​Drew Barrymore is writing a book of essays about her life

What better way for Drew Barrymore to celebrate her milestone 40th birthday than by publishing her life story? The former child star and troubled adolescent – now, a glamorous film actress – has announced that she will release an autobiographical collection of “humorous, emotional and welcoming” essays.

Drew previously chronicled her extraordinary journey in 1991’s Little Girl Lost, but says her new book will include more tales from her youth, including "living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led to the most important thing in her life, which is motherhood."

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The road to happiness hasn't always been easy for the once-troubled actress. Following her big-screen breakout role in godfather Stephen Spielberg’s E.T., the young starlet went through a difficult transitional period as a teenager, dabbling in drugs and entering rehab at age 14.

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Determined to turn her life around, Drew founded her own production company, Flower Films, at age 20. She went on to star in blockbuster movies like The Wedding Singer , Never Been Kissed and the Charlie’s Angels franchise.

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Through it all, the actress has emerged ambitious and strong. Now happily married to husband Will Kopelman, with whom she welcomed a second daughter, Frankie, last April (joining big sister Olive), Drew says she’s “overjoyed” about this new stage in her life.

“Will is just thrilled – we both are,” said the actress, “I’m feeling very blessed.”

The 40-year-old star says that she doesn’t mind cutting back on acting, and has chosen to focus on her cruelty-free Flower Beauty makeup collection instead, which lets her work regular hours. She also published a book of photographs last year called Find It In Everything.

The new book has no title or release date yet.

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