Name a biography or autobiography you enjoyed

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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Wow, no one reads biographies or autobiographies? Really? I know they are not usually as much fun as good fiction...
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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.
I recently read Michael J Fox's admittedly out of date 2002 memoir about his diagnosis with PD.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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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.

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I'm thinking about looking into a bio about Johnny Mercer, since I like so much of his music.
Booky Wook - Russel Brand (rather more an adult read tho .. ever so funny read tho)
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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.

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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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i read (well, okay i didn't read all of it) some Nelson Mandela ones for school and they were really good!
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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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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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if you like memoirs as well rocket boys was amazing
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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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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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.

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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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.
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Wow, no one reads biographies or autobiographies? Really? I know they are not usually as much fun as good fiction...
Originally Posted by Spiralli
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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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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