Book Genre: Biography

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John Lewis
Laurie.
5

Unbelievably, Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) was not awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the Civil Rights Movement until 2011. In March, book one of a planned trilogy, I learned about Congressman Lewis' life as a young boy in Alabama and his families migration...

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Lisa Rogak
Janet Q
2

This biography of writer/performer/cultural phenomenon Stephen Colbert is strictly for beginners. Most Colbert fans will already be familiar with the trajectory of Colbert's career (Second City, t.v. and film collaborations with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, the Daily Show and Colbert Report),...

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Matt Doeden
Mary P
4

I fell in love with William and Kate when they announced their engagement.  That love continued to grow as I watched their wedding...yes, all of it...and now it's even stronger after the birth of their baby, George.  I have always viewed their relationship as something out of a fairy...

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Annie Dillard
Jennifer D
5

Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...

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Andre Agassi
Jennifer D
5

This one of the few sports biographies I’ve read, and my friends were right: it’s good. Open: An Autobiography begins with a disoriented Andre Agassi waking in the morning, completely disoriented, in pain, struggling to recall who he is, why is back is throbbing, where he is...and it...

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Loretta Lynn
Brianna
3

I picked up Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter because of the irresistible blurb I read about it on the library catalog - telling how the country music icon was from a little "holler" in rural Kentucky, was married by 13 and a grandmother by 29. You can't turn away a...

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Jim Gaffigan
Laurie.
3

Funny, funny! I enjoyed reading about parenting from a Dad who makes fun of himself. Gaffigan knows how to tell a story as if you were right there when his kid peed in the pool.  If you come from a large family, are a parent or even wiled away the hours babysitting at some point in your...

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Cheryl Strayed
BeeGeeJay
4

Wild is a memoir of a young woman who hiked alone for 1,100 miles of wilderness for months, extremely ill-prepared, all the while looking to find herself and heal from the death of her mother. All I could say after finishing the audio version was WOW. I was moved by the author’s...

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Deborah Heiligman
Laurie.
3

This book was a first for me. A picture book about a mathematician? Yes! Paul Erdös was a mathematical prodigy born in Hungry and spent his life playing with math. The author's use of rebus, numbers and images to represent words, and interesting mathematical illustrations is delightfully...

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Randy Christensen
Dawn
5

Dr. Randy Christensen, a pediatrician, works out of a mobile clinic in the Phoenix area.  He and his team work with homeless street children and teens.  This is very moving account of how the mobile clinic started. The stories of a few teens are told.  Some teens bloom while...

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Sugar Turner & Tracy Bachrach Ehlers
Jennifer B.
4

University of Denver anthropologist Tracy Bachrach Ehlers spent several years in the mid-to-late-90s interviewing "Sugar Turner," a former welfare mother and caretaker to five children, to learn about life in an inner-city neighborhood and the challenges faced by modern-day low-income women....

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Tina Fey
Michael
3

Bossypants, the audiobook, is humorous autobiography by Tina Fey, famous for her work on television shows Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Narrated by the author, the audiobook is slightly different than the print version, as Fey references the audiobook format....

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Jeanette Winterson
Dawn
4

Jeanette Winterson's autobiography covers her early years and her search for her biological parents.  She was adopted by a couple who were strict and abused her.  From a young age she loved literature and started an ambitious plan to read authors starting with the A's.  Her...

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Frank Brady
Ken
3

This book started off great. It began with Bobby's beginnings in chess and his childhood, and how his voracious appetite for all things chess grew. It touches on his family life, and his tendency towards being bullheaded to get his way. The thing I liked the best was during the periods where he...

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David Sedaris
Liz S
5

If you are a huge David Sedaris fan (like me) and have read all of his published work, I highly recommend checking out the audio recordings of his work. All of the audio versions are read by the author, and his performances add that much more humor to the pieces. I listened to Dress...

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Stephen Hawking
Laurie.
3

I don't know much about cosmology or black holes, and what I do know, I learned from Hawking's books. He has the ability to make complex ideas more accessible to the non-scientist. In 127 pages, he summarizes his life with just-the-facts narrative; a beginning and a middle with an eye toward the...

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Nicole Hardy
Dawn
4

Nicole loves her church. She has been faithful to its tenets. She goes to great lengths to reconcile who she is with the church she grew up in.  This autobiography provides a realistic picture of a woman's wrestling with how to live a real life.

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Slavomir Rawicz
Bobby
4

The Long Walk recounts an epic story of survival by a group of escapees from a Soviet gulag.  Fleeing the camp during a blizzard in 1941 with six others, Rawicz and the group equipped only with their camp-issued clothes, a small store of food, and a few other stolen goods set out...

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Julia Fox
ShellyB
3

Sister Queens is a fascinating side-by-side recounting of the lives of two women, sisters, who were both destined to be queens.  Though they both rise to extraordinary levels of power, especially for women during this time in history, and experience periods of happiness and satisfaction,...

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Azar Nafisi
Ken
3

Reading Lolita in Tehran is split into four parts, the first and the final are about the author, Azar Nafisi, gathering a group of former female students to read and discuss Western literature. The two middle parts are about Mrs Nafisi when she first moved back to Iran and began teaching Western...

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Elaine McCarthy
Laurie.
1

I never know what I'll find when browsing the book stacks at the Central Library. The trivia for the celebrities is fun but you can't beat the online resource, Find A Grave.

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Jonathan Safran Foer
Jennifer H
5

Jonathan Safran Foer is at a crossroads in his life. About to become a father, he suddenly feels the urge to write a book about eating animals. His impending fatherhood has made him realize many things about his life and the life and earth he wishes to leave for his son. Braving the elements,...

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Piper Kerman
Joan
1

Convicted for a bad mistake made a decade before, Piper Kerman heads to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut to serve out a fifteen month prison sentence for drug smuggling and money laundering.  Although the idea is intriguing, an upper-middle class educated white women, being sent to...

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Laurie Notaro
Laurie.
3

I like to laugh and a little TMI (too much information) from a writer doesn't bother me. What surprised me is Notaro's ability to totally shift gears and write an essay like "Ready or Not." Not only is Notaro funny, especially in dialogue with her husband, she can also deftly move from Gladys...

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Chanrithy Him
Laurie.
4

Chanrithy Him quotes the lines from a familiar song "Chivith choun reang, choun pleang, Life sometimes has drought and sometimes has rain." Her story of surviving Cambodian death camps is told with simple, sharp imagery and a heightened sense of the physical world around her from the earth where...