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No need for a Where Are They Now? exposé of these ’80s icons; their new memoirs share tantalizing tales of their paths to stardom and the exhilarating second acts they’ve created for themselves.

Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
By Cyndi Lauper with Jancee Dunn
(Atria, $26)

Lauper once self-referentially quipped on MTV: “Who is this girl, and why is she so unusual?” The pop pixie answers those questions with a candid account of her tumultuous Queens, N.Y., childhood, her record-smashing debut, her ambivalence about fame and her convictions about equality that led her to create the True Colors Fund.

The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down
By Andrew McCarthy
(Free Press, $26)

The Pretty in Pink star’s impending nuptials launch him on a soul-searching, globe-spanning voyage. Now an award-winning travel writer, McCarthy describes his inner landscape — fear, solitude, ambivalence — as poetically as he does the far-flung locales where he finds the clarity to reach his ultimate destination: contentment.

Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
By Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson
(It Books, $28)

Their newly minted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is yet one more tribute to the groundbreaking role the Wilson sisters played in rock ’n’ roll history. Their voices are as sharp and as passionate in this book as they are in their chart-topping hits, as they chronicle intense scrutiny, interband relationships and inspiring achievements of their 30-year career.