Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 3:54 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Celebritology Giftology Day 1: Celebrity memoirs

By Liz Kelly

Today we kick off a series of posts -- 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology -- written to help you cross the celebrity and pop-culture obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous.

Memoirist Jay-Z. (Reuters)

Today's mission: Find the perfect gift for the reader on your list. Below, three picks that should satisfy super-fans.

Highbrow: Jay-Z's "Decoded"
This collection of essays from rap's reigning champ (and Beyonce's husband) is part memoir, part homage to hip-hop. In it, the man born Shawn Corey Carter, details his humble beginnings in a Brooklyn housing project, his pre-fame job history (drug dealer) and how he managed to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. As ClickTrack detailed yesterday, Jay talks about his tete-a-tete with Barack Obama prior to the 2008 presidential election. I haven't yet gotten to the part -- if it exists -- about how he came to be so pal-sy-wowsy with Coldplay's Chris Martin, but I'm hopeful for more name-dropping yet to come.

Also, if this sort of thing impresses you, "Decoded" was one of Oprah's "Favorite Things" picks this year.

Lowbrow: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's "Here's the Situation"
You've got a "Jersey Shore" obsessed friend, but can't afford to hire Snooki to appear at his/her birthday bash. Well, my friend, you're in luck because one of the show's breakout stars -- "The Situation" -- released this book chock full of practical advice for anyone interested in fake-baking, Ed Hardy t-shirts and borderline stalking. Here's an excerpt:

"Now, chicks may object that bros simply look at them as creeping targets. But chicks like being crept on. Sure, they'll tell you that they go to clubs simply to dance and have fun with friends. But take it from the Sitch, single people are at the club for one reason and one reason only: to not be single anymore. Even if it's just for that night."

The book's subtitle pretty much says it all: "A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting Your GTL on the Jersey Shore."

For the Kids: Justin Bieber's "First Step 2 Forever: My Story"
The 16-year-old pop phenom chronicles his rise from obscurity (aka Canada) to the top of the pop charts. Plenty of pictures here for anyone more interested in looking at his hair than reading about his backstage antics.

By Liz Kelly  | December 9, 2010; 3:54 PM ET
Categories:  Holiday Guide  | Tags:  Celebritology Giftology  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Watch Ryan Gosling laugh at his own Internet meme
Next: Barbara Walters names her most fascinating person of 2010. And it's not Lady Gaga


Well, the excerpt sold me. Gotta go get the Situation book right away! That's some good readin' right there. Also, he seems to be, in his endearingly inarticulate way, more insightful than this paper's own Dear Amy.

I ordinarily would have trended more high-brow and gone with the Jay-Z book until I read the fateful words: an Oprah book. No. No. No. No. No. No to Noeth Power.

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | December 9, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

What, no Kardashian Konfidential? I kan't believe you'd leave them out! I'm simply krushed! It's not Khristmas without them!

Posted by: mrsdorkusmaximus | December 10, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company