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Subject: I need some good recommendations
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 7:34 PM ET
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I'm just getting into Biographies and Memoirs. Up until now I have been a devoted Romance reader. I like a little scandal or humor in my books. Any recommendations that I might like? I don't like Biographies or Memoirs on Business Professionals and the like, so please don't recommend those.

Thank you!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 9:56 AM ET
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I really enjoyed:

-A Girl Named Zippy

-A Little Fruitcake

-The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

They are all funny:0


Subject: Can't put down memoir
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:36 PM ET
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Here is a title that might be a bit hard to find; but there is a memoir with the title, Tumbling After.  It is amazing and very juicy in parts.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 11:54 PM ET
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I liked Barbara Walters's memoir - lots of Washington scandal . . .

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 7:07 AM ET
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I would recommend :

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 
  • Falling Leaves: The memoir of an unwanted chinese daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 7:02 PM ET
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My favorites in the last year are: The Glass Castle, Audtion (Barbara Walters' book) and from my escaping from polygamy phase - Stolen Innocence, Shattered Dreams and Escape.  I also read Steve and Me about Steve Irwin.  It was really sad and I kept hoping it would end differently.  I've read a lot of memiors/bios; it's one of my favorite genres.

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 12:50 PM ET
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My favorite bio is The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright by Jean Nathan. It's also one of my favorite books of all time.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 12:18 AM ET
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David Sedaris writes clever, humorous stories about his own childhood.  I recommend anything by him.  Currently I'm reading a pretty scandalous tell-all by a former Hollywood insider entitled "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again."  (Julia Phillips).  It's got some juicy stuff in it.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:51 AM ET
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I'm reading Church of Lies by Flora Jessop right now.  It's about polygamy and is very good, but my favorite about polygamy was Escape.

Date Posted: 4/28/2009 5:16 PM ET
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If you like a little scandal and humor mixed in with some interesting biographical stories about various French, British and Russian monarchs, I would recommend two books by Eleanor Herman:  Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen.  These are collections of short biographical stories about the lovers and mistresses of various monarchs and the roles they played in politics.  Very well written, funny, but also very interesting.