10 to Try: Celebrity Memoirs on Audio

Let me just start by settling the debate once and for all: YES, audiobooks count as reading!

I know there's a bit of snobbery surrounding the topic sometimes, but I'm here to say that we don't discriminate—our stance is that reading is reading, no matter how you do it. I know that I, for one, plan to listen my way through a good chunk of the 10 to Try reading challenge!

Now that we've cleared that issue up, how about some ideas to fill the Biography/Memoir slot? 

I can't think of a better way to consume a memoir or two than with the dulcet tones of a favorite celebrity in my ear. While I've had a harder time getting through some of the drier biographies out there, I've never had a problem finding fun celebrity memoirs that keep me engaged. I find that they tend to feel like you're just riding around with a particularly funny friend, listening to them tell great stories while you laugh your head off and forget about the miles of traffic ahead of you.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, check out the following four memoirs that have recently saved my sanity on my daily commute.

The Mother of Black Hollywood

I expected this book to be funny because Jenifer Lewis has Personality with a capital P, but I didn't expect it to have so much honesty and heart. This bawdy, no-holds-barred account of Lewis' life and career in show business details her successes and failures, her deep and varied relationships, and her struggles with bipolar disorder and sex addiction, all in her distinctively rich voice. That voice is the reason this is so great on audio— it's the perfect vehicle to convey her passion, pain, and singular dramatic flair.

Born A Crime

Hands down the most entertaining book I've listened to in the last year— nay, ever!— has to be Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. It had me in tears-- I laughed! I cried! I had all the emotions. Just the other day a coworker and I had ourselves in fits of laughter just talking about some of the best scenes. 

On top of the pure entertainment value, though, I also learned a lot about the social structures of South Africa, both during and after Apartheid, and it was interesting to hear Noah's accent and the proper pronunciation of the names throughout the book. It's fascinating, hilarious, educational, and inspiring all at once.

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