Lately, we've had a trend of awesome female celebrities putting out honest memoirs that gives us the good, the bad and the ugly. As a 20 somethin in search of everything in life - these books are my new reference guides. They are that "this is life manual" I've been waiting for! So, I'm going to share with you a few of the top contenders out there - in no particlar order (with a wild card thrown in there);
Mindy Kaling - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
If you're familiar with Mindy Kaling - you will know exactly what you're about to get yourself into. She is the star and writer of The Mindy Project, and she was one of the best characters of The Office. This is all of that - and more!
If you aren't familiar with her - there is no time better than the present! She has a dry wit and the most relateable facial expressions. She has locked down the awkward lifestyle and made it seem kind of cool to be awkward
She says truisms you can't believe - and she talks directly to us, the reader. She makes us feel less like we aren't reading a book but a bunch of handwritten notes she couldn't wait to share with a friend. It's advice and it's understanding the process to getting there.
My favorite part? Learning to love herself. Because we all need a little help getting there and when she explains that uphill battle - damn, is it good.
Tina Fey - Bossypants
We all know her - and most of us love her. Some of us know her as SNL's Sarah Palin, others as a total pusher (Like a drug pusher? probably) Oh, and did I mention a little thing called 30 Rock.
But now we can know her just a bit more personally.
Where Mindys book made me want to show off how much I love myself, Tina Fey's makes me want to show everyone how ready I am to be a bossypants. It's her talk of years of hard work and the steps she took to secure the career she has, and even better, the legacy she is leaving.
It made me stand back a bit to appreciate the stepping stones I am on now and appreciate every lesson I'm getting now.
Amy Poehler - Yes Please
Amy Poehler has been my favorite for quite some time now. Honestly, she is just a world class star - and I'm positive if I ever met her, I would freeze. She promotes positivity in everything she does and is setting forth the best example you could currently ask for, for young girls.
Her time in SNL, Parks and Recreation, and my personal favorite of her career - her youtube series/website Smart Girls at the Party. She highlights creativity, ingenuity and brilliance in budding girls and interviews them! Do you love Broad City? Amy Poehler is an executive producer. Let's also not forget how she still performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's. Yeah she is outstanding.
Her book is the mommy one. You feel loved and nurtured and you're laughing in the first few pages. She talks about having children and the guest writers you hear from in the pages of the book talk about her encouraging and selfless nature. She cozies you up and flashes you forward and back through her life. She is fearless in her accounts and when it ends you hope she writes a sequel. Even if it's fictional. My note: more unicorns.
Sara Marcus - Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution
Here's our wild card. She isn't a comedian - she's a writer. She wrote an amazing book about an inspirational time. Something she lived through. Sara Marcus, herself, has lived a pretty awesome life. She was in a punk band, she's lived in co-ops, lived in a few different states throughout the USA, written for many publications, and was an editor for Heeb magazine.
Her content? Not autobiographical. But it's all true. She puts us in a time, I would have loved to have lived through but makes me feel pretty damn close to being in that action. 90's, punk, feminist. How bad**s is that?
We learn about some major players of that scene: Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill (Later Le Tigre, and now of The Julie Ruin), Alison Wolfe of Bratmobile (Cold Cold Hearts, Partyline, and now Sex Stains), and bands such as Heavens to Betsy, and Huggy Bear.
This tells us about the music - how girls needed an outlet so they picked up a guitar and learned to play. We read about girls making a community with each other from a whole country away. Girls who never thought they would have a safe space to just be themselves, or talk about things they need to get off their chest, finding it here in the music and in the friends they made.
If punk is not your thing - read this for the girl power. The total comradery displayed here is breathtaking. It leaves you inspired and calling up all your girlfriends to do anything together! Trust me - a project will come out of you because of this book.
That's all I got for now, tell me some of your inspirations so I can get into it too!