The tell-all

It has been about a week since “Spare,”  the tell-all autobiography by Prince Harry, was released. It immediately broke the UK record for the most sales on the first day of publication for a nonfiction title, which can be chalked up to society’s love (or obsession) for the royal family. What makes them so interesting? Is it their history? Their fame? Or, perhaps it’s the fact that we don’t really know much about them to begin with.

As humans, curiosity is one of our most basic traits. Every day, we’re curious about the things we hear, the words we read, and the people we see. This is why, when our most beloved celebrities and cultural icons release books, they shoot to the top of the bestseller list. 

Whatever the motivation, I love a juicy tell-all. Between the drama and the stories, I’m riveted from the first page. When I like a singer or band, actor, television show, or movie, I’m always eager to learn more and see what I can discover next. Over the years, I’ve read many books filled with gossip, shocking stories, bold confessions, and a behind-the-scenes look into a world I only see in magazines or on television. Here are some of my favorite books from the past few years that offer that coveted insider scoop: 

“The Office BFFs” by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey – This book, written by the actresses who portrayed Pam Beesly and Angela Martin on “The Office,” will give readers an insider look into the world of Dunder Mifflin.

“Generation Friends” by Saul Austerlitz – Published for the 25th anniversary of “Friends,” this book features interviews with the show’s creators and focuses on how the show became a pop culture phenomenon.

“Directed by James Burrows” by James Burrows – This book contains stories and tales from the iconic director who brought us sitcoms like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Friends” and “Will & Grace.” 

“Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli” by Mark Seal – This detailed account of the making of “The Godfather” is a must for cinephiles of all kinds.

“The Church of Baseball” by Ron Shelton – Baseball fans and movie fans alike would enjoy this glimpse into the making of “Bull Durham.” 

“I’m Glad My Mom Died” by Jennette McCurdy – The memoir from the former child star details the struggles with fame and growing up in the spotlight.

“Beyond the Wand” by Tom Felton – The new memoir from the “Harry Potter” franchise star details what it was like growing up in the spotlight and on the set of the beloved series.

“Making a Scene” by Constance Wu – Through essays, the “Crazy Rich Asians” star discusses her childhood and how she found refuge and her voice through community theater. 

“The Stories We Tell” by Joanna Gaines  – This book gives readers a window into who the well-known HGTV star is as a person.

As librarians, our curiosity runs deep. We’re here to help with research inquiries, to give book recommendations, and more. Just ask us.

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