2:56pm PT by Andy Lewis
2016 Book Preview: Amy Schumer, Anna Kendrick and 6 More Celebrity Titles Arriving this Year
The next year is shaping up to be a good one for books by Hollywood stars, with such big names as Amy Schumer, Anna Kendrick and Alec Baldwin on the docket. Here’s eight of the most-anticipated celebrity books for 2016:
Amy Schumer’s The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery Books), Fall
Destined to be the “it” book of the fall, Schumer’s book (Lower Back Tattoo is the working title) was pitched as a series of comedic essays on her life, both raunchy and romantic. She scored a huge advance, said to be about $9 million, but this could be her Bossypants, propelling her to even greater fame — and a broader audience.
Anna Kendrick’s Untitled (Touchstone), Fall
A comedic memoir recounted as a series of memorable moments from growing up in Portland, Maine, to being nominated for an Oscar for Up in the Air. If Kendrick can bring the charm and humor of her winning Twitter feed to the book, this could become a huge hit, though she’ll be squaring off against Schumer’s book.
Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist (Blue Rider), April
It turns out the actress kept set diaries during the making of all Star Wars movies, going back to the original filming in London in 1976. She’s now editing and polishing them to share with the world. Fisher’s a great writer (don’t forget she penned the riotously funny and witty Postcards from the Edge), so this should be a treat. She has tweeted a few pictures of the diaries and her writing.
Alec Baldwin’s Nevertheless (Harper), Fall
The outspoken actor on his “hits and flops, marriage, divorce," plus some "opinions on the media and politics.” Expect him to revisit his famous divorce, that recorded voicemail to his daughter and clashes with paparazzi. Baldwin has a knack for making news in his tweets and in interviews with his unfiltered honesty. Here’s hoping he brings that to his book.
Nick Offerman’s Untitled Woodworking Book (Dutton), Fall
The Parks and Recreation star waxes on the woodworking lifestyle and offers instructions on various woodworking projects. His memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, was heartfelt and hilarious. Offerman has emerged as sort of manly Bill Murray, winning people over with his gruff, quirky charm. (Pity this isn’t coming in May. It would make a great graduation/Father’s Day gift).
Taraji P. Henson’s Untitled Memoir (37 Ink), Summer
The Empire star recounts her rough-and-tumble neighborhood Washington, D.C., childhood, the support she got from her parents and the challenges of being a single mother and a woman of color in Hollywood.
William Shatner's Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man (Thomas Dunne), February
The Star Trek captain recalls his 50-year friendship with his first officer. Shatner and Leonard Nimoy first met when they both had small roles in a The Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode, but then hit stardom together soon after on Star Trek, where they were one of the great buddy duos in TV history (Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Nimoy as the half-vulcan, half-human first officer Mr. Spock). And though Shatner often feuded with his other co-stars, he and Nimoy remained friends until Nimoy’s death last February. The book is both a biography of Nimoy and a chronicling of their friendship.
Elizabeth Vargas' Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction (Grand Central), June
The ABC news anchor is promising a no-holds-barred but ultimately inspiring account of her long battle with anxiety and alcoholism, her stint in rehab and her recovery.