Book Genre: Biography

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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...

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1971- Touré
Regina Renee
3

This unauthorized biography, by journalist turned author, Toure, left me wanting more. At 150 pages, this is a short biography that still managed to be extremely repetitive. Prince is my favorite musical artist, and I thought that this book would be more enjoyable than it actually was. This...

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Steve Martin
Kristen M
5

"Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" follows the life and career of comedian/magician/actor/singer Steve Martin. I chose to listen to the audio book format as it was read by Steve Martin himself. Steve starts at the very beginning, diving into him home life with his Father whom was always referred...

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Mark Bego
Adelina
5

I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.

This biography is...

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Leonard DeGraaf
lisab
4

Written by Leonard DeGraaf, archivist of the Thomas Edison National Historic Park, this heavily illustrated biography is academic enough to give the reader a good taste of who Edison was and what his amazing accomplishments were. The historic photographs and artifacts help enhance this story....

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Colm Tóibín
Alison
1

It’s fun to see the dirty underwear of an artist whose work you admire, and it’s even more fun to see that of those who you don’t.  However, when a thick, hard-back book does nothing but spill the beans on various writers, I get a little frustrated.  Though Colm Tóibín’s book New Ways...

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Gerd Woll
Porscha
5

This heavy book is an extensive collection of Edvard Munch’s printmaking.  He was a prolific printmaker and this book has tons of stunning images and really demonstrates Edvard Munch’s mastery of design.  For me personally, seeing the mass of his reoccurring images and the variations...

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Henry Darger
Porscha
5

This book accomplishes a challenging feat, compiling Henry Darger’s daunting amount of work in an approachable book.  The collection of images put together in this book is fascinating and beautifully large on the pages. The book also outlines Henry Darger’s personal history and the...

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Liz Sonneborn
Adelina
3

Good introduction to the American Contemporary Spokane author. Fast read with lots of interesting photos. Provides a basic biography of his life up to 2013. This book gives a broad overview of Sherman Alexie's work and his achievements. Cites lots of wonderful Sherman Alexie quotes from...

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Katie Nicholl
Cori Jackamore
3

Never having been an Anglophile or a royal family watcher, I was nonetheless intrigued by Kate and William’s courtship, royal wedding and the birth of their son, Prince George—3rd in line to become King of England. Ms. Nicholl, unable to directly interview Kate or William, compiled the...