Amy Poehler & 9 other celebrity authors’ books you should read

Show of hands if you read Tina Fey’s book Bossypants and immediately wondered when Amy Poehler would write a book. And Neil Patrick Harris, too. We can’t wait to get our hands on these 10 celebrity-penned (and celebrity-focused) books.

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Choose Your Own Autobiography
by Neil Patrick Harris

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Who is Neil Patrick Harris? In this case, he’s you. Always interested in the unusual, Harris presents his memoir in the form of an interactive adventure. Written in the second person, the book casts readers in the starring role, offering choices in each chapter that dictate how the story reads. It’s a wonderfully clever approach that, not surprisingly, manages to tell the story of his life just as successfully as everything else NPH does.

On shelves: Oct. 14, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”
by Lena Dunham

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At only 28 years old, award-winning creator and star of the HBO hit show Girls Lena Dunham has entrenched herself as a creative force of nature, and she’s only just begun. Now a debut author, she shares autobiographical essays that mix introspection, cultural observation and shameless humor — completely consistent with her admiration of and friendship with Nora Ephron.

On shelves: Sept. 30, 2014

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

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Described as an “illustrated, non-linear diary,” this memoir by comedian and star of the sitcom Parks and Recreation may sound structurally similar to buddy Tina Fey’s wildly successful Bossypants, but the voice is pure Amy Poehler. Focusing on what she describes as the middle of her life, it includes funny anecdotes (both true and fictional), life lessons (both helpful and not) and, of course, plenty of tales from her time on Saturday Night Live.

On shelves: Oct. 28, 2014

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir
by Alan Cumming

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Theater, television and film star Alan Cumming shares both his professional and incredibly personal story, including his relationship with his abusive father. It promises to be a moving read even for those who don’t typically gravitate toward celebrity bios.

On shelves: Oct. 7, 2014

Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James
by Rick James

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With the timelessness of his best-known song “Superfreak” and the viral sensation of Dave Chappelle’s impersonation, it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since disco-funk bad boy Rick James died. In this autobiographical collaboration with prolific ghostwriter David Ritz, we’ll follow James’ upbringing and witness his musical growth and impact well beyond that one megahit song.

On shelves: July 8, 2014

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
by Cary Elwes

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Nearly three decades since it first hit theaters, The Princess Bride remains a cult classic, and one of the most quotable films ever made. Inspired after a 25th anniversary screening and cast reunion, Cary Elwes set out to capture — from the perspective of a young actor being given his first big break — a behind-the-scenes look at how the movie and the people involved changed his life. It’s full of sweet making-of vignettes and a whole lot of love for folks like director Rob Reiner and Andre the Giant.

On shelves: Oct. 14, 2014

Joss Whedon: The Biography
by Amy Pascale

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Best known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon is a fan favorite, inspiring cult followings for his projects, and earning big box office bucks with The Avengers. For the story behind one of the hottest writer/directors of the moment, fans will want to pick up this biography.

On shelves: Aug. 1, 2014

You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman
by Mike Thomas

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After eight seasons on Saturday Night Live, four seasons as Bill McNeal On NewsRadio and nine seasons voicing Troy McClure on The Simpsons, Phil Hartman’s comedic reputation has been well established. What festers is his tragic death at age 49, when his third wife shot him and then committed suicide. Mike Thomas tries to make sense of a senseless act through intense research and genuine admiration for a star that should have shined much longer.

On shelves: Sept. 23, 2014

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
by Patton Oswalt

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Patton Oswalt is an unabashed fanboy known for his love of movies. In this memoir he revisits his early career, and the impact his film habit had on it. The book won’t be out until January 2015, but for film buffs, comedy fans and geeks in general, this promises to be a compelling read.

On shelves: Jan. 6, 2015

Diary of a Mad Diva
by Joan Rivers

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Given a diary by her daughter, Joan Rivers documents her day-to-day activities and thoughts. Celebrity gossip fans will find plenty of fodder here as she lives up to her reputation for zinging fellow celebs with her unfiltered, biting opinions.

On shelves: July 1, 2014

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