Name a biography or autobiography you enjoyed

SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
I am reading Open by Andre Agassi. He writes in a very conversational style and it's easy reading. I'm enjoying it! I have to admit, I had a bit of a fan crush on him years ago. I remember watching on TV a lot of what he details in his book. So that's sort of fun, to read his perspective on what I saw.

I may try Ted Kennedy's book next.
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
    Wow, no one reads biographies or autobiographies? Really? I know they are not usually as much fun as good fiction...
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  • ninja dogninja dog Registered Users Posts: 23,780 Curl Neophyte
    I enjoyed Roald Dahl's autobiographies: Boy and Going Solo.

    I haven't read an enjoyable human biography in ages. Wesley the Owl was good.

    A long time ago I read the exhaustive biography of Somerset Maugham. I think it sated my thirst for biography, although I've always felt Coco Chanel's life would be worth reading about.
  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Registered Users Posts: 4,812
    I recently read Michael J Fox's admittedly out of date 2002 memoir about his diagnosis with PD. Very conversational, very easy to read.
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  • laynesavedthedaylaynesavedtheday Registered Users Posts: 239 Curl Neophyte
    Blood and Wine: Unauthorized Story of the Gallo Wine Empire by Ellen Hawkes.

    I loved it. Maybe I am a bit biased because I attend school with Julio's great grandchildren...nonetheless, a very interesting read.
  • ninja dogninja dog Registered Users Posts: 23,780 Curl Neophyte
    I'm thinking about looking into a bio about Johnny Mercer, since I like so much of his music.
  • Fii_RoseFii_Rose Registered Users Posts: 79
    Booky Wook - Russel Brand (rather more an adult read tho .. ever so funny read tho)
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  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Registered Users Posts: 2,017 Curl Neophyte
    I enjoyed "Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the 20's" It's about Elda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber. I don't read many biographies so maybe I'm not an expert, but this one was fun.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bobbed-Hair-Bathtub-Gin-Twenties/dp/0156030594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275748606&sr=1-1

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  • DolphinCurlsDolphinCurls Registered Users Posts: 370
    I love reading autobiographies and memoirs.

    My absolute favorite is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. What struck me about this book was how she could invoke humor while describing some of the most horrific incidents one could ever endure. Her story is unique. She grows up in a family that basically chooses to live their life poor. Her father is a genius- though that is sobered by his drinking. Her mother is a free spirited artist. It's a wild, sad, funny, and absolutely insane tale.


    Another memoir that is very dark but very good is called Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway. Monica describes her not so typical small town childhood. She develops a fascination with dead people (which becomes really understanable as her story progresses)
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  • fuzziestbunnysfuzziestbunnys Registered Users Posts: 208
    i read (well, okay i didn't read all of it) some Nelson Mandela ones for school and they were really good!
  • kenzie!kenzie! Registered Users Posts: 5,055
    I read two of Charles Schulz's biographies for a school project. I can't remember the name of them, but they were pretty good....

    I've read tons of them for school. I remember a few about Shirley Temple-Black in 4th grade. And Walt Disney in 5th.

    Crank by Ellen Hopkins is based on her daughter's stuggle with meth addiction. There are a few others about her daughter. She has 6 in total and 2 or 3 are about her daughter. Do those count?
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  • lucylandlucyland Registered Users Posts: 7
    Wow, my first post in over a year. I absolutely enjoyed Queen Lil's autobiography which takes her from recounting her childhood to having her precious birth land stolen from her. It's a fascinating look at the changing Hawaiian landscape at the end of the 19th century and should be required reading for all tourists visiting Hawaii. Haruki Murakmi's "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" was a great companion on a recent trip to Pto. Vallarta.
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  • jacydancejacydance Registered Users Posts: 18
    if you like memoirs as well rocket boys was amazing
  • lldm2lldm2 Registered Users Posts: 173
    Right now I have to read Walking With The Wind; A Memoir of the Movement. It's an autobiography written by John Lewis about what happened in the 50s/60s/so on. I love the book; it's taught me a lot about what happened back then.
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  • TeachDeafiesTeachDeafies Registered Users Posts: 157
    A book I read that's semi-autobiographical is called "Lunch in Paris" by Elizabeth Bard. It has recipes in it, and talks about her falling in love with a Frenchman and how difficult it was for a Jewish American to live in Paris and how she made it. I've heard it's along the lines of "Under the Tuscan Sun".
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  • DelmaDelma Registered Users Posts: 1,121
    I slept with joey ramone a family memoir

