For this week’s Nonfiction TBR, I wanted to bring some recognizable names to you. Ranging from a previous First Daughter, to a comedian, to a singer, there’s at least one person on this list of household names that will peak your interest.
1. Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling
Nothing Like I Imagined is actually a six-for-one special because it’s a collection of essays that Mindy Kaling wrote and published with Amazon.com. The essays are technically referred to as “short Kindle books with audio narration,” and can either be purchased individually for $1.99 each or collectively for $5.94, so this is a total steal. Kaling talks about her heritage, life as a single-mother looking for a baby nurse, turning forty, and more. The collection is one of the most-recent items on this list, having only been published on October 6th.
2. Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld has apparently kept all of his ideas and comedy material archived throughout the entirety of his career and this book is what he has to show for that. As his first book in twenty-five years, Is This Anything? is a collection of his favorites which, knowing him, is bound to leave you chuckling to yourself with each page. Seinfeld wrote, “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders, so I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.”
3. Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager
Current host of the TODAY Show, as well as former first daughter (and granddaughter), Jenna Bush Hager, writes a celebration of her family through this new release. In her book, she honors her grandparents and their varying backgrounds. She provides unique insight into the lives of George and Barbara Bush by sharing some memories of her childhood, and also goes on to detail the loss that her family had to deal with when both George Bush and Jenna Welch, mother to Laura Bush and grandmother to Jenna Bush Hager, passed away in the same year. Everything Beautiful in Its Time is an uplifting read that also sheds new light on the Bush family.
4. The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey
As someone who grew up listening to Mariah Carey and screaming my little heart out along to “We Belong Together,” “Obsessed,” and most importantly, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” this release is a big deal for me. Carey states that this book contains all of the ups and downs of her career and her life, obstacles she has faced, and how she managed to make it through it all. She writes a candid representation of her childhood and her abusive marriage to Tommy Mottola, among other things. As a celebrity whose status has been complicated, to say the least, pick up this memoir to learn all about Carey’s experience in the spotlight.
5. TMI: My Life in Scandal by Perez Hilton
Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., better known as, Perez Hilton, writes his own memoir as well, detailing his rise, fall, and redemption in the world of celebrity news. For those who are not entirely familiar with his career over time, Hilton is the writer of the original celebrity blog, which has become one of the largest ones. However, Hilton has come under fire after his feud with Lady Gaga and outing various gay celebrities. Dropped on the same day as Mindy Kaling’s collection of essays, Hilton writes his first memoir to reflect on his entire experience to the present day.