Especially people in the public eye often have an exciting or inspiring biography, which can often also be discovered in the form of a book. We have seven bestselling (auto)biographies that will look great on any bookshelf and are a must-read.

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As a stage character, Kurt Krömer is one of the most popular comedians in the country. But the funny Krömer hides the depressed Alexander Bojcan, the person behind it: dry alcoholic, single father and depressed for years. In his ruthlessly open and yet funny life story, the artist breaks a taboo and thus manages to help people who suffer from depression or who have been through a similar medical odyssey for years. The biography bestseller “You Must Not Believe Everything You Think” creates an open approach to mental illness and is worth reading.

Completely around the world in the triathlon disciplines swimming, running and cycling? Jonas Deichmann made the impossible-sounding challenge a reality: when the world was in lockdown, he circumnavigated the earth in 14 months and experienced extreme experiences and at the same time great happiness. The athlete was accompanied by a variety of people who spontaneously joined him – and by millions of fans online. The book “Das Limit bin nur ich” conveys the limitlessness of this world, courage, motivation and definitely belongs on the bookshelf.

Mary Roos: German singer, between Schlager, chanson and pop. But also: a child star who first appeared in public more than 60 years ago. In her autobiography “Aufrecht geh’n” she records how she managed to experience a new spring in her career again and again. It also says that in addition to glamour, there were also downsides: two failed marriages, pain and defeats. But Roos always remained a strong woman full of curiosity about what is to come. Her story inspires and captivates.

Judith Holofernes is certainly still known to some as the singer of the band “Wir sind Helden”. In her book “The Dreams of Other People” she writes about the curse and blessing of early success, about the compatibility of family and being a front woman, about the public perception of one’s own body, growing up with her lesbian mother in Freiburg, about the deep cuts in her Life, the doubts, the pain. The music industry, but also issues such as sexism play a role. The musician writes about how she freed herself from constraints and found herself.

Five NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, 81 points in a single game: Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. In “Mamba Mentality” “Black Mamba” Bryant gives a deep insight into his mindset as a top athlete. Bryant’s stories combined with the photographs of sports photographer Andrew D. Bernstein make this book a portrait of a legend that is well worth reading and seeing.

Michelle Obama is certainly one of the most impressive women of today. As America’s first African-American First Lady, she and her husband designed what is probably the most hospitable and open White House in history. Easy-going, down-to-earth, likeable, competent: there are certainly more positive qualities that one would like to attribute to her. In the autobiography “Becoming”, Obama tells her story for the first time – in her own words and in her very own way. In the end, what remains is the realization of how important it is to follow your own voice.

Hape Kerkeling is known as one of the most well-known comedians in Germany and has already surprised his fans in the past with the pilgrimage report “I’ll be gone”. In “The boy has to get some fresh air” he shows himself from a completely different side. This journey through his memoirs leads to Düsseldorf, Mozambique and the sacred garden of Gethsemane. Above all, however, it is a journey into Kerkeling’s childhood, which took place in Recklinghausen and the Herten-Scherlebeck miners’ settlement. This book is honest, emotional and eye-opening and should not be missing from the bookcase.

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