1.Katey Sagal: Grace Notes: My Recollections
The Sons of Anarchy star reflects on her 15-year battle with drug addiction and her on-off romance with KISS’s Gene Simmons back when she was a singing waitress in Santa Monica in this gripping memoir. Though Sagal and Simmons dated for years, she admits, “I thought Gene was really weird.” The actress also reveals that another musician once proposed to her, and when she told Simmons she’d turn down the offer if he married her instead, he simply laughed at the proposition.
2. Mayte Garcia: The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince
In her memoir, the iconic singer’s ex-wife tells of their passionate love, their excitement about their baby, Amir, and the pain and heartbreak that followed when their child, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, died just six days later. “I don’t think he ever got over it,” Garcia told PEOPLE of her ex-husband, who died in April 2016 from an accidental overdose. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.”
3. Lily Collins: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me
The actress has experienced too much hardship in her 27 years. In her new collection of essays, Collins delves into her long struggle with eating disorders, the truth about her abusive and alcoholic ex-boyfriends, and her absentee dad, Phil Collins. She wrote the memoir in the hopes that it will inspire her young fans. “You have to come to terms with who you are, be proud of who you are, love yourself, and know what it is you need before you can love someone else fully,” she told PEOPLE. “[Self love] is the one and only love that you need first and foremost.”
4. Gabourey Sidibe: This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Gabby is just as complex as the roles she’s played in the 2009 movie, Precious, and the hit show Empire. In her new memoir she discusses her weight-loss surgery, her love for her body, dating and the surprising fact that she worked as a phone-sex company for three years before becoming a star.
A mix of complexity, intelligence and humor, Gabby’s book promises to be as big a success as her acting when it hits shelves in May.
5. Mackenzie Phillips: Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction
In her previous book, High On Arrival, Phillips delved into her history of drug addiction and revealed she had a ten-year-long incestuous affair with her father, The Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips. In this new collection of essays she further reflects on her painful past. She also draws from her work as drug rehab counselor to guide others struggling with addiction. “I’ve changed my life and think it’s important for people to see you can recover,” said Phillips. “Shame is an illusion.”
6. Judy Collins: Cravings: How I Conquered Food
The legendary singer, famous for her recording of “Both Sides, Now,” documents her downward spiral into alcohol and opiod addictions and her struggle with bulimia, which began in 1971 when she was 31 years old. “For 11 years, I would be throwing up almost every day,” says Collins, who overcame her eating disorder at age 42. “I was at one of the high points of my career, but the devil had found me where I lived and was going to keep coming at me until the despair threatened to drive me to complete the act I had rehearsed at 14.”
7. Rory Feek: This Life I Live
The singer came to national prominence as the dedicated husband and musical partner of his late wife, Joey, but in this autobiography, he opens up about his imperfect past. Among the revelations: As a young marine, he slept with his friend’s wife, and he was once so poor that he waited a week to treat daughter Heidi’s broken leg because he didn’t have health insurance. Feek’s often turbulent life turned around after he met Joey, proving that even the most beautiful love stories can have messy beginnings.
8. Sid Lift: Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland
More than 40 years after Garland’s death comes this intimate memoir from her third husband. Based on notes Luft drafted before he died, the book chronicles the icon’s battle with addiction and depression, as well as her several suicide attempts, and includes surprising details such as a secret abortion during their courtship, her haunting bond with Marilyn Monroe and how the teenage Garland was molested by Munchkins on the set of Oz.
9. LAUREN GRAHAM: TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN
For the person who set an iCal reminder as soon as the premiere date for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was revealed — and regularly re-watches episodes of Parenthood on Netflix. The obsession is so, so real and it’s fully embraced.
10. CARRIE FISHER: THE PRINCESS DIARIST
While the Stars Wars actress delivers memorable behind-the-scenes anecdotes of her time on the film’s set, nothing quite compares to her bombshell admission that she and then-married costar Harrison Ford carried on a love affair.