Who has famous memorabilia No.  1 in the last 10 years?  The answer might surprise you

Who has famous memorabilia No. 1 in the last 10 years? The answer might surprise you

Clockwise: Andrew Eccles;  Penguin Press;  Small, Brown;  Henry Holt and Co.;  Simon & Schuster;  Spiegel & Grau;  Day Street Books;  HarperCollins

Clockwise: Andrew Eccles; Penguin Press; Small, Brown; Henry Holt and Co.; Simon & Schuster; Spiegel & Grau; Day Street Books; HarperCollins

Fall is a time for turning leaves, cooler weather and, oddly enough, lots of famous memories. They are as popular as sweaters and pumpkin spice this time of year. In the coming months alone, we’ll see memories from Kelly Ripa, Steve-O, Constance Wu, William Shatner, Geena Davis, Ralph Macchio, Tom Felton, Matthew Perry and Bono.

So we decided it would be interesting to go back to our USA TODAY Best Books list archives and track down the 10 best-selling memoirs of the past decade. What we got was a collection of actors, comedians, musicians and personalities who had some interesting and entertaining things to say.

Let the countdown begin:

“Howard Stern Comes Again,” by Howard Stern.

The iconic radio host turned reflective in 2019 and shared with readers some of the best interviews he’s done over the years with celebrity guests as well as some of his own regrets about those interviews. A health scare in 2017 had a lot to do with Stern’s decision to write the book. At the time, Stern told USA TODAY, “I made a freak and so, it made me think about what I was most proud of in my career, what I could have wanted.”

“Comes Again” is the third No. 1 of Stern on our bestseller list. His first No. 1 on the USA Today list was 1993’s “Private Parts,” which also happened to be the first No. 1 in the list’s history. Stern followed that up with 1995’s “Miss America” ​​which debuted at No. 1.

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9. ‘I’ by Elton John

“Me,” by Elton John: The music icon tells his story for the first time in a personal autobiography, detailing the ups and downs on his path to enduring superstardom.

2019 has been a busy year for Elton John. The music luminary released his autobiography “Me” not long after his Academy Award-winning biopic “Rocketman” was released in theaters, with John serving as an executive producer.

USA Today called “Me” a “thrilling read for any longtime fan,” which was “full of awkward celebrity anecdotes as John tells funny and sometimes sad stories about his friends, co-workers and acquaintances.” The book debuted at No. 2 on the bestseller list and remained on the list for 13 consecutive weeks.

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8. ‘Will’ by Will Smith with Mark Manson

“Will,” by Will Smith with Mark Manson.

“Will,” by Will Smith with Mark Manson.

The global superstar intimated his transformation from a scared kid in West Philadelphia to a box office titan in his memoir. In it, Smith talks about his abusive father, his jealousy of Jada Pinkett Smith’s friendship with rapper Tupac Shakur and various moments in his career. “Will” debuted at No. 3 in November 2021 and remained on the list for 15 weeks.

The memoir would briefly return to the list again in April after the infamous Oscar slap. One week after Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face at the 94th Academy Awards and told him to “keep my wife’s name out of your mouth (expletive),” Smith issued an apology to Rock on Instagram.

More: Will Smith discusses how his father’s abuse defined ‘who I am today’ as a memoir

Dave Grohl's memories trace his upbringing in northern Virginia, the explosion of Nirvana and how the Foo Fighters helped rescue him emotionally.

Dave Grohl’s memories trace his upbringing in northern Virginia, the explosion of Nirvana and how the Foo Fighters helped rescue him emotionally.

Subtitled “Tales of Life and Music,” Grohl traces his musical evolution growing up in Northern Virginia and his success with Nirvana and later the Foo Fighters. The memoir debuted at No. 2 in October 2021 and remained on the list for a total of 15 weeks.

USA TODAY music reporter Melissa Ruggieri said, “Grohl is a reliable storyteller with a natural conversational flair and photographic memory for details, like the shaggy brown carpet at Sound City Studios where Nirvana recorded ‘Nevermind’ and the words his beloved mother , Virginia , told him when he told her he was quitting school to pursue music: ‘It’s better to be good.'”

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“Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling

The actress and comedian shared her thoughts on romance, friendship and Hollywood in her first two books of essays and personal stories. Debating at No. 31 in November 2011, the book remained on the list for 16 weeks.

Kaling, formerly of “The Mindy Project” and “The Office”, would continue a few years later with his book “Why Not Me,” which debuted at No. 4 in September 2015 and remained on the list for 17 weeks.

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“Bossypants,” by Tina Fey

The comic writer and actress riffed on her life and career when she wrote “Bossypants.” The collection of autobiographical essays appeared on our list at No. 5 in April 2011 and would remain on the list for 77 weeks.

At the time, the USA TODAY staff wrote of the book: “If you’re a fan of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ’30 Rock’ star, known for her impersonation of Sarah Palin, you’ll love the collection this of autobiographical essays. Even if you are not a die-hard fan, you will still laugh every now and then. You can’t help it.”

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4. ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen

'Born to Run' by Bruce Springsteen

‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen

The beloved rocker opened up about his career and personal life, including his struggles with depression, in this memoir which debuted at No. 2 on the bestseller list in October 2016. The book would remain on the list for 15 consecutive weeks.

In a four-star review for USA TODAY, Mark Damsker called “Born to Run” a “narrative gift” and said it was “an intimate look at a wonderful but troubled life.”

Springsteen followed up “Born to Run” by co-authoring the best-selling book “Renegades: Born in the USA” with former president Barack Obama in 2021. In the book, the two share their friendship and conversations about life, music and love for america

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“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

Although not well received by USA TODAY, noting that the book gets off to a terrible start with an introduction titled ‘Writing Is Hard,’” readers gave a ‘Yes!’ brilliant for Poehler. by buying his first book. The “Parks and Recreation” star revealed her own life story and philosophized on thoughts, stories and questions about life itself, both the sweet and the sad.

The collection of autobiographical essays was debuted at No. 5 in November 2014 and would spend a total of 34 weeks on the list.

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The memoir, titled “Stories From a South African Childhood,” debuted at No. 29 in November 2016 and would spend a total of 71 weeks on the list. Through a collection of stories, “The Daily Show” host recounted the trials and tribulations of growing up as a mixed-race child during and after apartheid in South Africa.

In a review for USA TODAY, Gene Seymour wrote that “what makes ‘Born a Crime’ such a soulful delight, even with its dark edges and dangerous turns, is Noah’s recounting in lively, conversational prose of how he learned enter into negotiations. a way through bullying and ostracism.”

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1. ‘Greenlights’ by Matthew McConaughey

'Greenlights' by Matthew McConaughey

‘Greenlights’ by Matthew McConaughey

The Academy Award-winning actor turned his journals for the past 35 years to write his memoirs at the age of 50. Within the pages, McConaughey wrote honestly about his own successes and failures, joys and sorrows and the wisdom he gained from those experiences. Meet readers, “Greenlights” debuted at No. 1 in October 2020 and would spend a total of 58 weeks on the bestseller list.

In an interview with USA TODAY’s Morgan Hines, he said, “I tried to give context to everything (in the book) and be very self-effacing when I was on it, when I was off it, when I thought I had it. , when I shot it. I laughed a lot to myself as I wrote. I cried a lot – most of my tears came from being able to go back and feel the love of my family.”

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