They may not win a Pulitzer for their literary efforts, but these actors turned authors have got storytelling chops. We found nine celebrity novelists (and one chronicler of hip hop history) worth reading.
"By the time the eighties came along, rap was exploding, and I remember the mainstream breakthroughs like they were my own rites of passage," Jay-Z writes in Decoded. Part memoir, part lyrics sheet, part history of rap, the artist formerly known as Shawn Carter reveals how he got into the music game.
Martin got serious about writing when he wrote his first play in 1993. He's since added a memoir, a novel, novellas and numerous pieces for The New Yorker to his body of work. To sample the funny man's style, check out Shopgirl, about a woman behind a glove counter at Neiman Marcus.
When it comes to image, Madonna is a chameleon. So it's no surprise that the material girl traded in the erotic visuals of Sex for the flowery watercolor illustrations in The English Roses series, a children's story about a group of British schoolgirls.
Hollywood's favorite overachiever Franco (actor, artist, host of this year's Academy Awards) published his first book last year. It depicts the confusing lives of teenagers growing up in the same California city where Franco came of age.
In 1994, Big Chill beauty Tilly published her first novel, Singing Songs, a series of vignettes about a girl and her sister who are abused by their father. The story draws from Tilly's own childhood, which was tinged with poverty and abuse. Her third novel, Porcupine, was a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize.
Fisher will forever be known as Princess Leia. But with her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, she proved to be a solid writer as well. The semi-autobiographical tale centers on an actress trying to pull herself together after a drug overdose.