Tired Of Required Reading? My Top Three Autobiographies

Autobiographies have given me a chance to learn from my favorite celebrities.

I was first drawn to celebrity  autobiographies because I loved the fact that I get to hear the thoughts and life experiences of the famous people I look up to. By reading autobiographies, I have seen so many perspectives on life, relationships, and careers. I like a book that provokes thoughts and feelings and autobiographies never fail to do so.

Then Again by Diane Keaton

After finishing this book, Diane Keaton had my heart. As I was turning the pages of the famous actress reminiscing about her life, I found myself on the verge of tears, laughing, and smiling.

Then, Again is not your typical celebrity autobiography because she goes beyond the life as a celebrity and I think that is what makes it so special.

Yes, you will read bits and pieces about her career and her past romances (Young Al Pacino made my heart melt), but it also contains childhood memories and memories she has made with her own kids.

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Many celebrities focus on their careers in their books, but Keaton analyzes the impacts that people have had on her life. She gives readers access to real thoughts and feelings by not only including her hardships that involved an eating disorder, but by devoting part of her book to diary entries written by her mother, Dorothy Hall.

The whole book is thought inducing, witty, and real. I encourage everyone to pick it up and give it a try, even if you are not familiar with Keaton and her work.

I am Malala by Malala

No book makes me feel as touched and inspired as I Am Malala.  In Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, she takes you through her journey of fighting for women’s education in Pakistan and getting shot in the process.

Reading about the number of children who are missing out on getting a valuable education because they are poor and/ or female is heart breaking.

For Malala to continually stick up for women, despite everyone’s negative and violent reactions, is simply amazing to me. Someone who is as old as me, is making so many different impacts in the world.

It makes me want to be a part of Malala’s movement because no child should be stripped of an education. If you have not heard about Malala and her story, definitely pick up this book. It will truly open your eyes to what is truly happening in our world.

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

 The fact that I read everything in Yes, Please in Amy Poehler’s voice, made me so happy. It was almost as if I was sitting down with Amy herself, listening to her whole life story.

I have been a huge fan of her ever since I watched the first episode of Parks and Recreation. When I saw she was coming out with her own book, I had to get it.

Amy talks about how she started off in comedy by performing at improv clubs in Chicago, her life on SNL, having kids, and her friendships with other celebrities. Hearing her cute anecdotes and funny comments made my heart warm.

This book simply highlighted everything I love about her. It showed her as a real person who has faults, just like the rest of us.


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Emily DiTomasso is studying journalism and film at Arizona State...