10 celebrity memoirs that became popular in 2022

1. “Finding Me: A Memoir” by Viola Davis.

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In her memoir Finding Me, Viola Davis writes about her journey to becoming an Academy Award-winning actress.

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In Viola Davis’ memoir “Finding Me,” released in April, the “How to Get Away with Murder” star talks about the journey from her traumatic childhood in Rhode Island to her successful acting career. In the book, Davis navigates the limits of labels, self-love, and how she carved her own path in Hollywood despite many obstacles in her way.

2. “Love Me as I Am” by Garcelle Beauvais.

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“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Garcelle Beauvais has written her memoir “Love Me As I Am.”

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“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Garcelle Beauvais tells all in her candid, entertaining memoir “Love Me As I Am,” released in April. In the book, Beauvais explains how she came to Los Angeles after spending her childhood in Haiti and splitting her early adolescence between Boston and New York. The actress explains that she has always had the “disease to please”.

In her humorous, moving memoir, Beauvais reveals that she was finally able to put herself first and how that decision made her a better co-parent, mother and wife.

3. “Out of the Corner” by Jennifer Grey.

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In “Out of the Corner,” “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Gray talks about her stardom in the 1980s.

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“Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey’s memoir, “Out of the Corner,” details her prolific career in the 1980s, which quickly made her “America’s sweetheart.” After starring opposite Patrick Swayze in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, Gray became a star.

In the book released in May, Gray also talks about the plastic surgery procedure that derailed her career and left her unrecognizable at 29. Gray, who is of Jewish descent, reveals that she had two nose jobs to look “less Jewish.” However, when no one recognized her after the procedures, she wrote that her career stalled.

At 62, Gray writes that she is ready to look to the future and enjoy the second half of her life without regrets.

4. “We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story” by Simu Liu.

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Simu Liu’s memoir We Were Dreamers takes readers on a journey through the career of the Canadian Chinese actor.

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When Marvel announced that they were producing a “Shang Chi” movie, the search began for the world’s first live-action Asian superhero. Marvel has found its star in Chinese Canadian actor Simu Liu. “We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story,” released in May, allows Liu to tell his story.

In his memoir, Liu is candid about navigating his Asian Canadian culture in Hollywood and how he was inspired by his parents’ immigrant journey.

5. “I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy.

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Jennette McCurdy’s celebrity memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died details her childhood in the limelight.

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In her memoir, “iCarly” star Janet McCurdy unpacks her traumas and trials with her childhood star and discusses her abusive mother. In the memoir, published in August, McCurdy writes candidly about her challenges with mental health, disordered eating and alcohol addiction.

The title, “I’m Glad My Mom’s Dead,” sets the stage for McCurdy’s narrative, where no subject is off the table. From her strained relationship with “Sam and Cat” actress Ariana Grande to a Nickelodeon executive she refers to as “The Creator” pushing her to drink alcohol at 18, McCurdy is open about her tumultuous life and her road to recovery.

7. “Making a Scene” by Constance Wu.

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Constance Wu details her experiences as an Asian American actress in Hollywood in “Making a Scene.”

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After her controversial comments in 2019 about “Fresh off the Boat” being renewed for a sixth season, series star Constance Wu told her side of the story in her memoir, “Making a Scene,” which was released in October.

While promoting her memoir in September, Wu accused a “Fresh off the Boat” producer of sexual assault during the show’s first two seasons and detailed the alleged assault in her memoir.

The Taiwanese American actress also talks about how acting allowed her to find her voice growing up in Richmond, Virginia. At 18, Wu moved to New York where she spent ten years trying to break into the industry. In 2015, Wu landed the lead role in ‘Fresh off the Boat’. Wu’s memoir is a poignant account of the Asian American experience in Hollywood.

8. “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” by Tom Felton.

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In “Beyond the Wand,” Tom Felton writes about life after the wizarding world of “Harry Potter.”

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“Harry Potter” star Tom Felton became a household name in 2001 after the release of the first film in the series. Felton, a British actor who played the villainous Draco Malfoy, writes about his experience as a child star in his memoir “Beyond the Wand,” released in October.

In the memoir, actress Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the “Harry Potter” franchise, wrote a moving foreword in which she calls Felton her “soulmate.” Throughout the book, Felton details his experiences working alongside actors such as Alan Rickman, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes throughout the “Harry Potter” franchise.

9. “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” by Matthew Perry.

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Matthew Perry gets candid about his addiction in his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.

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“Friends” star Matthew Perry made waves in November with the release of his highly anticipated memoir “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” In the book, Perry shared candid thoughts about his experience with addiction while filming the hit TV show, “Friends.”

Nothing is off limits in Perry’s memoir. Perry discussed dating stars like Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow, hanging out with his “Friends” co-stars and his near-death experiences with addiction and opioid use.

10. “Surrender: 40 songs, One story” by Bono.

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Bono’s memoir “Surrender: 40 songs, One Story” details the life of the Irish rock star.

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U2 singer Bono is known for his powerful vocals and tinted sunglasses. In his memoir, Surrender: 40 songs, One Story, released in December, the Irish musician recounts his life through the power of music.

Each chapter of Bono’s memoir is named after a different U2 song. Bono touches on his marriage, his work with U2, his activism and more, through the lens of the art he has created.

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