, and fun than the celebrity memoir. Whether they're light and fluffy or deeply introspective, reading about your favorite star's life in their own words is just so satisfying. The year may be more than half over, but there are several books by celebrity authors that are still set to hit the shelves. Some are from experienced writers while others are pulling back the curtain for the first time. Rest assured, there's something here for everyone. And for more literary-minded stars, hare are 13 Celebrities You Didn't Realize Wrote Novels.

The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey

The Meaning of Mariah Carey cover
Andy Cohen Books

"It took me a lifetime to have the courage and clarity to write my memoir," singer Mariah Carey wrote in an Instagram post announcing that The Meaning of Mariah Carey was on its way. "I want to tell the story of the moments—the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today." The book, cowritten with Michaela Angela Davis, is out Sept. 29. For a look back at the decade when Carey first became a huge star, here are 24 Celeb Red Carpet Photos From 1990 You Have to See to Believe.

Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

If you've already devoured (and re-devoured) The Office and Late Night star Mindy Kaling's other books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and Why Not Me?, you may want to get your preorder of her new essay collection in now. Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) is composed of six of them, each with its own super-cute cover. Good news for Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited Members: You'll be able to read or listen to the collection for free when it drops on Oct. 6.

Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz

Let Love Rule Lenny Kravitz cover
Henry Holt & Co.

Also out Oct. 6 is Let Love RuleLenny Kravitz's memoir that shares a title with his acclaimed 1989 album. Cowritten with David Ritz, the book is described by the publisher as "the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music." If you're missing Kravitz's relationship with Lisa Bonet, check out 15 Celebrity Couple Breakups You're Probably Still Mourning.

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom
Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock

"Re: my book," Rachel Bloom wrote on Twitter when the cover debuted, "Yes there will be an audio version that I will narrate; yes it's a collection of personal essays, poetry, amusement park maps, etc. about my relationship with normalcy; yes, a whole chapter is a musical and yes you can listen along with it while reading." We'd expect nothing less entertaining from the star and co-creator of Crazy Ex-GirlfriendI Want to Be Where the Normal People Are is out Nov. 17.

One Life by Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe One Life cover
Penguin Press

U.S. Soccer phenomenon Megan Rapinoe's memoir, One Life, cowritten with Emma Brockes is focused not just on her life in sports but her activism as well. "Using anecdotes from her own life and career, from suing the United States Soccer Federation alongside her teammates over gender discrimination to her widely publicized refusal to visit the White House, Rapinoe discusses the obligation we all have to speak up, and reveals the impact each of us can have on our communities," the publisher's description readsOne Life is out Nov. 10. For the very best of this genre, check out The 20 Best Celebrity Memoirs of All Time.

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality by Michael J. Fox

No Time Like the Future Michael J Fox cover
Flatiron Books

Actor and activist Michael J. Fox is no stranger to the memoir game; Lucky Man came out in 2003, and Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist followed in 2010. The theme carries forward in No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, out Nov. 17. In this one, Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in the early '90s, "shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality."

Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band by Willie and Bobbie Nelson

Me and Sister Bobbie Willie Nelson cover
Random House

Country music legend Willie Nelson also takes up quite a lot of space at the bookstore. His first of a few autobiographies came out in 1988, and he's even cowritten a novel. This particular memoir is written by Willie and his sister, fellow musician Bobbie Nelson, (as well as David Ritz) and focuses on their relationship—"the longest-lasting bond in both their lives." It's out on Sept. 15. For more news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Sage Young
Sage Young is the Deputy Entertainment Editor at Best Life, expanding and honing our coverage in this vertical by managing a team of industry-obsessed writers. Read more
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