Entertainment lovers are in for a treat this fall, with an unusually tall stack of celebrity memoirs scheduled for release. Among the most anticipated are those from Barbra Streisand, Melissa Etheridge, Kerry Washington, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sir Patrick Stewart.
Arnold Schwarzenegger offers stories from his life that reveal the secrets of his success, Willie Nelson discusses the inspiration behind his classic tunes, and Bernie Taupin unspools tales of his decades-long friendship and musical collaboration with Elton John. Read on for more.
Thicker Than Water by Kerry Washington
The actress, 46, takes readers from the Bronx to acting success (Scandal, Ray, Django Unchained), with hardships along the way. In an excerpt in Oprah Daily, she describes her longtime struggles with panic attacks, which were first triggered in childhood by her parents’ fighting. “My mind and body became the enemy; I was trapped within them,” Washington writes. “I tucked away the fear and started to develop a role, a character that would stay with me: The good girl. The perfect child. The solution.” She launches a book tour in big cities across the country at the end of September, plus a live virtual event with Reese Witherspoon on Oct. 24.
Making it So by Patrick Stewart
The beknighted Star Trek actor, 83, tells of growing up poor with an abusive father in a gritty area of northeast England where the family struggled to pay rent. Yet that was where he discovered a love for acting, which led to his impressive career onstage — where he’s famed for his Shakespeare productions — in film and, of course, on TV as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.
Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life by Arnold Schwarzenegger
This book is less a memoir than a self-help guide (his big memoir was 2012’s Total Recall), though he does explain how these seven mental “tools” — and his father’s adage to “be useful” — helped him move from rural Austria and eventually become a bodybuilding champ, movie star and governor of California. One tough-talking tidbit from the book: “It’s no harder to think big than it is to think small. The only hard part is giving yourself permission to think that way. Well, I don’t just give you permission, I demand it of you.”
Worthy by Jada Pinkett Smith
The actress (The Nutty Professor, Set It Off) unspools her life story, including her marriage to actor Will Smith, and, well, everything (Everything? People asked her, pointedly, in an interview about the book. “Everything,” she said, which presumably includes the Oscar slap). The emphasis is on her search for love and self-worth, which, she told People, “has been a real struggle … I think that that will be the part that will be most surprising to the reader.”