Business people and studios are always looking to cash in on celebrities and their fame for as long as they can, as I'm sure you all know. But at some point, these overexposed people are finally given the opportunity to write a book. This is usually comes at the latter half of their lives where their fame has fizzled out, and they finally have a chance to put their lives into some kind of perspective. Whether they are being objective or subjective about themselves is another story.
The problem though is that celebrities are not being asked to write a book because they are talented; they're doing it because there's lots of money involved. By the time critics and fans get through these sordid memoirs, it won't matter if the book is brilliant or royally sucks because the cash cow has already been fully milked. I mean, you see these books from a distance, promoted to a public that doesn't know any better. In a lot of cases, celebrities will have someone writing their books with them so that they don't screw up too much, or they are ghostwritten by someone who is more than comfortable with remaining anonymous. Heaven forbid they should take any blame if the celeb's book is poorly received.
But in the midst of all these big book deals where more attention is paid to the upfront fee given to the author or how many copies are going to be printed in the first run, there are some that are actually worth reading. Then you get to the great ones that don't hold back and which are written by those celebrities who actually have a talent for writing. The books I have selected for this list are among my favorites, and they are the ones that still stay with me long after I have read them. While a lot of these celebrity memoirs and autobiographies can have you rolling your eyes, these ones are superb examples of how one can really tell a story so vivid that it jumps out at you from the page. Moreover, the great ones will leave you with more respect for these people than you had for them previously.