Empowering Narratives: 5 Autobiographies by Remarkable Women 

Autobiographies have long served as powerful tools for individuals to share their life stories, triumphs, and challenges. In recent times, autobiographies penned by influential women have captured readers’ attention, providing a unique glimpse into the lives of these remarkable women. In celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we revisited the works of some of the world’s most inspiring women.  

Becoming by Michelle Obama  

The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, takes readers on an intimate journey through her life in “Becoming.” From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her experiences in the White House, Obama shares her personal growth, struggles, and the profound impact of public service, whilst also discussing topics such as race, identity, and the vital role of education.  

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 

In her autobiography, “I Am Malala”, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai recounts her courageous fight for girls’ education in Pakistan and surviving a Taliban assassination attempt. This powerful narrative explores the resilience of a young girl who defied odds and became a global symbol of activism. Malala’s dedication to education in the face of oppressive forces becomes the central theme, as the autobiography provides a harrowing account of the Taliban’s attempt to silence her advocacy by targeting her in a brutal assassination attempt. Malala’s survival is not just a personal triumph but a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the courage to stand against oppression. 

Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson  

In Pamela Anderson’s captivating “Love, Pamela”, readers are taken on a journey from her upbringing on Vancouver Island, where she carved a world of nature and imagination amidst the challenges of her young parents, to the glitzy heights of Hollywood fame. Anderson’s iconic blonde bombshell image in the 1990s made her Playboy’s favorite cover girl, embodying Hollywood glamour and sensuality. Yet, behind the scenes, the book unfolds into a poignant exploration of loss of control over one’s life when fame distorts the true self. From magazine covers to the Playboy Mansion and the arms of rockstars, Anderson faced the intense scrutiny of the paparazzi, losing grip on her own narrative. However, fueled by grace, love for art, literature, and a deep commitment to her children and causes close to her heart, Pamela Anderson reclaims her story – navigating the complexities of fame with resilience and a renewed sense of freedom. 

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish 

In her uproariously candid memoir, “The Last Black Unicorn,” Tiffany Haddish invites readers into the unfiltered chapters of her life. From a challenging childhood marked by poverty, foster care, and family struggles, Haddish emerges as a resilient force, using humour as her armor against life’s hardships. The narrative doesn’t shy away from the tough moments, addressing both the highs of her comedy career and the lows that preceded her breakthrough. Throughout the book, Haddish shares her experiences growing up as a Black woman in South Central Los Angeles, addressing the challenges and prejudices she faced, as well as how her background and ethnicity shaped her journey, offering readers a firsthand account of the complexities and unique perspectives that come with being a Black woman in the entertainment industry.  

 Bossypants by Tina Fey 

Comedic genius Tina Fey invites readers into her world of laughter and wit in “Bossypants.” Through a collection of humorous anecdotes and insightful reflections, Fey shares her journey from the improv stages of Chicago to the iconic writer’s room at Saturday Night Live. In between the laughs, Fey reflects on the challenges faced by women in comedy, breaking down stereotypes and proving that humour knows no gender boundaries. Through her narrative, Tina Fey paves the way for aspiring female comedians, showing that success in the industry is not only attainable but thoroughly deserved. Tina Fey effortlessly dissects the intricacies of navigating the fiercely competitive world of comedy, offering a unique and often hilarious perspective on being a woman in the industry. 

 Whether it’s for personal reflection or to share with loved ones, at My Story Told, we believe that autobiographies have the power to champion narratives. Tell your own remarkable story today.

Happy New Year! Stepping out of the Christmas food-coma and into the New Year can seem rather dull, especially after all the exciting festivities that have just drawn to a close. However, there is much to look forward to in the New Year, especially in the literary world.  

Here are autobiographies, biographies and memoirs to keep a look out for in 2024: 

 

What Have We Here: Portraits of a Life – Billy Dee Williams  

‘What have we here?’ follows the life of Billy Dee Williams, from his childhood growing up in Harlem, to his days on Broadway and starting out in Hollywood before landing the iconic role of Lando Calrissian in George Lucas’ beloved Star Wars, which would see his career soar to new heights.  

With a career spanning over 60 years, Billy Dee Williams has done it all – Broadway, movies, television and even music! In this nostalgic biography, Billy takes readers on a journey through his career; recounting tales and travels with Lawrence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda, Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, Sylvester Stallone, and many more. Expected on shelves in early February, ‘What Have We Here’ will be the perfect read for die-hard Star Wars fans and those intrigued by the celebrity world.  

 

The Trading Game: A Confession – Gary Stevenson 

Former interest rate trader and equality campaigner, Gary Stevenson is a reputable name within the economics world. Crowned Citibank’s most profitable trader in 2011, Stevenson predicted that there would be an increase in economic inequality and caused waves in Canary Wharf.  

In this biography, Stevenson recalls his humble beginnings in East London to when he was accepted into the prestigious London School of Economics – constantly dreaming of something bigger than what was expected of a child from his background. In a raw and outrageous recount of his career, Gary Stevenson invites readers into the world’s most daunting yet intoxicating workplace – the trading floor – where Stevenson did not only survive, but he thrived. Scheduled for a late February release, this book will be a great motivator for readers looking to get out of their new year slump.   

 

The House of Hidden Meanings – Ru Paul 

In his highly anticipated autobiography, international Drag icon Ru Paul shares his life story; growing up black, poor, and queer in a broken home to discovering the power of performance, self-expression, found family and self-acceptance. Quick-witted and a trailblazer for bringing drag to mainstream television, the public may think that they already know Ru Paul, however in his most intimate book yet, RuPaul makes himself truly known and strips away the stage persona.  

Described by critics as ‘a manual for living’, Ru Paul’s story acts as a personal philosophy that attests to the value of finding chosen family, the power of embracing what makes you different and accepting all of yourself, fearlessly. Readers looking to learn more about the iconic Ru Paul and subsequently, themselves, can expect ‘The House of Hidden Meanings’ on 5th March.  

  

Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and finding myself – Crystal Hefner   

Shrouded in glamour, luxurious parties and Hollywood star appeal, the playboy mansion has become an icon, synonymous with the playboy brand. However, behind the allure of a dream lifestyle lies a house built on darkness and façade. 

After years of silence, Crystal Hefner exposes the toxic culture of misogyny that runs deep within the playboy mansion. Through a scathing and raw narrative, Hefner offers a look into her time at the playboy mansion and as one of Hugh Hefner’s infamous girlfriends – detailing the absurd rules the women had to follow, regarding everything from their hair and makeup to their curfews. In a series of hard-learned lessons, Crystal Hefner presents an honest perspective on how the need for validation can take hold on one’s life and why it is important to realize your worth. Readers won’t have to wait too long into the new year, as ‘Only Say Good things’ is expected to hit shelves on 25th January – prepare for the shockwaves to come.  

 

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With a new year upon us, there are even more moments and memories ready to unfold. Before getting swept up in new moments, why not document past memories? As they are just as precious, if not more. At My Story Told, we understand the importance of capturing memories and the role they play in one’s personal story. My Story Told is here to help tell your unique story, so that the moments within it live on in a biography, for you and the people you hold dear.