15 Celebrity Books to Read This Summer
If you need something to read this summer, celebrity books offer an intimate look into the lives of the stars we love. When everybody from Mario Lopez to Toni Braxton has a book out, it’s no surprise that there are so many to choose from. Many celebrity books have topped the New York Times bestseller list such as “Just Getting Started” by Justin Bieber, “Sweet Little Lies” by Lauren Conrad, and “Si-Cology” by Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson. Who doesn’t love great fitness tips, dieting secrets, Hollywood scandals, and rags to riches stories? And don’t forget the children’s books! While you lounge near the pool and work on that beautiful bronze tan, check out some of these new additions to the writing world!
“Just Between Us” by Mario Lopez is about his life in the entertainment industry and how his family and moral values made him the man he is today. Lopez gets personal with the steamy details of his rocky relationships in the public eye. Readers will see the highs and lows of the “Saved by the Bell” star who found his storybook ending with a gorgeous wife and kids. His book comes out on September 30 from the publisher Celebra.
“Rebels: City of Indra” is a work of fiction by Kendall and Kylie Kardashian about two girls named Lex and Livia. These two characters embark on a journey together in what sounds like a world in the distant future. There will be a “beautiful paradise floating high in the sky and a nightmare world of poverty carved into the tunnels beneath the surface of the earth.” It kinda sounds like the real world when you put it like that! It came out on June 3 from Gallery Books.
“The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness” by Maria Menounos is about getting fit the fast, cheap, and easy way. The cover states, “How I Lost 40 lbs and kept it off – and how you can too!” The small bikini pic of the “Extra” hostess looks stunning compared to Star Trek-inspired workout gear. In the book you’ll find “EveryGirl Rules,” for example:
EveryGirl Rule 1: Being Healthy is More Important Than Being Thin. “Choose good fats and carbs like olive oil and whole grains over unhealthy low-calorie crutches like diet soda.” You can pick it up on June 3 published by Zinc Ink.
Mariah and Nick Cannon are getting into children’s books with the holiday release of “Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas.” Carey and Cannon married in 2008 and Carey gave birth to fraternal twins in 2011. The twins were named Monroe, after Marilyn Monroe, and Moroccan Scott, after the location where Cannon proposed to Carey. Join in the Christmas fun when this book comes out October 28 from Orchard Books.
Bethenny Frankel has penned a cute pink book inspired by her dog, Cookie, and her daughter, Bryn, who she calls “Peanut.” “Cookie Meets Peanut” is about a dog that gets jealous when her owner has a baby girl. Frankel previously went to number five on the New York Times Best-Sellers list for her book “A Place of Yes,” a self-improvement book. “Cookie Meets Peanut” will hit shelves on September 23 from the publisher Little, Brown Books.
“One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” by B.J. Novak is a collection of short stories from the former cast member of “The Office.” Readers will find stories about a boy winning $100,000 in a box of cereal, a woman who seduces a motivational speaker, an artificially intelligent woman, a vengeful bunny, and more. So basically, if you loved Ryan Howard from “The Office,” you’ll love this. It came to stores on February 4 from Knopf Doubleday Publishing.
Chelsea Handler poses in a black gown with an elephant on the cover of “Uganda Be Kidding Me.” This book proves that Handler is a master of comedy even when she is doing humdrum things like walking through airport security. Handler has written five bestsellers, such as “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea” and “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me.” Handler’s book came out on March 11 from Grand Central Publishing.
Learn how to meditate with Russell Simmons in his book “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.” Simmons believes that the most fundamental key to success is meditation and guides readers to use stillness “as a powerful tool to access their potential.” In this book, Simmons gives testimonials from other celebrities like Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres and Deepak Chopra. His previous bestseller “Super Rich” hit the bestseller list and talked about wealth through balance, joy, and conscientious living. Gotham published Simmons’ book on March 4.
Fierce, fashion, and Furstenburg are three words every covergirl should know. Diane Von Furstenburg is a fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, grandmother, and writer as seen in “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” this biography about her amazing life. The designer, formerly known as Princess Diane of Furstenburg because of her marriage to Prince Egon of Germany, is iconic for her creation of the wrap dress and the luxury lifestyle brand named after her. Simon & Schuster publishes her book on November 4.
An icon of acting, Nick Nolte, brings his memoir to the public with “Rich Man, Poor Man: A Memoir.” He has been through divorces, drugs, alcohol, and Oscar noms while still living to tell the tale. Somebody give this man an Oscar already! His starring in the 1976 show “Rich Man, Poor Man” paved the way for his fame. William Morrow published “Rich Man, Poor Man” on March 25.
Lea Michele reveals all in her illustrated memoir/how-to book/style guide. Prety pictures! Michele knows what the public want. Her portrayal of Rachel Berry made a huge impression on the hit show “Glee.” Fox renewed “Glee” for its sixth season (six seasons already-wow!) which will premiere in 2015. For everyone who ever wanted to be a popstar and L’Oreal spokesperson, this book will be your bible. Crown Archetype published “Brunette Ambition” on May 20.
Say you’ll lover her again with Toni Braxton’s new biography “Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir.” Braxton talks about becoming a solo singer and having a son with autism. Sensitive issues like her abortion because of the acne treatment Accutane and her strictly religious upbringing bring readers into the mind of the queen of R&B. As a child, she wasn’t allowed to wear pants or go to the movies! “Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir” came out on May 20 from It Books.
Bob Saget writes about being a butcher’s son, a struggling stand-up comic, Danny Tanner on “Full House,” and the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in his new book called “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.” He was such a squeaky clean dad on “Full house” that it makes sense to address his raunchier side like when he played the foul-mouthed celebrity on “Entourage.” It Books published Dirty Daddy on April 8.
Marlo Thomas hit the bigtime with her sitcom “That Girl” in 1996 and has published six books. She is an activist for women’s voices and it shows in her new book “It Ain’t Over…Till it’s Over: Reinventing Your Life and Realizing Your Dreams Anytime, at Any Age.” Maybe it should have been renamed “It Ain’t Over Until This Extremely Long Title is Over.” The book introduces us to sixty amazing women who launched a business, went back to med school, and divorced their cheating husband, among other inspirational adventures. Atria Books published it on April 8.
Rob Lowe makes the news a lot because his dashing good looks never seem to age. His new claim to the spotlight is a book titled “Love Life” recalls how he almost dated Madonna in the 80s, how he faked playing the sax for Bill Clinton, and how Warren Beatty slept with his then-girlfriend. He published his first book in 2011 which was called “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.” Simon & Schuster released the book on April 8.