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7 Shocking, Emotional, and Hilarious Celeb Memoirs Hitting Shelves This Fall

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Melissa Joan Hart, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, and Ron Burgundy (WireImage/Getty Images/WireImage)

If you're looking to curl up with a good book, there's a whole bevy of scandalous new celeb memoirs hitting shelves and digital readers between now and Thanksgiving. From a former child star's allegations of abuse, to a few film icons looking back on life's lessons learned, there's a whole range of Hollywood tales to be gobbled up before it's time to carve the turkey.

Below is a snapshot of a few of the books we're most looking forward to checking out.

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'Coreography: A Memoir' (St. Martin's Press)

Corey Feldman's "Coreyography: A Memoir" (out October 29):

Perhaps the most eyebrow raising tome of the season is child film star Corey Feldman's personal coming-of-age account in Hollywood, in which he discusses in not-so-subtle terms the underbelly of the industry which took the life of his best friend Corey Haim.

"The Two Coreys" were '80s teen heartthrobs, co-starring together in films including "Dream a Little Dream," "The Lost Boys," and "License to Drive." However, their fame allegedly came at quite a cost. Feldman claims that both he and his best friend were sexually abused and introduced to drugs by unnamed film executives who took advantage of their naiveté and lack of parental supervision.

"Haim started to confide in me, about some intensely personal stuff, very quickly," Feldman writes. "Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about 'Lucas,' the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself. At some point during the filming, he explained, an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the 'guys do.' So, they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized."

Feldman also talks about how he turned to his friend Michael Jackson for support (whom he claimed never sexually abused him, although they later had a falling out over undisclosed reasons), and how becoming a father has helped to finally ground him.

However, he concludes that the "number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia." A heavy hitting statement, indeed!

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'This Is Your Captain Speaking' (Thomas Nelson)

Gavin MacLeod's "This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life" (out October 22):

The captain of "The Love Boat" himself has been on quite the media tour in recent weeks promoting his new memoir, which traces his early years as a stage and screen actor before landing what would become his most memorable role.

MacLeod shares his fondest memories of meeting and working with countless stars, such as Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Milton Berle, and Fred Astaire.

However, he did encounter a few stumbles along the way — like dealing with a divorce — which taught Gavin that the key to happiness was only through a deep faith in God.

OK, we admit that we really just want to know about any hookups on "The Love Boat" … but we'll read the rest.

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'Melissa Explains It All' (St. Martin's Press)

Melissa Joan Hart's "Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life" (out October 29):

From teenage explainer to teenage witch … and on to becoming a leading lady, Melissa Joan Hart has grown up in the Hollywood limelight. And she holds nothing back in this memoir, which talks about dating, bullies, auditioning, cutthroat competition, and much more.

Melissa explains, "what’s kept her grounded, normal and working when others have not been so fortunate." But perhaps most intriguing are her revelations that she experimented with drugs — including pot, ecstasy, mushrooms, and mescaline — for about a year and a half. She even describes one night where she took ecstasy in the Playboy Mansion. The actress, now 37, also claims that Paris Hilton first offered her cocaine (she says she turned the heiress down, and Paris has denied the claims).

And then there are the love affairs. Melissa talks about making out with Jerry O'Connell and Nick Carter, but how she avoided falling for Ashton Kutcher, whom she claims she does not get along with at all, having kicked him out of her house twice for making "smartass remarks."

We can't wait for her exclusive sit-down interview with "omg! Insider" next week!

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'What's So Funny?' (Howard Books)

Conway's "What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life" (out October 29):

The six-time Emmy winner from "The Carol Burnett Show" offers a very anticipated first memoir about his life both on stage and off, capturing his journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outra­geous parents in small-town Ohio during the Great Depression, to his tour of duty in the Army — which would become training for his later role in "McHale’s Navy" — to his ascent as a national star and household name.

Along the way, the book reveals the origins of many of Tim’s unforgettable characters — from Mr. Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone’s favorite, Dorf.

Moreover, the 79-year-old comedian chats about his relationships with Hollywood greats including Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Vicki Lawrence, Bob Newhart, and of course, Carol Burnett.

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'What If' (Atria Books)



Shirley MacLaine's "What If ... : A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure" (out November 12):

It's not Shirley's first memoir — or even her second — but in this book of questions that all begin with the hypothetical phrase, "What If …" she shares a few things that she's learned over her years in Tinseltown.

Taking this as her starting point, MacLaine, 79, explores a wide range of matters — spiritual and secular, humorous and profound, earthbound and inter-galactic, personal and universal. From big questions about family, friendship, politics, war, and religion, her gaze lifts even higher. The actress opens her mind to crucial questions about the existence of life on other planets, what that means for those of us on Earth, and about the true genetic ancestry of humankind.

"I like to think that I’m open to exploring anything, always questioning, trying to live free of preconceptions and blind certainties," she writes.

Then on to the really good stuff! Shirley reflects on joining the talented cast of "Downton Abbey," receiving the prestigious American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, and … introducing a new puppy into her formerly one-dog home.

It's definitely something worth barking about!

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'A Story Lately Told' (Scribner)

Anjelica Huston's "A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York" (out November 19):

A Hollywood legend recalls being raised on an Irish estate, living with her glamorous and artistic mother, and being educated by tutors and nuns. She remembers her father bringing his array of extraordinary friends — from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck, to Peter O'Toole and Marlon Brando. Every morning, Anjelica and her brother visited their father while he took his breakfast in bed.

"'What news?' he'd ask. I'd seen him the night before," she recalls. "There wasn’t much to report." So she says she became a storyteller.

The 62-year-old actress goes on to recount her years living in London in the early '60s and her encounters with the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac, while understudying Marianne Faithfull in "Hamlet." At 17, a still teenage Angelica is devastated when her mother dies in a car crash.

So, she moves to NYC, falls in love with the much older and brilliant — but disturbed — photographer Bob Richardson, and becomes a model. While living in the Chelsea Hotel she works with photographer Richard Avedon and navigates a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the '70s.

We just hope it doesn't end with a chapter on "Smash."

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'Let Me Off At The Top!' (Crown Archetype)

Ron Burgundy's "Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings" (out November 19):

We saved the best for last.

OK, sure, perhaps Ron Burgundy isn't a real person, but who doesn't want a peek behind the humble beginnings of America's favorite "Anchorman" (brought to life by comedian Will Ferrell)?

It's truly the autobiography every true American has been waiting for, from a national treasure.

From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining town, his years at Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School to his odds-defying climb to the dizzying heights of becoming America's most trusted and beloved television news anchor, Ron Burgundy pulls no punches in this masterpiece.

He documents how he has hunted jackalopes with Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford, had more than his share of his amorous exploits, and formed the greatest on-air team in the history of televised news. Along the way, he hobnobbed with people you wish you knew and some you honestly wish you didn't — celebrities, presidents, presidents' wives, celebrities' wives, dogs, and, of course, Veronica Corningstone, the love of his life.

Walter Cronkite, Barbra Streisand, Katie Couric ... the list goes on. Who didn’t Mr. Burgundy, or "Ron" as he is known to his friends, rub elbows with in the course of his colorful and often criminal life?

If this book doesn't win a Pulitzer, then we will finally have proof that the Pulitzer is rigged.

As you count down the days until its release, revel in the meantime in the two new trailers (and Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor!) that we were blessed with this week to tide us all over.

Also, recently on shelves or coming very soon, memoirs from Billy Crystal, Piers Morgan, Tori Spelling, Robert Evans, and Alexa Chung.

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