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15 books for the movie & TV superfan in your life

If you've got a movie and television enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, check out this collection of celebrity memoirs and essays.

If you've got a movie and television enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, check out this collection of celebrity memoirs and essay collections.

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GuRu by RuPaul

GuRu is a collection of life philosophies from beloved Emmy Award-winning television host RuPaul. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

RuPaul, Emmy Award-winning host of the reality television hit RuPaul's Drag Race, offers a collection of hard-earned wisdom and personal philosophy in GuRu. "Here, we will explore the path of the seeker," RuPaul opens the book. "The one who dares to feel more, to experience more and to fearlessly love more." RuPaul's next project: starring in the Netflix sitcom AJ and the Queen.

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Whiskey in a Teacup is a memoir by Reese Witherspoon. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Simon & Schuster)

A love letter to the American South, Reese Witherspoon's memoir Whiskey in a Teacup describes how the Academy Award-winning actress was shaped by her upbringing in Tennessee. The title comes from her grandmother Dorothea, who described Southern women as "whiskey in a teacup... delicate and ornamental on the outside, strong and fiery on the inside."

Most Dramatic Ever by Suzannah Showler

Suzannah Showler is a Canadian poet and the author of Most Dramatic Ever. (ECW Press,

Suzannah Showler digs into 16 years of The Bachelor/Bachelorette in Most Dramatic Ever, exploring how the reality show became a cultural phenomenon and a Monday night staple for millions of households. Rose by rose, Showler breaks down the game show/love story formula and draws out exactly what is so compelling about the version of romance the show sells.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

The Last Black Unicorn is a memoir by Tiffany Haddish. (Simon & Schuster/Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Tiffany Haddish chronicles her remarkable life in The Last Black Unicorn, from being bullied and living in foster care in South Central Los Angeles to starring in films like Girls Trip alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall. The comedy star says learning to be funny was her survival — it kept other kids from beating her up and earned her first dollars as a Bar Mitzvah hype woman.

The Kids in the Hall by Paul Myers

Paul Myers is the author of The Kids In The Hall: One Dumb Guy, the first authorized biography of the sketch comedy group. (House of Anansi Press)

Paul Myers chronicles the storied history of the Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. From their early days performing sketches in Toronto clubs to their cult-hit television show, Myers interviews the cast and producer Lorne Michaels, exploring how the Kids became icons of comedy. 

Son of a Critch by Mark Critch

Mark Critch is a comedian and author from St. John's. (Penguin, Aaron McKenzie Fraser)

In the memoir Son of a Critch, This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch describes how his light-hearted trouble-making began with growing up in 1980s Newfoundland. From trying to buy beer from a cab driver as a youngster to photo-bombing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an adult, Critch relays a series of funny stories that is now longlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is the story of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's relationship. (Dutton/Mark Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

In this oral history, sitcom royalty Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman describe the origins of their 18-year romance and lessons learned along the way. Known for their iconic roles on Will & Grace and Parks & Recreation respectively, Mullally and Offerman offer a very funny, heart-felt account of their lives, marriage and the many jigsaw puzzles completed together.

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta

So Close to Being Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know is a book of essays by Retta. (Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

Parks and Recreation and Good Girls star Retta describes her transition from contract chemist and medical school hopeful to comedy actress. So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know is a candid and funny memoir about chasing your dream and encountering the perks and pitfalls of fame.

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off by Michael Caine

Michael Caine's new book is called Blowing The Bloody Doors Off and it's out now. (Jeff Spicer)

British actor Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films, including classics like Alfie and The Italian Job, as well as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. In Blowing the Bloody Doors OffCaine shares stories and lessons accumulated over his six-decade career.

Perfect Is Boring by Tyra Banks and Carolyn London

Perfect Is Boring is a nonfiction by Tyra Banks and her mother Carolyn London. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Tyra Banks teams up with her mother Carolyn London for this candid account of her life and career. Banks credits her mother's pep talks and tough love for inspiring her hard work ethic and dedication in becoming a supermodel, entrepreneur and television personality. Currently, Banks stars in Life Size 2.

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper attends Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt #NetflixFYSEE For Your Consideration event on June 3, 2018. (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, Simon & Schuster)

Ellie Kemper, "best-intentioned redhead next door," shares tales from her childhood and career in comedy in My Squirrel DaysWhip-smart and self-deprecating, My Squirrel Days describes Kemper's journey from directing her family's holiday pageant to starring in The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

In Pieces by Sally Field

Sally Field poses before her appearance at the 92nd Street Y to discuss her autobiography In Pieces on Sept. 17, 2018. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Grand Central Publishin)

Oscar winning actor Sally Field has written a memoir that takes readers on a journey from her lonely childhood in Pasadena to her glittering years on Broadway and in Hollywood. The book is also a tribute to her mother Margaret, who died in 2011 and was a lifelong champion of Field's career.

Everything's Trash, But It's Okay by Phoebe Robinson

Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a book of essays by Phoebe Robinson. (Plume/Mindy Tucker)

Bestselling writer Phoebe Robinson is back with a new collection of funny essays, Everything's Trash, But It's OkayRobinson tackles an array of cultural issues, including intersectionality in feminism, societal beauty standards and unhealthy work obsession, with her well-honed wit and arsenal of popculture references. Robinson is known for hosting the podcast/television show 2 Dope Queens and starring in the film Ibiza.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is a memoir by Eric Idle. (Crown Archetype/Robyn Von Swank)

Monty Python's Eric Idle offers a "sortabiography" for his fans — a collection of funny, probably true stories from his life and career. With the offbeat humour that made him famous, Idle describes his comedy coming-of-age in the 1960s and 1970s and how he ended up rubbing shoulders with greats like David Bowie, George Harrison and Robin Williams.

Final Report by Rick Mercer

Final Report is a collection of essays and rants by Rick Mercer. (Jon Sturge, Doubleday Canada)

When satirist and comedian Rick Mercer announced that the 15th season of the Rick Mercer Report — the popular comedy CBC television series — would be its last, it was the end of an era. But Mercer, in true form, still had much to rant about. His new book is a carefully curated look at never-before-published rants from the last five seasons of his hit show, along a collection of the very best rants from earlier years.


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