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User Topic: Memoir/biography recommendations please
TryingForgivenes
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Default  Posted: 11:41 PM, October 28th (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Does anyone have any memoir or biography recommendations? I love reading about unconventional lives, or people who have been through tragedies. I have a lot of true crime, and natural disaster memoirs and also love reading about 'secretive groups' such as the Amish, or the LDS sects.

Thanks everyone!


Finally respecting him again.I believe that time heals almost all, wish I could fast forward time.
"Hate the sin, Love the sinner" ~Gandhi
Me:31-BS & Him:25-fWS (Irish_guy)
Dday:3/12/10, tt: 4/4/10, 5/22/10
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Posts: 870 | Registered: Sep 2010 | From: Northern California
authenticnow
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Default  Posted: 7:09 AM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Right now I'm reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand for my book club. She also wrote Seabiscuit. It's a WWII story focused on one particular hero.

Very good so far, and I'm not a fan of war stories.


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 8:14 AM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You might enjoy "Just Kids" by Patti Smith. Not really a tragedy but a pretty unconventional life.

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.


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Threnody
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Default  Posted: 9:57 AM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Favorites of mine:

Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood
http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Details-Scenes-Obsessive-Girlhood/dp/031601074X
This book had me howling from cover to cover. I don't know when I've enjoyed a memoir more for its own sake.

Anything by Wade Rouse
http://www.amazon.com/Wade-Rouse/e/B001JRZ8VO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1319900215&sr=1-2
It might be best to start with America's Boy, then move on to Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler. From there you can pick up just about anything, but those two are (IMO) crucial to understanding his "story." I've taken writing classes with him and he's really a wonderful man, and his partner Gary (wait til you read about the early days of their relationship ) is the sweetest man I've ever known. Even sweeter than Mr. T!

If you're into historical figures, anything by Alison Weir is highly recommended. I found The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Tower-Boleyn-Random-Readers/dp/0345453220/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319900392&sr=1-1) to be incredibly compelling.

[This message edited by Threnody at 9:58 AM, October 29th (Saturday)]


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MixedUpMess
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Default  Posted: 11:04 AM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Here's an eclectic assortment of books I've read, and recommend.

The Seabiscuit book by Laura Hillenbrand is very good. I highly recommend it. Very inspirational. The story of a horse who knew his true potential!

Walt Disney - an amazing man. I've read An American Original.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.

These 2 by David G. McCullough were slower reads, but good:
-Mornings on Horseback (Theodore Roosevelt).
-John Adams.

The Heroin Diaries - by Nikki Sixx, bass guitarist for Motley Crue. Chronicles a year of his life while addicted to heroin. It's amazing he's still alive today. The album that goes with the book is excellent, too.

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

Alive - the story of the soccer team who's plane crashed in the Andes in the 70s. They had to resort to cannibalism to survive.

You didn't ask for natural disaster reads but I read a short book on the New Madrid earthquakes in the 1800s a few years ago which was fascinating. The Johnstown Flood is also good.


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Married: 26 years
Me (BS): 48 (Cancer survivor!)
Him (WS)(Alcoholic): 48
DD: 17
False R for 1.5 yrs+
He moved out 5/10. In limbo.

I was sad because I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.


Posts: 2370 | Registered: Jul 2007 | From: MD
TryingForgivenes
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Default  Posted: 11:11 AM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks everyone! I want to read ALL of these books now

I recently got an ipad2, and am headed online right now to get started with some of these.

Thanks again, I would have never thought of most of these on my own.


Finally respecting him again.I believe that time heals almost all, wish I could fast forward time.
"Hate the sin, Love the sinner" ~Gandhi
Me:31-BS & Him:25-fWS (Irish_guy)
Dday:3/12/10, tt: 4/4/10, 5/22/10
R'ing, & planning our future!

Posts: 870 | Registered: Sep 2010 | From: Northern California
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Default  Posted: 2:19 PM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I recently finished "Growing Up Amish" by Ira Wagler. It was a very interesting read.


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D-day: 3-22-10
DS1: 11, DS2: crawling
Status: R going well

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Posts: 7279 | Registered: Apr 2010 | From: NC
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Default  Posted: 8:08 PM, October 29th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

-Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
-Scribbling the Cat

Both by Alexandra Fuller (about her African childhood/she's white)
Fabulous writer! I went to her reading in S. Calif. a few years back.
Read them in the above order.
However, I didn't think her latest book was even close to as good as the first two.

