Our collection of the best books on celebrity.
“Celebrity allows us to surrender to our voyeurism, our need to pry into other people’s lives” Sharon Marcus a professor at Columbia University who recommended best books on celebrity. She also gave us a list of the best celebrity memoirs. “In the United States, celebrity often fuels a myth of upward mobility and equal opportunity for all”
“Celebrities are no doubt connected with what they have done. They are also defined by the way in which they are seen and what they are made into by their audiences.” Fred Inglis, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield, selects five books to help us understand the cult of celebrity.
by Will Smith and Mark Manson
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
by Tarana Burke
This Much Is True
by Miriam Margolyes
This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir
by Cecily Strong
Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me
by Jamie Foxx and Nick Chiles
While it’s easy to dismiss celebrity memoirs as offering cheap, voyeuristic thrills into the lives of famous people we like the look of, when they’re done well, they can give insight into challenges we all grapple with as human beings. They can also be very funny. Sharon Marcus, professor of literature at Columbia University and author of The Drama of Celebrity, recommends the best new celebrity memoirs.
Why are so many of us fascinated by the lives of celebrities? When did interest in the dark side of celebrity become mainstream? Sharon Marcus, author of The Drama of Celebrity and a professor at Columbia University, recommends books to better understand the phenomenon of celebrity.
Fred Inglis, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield, selects five books to help us understand the cult of celebrity, which is, as he puts it, “the public dramatisation of our best and worst feelings”.