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The 6 Celeb-Penned Books That Should be on Your To-Read Radar

Books by Lupita Nyong'o, Lili Reinhart and the Jonas Brothers are on the way.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o has already won an Oscar, been nominated for a Tony, and had her name dropped in a Beyonce lyric, but her accomplishments are far from over. The Kenyan-Mexican actress can now add author to her resume, having written a children’s book about “colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.” Titled Sulwe (which is Luo for “star”), the picture book tells the story of a five-year-old Kenyan girl with “skin the colour of midnight,” who embarks on a magical journey one night. Available October 15, 2019.

Me by Elton John
“My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and I’m now ready to tell you my story, in my own words. My first and only official autobiography will be released October 2019,” Elton John wrote on Instagram several months ago. And now, the time has arrived. Titled Me, the music legend’s memoir offers a “no-holds-barred account” of his life. “The lurid parts will get all the headlines. But the man’s hard-won self-knowledge is what the book’s really about,” concludes a New York Times review. Available October 15, 2019

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
Little Weirds isn’t comedian and actor Jenny Slate’s first book but it is her nonfiction debut. The collection of essays is “me talking about my emotions,” she says. “It’s not a bio, or comedy essays, but pieces on how I see the world.” According to Mindy Kaling, each essay “feels like a vivid, cinematic experience, full of original observations and unexpected laughs,” and well, what more of an endorsement could one need? Available November 5, 2019

Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama
The First Lady’s memoir, Becoming, was the No. 1 bestselling print book in Canada in 2018. She’s following its success with Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, a companion to the memoir that is “designed to help readers tell their own stories” and will be available in more than 20 countries. “I hope you’ll use this journal to write down your experiences, thoughts and feelings, in all their imperfections and without judgment,” Obama writes in the introduction, according to a press statement from the book’s publisher. Available November 19, 2019

Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart
The Riverdale star’s penchant for poetry is fairly well documented: to wish co-star (and rumoured boyfriend) Cole Sprouse a happy birthday this past August, she wrote him a “sappy nighttime birthday poem.” Now, a collection of the actress’s poems are coming together in a book of poetry titled Swimming Lessons. “Strangers, songs, films, fictional characters, love in various forms, and of course my own experiences were my inspiration throughout the creation of [the book],” she says. Available May 5, 2020

Blood: A Memoir by the Jonas Brothers
Titled Blood, this “unfiltered” memoir tells the story of the Jonas Brothers, “from the band’s creation, phenomenal rise to superstardom, break up at the height of their fame, and now reunification.” In a press release, Joe Jonas says they’re ready to tell the full story of the journey they’ve “had as individuals, as artists, and as a family.” Available March 17, 2020

And ICYMI Rihanna is dropping a “visual autobiography” this month, showcasing “intimate photographs of her life as an artist, performer, designer, and entrepreneur.”

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