If you like your summer reading on the light and entertaining side – a book that you can easily put down and pick up between dips in the pool – read a celebrity autobiography. Some, naturally, will be more serious than others. Here are three of my favorites: the first is pure fun, the second more of a page-turner than you might expect, and the third just the right mix of celeb glamour and gossip.
If you like comedy writer and actress Tina Fey, you’ll get a kick out of “Bossypants,” her 2011 New York Times-bestselling comical autobiography. It’s a short, quip-heavy book with anecdotes that cover her rise from young, insecure Pennsylvania kid to queen of the comedy writers on “Saturday Night Live” and finally her own show, “30 Rock.” She mixes her self-deprecating humor with observations about being a successful career woman in a man’s world and balancing that with family.
Open: An Autobiography
Whether or not you’re a tennis fan, this is an honest, compelling account of tennis great Andre Agassi’s life to date. Agassi is reflective and truthful no matter what he’s talking about, whether it be his strict tennis upbringing, his relationship with his father, his marriages to Brooke Shields and Steffi Graf, or his many struggles along the way.
Broken Music: A Memoir
Since I’m a fan of The Police, my husband thought I might enjoy the autobiography of Sting, front man for the band. It certainly wasn’t the autobiography I was expecting, since Sting spends more time writing about his early life and upbringing and jobs before The Police than details about the band and its success. But if you just go with it, the book is creatively written and recounts interesting stories about Sting’s (Gordon Sumner) childhood, his loves and a strange, life-changing trip to South America. If you like his music, the book will make you listen twice and better understand more of the stories he’s trying to tell through his songs.