Celeb Bios

I've been reading so many biographies these past few months. I've always loved a little peek into a celebrity's life.

Normally, This Would be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness by Danielle Fishel This was a cute, easy book, but Danielle is not the best writer and really didn't have much to talk about besides some (not very) embarrassing stories from her surprisingly normal childhood. Instead of a chronological memoir, the chapters jumped around in time, which annoyed me. I like that she's very down to earth and still friends with everyone she's worked with, but wanted more juicy gossip. (Check out this post for a funny story about the library copy I read.)

One Direction: Who We Are: Our Official Autobiography by One Direction It looks like the guys were each given the same set of questions and asked to answer in their own words. So we got the same stories five times, interpreted slightly differently. It was redundant. However, they do seem genuinely surprised and grateful with their success and I could hear their individual voices in each chapter.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham This is one of the books I was most looking forward to this year because I think Lena is hilarious, talented and smart. I love Girls and all it's realness, I think Lena is a funny person, and I admire her for standing up for what she believes in. But I didn't relate to this book at all. Maybe that's because I'm in my mid-30s. Or maybe it's because she's only 28 and doesn't have enough stories worth repeating quite yet? The few good essays weren't enough for me to like the whole thing and some were so cringe worthy, I don't think they should have been written at all. Disappointing.

Just Between Us by Mario Lopez I think Mario is a genuinely good guy from humble beginnings who hasn't really let Hollywood get to his head. This was a quick, easy, well-written book about his childhood, acting career, and his transition to hosting, with a little bit of celebrity gossip throw in. I was disappointed with the short time he spent discussing Saved by the Bell, but excited that he touched on my favorite childhood show, Kids Incorporated.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris At first I thought the choose your own adventure aspect was amazing, but it got old. I appreciate the originality, but was constantly afraid I was missing something because the book jumped around so much. About an hour after I started reading, I decided to read straight through, which also made it jump around, but at least I got all the information. Regardless of the format, it was witty and fun, with heartfelt stories about being a child actor, his TV shows and made-for-TV movies, Broadway experiences, his love of magic, family life (I can't get enough of his husband, David), and hosting gigs. There are also random inserts like drink recipes and celebrity essays. There weren't any new, deep revelations, but it was a fun read.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler I've been anticipating this one since I heard she got the book deal, but was disappointed. I definitely heard her voice and sense of humor, but there wasn't much about her. She discussed everything from her idyllic childhood to her her career in improv, on SNL and Parks and Recreation, and her kids, but all without detail. There are old photos, new photos, random essays, celebrity testimonials, lists, and emails. It just felt like a lot of filler. She says in her book that she doesn't like people all up in her business. Well, she succeeded in writing a book that doesn't really spill anything. I will say I enjoyed her one (!) chapter about SNL, the short chapter about her sons (I cried), and her overall disposition. She's still one of my favorite people ever. A quick note about the physical book itself...it's so heavy! It's 329 pages are made of photo paper so it weighs a ton! I had such a hard time holding it and got a shoulder-ache.

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen I love everything about Andy. In this book, he recorded his activities, work schedule, dating life, travel, and social calendar for an entire year. It didn't give as much juice as I'd hoped for, or even a very in depth look at his career, but it did detail his glamours life and superstar friends. It got repetitive after a while (you can only write about walking your dog, going to the gym, and taping your show in so many ways), so it's one of those books you can take a break from to read something else in between. I also had Google handy to help fill me in on some of his friends since he doesn't introduce them or even use last names in many cases. I really appreciated his writing style, which is exactly how he speaks. I wanna hang out with him.

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Jana @ Jana Says said...

I'm in the middle of Amy's book right now and I love it. But you're right! It's so damn heavy!!! It physically hurts to read it after awhile.

Topanga's book is on my list, as is Cary Elwes's book about the filming of The Princess Bride. NPH always amuses me so I might check that out, too.

Thanks for linking up!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Neil Patrick Harris' book has been on my list although I think the Choose Your Own Adventure and skipping around would annoy me too. I'll probably do what you did and just read it through!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

Mixed reviews on Yes Please, interesting! I heard a woman who listened to the audio book & loved that more. Following you on Goodreads!

Karen M. Peterson said...

There are a few celeb books I want to read, but I'll probably skip most of these. NPH's book is on my list, though.

Kristen said...

I am not really into books like this (memoirs) but Yes Please is on my list! I have heard a lot of the same about Not That Kind of Girl and I don't watch girls or anything, so not gonna read it.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Mario Lopez just seems so down to earth. i want to read the my Poehler book too.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I don't like Lena Dunham. After all the things I've heard about her book, I know I won't ever be reading. Ha!

The Amy Poehler book is on my list. I have Tina Fey's book on my Kindle, but still haven't gotten around to reading it.

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

Yes Please is on my to-read list. The choose your own adventure style autobiography does not appeal to me from a reading stand point.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I've read two photo paper books in the past two months and they're a trial to carry around!