Would You Buy a Celebrity Self Help Book?

The stars offer advice on beating low self-esteem, eating well, succeeding in business and more.

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'The Kind Diet' by Alicia Silverstone

Longtime vegan Silverstone urges readers to "stay away from nasty foods and make friends with grains and vegetables" in her diet and lifestyle book, which promises to help you lose weight, get glowing skin and boost your energy.

'Ask Elizabeth' by Elizabeth Berkley

The Saved by the Bell Alum, and star of the cult classic Showgirls, goes back to her teen queen roots with this advice tome for adolescents, inspired by workshops she's conducted with girls across the country.

'A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend' by Felicity Huffman and Patricia Wolff

We're not sure what prompted the happily married Huffman (Desperate Housewives) to pen this hilarious relationship guide for guys—which includes tips for "how to survive her driving", "how to avoid talking about your 'feelings'" and "how to apologize without really apologizing"—but we like her style.

'Cancer Schmancer' by Fran Drescher

In this memoir meets healthcare how-to, Drescher discusses her uterine cancer diagnosis and treatment in great and hilarious detail. There are plenty of brilliant one-liners here, but much more importantly, there's a message:


"If what follows impresses just one thing on you," she writes, "I hope it's to never be passive when it comes to your health. Open a mouth! Assume that doctors, being human, are fallible, and remember that nobody knows your body as well as you do."

'10 Mindful Minutes' by Goldie Hawn

The award-winning actress gives her prescriptions for raising resilient, happy children in this book, which is based on the MIndUP program developed by the Hawn Foundation.

'The G-Free Diet' by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The View cohost and former Survivor shares her struggles with celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine caused by the body's reaction to gluten) as well as recipes, shopping tips and products that will help you beat the wheat.

'Prime Time' by Jane Fonda

Fonda covers sex, love, food, fitness, the brain and more in her inspirational guide to living well after 40.

'True You' by Janet Jackson

Superstar Jackson is just like us: she's struggled with yo-yo dieting, self-esteem and depression. Finally at peace with who she is, Jackson opens up about how she learned to eat better, exercise better, feel better and be better.

'Belly Laughs' by Jenny McCarthy

McCarthy's come a long way from her days playing host on MTV's dating show Singled Out. But her taste for gross-out humor hasn't shown any signs of slipping as evidenced by Belly Laughs, her hilarious ode to the joys and pitfalls of pregnancy.

'The Day I Shot Cupid' by Jennifer Love Hewitt

The frequently engaged actress and self-described "love-aholic" offers her, um, wisdom about relationships in this read for romance addicts.

'Men Are Stupid...and They Like Big Boobs' by Joan Rivers

"On these pages, you will enter a golden, modern world full of miraculous sights and sounds to amaze you—the world of surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures," writes Rivers. "Or, what I call The Home Planet." In her inimitable wit, the comedy goddess gives a crash course on just about every plastic surgery procedure on the planet.

'The Best Advice I Ever Got' by Katie Couric

Couric tapped her celebrity pals and colleagues for their life lessons and compiled them in this inspiring read, which includes bits of wisdom from notable folks including Helen Mirren, Mario Batali, Michelle Kwan, Valerie Plame, Malcolm Gladwell and more.

'Sexual Intelligence' by Kim Cattrall

Cattrall has capitalized on her famous alter-ego's sexual prowess in two books about sex, pleasure and the female body. Think of this read, a coffee table tome, as an artistic sex manual.

'Never Make the Same Mistake Twice' by Nene Leakes

With chapter titles like "The Gun Should Have Been the First Sign" and "‘Hustler’ is Not a Good Job Title," it’s clear that outrageous, outspoken Atlanta Housewife Nene Leakes enjoys telling it like it is. She shares life lessons and, more importantly, mounds of behind the scenes dirt on her frenemy castmates Kim and Sheree. 

'That Extra Half an Inch: Hair Heels and Everything in Between' by Victoria Beckham

The sometimes Spice Girl turned designer is poised to be your personal style guru with this book of tips and tricks for where to shop, how to make the most of your wardrobe and more.

'I Do, Now What?' by Giuliana and Bill Rancic

The E! News host and Apprentice winner met in front of the camera (she was interviewing him) and later married. Now they’ve got their own reality TV show and this book, a couple’s guide to marriage, money, baby-making and more. I Do reads like a kooky, honest, totally in love transcript from one of the couple’s long distance (she calls L.A. home, he resides in Chicago) phone conversations.

'A Place of Yes' by Bethenny Frankel

Frankel doles out advice on breaking self-sabotaging behavior in her latest book, which combines rules for living, working and loving well with anecdotes from her own life. Frankel must be doing something right. After all, she recently sold her low-cal margherita brand for $120 million.

'Sexy Forever' by Suzanne Somers

We can all stop searching, because Somers has discovered the fountain of youth. At least that's the idea behind her book of health and beauty advice for a younger-looking, healthier, more vibrant you. Here, she shares her prescription for losing weight, balancing hormones post-40 and swallowing supplements.

'Burnt Toast' by Teri Hatcher

Charming and funny, Hatcher shares stories and life lessons from her naive, insecure early days in Hollywood.

'Whoopi's Big Books of Manners' by Whoopi Goldberg

The View cohost shares her own brand of humorous etiquette in this illustrated children's book (adults will chuckle, too), which offers helpful rules for living, such as: "NOBODY. . . wants to see your finger in your nose."



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First Published August 8, 2011

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