Your Favorite Women Are Publishing Memoirs This Fall

updated May 3, 2019
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The biggest memoirs this fall are all by women. From Busy Philipps to Michelle Obama, here are the must-haves to snag for your home library.

One of Instagram’s realest, funniest moms-slash-humans brings that humor and honesty to a memoir that anyone will love, regardless of whether or not you were obsessed with Freaks and Geeks. Philipps entertained us for years on TV, but her behind-the-scenes experiences battling sexism, becoming a mother, and forming famous friendships with the likes of Michelle Williams make for an engrossing personal history.

Jacobson’s previous work—Carry This Book and Color This Book—center around her incredible artistic talents (mirrored in her on-screen character Abbi Abrams in Broad City). Now, Jacobson is rounding out her authorial canon with a collection of essays that answer questions and mull over topics she considered during a cross-country road trip. Though her trademark illustrations are there, the voice we fell in love with on-screen makes this collection infinitely entertaining and wise.

We loved her as Carmen in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and we cheered her on as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty, but in the last few years, Fererra has taken her strength and charisma off screen to become a powerful political and feminist activist. Specifically, Ferrera is outspoken about the challenges and rewards of living a multicultural existence in America, and invites her famous friends (Issa Rae, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Kwan) to contribute first-person accounts of what it means to be American in this smart, essential curated collection.

Arguably the most-anticipated memoir of the fall, Michelle Obama’s upcoming book promises to be an intimate portrait of her life growing up on the South Side of Chicago through her high-profile existence at the most famous house in the country. For those who want to learn more about the iconic leader, and the ways she raised a family and guided a nation from one of the most scrutinized positions in America, this memoir will not disappoint.

She’s one of the most iconic, accomplished actresses of our time, yet we never knew much about her life beyond the bright, compassionate women she played on-screen. Although a look at her life on set would be interesting, Fields’ memoir does much more than that: it examines Fields’ relationship with her mother, the abuse she endured at the hands of her stepfather and other co-stars, and her personal relationships with famous fellow actors, including the late Burt Reynolds. Fields is a natural storyteller, and she spares no details when sharing her story with us.

In between running a production company, starring in a wildly popular HBO show, and creating home decor that we want in every room, Instagram’s most notable bookworm has made time to write a book of her own. Her impeccable lifestyle advice—from her favorite recipes, to her random life skills, to her tried-and-true holiday traditions—makes it easy for fans to emulate Witherspoon’s signature sophistication and Southern charm. Buy two copies—this will be the go-to hostess gift of the season.