01:22 PM EDT 09/03/2014
Originally posted 08/22/2014 06:00PM
When Pat O'Brien set out to write the story of his "big life" – his star-studded career in TV, the drinking that destroyed it and the four rehab trips it took to get sober – he wanted to be truthful. Brutally so.
"Most people try to sugar coat what happened and make their books a 'love me more' and 'here's what's next,' " the former CBS Sports, Access Hollywood and Insider broadcaster tells PEOPLE of his new memoir, I'll Be Right Back After This.
"I've had such a big life and I almost died. Recovery has taught me to be honest about it."
Originally posted 03/26/2014 07:15PM
She wowed at The Oscars and now Bette Midler, 68, is reminding fans of her wit with the reissue of her 1980 memoir, A View From A Broad.
Originally posted 03/21/2014 02:00PM
Elizabeth Vargas is going to open up about her battle with alcoholism in a new memoir.
Originally posted 02/28/2014 04:00PM
Sometimes kids say – and do – the darndest things. That's what Jennie Garth learned two years ago when her eldest daughter Luca, then 15, gave her a book for Christmas. The title? S––– Happens So Get Over It.
Originally posted 02/07/2014 10:15AM
Though she ruled the 90210 zip code, Jennie Garth was born an Illinois girl. And her upcoming memoir, she tells PEOPLE, will capture her transformation into Beverly Hills teen queen.
Originally posted 10/25/2013 05:55PM
There's nothing but smooth sailing for Gavin McLeod these days.
The actor, now 82, rose to fame playing Captain Merrill Stubing in the hit '80s series The Love Boat, but over the years, he's been steering an entirely new course for himself – one firmly anchored to his identity as a man of faith.
On Tuesday, McLeod released his memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, which chronicles the choppy waters he's sailed: two heart attacks, two marriages and his battles with alcoholism and depression.
Now, in an interview with Religion News Service (via The Huffington Post), the actor, who is a devout member of the Pentecostal church, speaks out about his spiritual journey – one that took him from Roman Catholicism to the New Age movement to Pentecostalism. (He proudly describes himself as "ambassador for Christ.")
Originally posted 09/26/2013 04:00PM
Boy Meets World fans, rejoice!
Danielle Fishel, best known for her role as Topanga from the Disney Channel's Boy Meets World, will write a memoir called Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern, to be released in the fall of 2014.
"Life is an incredible, and often embarrassing, journey, and I can't wait to share my experiences," Fishel said in an announcement by Gallery Books. "Get ready to laugh with me (or at me – that's okay, too!)," she added.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 06:25PM
Anne Lamott on her son's first son; Drew Magary on fatherhood; Piper Kerman on her year in prison – it's not just A-list celebs whose life stories can touch and delight us. This week we're featuring moving memoirs.
Tell us your thoughts on our staffers' picks – and let us know what you're reading.
Originally posted 07/03/2013 07:45PM
Jenni Rivera's life seemed to consist of a series of struggles that led up to the fatal plane crash that killed the Mexican-American superstar in December 2012.
Rape, a suicide attempt at 19, domestic abuse by her first husband and her mother's miscarriage all contributed to what is shared in her memoir, Unbreakable, which was released by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books imprint on Tuesday, which would have been Rivera's 44th birthday.
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