-All Over but the Shoutin':Rick Bragg

-Angela's Ashes

:Frank McCourt

-Three Dog Life :Abigail Adams

-A Year of Magical Thinking: Joan Didion

...Memoir is my favorite genre...I could list you tons but here's a start.


~ScribblingMum~
D-D 1: 12/23/06 - Porn (dd bust him on-line)
D-D 2: 4-25-08 - Massage P.'s(new act. in pretend recov.)
D-D 3:9-9-08 Caught call m. girl
D-Day 4: 6/30/09 -: free MP g.f./prost.
D-Day 5: 1-10-10: new mp prost's.
~DONE!


Posts: 1529 | Registered: Jul 2008 | From: S .CALIF.
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Default  Posted: 3:58 AM, November 6th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James Hornfischer. It's about a small group of navy carriers during WWII. Many of the ships were sunk during the battle. Most of the survivors drowned or were eaten by sharks before rescue ships could arrive. It's a tough read.


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Posts: 750 | Registered: Oct 2011 | From: Texas
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Default  Posted: 10:03 AM, November 6th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Life - Keith Richards

These are on my list:

Spencer Tracy: A Biography by James Curtis

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba

Hope4


Posts: 604 | Registered: Sep 2009 | From: in the void
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Default  Posted: 12:31 PM, November 6th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm re-reading "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain. He is wickedly funny, tough on himself and enjoys poking at others. It's very good. And he also gives some good cooking tips. He has also written a couple of others that I have but have not read yet. Hope you enjoy whatever you settle on!

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Default  Posted: 12:51 PM, November 6th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Castle-Memoir-Jeannette-Walls/dp/074324754X


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D-Day 10/2/09- TT til Feb. 2010

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Default  Posted: 2:38 PM, November 6th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I just finished the book about Steve Jobs. It was great.


Act as if what you do matters. It does. William James

Posts: 2056 | Registered: May 2006 | From: Midwest
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Default  Posted: 2:53 PM, November 6th (Sunday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Memoirs of a Sword Swallower by Daniel Mannix

The true story, complete with photographs of Daniel's 3 year career with a real sideshow.

This is the opening line "I probably never would have become America's leading fire-eater if Flamo the Great hadn't happened to explode that night in front of Krinko's Great Combined Carnival Side Shows." How can you put a book down that starts like that?!


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Posts: 397 | Registered: Nov 2011 | From: right behind you
suddenlyisee
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Default  Posted: 7:37 AM, November 7th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just finished "Until Tuesday" by Luis Carlos Montalván. Inspiring read.

Posts: 367 | Registered: Jul 2011 | From: Michigan
Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 10:17 AM, November 7th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Wild Swans by Jung Chang is one of my all time favorites.

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Swans-Three-Daughters-China/dp/B000YTFMU0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320679232&sr=8-1


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Default  Posted: 8:21 PM, November 7th (Monday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Unconventional?
The Real Frank Zappa
http://www.amazon.com/Real-Frank-Zappa-Book/dp/0671705725

Excellent read and immensely funny and… educational.
Remember if you do buy this from Amazon then go to Amazon by clicking on Dr. Phil. I think SI gets some cash every time a purchase on Amazon originates here (correct me if I’m wrong admins).


"If, therefore, any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone." Epictetus

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Default  Posted: 2:25 AM, November 8th (Tuesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

"Living in the Material World" about the late George Harrison.


Me - BS 61
Him - FWS 60
M 28 yrs, together 30 yrs.
2 adult offspring
D-Day: 8-2-07, TT for 6 weeks
15 random sexual encounters over 4 years.
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Default  Posted: 10:10 PM, November 11th (Friday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm reading Steven Tyler's autobiography. He's the lead singer of Aerosmith and is currently a judge on one of those talent(?) TV shows.

I thought I wasn't going to like it but it's a decent book.


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Default  Posted: 3:15 PM, November 12th (Saturday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My all-time favorite biography is "Into The Wild" by John Krakauer. He retraces the path of a young man who after college donated his entire savings to charity, burned all the money in his wallet and set out on a 2 year journey across the western US and eventually turned up dead in the Alaskan wilderness.


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D-Day #1 5/2003
D-Day #2 5-25-08
D-Day #3 6-23-08
Divorced 9-17-10


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