    Candy barr

    Naked in the promised land : memoir

    candy girl: memoir

    baby catcher: memoir

    dolly : my life and other unfinished business

    neon angel ( the movie the runaways was based on this)

    sinner takes all: a memoir of love and porn

    lips unsealed a memoir (belinda carlisle)

    orange is the new black

    These are all ones I have read this year if i can think of any others i'll post again.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    I loved Einstein. I have Anthony Bourdain's new book on audio. And I want to borry Kristen Chenowith's bio. I love her.
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Curl Neophyte
    I Can Hear the Cowbells Ring by Lionel Garcia. It's more of a memoir about growing up in a poor Mexican American family in rural Texas after WWII.
  • hmkennyhmkenny Registered Users Posts: 1,467 Curl Connoisseur
    Spiralli wrote: »
    Wow, no one reads biographies or autobiographies? Really? I know they are not usually as much fun as good fiction...

    I haven't read one in a very long time but I read Lauren Bacall's some time ago and ate it right up. I'm glad you started this thread so I can collect some good recommendations. Biographies can be compelling if they're done well.
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  • waviewavie Registered Users Posts: 237
    I hate most autobiographies but I read one in 7th grade called Chinese Cinderella - it was fascinating and really sad. Still remember it! :)
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  • kat180kat180 Registered Users Posts: 6,280 Curl Novice
    wavie wrote: »
    I hate most autobiographies but I read one in 7th grade called Chinese Cinderella - it was fascinating and really sad. Still remember it! :)

    I remember that book- very good. It always stayed with me, even though was quite young when I read it.

    A boy called It is good- but very upsetting. The following books aren't worth a read however.
  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Registered Users Posts: 7,135 Curl Novice
    I liked the first two Tori Spelling autobiographies; I haven't read the 3rd one yet. I also enjoyed Melissa Gilbert's autobiograpy. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Allison Weir is great; it makes me grateful to live in modern times, that's for sure! I also enjoyed Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser.
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Registered Users Posts: 2,949 Curl Neophyte
    nynaeve77 wrote: »
    I liked the first two Tori Spelling autobiographies; I haven't read the 3rd one yet. I also enjoyed Melissa Gilbert's autobiograpy. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Allison Weir is great; it makes me grateful to live in modern times, that's for sure! I also enjoyed Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser.

    LOL - I thought I was the only one who read-- and liked-- these, too! I loved getting the old BH90210 scoop from her perspective...

    I also really liked The Glass Castle and What Remains by Carole Radziwill. The latter is very sad - its about her husband's battle with cancer, as well as their close relationship w/ JFK Jr and his wife-- her husband was John's first cousin and best friend -- who also, of course, met an untimely death.
  • SurlycurlySurlycurly Registered Users Posts: 156
    The most recent one I've read was "High on Arrival" by Mackenzie Phillips. It was really disturbing but I couldn't put it down. Kind of like when you pass a crash & know you shouldn't look but you can't help it.
  • TeachDeafiesTeachDeafies Registered Users Posts: 157
    I recently read "Walt Disney: An American Original" and it was fascinating. It's the only authorized biography of Walt Disney, so it details a lot of things other biographies may not (for instance, Walt had a nervous breakdown and nearly had a second).
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  • ninja dogninja dog Registered Users Posts: 23,780 Curl Neophyte
    Surlycurly, love your avatar!

    I just read Jen Trynin's autobiography, about her experience in the music business. Also Mop Men, which was sort of a biography of a company that cleans up after murders and suicides. The Jen Trynin book was better.
  • SurlycurlySurlycurly Registered Users Posts: 156
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Registered Users Posts: 7,713
    I'm reading Life by Keith Richards (for those of you who are either living under a rock or are REALLY young, he's a founding member of the Rolling Stones, and one of the greatest guitar players ever).

    He lived, and is living, quite the life!
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  • CurlieGlamourGirlieCurlieGlamourGirlie Registered Users Posts: 1,198
    I like (auto)biographies. The ones that stick with me are:

    -Any of Ruth Reichel's autobiographies. It's neat how she found her way into becoming a food critic. And her books include recipes! (My favorite was 'Garlic and Sapphires' which was about her time as the NYTimes food critic)
    -Ira and George - a biography about George and Ira Gershwin (can't remember the exact title but will look it up if someone likes). Very interesting and well written.
    -'Born Round' Frank Bruni's autobiography - how he got into becoming a food critic and his relationship with food his whole life. Really really neat.
    -Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. It was a dual biography, which was really neat since the 2 have very different approaches to musical theatre. A really good read.
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