Book Genre: Biography

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Jack Gantos
Michael
5

Hole in My Life is the autobiographical account of a young man, Jack Gantos, agreeing to sail a yacht from the Virgin Islands to New York City, only to arrive in prison instead of college.

Since high school, Gantos was always in transit. Moving out of the USA (Staint ...

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Malala Yousafzai
Beckyr
4

Malala is well-known as the schoolgirl victim of a shooting by the Taliban in Pakistan. This memoir brings her to life. She is still a schoolgirl who misses her friends, but she is also an experienced activist who can speak confidently in front of international diplomats. Malala and her family...

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Joshua Hanagarne
DawnM
3

Josh Hanagarne is a librarian, has Tourette’s syndrome, and can deadlift 600 pounds. In this touching autobiography, Hanagarne shares what it is like to live with Tourette’s and how he was able, after much struggle, to build a full life. If you like stories about real people overcoming adversity...

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Marc J Seifer
seanamo
3

I am as fascinated by Tesla's genius as I am by his diminished (but thankfully changing) role in history. And while Seifer does provide some insightful research into Telsa's innovations in electricity, radio and even sustainability, I found myself annoyed by his dichotomous writing style. In one...

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Peggielene Bartels
lcole
4

King Peggy is an amazing true story.  Peggy was working as a secretary in Washington D.C. when out of the blue she got a phone call telling her that she is the new King of Otuam, her hometown in Ghana.  Her life changes dramatically.  Peggy isn’t just a secretary...

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Lesley Hazleton
KristenA
4

An intriguing TED talk by the author, Lesley Hazleton, led me to The First Muslim. Hazleton talked about how strange people found it that she, an agnostic Jew, was writing a biography of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Her doubt about the existence of G-d, however, helped her identify with Muhammad’s...

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Kathryn J Atwood
Hope H
3

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it...

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Elizabeth Smart
mmcgowan
5

Elizabeth Smart herself narrated her book that she wrote about the worst nine months of her life.  At the age of fourteen she was kidnapped by a man that considered himself a "profit from the Lord" and held her hostage (with he and his first wife), just two miles away from her home, in an...

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Nell Beram
L.F.
4

John Lennon once described Yoko Ono as "the world's most famous unknown artist”.  Art critic Arthur C. Danto observed, “Her fame made her almost impossible to see.”
Now authors Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky tell the inspiring story of this often misunderstood artist, musician...

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Joseph Lambert
mmcgowan
4

This graphic novel portrayed Ann Sullivan's, teacher of Helen Keller, shows the shared bond that Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller had.  Both people were visually impaired and through experiences that Ann Sullivan had faced growing up (flash backs throughout the graphic novel)  she was...

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Susan E Isaacs
Angelita
3

I enjoyed this book because the author asks so many questions that we often times ask our God. But as she goes through her trials and tribulations, so understand why she's questioning the actions of God and the universe. I easily put myself in her shoes.

I love the humor that is put in...

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A. Scott Berg
lcole
5

Wilson is a comprehensive biography of our 28th president, Woodrow Wilson.  Berg covers all aspects of this complex figure’s life: his political life, historical significance, personal life and religious beliefs. 

A. Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  He has...

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Ellen Forney
Thane
4

Ellen Forney is an artist. When she first becomes diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her initial reaction is one of elation. She sees her diagnosis as proof that she is a “crazy artist” equal to Vangogh or Hemingway in passion and creativity. But as she descends from the euphoria of mania into the...

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Matthew Goodman
Hope H
3

In November of 1889, two women left New York in opposite directions, each hoping to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional record for the fastest trip around the world. Nellie Bly was a moderately famous undercover "girl reporter", one of the first women to break into the actual news aspects of newspaper...

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Jim Ottaviani
Adelina
4

This book is read for Young Adults. It is a good basic accessible introduction to three of the greatest primatologists of the 20th century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey & Birute Galdikas. It looks at each woman's life and contributions to their field. The different personalities and passions of...

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Dave Isay
Adelina
5

This book is a collection of StoryCorps stories with the theme of love. "All There Is" groups the stories into love found, love lost and love found at last. StoryCorps is an American oral history project recording the voices and emotions of their storytellers. I listened to this book on audio...

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Malala Yousafzai
ShellyB
3

Malala does a wonderful job telling her story of growing up in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, daughter of a very forward thinking and education advocating father.  Her mother is quite traditional, yet supports both her husband and Malala in their efforts to speak against those who...

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Mindy Kaling
Lily
3

Mindy Kaling's humor is both casual and over-the-top. She relishes in ridiculous situations and exaggerates annoyances and misunderstandings until they become endearing musings. Listening to her audiobook was like hearing your sweet, sassy, and dramatic friend tell her life story. Kaling...

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Tina Fey
Rebecca
3

I have a confession. It's something that distanced me from my peers in middle school, and interfered with my ability to make friends. It's not something that I tell a lot of people.

I don't really like Saturday Night Live. It's possible that I straight up don't like it at...

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Piper Kerman
Nikki
5

What a great book!  I watched  the television series on Netflix this summer and I couldn’t wait to read the real story about Piper Kerman’s 13 months in a women’s prison is Connecticut.   I was very impressed with her writing as well as her story and I really felt that she...

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Gunnar Hansen
Ken
3

This was a cool little book, it's probably only going to appeal to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or horror movie fans, but they should find it interesting. The thing I really liked is that it was written by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original movie. The first two thirds of the book...

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Chuck Close
Laurie.
5

I am a BIG fan of the books published by Abrams Books for Young Readers and quickly pounced on their new biography about Chuck Close, an American painter best known for his BIG paintings of the human face. Face Book is a massaged and amped up presentation based on an...

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Lucy Knisley
Nikki
5

I have recommended this book so many times that I finally had to buy my own copy.  Great story of growing up within the context of eating and had great drawings as well.  I loved the recipes and I can’t wait to try them all.    It’s labeled as a juvenile biography, but I...

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Naoki Higashida
Hope
5

This book was fascinating.  The author, a 13 year old Japanese boy with autism, constructed his answers by using an alphabet grid that was then transcribed by an assistant. Naoki Higashida takes on people’s questions and assumptions about being a child with autism and his answers are...

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Marcus Samuelsson
L.F.
4

An unpretentious Marcus Samuelsson recounts his journey from BOY to CHEF to MAN in his memoir, Yes, Chef.   His list of accolades is impressive and long, so just a few highlights will be mentioned.  Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star rating from...