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70 celebrities who published a best-seller

  • 70 celebrities who published a best-seller

    Did you know that Carly Simon's song “You're So Vain” was about Warren Beatty, or that Carrie Fisher once had an affair with Harrison Ford, or that Burt Reynolds played poker with Elvis Presley?

    Celebrity memoirs and autobiographies are filled with juicy tidbits, life advice, and shocking moments, which is why they typically hit the best-selling book charts.

    Using The New York Times' celebrity best-seller list, Stacker looked at data from December 2014 to January 2019 and compiled a group of 70 rock stars, movie stars, sports stars, and more who have written chart-topping books about their lives. Everyone from Michelle Obama and Bruce Springsteen to Tina Fey and Derek Jeter has discussed their ups, downs, career highlights, and how they got to where they are today.

    Read on to for 70 best-selling books to add to your reading list. 

    ALSO: 30 celebrities who have built massive businesses

  • #1. Chip and Joanna Gaines

    Book: "The Magnolia Story"
    Published: Oct. 18, 2016

    As the stars of reality TV show “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines have become household names. In their memoir, “The Magnolia Story,” the Gaines talk about their love for each other, dreaming big, and their humble renovation beginnings. Fans of the couple will gush over anecdotes that include their first date, and how Chip is perpetually late to everything.

  • #2. Megyn Kelly

    Book: "Settle for More"
    Published: Nov. 15, 2016

    News watchers will know Megyn Kelly for her years on Fox and subsequent move to NBC where she was unceremoniously removed in 2018. Kelly's best-selling autobiography “Settle for More” delves into multiple accounts of sexual harassment and intimidation on her rise to the top from President Donald Trump to former head of Fox News, Roger Ailes.

  • #3. Bruce Springsteen

    Book: "Born to Run"
    Published: Sept. 27, 2016

    Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen is widely regarded as one of the best singer/songwriters of all time. In his best-selling biography, “Born to Run,” named after his mega-hit album and song of the same name, Springsteen dives deeply into authenticity, talent, and the discipline it takes to hold the title as one of the best. The book also travels through his decades of therapy and how he overcame anxiety to find peace in his work and in himself.

  • #4. Anna Kendrick

    Book: "Scrappy Little Nobody"
    Published: Nov. 15, 2016

    Movie fans will know Anna Kendrick from her breakout roles in “Up in the Air” and “Pitch Perfect,” while social media watchers will be more familiar with her pithy and hilarious personality from her Twitter account. Her best-selling book, “Scrappy Little Nobody” is a memoir told through a collection of essays where she talks about her first stage performance, which she blew, getting slut-shamed, and how she feels about being called nice. “I gave up on being nice,” she said. “I started putting more value on other qualities instead: passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity.”

  • #5. Andy Cohen

    Book: "Superficial"
    Published: Nov. 15, 2016

    Mainstay reality TV star and host Andy Cohen is known for not being shy on or off camera about his life and the celebrity-fueled world around him (see “Real Housewives” across the country). In his third autobiography, the best-selling “Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries,” Cohen dishes on his own sex life, divulges celebrity-filled advice, and discusses his friendship with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

  • #6. Trevor Noah

    Book: "Born a Crime"
    Published: Nov. 15, 2016

    As the host of Comedy Central's “The Daily Show,” South African comedian Trevor Noah uses his personal perspective on the world to brilliant comic effect. In his best-selling autobiography, “Born A Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood,” Noah traces his upbringing, living through apartheid, and his trials and tribulations from being the son of a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father.

  • #7. Amy Schumer

    Book: "The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo"
    Published: July 25, 2016

    International stand-up comedy star Amy Schumer used her best-selling autobiography, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” to discuss current events alongside her own struggles with self-worth, confidence, and sex. Through a series of personal essays, Schumer manages to make readers laugh, think, and possibly cry, though she is careful to emphasize that her book has “no self-help info or advice for you.”

  • #8. Phil Collins

    Book: "Not Dead Yet"
    Published: Oct. 25, 2016

    With the title of his memoir “Not Dead Yet,” international superstar Phil Collins wants to make sure you're still listening (or reading for that matter) about him, his life, and his career. The best-selling book takes readers from his childhood—for example, meeting Peter Gabriel as a kid—to forming the hit band Genesis, to taking over the band as lead singer, and all the highs and lows along the way. It might be worth your time, considering that Collins, along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, is one of just three singers to sell more than 100 million albums as a soloist and as part of a band.

  • #9. Robbie Robertson

    Book: "Testimony"
    Published: Nov. 15, 2016

    For anyone who grew up listening to the classic rock music from The Band, Robbie Robertson's memoir, “Testimony,” will give great insight into the first 33 years of Robertson's life and the group's initial unceremonious finish. The book, like most rock-legend memoirs, is filled with sordid tales of drugs and sex, and Robertson tells all when it comes to dalliances with Carly Simon and Edie Sedgwick, or getting high with John Lennon.

  • #10. Lauren Graham

    Book: "Talking as Fast as I Can"
    Published: Nov. 29, 2016

    Fans of the show “Gilmore Girls” will find a lot to love in Lauren Graham's memoir, “Talking as Fast as I Can.” The book is chock-full of TV secrets like the time Graham was almost replaced on the show, or when she was told the show was ending, or the various times her family had cameos on the show. Another nugget fans may not realize about Graham is that she's also written three other books.

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