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Subject: Hit Me With Your Favorite Biography
Date Posted: 7/8/2013 10:52 AM ET
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or autobiography.

I'll start:

The Glass Castle

Running With Scissors

A Girl Called Zippy

 

What about you?

Date Posted: 7/8/2013 1:52 PM ET
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I loved Running With Scissors. Also: Girlbomb by Janice Erlbaum

I just finished The Orientalist by Tom Reiss and am obsessed with it.

Date Posted: 7/8/2013 5:26 PM ET
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I don't know if it's my favorite, but The Liars' Club by Mary Karr is pretty good.

Date Posted: 7/8/2013 5:56 PM ET
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The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto

Bernard Shaw by Michael Holroyd

A Cambodian Odyssey by Haing Ngor



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Date Posted: 7/8/2013 5:58 PM ET
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Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett.   I hardly ever read non-fiction but this one really caught my interest.  I 'read' the audio which was read by the author. 

Date Posted: 7/8/2013 11:25 PM ET
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I loved Zippy!  Also enjoyed Katharine Hepburn's autobiography.

Date Posted: 7/9/2013 2:37 PM ET
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Bossy Pants! I second Glass Castle.
Date Posted: 7/10/2013 7:19 AM ET
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Caviglia, I loved The Orientalist, too.

One of my favorites is The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan.

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 9:01 AM ET
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Oh, yes - the Dare Wright book is FANTASTIC.

Louise Brooks by Barry Paris is also one of my favorites.

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 10:54 AM ET
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So glad I've asked - - - a couple of adds to the old wish list.

 

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 11:00 PM ET
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Definitely another vote for The Glass Castle.

I recently read Elizabeth Edwards' "Resilience" book and can recommend it as well.  Very touching perspective on her life and trials.

Date Posted: 7/15/2013 5:47 AM ET
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James Whale: The New world of Gods and Monsters by James L Curtis.

I enjoyed Charles Lindburgh by A Scott Berg but the book is out of date now because Lindy's shadow German family has been identified since the book was published.

 



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Subject: Biography
Date Posted: 7/15/2013 5:30 PM ET
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The Vendetta by Alston Purvis is great! It's the story of his father, Melvin Purvis, the first famous G-Man from the FBI, who was responsible for catching many of the bank robbers and killers from the 1930s! If you are southern, you will love this book!
Date Posted: 7/16/2013 11:46 AM ET
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I just thought of another one I thoroughly enjoyed:  Still Life With Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea.  Such an endearing book, a very quick (just 192 pages) but satisfying read; highly recommend!

Date Posted: 7/20/2013 8:52 AM ET
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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, lol!!    Seriously I loved the Glass Castle as wall...

Date Posted: 7/20/2013 2:47 PM ET
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I recently read a two-book Elvis bio that was excellent. The first one is called Last Train to Memphis and covers his life till he joined the Army, and the second is called Careless Love and picks up at his Army departure to Germany through his death in 1977. Really, really good biography!

Date Posted: 7/21/2013 9:26 AM ET
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Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

My Life in France by Julia Child

Date Posted: 7/24/2013 7:56 AM ET
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I forgot to list the other foodie bios, all enjoyable. (not including Kitchen Confidential which was awful) -

Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples, Garlic and Sapphires - Ruth Reichl

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry - Kathleen Flinn

Roasting in Hells Kitchen - Gordon Ramsay

Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen

Date Posted: 7/25/2013 11:49 AM ET
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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

I started that book but got bored with it and only read a little of it and quit. It may be a woman's book.

Date Posted: 7/25/2013 4:58 PM ET
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I seem to remember that it did start a little slow.  But I did enjoy the cooking school stuff.

Date Posted: 7/25/2013 11:01 PM ET
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Janet Frame's three autobiographies are extraordinary - they absolutely knocked me out. I read them in an omnibus that contained all three. She can really, really write.

Date Posted: 7/26/2013 8:07 AM ET
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Kitchen Confidential which was awful

I liked this book. I know there is a lot of cussing and stuff and I have seen reviews by other food writers who did not like the book, but I found it interesting and entertaining. This was the 2nd book I read by Bourdain. The first was A Cook's Tour. A combination food and travel book.

Date Posted: 7/26/2013 6:12 PM ET
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Caviglia,    You have seen the Movie Angel at my Table?  I was knocked out for days.  A week later I went to see Breaking the Waves.   OMG.

Date Posted: 7/27/2013 6:11 AM ET
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Janet Frame.

Was she like mentally disturbed or something? or maybe people just thought she was. I think I have the QPB edition book that has three books collected in it. Haven't read any of them yet. Another one of those things I haven't gotten to yet.

Date Posted: 7/27/2013 11:58 AM ET
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I have Janet Frame's omnibus on my shelf to read...

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