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Matthew Perry to Deepti Naval: 8 celebrity memoirs of 2022 that will bring out your inner bookworm

Viola Davis, Simu Liu, Tom Felton, Onir, Tusshar Kapoor and Kubbra Sait have penned tell-alls this year

Agnivo Niyogi Calcutta Published 31.12.22, 04:13 PM
(L-R) Matthew Perry; Tom Felton

(L-R) Matthew Perry; Tom Felton IMDb

Reading up on famous people and knowing how the celebrity status landed on them is deeply satisfying. It is even more satisfying when celebrities like Tom Felton, who played the Slytherin heartthrob Draco Malfoy, share their darkest fears and secrets in tell-alls. These eight celeb memoirs will keep you hooked till the last page, bringing out the bookworm in you.

Finding Me by Viola Davis


Finding Me is the inspirational story of Academy Award-winning actressViola Davis’s rags-to-riches journey. Born on a plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina, Davis was born into a poor family. Fifth among his six siblings, she experienced extreme poverty during her growing-up years and spent days without electricity and gas. But nothing deterred her from achieving her goals as the American actress and producer managed to come out in flying colours.

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Matthew “Chandler'' Perry does not make any attempts at brushing over the mistakes he committed early on in his life. In Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, the Friends star chronicles his painful battle with alcohol addiction and substance abuse, which led to severe health complications. All these, however, couldn’t affect his sense of humour as he goes on to wittily describe his frequent hospital visits and health problems due to the addiction.

We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu

Born into a family of Chinese immigrants living in Canada, Simu Liu shot to fame with the popular sitcom Kim's Convenience. The Canadian actor eventually created history by landing the role of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). In We Are Dreamers Simu Liu sheds light on his immigrant family background and recounts his journey to success. The light-hearted conversational tone makes the book a compelling page-turner.

Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton

Tom Felton tasted fame early on in life with The Borrowers. But the actor was catapulted to stardom after landing the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. He instantly became a pop culture sensation and remained under the scanner for a decade. In Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, Felton explains how he tried hard to balance his muggle existence with his onscreen wizard persona.

I Am Onir and I Am Gay by Onir

National Award-winning filmmaker Onir broke new ground in Indian cinema with My Brother Nikhil (2005). The director, who gave a new meaning to LGBTQIA+ representation in Hindi films, opens up about his struggles in creating an identity for himself in this gritty memoir. Onir narrates his journey — right from his childhood in Bhutan to the first taste of Bollywood — in In I Am Onir and I Am Gay and does not shy away from talking about his sexual encounters.

A Country Called Childhood by Deepti Naval

A Country Called Childhood is a deeply personal view of India during the 1950s and ’60s. Deepti Naval recounts her growing-up years in a Punjabi household and delivers a platter full of nostalgia. In a book full of her personal anecdotes, the actress also touches upon incidents of historic importance such as the 1962 Indo-China War and the Indo-Pak War of 1965. Showcasing her love for cinema, the Firaaq actress also explains how her childhood experiences shaped her career as an actress.

Bachelor Dad: My Journey to Fatherhood and More by Tusshar Kapoor

Born to Bollywood star Jitendra, Tusshar Kapoor’s film career never really took off. Bachelor Dad: My Journey to Fatherhood and More is a no-holds-barred narrative where Tusshar shares with the readers how he gave up his career as a financial analyst to try his luck in the Hindi film industry. He also shares heartwarming notes on how difficult it is to raise a child as a single father in India and how his son has changed his life forever.

Open Book: Not Quite a Memoir by Kubbra Sait

Open Book: Not Quite a Memoir chronicles how a shy girl from Bangalore made it big in the world of glamour and carved a niche for herself in the big bad world of the entertainment industry. From an awkward girl with braces to headlining a Netflix show, Kubbra Sait has shattered the glass ceiling in her journey up the ladder of success. This memoir helps the readers understand the struggles, failures, success and joy that helped Kubbra reinvent herself.

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