2018 has been a strange year so far. A lot of change, but not in a bad way. I’ve oddly been really into memoirs, even though I usually go for fiction books. There’s something I like about learning about someone else’s life, and seeing the path they took to get to wherever they are. I read a TON of memoirs this year from celebrities and non-celebs alike, but here are my favorites:
How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell
This book was ALL over the media when it was released early last year, probably because it was written by one of their own. Cat Marnell is a “disgraced” beauty editor and her memoir is about her ongoing drug addiction. It was a highly anticipated release because there were rumors that Cat had spent her entire book advance on drugs, though I’m not sure how true that is. It ended up being a New York Times Bestseller, and she takes readers through the circumstances and choices that led her to rock bottom. Since I work in Beauty PR, I recognized a ton of the names she dropped, and have met some of the “characters” she mentioned multiple times, so I thought that was really cool. The book is marketed as this edgy, glamorous read about life in the fast lane, but it’s actually incredibly sad. Her path to addiction really makes you think. Cat’s writing is really sharp and funny – definitely a recommended read.
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Hudson
This book came out a few years ago, but I’m so glad I stumbled across it. I had no idea who Anjelica Hudson was when I picked it up, or that she was part of one of Hollywood’s most infamous families. Her childhood was really unconventional and her parent’s relationship was so interesting to read about.
Watch Me: A Memoir by Anjelica Hudson
Anjelica again! She previewed that she would be spilling all about her relationship with Jack Nicholson in this book, so I couldn’t resist. It was kind of a sequel to A Story Lately Told except it was real life, and I really liked it. I was fascinated by some of the disturbing stories she had about some other actors she dated – Hollywood is a crazy place. Her adulthood was just as unconventional as her childhood, and it’s just a fun read. As with all memoirs, some parts get heavy and sad.
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memior by Ariel Levy
I kept seeing the cover of this book everywhere so I had to pick it up. I’m so glad I did, because it was a really beautiful, yet devastating story. Be warned, one of the scenes is really graphic and heartbreaking, I actually had to take a break from reading during that chapter. I’m making it sound more depressing than it is though, it’s a powerful story. I got a lot out of it and loved Ariel’s writing. It goes to show that sometimes you just have to roll with the punches in life and expect the unexpected.
With or Without You: A Memoir by Domenica Ruta
This book was on a couple of best seller lists and had amazing reviews, so I decided to give it a try. Dominica brings you thought her relationship with her Boston-area family and how their issues affected her throughout adulthood. It sounds like a story that’s been told a million times, but this one is special. She has this dark humor that made me laugh, and she makes some of the most terrible characters likable. Not to give anything away, but the author is able to take control of her life at “the end.” I tried to google stalk her after but didn’t find much :/.