Book Genre: Biography

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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...

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Jimmy Connors
Debbie
4

A good read about a boy from E. St. Louis with a two-handed backhand in tennis, who wanted to open the doors from country club tennis to the streets.  Very honest and sincere, even though I thought Jimmy Connors was an arrogant person.  This book looks into his personal life on and off...

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Jason Roberts
Laurie.
4

Blind and unable to walk without aid by the age of 25, James Holman (1786-1857) traveled the world and entered into seemingly unbelievable adventures. His knack for getting into crazy predicaments reminds me of Henry Fielding's fictional character Tom Jones. But unlike Jones, Holman's...

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Helen Thorpe
ShellyB
4

Denver's own Helen Thorpe does a great job of humanizing the issue of immigrants who have entered this country illegally and the long term affect this action has on the lives of their children.  She chronicles the personal experiences of four intelligent, ambitious girls from Mexico who...

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Laurie Rubin
Becker
4

What's it like growing up, discovering your love of music, and eventually going on to become an opera singer? Mezzo soprano Laurie Rubin shares the story of her life--music competitions, water skiing with Kenny Loggins, working with world renowned singers and composers, and trying to break into...

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Colette Rossant
Laurie.
3

First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I tried...

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Christopher Matthews
Debbie
5

This book  is written as if we can see and feel JFK up close.  Most of us knew where we were at the time of President Kennedy's  assassination.  This book is based on personal interviews.  You will discover his role in the Peace Corps, his stand on civil rights, his push...

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Alisa Statman
Liberty
5

Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims.  Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and  tells...

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Melanie M. Hoffert
Laurie.
5

Melanie thinks she has a dilemma: how to tell the state of North Dakota she is gay.  In reality, Melanie's memoir is more about reconciliation and acceptance. Her journey back to herself is told by the landscape and the people she once called home. No interaction is too small to provide...

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Pamela Druckerman
Jennifer H
5

The author, Pamela Druckerman, is an American woman who, in a series of unexpected events, ends up moving to France with her boyfriend. There she encounters incredibly different worlds of parenting, food and eating, mindset and a different lifestyle in general. All of it seems to be a complex...

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Kate Bornstein
extra medium
4

I’ve had a bit of a nerd crush on Kate Bornstein since I met her in 1996(or '97, can’t remember) when she was touring colleges for her book Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. I remember she deftly wielded that heartbreaking mix of honest and funny during her talk and after when I...

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Michael Shermer
ShellyB
4

Michael Shermer is an editor of Skeptic Magazine and has been fighting against non-scientific method based “facts” for many years.  His latest book explains how humans have evolved to form beliefs first and then find evidence that supports those beliefs.  He looks at how beliefs are...

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Diane Ackerman
Emily
4

Diane Ackerman is an astonishing writer, observer and storyteller. This memoir follows her during the time she spent on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. This is her first work of nonfiction and she only gets better!

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Dee Dee Ramone
angela
4

A gritty look at the experiences of a punk icon from his lonely childhood to life as one of the Ramones. A great backstage look for fans, an interesting story even if you're not.

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Todd Oldham
angela
3

A tribute filled with awesome photos and excerpts from interviews over the past 30 years. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more text! Definitely worth a look, even just for the photos.

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Marissa Moss
Becker
4

Maggie Gee grew up watching the planes take off at Oakland airport, dreaming of taking to the air herself. In 1941, she got her chance to join the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, one of only 2 Chinese American women accepted into the rigorous program. Maggie's true story of wanting to...

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Jane Yolen
Becker
4

This book is a wonderful introduction to Emily Dickinson, great American poet, as seen through the eyes of her nephew, Gilbert. The story highlights some well-known aspects about Dickinson, such as her love of nature and her reclusive way of living, as well as a few of her poems. The drawings...