Book Genre: Biography

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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...

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Laura Hillenbrand
Becker
4

It seems like everyone has read this book already, but it took a personal recommendation for me to pick it up, and I'm so glad that I did. Not because I enjoyed the story--this harrowing portrait of how people can treat each other was hard to read at times--but because I feel like I learned...

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René Colato Laínez
Ryan
5

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

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Mindy Kaling
mmcgowan
2

Mindy Kaling, writer and star for the television series "The Office" discusses her life from her younger years to today.  She starts the book off with questions on why she wrote this book.  I found this book to be depressing at times and then hard to follow being that she bounced from...

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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...