· In 1997's The Kiss, Kathryn Harrison chronicles her four-year affair with her father whom she didn't know until she was 20.
· In 2005's The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls recounts seeing her eccentric artist mother Dumpster-diving in Manhattan.
· Wilt Chamberlain defies mathematics in 1991's A View From Above, claiming he bedded 20,000 women.
· James Frey describes how he underwent a root canal without anesthesia in 2003's A Million Little Pieces. If you actually believe him, that is.
· Drew Barrymore comes clean about alcohol and drug abuse as a preteen in 1990's Little Girl Lost.
· Augusten Burroughs claims he played with an electroshock machine while living with his mother's psychiatrist in 2002's Running With Scissors.
· Barbara Walters shocks readers in her 2008 memoir, Audition, by admitting to a 1970s affair with a married senator.
· Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright writes of her discovery of her Jewish heritage in 2003's Madam Secretary.
· Frank McCourt writes in 1996's Angela's Ashes that for years, he and his family survived on solely bread and tea while growing up poor in 1930s Ireland.
· In Breathing Out, Peggy Lipton admits that she once loved Elvis Presley tender and also had a tryst with Paul McCartney.
· Toni Bentley chronicles her obsession and addiction to ahem sodomy in 2004's The Surrender.
· Rosie O'Donnell's 2007 hot mess of a memoir, Celebrity Detox, manages to highlight one heart wrenching confession in between all the trash talk: As a child, O'Donnell claimes she used to abuse herself with a baseball bat.
· Marya Hornbacher chronicles her bouts with anorexia and bulimia in 1997's Wasted. Her disease was so severe, she withered down to a deadly 52 pounds.
· Sharon Osbourne details her brush with domestic non-bliss in the 1980s in 2006's Extreme her drug-addicted husband, Ozzy Osbourne, once tried to strangle her.
· In Robert Goolrick's The End of the World as We Know It (2007), the author claims he was raped by his own father as a 4-year-old.
· In 2004's Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins claims that in his former job as chief economist for Boston-based consulting firm Chas. T. Main, he was able to seal moneymaking deals with foreign leaders by using economic threats.
· In 2004's Climbing Higher, talk show host Montel Williams admits he contemplated suicide while suffering from multiple sclerosis.
· Okay, so it's not entirely shocking. Nor is it exactly a confession. But it is surprising that 2007's If I Did It a ''fictional tell-all'' in which O.J. Simpson kind of/sort of/not really admits to murdering ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman even exists.
· One-time teen heartthrob Willie Aames writes in 2007's Grace is Enough that he was sexually molested as a child and even attempted to hang himself.
· In 2005's Playground, Jennifer Saginor writes about growing up in the Playboy mansion and, at age 6, walking in on John Belushi having sex with a Playmate.
· Tatum O'Neal claims her father, actor Ryan O'Neal, abused her as a child in 2004's A Paper Life.
· In 1997's Naked, David Sedaris details his obsessive-compulsive behavior and Tourette's-like inclinations as a child he writes he even licked doorknobs regularly.
·In 2003's Sickened, Julie Gregory reveals that her mother who suffered from Munchausen by proxy syndrome gave her drugs and withheld food from her in order to get attention.
· American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino admits in 2005's Life is Not a Fairy Tale that she was functionally illiterate.
· We're cheating a bit with this one, but it’s too good to pass up: In Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Chuck Barris recounts his supposed double life as the host of The Gong Show and as a CIA assassin. The book was originally published (in obscurity) in 1982, but garnered more attention with a 2002 reissue.