Book Genre: Biography

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author Big Freedia
Porscha
4

This is Big Freedia’s first book and autobiography. She tells of her experience growing up in New Orleans and coming out as gay to her family and community, eventually becoming a bounce music giant and reality TV star. Her experiences are exemplary of New Orleans archetypal culture and provide...

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Kim Gordon
Lauren
3

I was really excited to read this memoir from one of my rock-and-roll heroes. Kim Gordon, as the bassist for Sonic Youth, has been a towering figure in the avant-garde/"alternative" music scene for over 30 years. Here she tells the story of her life up to this point, including her painful...

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Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Josh
4

I love a good story and Dan-el Padilla Peralta does a fantastic job of detailing his life in Santo Domingo and Harlem. Blessed with a brilliant mind he worked hard and attended good schools before making his way to the Ivy League. This book raises a question that perhaps other writers have...

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Ruth Reichl
Becker
4

When the publisher of Gourmet magazine decided to cease publication in 2009, editor-in-chief RUth Reichl's world was rocked. She had been there for years, helped to build a brand, staff, and reputation that she thought would be enduring. In the year following this abrupt job loss, Reichl turned...

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Diana Nyad
Becker
4

Nyad recounts her inspiring life story. Known for swimming around Manhattan at the age of 26 in 1973, she then attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She failed in her first attempt, and went on to a career of broadcast journalism. But the dream of the Cuba to Florida swim...

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Lynn Hill
Steven
4

    I'm the type who gets vertigo climbing up a flight of stairs, but I love reading about rock and/or mountain climbers-- and Lynn Hill's memoir is one of the best. Hill was a world-class champion rock-climber in the 80's and 90's, most famous for making the first free-climbing ascent...

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Jackie Bennett
lisab
5

The perfect book to read while you’re sitting in your garden or pretending you are in a garden.  Jackie Bennett takes you to visit 18 gardens in Britain and read about the 20 writers that were associated with these gardens.  Not only does she give you background on the authors and...

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Amy Poehler
Kristen M
5

Yes Please is the first book Amy Poehler has written. I chose to listen to the audio book version because Amy Poehler narrates the story along with some surprise guest from her personal and professional life. Join Amy as she shares a collection of stories, lists, poetry, photographs (...

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Neil Patrick Harris
Laurie.
5

Entertaining and affirming, this book earned every star in my rating. What don't we know about Neil Patrick Harris? This laugh out loud autobiography provides a glimpse behind the wizard's curtain and it's all good. Written in third person and in a tone that harkens back to "This is Your Life",...

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Donda West
Laurie.
3

Popular media thrives on highlighting performers' eccentricities and foibles. Kanye West has been criticized about politics, ill-timed public shares, and his personal life. But it always struck me that Kanye was true to himself, no matter the consequences. So how did he become so impervious to...

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Amy Poehler
Angelita
4

I loved Amy Poehler, ever since I watched her on Saturday Night Live. I knew I had to read her book. I really enjoyed her book for many reasons. She talks about the moments that led to her success, while using humor, like obviously name dropping because she could. I listened to the audio book,...

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Ntozake Shange
Josh
5

    Martin Luther King Jr's life, though short, was very impactful and worthy of celebrating. This book is  composed of poems by Ntozake Shange which, when read one after the other create a narrative that gently explores Coretta Scott King's life and experiences. What really...

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Usain Bolt
Josh
4

    Even if you have never watched a hundred meter race you surely have heard about this man, the flamboyant, charismatic Jamaican sprint star who breaks world records with impunity and has his trademark lightning bolt celebration when he wins. In this book he traces his rise from...

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Lena Dunham
Angelita
3

I found myself struggling to finish this book. It wasn't what I expected. Although, Lena is being truthful about her experiences, some of them seemed made up or unrealistic. Also, the stories weren't linear by any means, which isn't always a bad thing, but it jumped around so much that it was...

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Ice-T (Musician)
CoCo Supreme23
4

  Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and Douglas Century captured my attention from start to finish. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow (Ice-T) was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he steered the...

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Elna Baker
Angelita
4

Throughout most of the book, Elna is trying to find a way to balance her life in New York with her life as a Mormon.  It's definitely not easy, especially when it comes to dating.  She deals with a lot of things that most 20-somethings struggle with.  

I was able to...

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Johnny Walker
ShellyB
4

The audio version of this book was really well done - I found it completely believable that the narrator was actually the Iraqi telling the story of his experiences as a translator for the Navy Seals assigned to hunt down terrorists and insurgents in Iraq.  The author of this memoir does a...

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Lucy Knisley
Emily
4

Lucy Knisley’s first graphic memoir was called French Milk and it recalled the winter that she and her mother shared an apartment in Paris. Illustrated in black and white with a blue wash it was very ethereal. In Relish Knisley approaches a look back on life as a series of what was happening in...

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Monica Brown
Angelita
4

I enjoyed this book because it's a great way to introduce children to a great poet without worrying about the content. Neruda's poetry is wonderful, but some of it might be understood by the children. So the books talks about his life before he was a poet and while he was a poet. How he used...

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
KristenA
5

 Nadia Bolz-Weber looks more like a tall, tough biker than most people's views of a pastor, and hearing much of her life story wouldn't change that guess. She's a sober alcoholic, a former stand-up comic, covered with tattoos, and of course a woman to boot. But in her new book, she takes us...

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Mindy Kaling
Angelita
4

Mindy Kalling is a comedic genius, I can tell by watching the shows she has participated in. I decided to read her book to see her real thoughts on life. She discusses everything from adolescence to being a writer in Hollywood. Also, what it took for her to become a writer on a hit show. It's...

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Nicole J Georges
Laurie.
5

Grab a binky and set aside uninterrupted time to read (and re-read) Nicole George's vulnerable and witty memoir. The basic storyline of dead dad-crazy mom-coming out-love-dogs and sundry surprises would just be too overwhelming if it weren't for Nicole's understated sharing. Her honesty and...

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Bruno Schulz
Porscha
5

 This book is a small compilation of Bruno Schulz’s short stories and a few illustrations. He’s been associated with surrealist movement both with his writing and illustrations, his writing could be categorized as magical realism.  He was writing in the 1930’s and his life ended at the...

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Jane Withers
Tara
4

You may not know that a legend lives and walks amongst us here in Denver today. I had driven by Hub Cap Annie's on Colfax numerous times in the past, but it was not until a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning that I comprehended the scope of what Hub Cap Annie's represented or had endured. While...

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Elizabeth Smart
Kristi
3

Kidnapped when she was 14 yrs. old and held captive by a religious fanatic, David Mitchell and his wife, she was repeatedly raped, humiliated and lived in constant fear. His “religion” allowed him to drink, look at pornography and force sex whenever he wanted.  She was kidnapped because she...