Jesse James: 'American Outlaw'
Ashley Judd delves into her past in her new book, "All That Is Bitter & Sweet." The actress reveals details of her painful childhood that led to her considering committing suicide, including repeated instances of sexual absue. She describes being approached by an older man who offered her a quarter to play a pinball machine. He then grabbed and molested her.
Roseanne Barr on Her New Book
Roseanne Barr's memoir "Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm" includes many controversial statements, including, "Pot is the only drug that should be legal. In fact, it should be mandatory." Barr has a new series, "Roseanne's Nuts," which debuted on Lifetime last week.
Katy Perry's Mom to Write Memoir on Daughter's Racy Life
Jesse James is ready to spill. The motorcycle mogul, whose infidelities led to a very public divorce with Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock last year, has a memoir coming out on May 3, 2011. "I've lived a pretty crazy life," James, 41, told People magazine about the book, "American Outlaw," whose cover is pictured above. "My life has been defined by many things and not just the events of the last year. I just wanted [the memoir] to be a good story, a page-turner and hopefully people will see it as that."
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Celebrity Memoirs: 'The Situation'
Former "Facts of Life" actress, Geri Jewell has a new memoir, 'I'm Walking As Straight As I Can.' In the book, she opens up about the struggles of living with cerebral palsy and reveals that she is a lesbian, according to Broadway World. Geri holds the distinction of being the first person with a disability to appear in a recurring role on primetime show when she starred as Blair's cousin Geri on 'The Facts of Life.' The book comes out on April 1st.
Celebrity Memoir Mania
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has written a memoir titled "Here's the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades and Getting in Your GTL on the Jersey Shore." On the cover, the "Jersey Shore" actor flashes his abs, making peace signs.
In her new book, "High on Arrival," Mackenzie Phillips claims that she had a sexual relationship with her father, John Phillips, who was a member of the 1960s band, the Mamas and the Papas. Phillips, who starred on the TV show "One Day at a Time," writes that she had sex with her father on the night before she was to get married in 1979. "My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father," she writes in the book.
Actress Susan Olsen, best known as Cindy Brady from the popular 1970s television series "The Brady Bunch," has co-authored a coffee-table book titled "Love to Love You Bradys: The Bizarre Story of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour," set for release in September 2009. The book explores how this set of actors from such a well-loved sitcom with a wholesome reputation came to be involved in the "Variety Hour," which was ranked by TV Guide as one of the top five "Worst Shows of All Time." Through a series of interviews, insights and images, Olsen and co-authors Ted Nichelsen and Lisa Sutton give readers a behind-the-scenes look into the actors' very unBrady-like real lives, reports lovetoloveyoubradys.com.
Maureen McCormick, who played the wholesome Marcy Brady of the "Brady Bunch" pack, shows a new side of herslef in her memoir, "Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice." McCormick, 52, writes of her romance with television sibling Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, dates with famous men like Michael Jackson, and her many drug addictions. "I'll always be struck by how much a part of people's lives Marcia is and always will be. But now I'm not bothered by the connection. It took most of my life, countless mistakes and decades of pain and suffering to reach this point of equanimity and acceptance," she told The Associated Press.
In his book "700 Sundays," Billy Crystal shares short narratives showing how his sense of humor was shaped by his comical family. The title of the book stems from the number of Sundays that Crystal remembers spending with his father before he died of a heart attack when Crystal was 15 years old. The book went on to become a solo show on Broadway in 2007, starring Crystal, who played numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. The show was a huge success, selling out almost every performance before it's finale in March 2008.
Stand-up comedian and television host Chelsea Handler recently released her second book, "Are you there, Vodka? It's me, Chelsea." The book is a collection of humorous essays. It made it to The New York Times nonfiction best seller list May 11, 2008. In an excerpt from the book, Handler describes her imagination as a child, saying, "I constantly had visions of skipping a grade or two, becoming a trailblazer of sorts, and possibly inventing something along the lines of Cabbage Patch Kid "Plus." Once patented, it would look and feel like a regular Cabbage Patch Kid but would also be able to help you with chores around the house."
In Lynne Spear's tell-all book "Through the Storm," the mother of pop icon Britney Spears charts her family's whirlwind experience into the Hollywood chaos surrounding her daughter's success. Spears, 53, leaves nothing out of the book, including details of Britney drinking at age 13 while still on the Mickey Mouse Club, losing her virginity at the age of 14 to an 18-year-old high school football player, and trying drugs at the age of 15. Spears says that "Through the Storm" is the story of one simple Southern woman whose family got caught in a tornado called fame, and who is still trying to sort through the debris scattered all over her life in the aftermath. It's who I am, warts and all, with some true confessions that took a long time to get up the nerve to discuss."
Highly opinionated supermodel turned reality television star Janice Dickinson has had quite a life. So it is no wonder that she decided to record it in her book, "Everything About Me Is Fake, and I'm Perfect." The book is a follow-up to her first book, "No Lifeguard On Duty," which chronicles her wild days as a supermodel. Dickinson, 52, grew up with an abusive father, a drug-addicted mother and has been married three times. She has been open about the abuse she suffered as a child on shows such as VH1's "Surreal Life." She is also very open about her plastic surgery procedures throughout the years, which has included a breast enlargement, tummy tuck, neck and face-lifts, liposuction and Botox.
"Desperate Housewives" actress Teri Hatcher speaks frankly about her life in her autobiography "Burnt Toast." The book deals with many aspects of her life, including tabloid rumors of the star claiming that she is anorexic. The title of the book is a metaphor for women who too often take the leftovers for themselves -- something Hatcher says she is trying not to do as much, but still does.