If you really want to know more about your favorite celebrities and their path to success, then a memoir or an autobiography is an avenue to be informed. Many follow their favorite celebrities on social media to catch a feeling of their day-to-day activities. Some famous names in music, movies, sports and so on have therefore penned down their journey to stardom to inspire others to take a cue from their grass to grace story. Many top celebrities around the world have published and released books, with some making it to the New York Times bestseller and other top literary platforms. I thereby bring to you the top 5 selected books by celebrities from around the world. The books and authors are seen below in no particular order.
My Life and Other Unfinished Business – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is one of the singers that has blessed our listening ears with good vibes and great tunes in concerts, movies and on TV. The American singer has books such as ‘Who is Dolly Parton?’, ‘Dream More’ and so on to her credit, but in ‘My Life and Other Unfinished Business, ‘Dolly opens up about her life. In her unique Tennessee twang, she tells her rags-to-riches story from her life as a Share Cropper’s daughter in Tennessee to a world-famous-singer. A fourth child of twelve, she had a dream and followed that dream. You’ll definitely enjoy this book which shows Dolly’s sense of humor and insightful pieces.
The Soul of a Butterfly- Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is one name associated with boxing. He is one of the best known, best-loved celebrities, and an international goodwill ambassador. In this book by the ‘Great Ali,’ the former heavyweight champion reflects on his life’s journey. The book was written by Ali’s daughter – Hana Ali – who is also a former heavyweight boxing champion. Ali begins this spiritual memoir with the description of the values that have shaped and sustained him and have continued to guide his life. He reflects on topics ranging from courage to belief in God to respect for those who differ from us.
Decoded is the autobiography and memoir of world-famous rapper and businessman Jay-Z. The book was published and released on 16 November 2010. The book tells about his story of growing up in the Marcy Projects, his celebrity life, opinions and reflections, as well as his song lyrics. Jay-Z, with the real name Shawn Corey Carter, explains the reason why he wanted to write the book: for hip-hop lyrics as poetry, to tell a generational story turned into powerful experiences and revolved as a story everyone can relate to. The 352 pages book tells all you need to know about the Forbes list high-profile rapper.
Around The Way Girl- Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson is known as an award-winning actress and screen diva. She added to her awesome talents as an author as she released a classic memoir about her family, friends, the hustle required to make it in Hollywood, and the joy of living your own truth. The ‘Acrimony’ star also reflects on the world-class instructions she received at Howard University and how she chipped away, with one small role after another, at Hollywood’s resistance to give women, particularly women of color, meaty significant roles. You’ll definitely enjoy this one by your favorite Hollywood act.
The Nigerian Dream- IcePrince Zamani
Nigerian rapper Ice Prince Zamani Panshak’s book titled ‘The Nigerian Dream’ concludes this list. The BET-award-winning rapper recounts his upcoming days in Northern Nigeria (Jos) to his breakout years in Lagos and his exploits around the world. Zamani, who described himself as an avid reader references his lessons, retells his experiences, and recalls the subtle leaps that made him a celebrated Nigerian story. This book paints the life of an average Nigerian. You’ll definitely enjoy this one too.
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