Thanks for this list! I love reading memoirs and people's stories in general.
I recommend The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby if you haven't read it. It's recounted by a man who was left completely paralyzed after a stroke. He dictated the entire book by blinking his left eye as someone read off the alphabet. When I heard his story, I felt a strong duty to read his book. He went to so much trouble to write it, after all. As you might imagine, it's incredibly sad as he contemplates his current existence and its indignities, but eloquent and life-affirming too.
Wow, that's amazing! I will definitely look into that one. Thanks for the recommendation. :-)
I also read "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly". What a moving autobiography! I might add he was the editor of Elle magazine in France, I believe and was a well known figure. He was quite young and has since passed away only days prior to the release of his book.
I have also read it...there is a movie about him also called locked in... or close to that...its a documentary..you actually see him, and how he gets by day to day. Book, movie and person are amazing.
Lets pretend this never happened. A blogger's memoir but hysterically funny. There was a blurb on the back about hurting yourself because its so funny. I literally did! Pinched a nerve in my shoulder joint from laughing hard and continuously.
Also recommend Augusten Burroughs memoirs. I've enjoyed reading all the ones I've read so far.
I actually read his brother's first. Google to get name/title as I don't recall offhand. His brother has Asperger's and has a rather fascinating life story to tell and its interesting to see it though the lenses of Aspergers through his narration.
I also like reading celebrity ones. These are some of my favorites: Kathy Griffin, Marlee Matlin, Goldie Hawn. Plus a "Hollywood Tales" type by the girl who played Nellie Olsen on Little House on the Prarie. I only vaguely remember the show (was before closed captioning) but I still found it fascinating. She focuses on that period of her life and its a great insiders perspective of the set and the people involved especially Michael Landon. She has no axe to grind and gives what feels like an honest perspective, the good and the not so good parts. I snagged it as a free kindle download along with what I think is a similar type of focused memoir by the girl who played Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory but I've yet to read the latter so can't speak for it.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Initially I wondered why anyone would read a book by a woman who did a profoundly stupid thing? She set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with no real backpacking experience or conditioning. I read it because I just had to solve the mystery and I did. She owns the "Darwin Award"ism of her decision but she didn't quit. And it ended up being a rather spiritual trek that she does a good job of bringing you into her head for.
A must for nature lovers.
860 days walking in Amazon - Ed stafford. Ed wants to be a "first". He figured out that no one has ever *walked* the entire length of the Amazon. Like Wild, its a memoir of his expedition. Fascinating but I noticed that Cheryl's narrative was richer in parts for being able to make you feel the emotions.
I'd only read one off your list to date but I nabbed the rest into my To Read list. Hope I've reciprocated adequately! Feel free to check out my reviews for more details. I keep my comments spoiler free in general FYI.
I need to put together some of my own lists! I know there's more that I'd recommend in this vein but this is what I could recall offhand.
Wish there was a way to "follow" a list to be notified of additions. Is it right in front of me and I just don't see it?
Good question. It would be nice if there was a way to follow lists. I don't know that there is...
Thanks, again, for all the recommendations! I think I've only read one that you've mentioned here - it was on of Augusten Burroughs' books. The title has also escaped my memory.
That blogger's memoir sounds great! A lot of what you've recommended, I'll look a little further into before automatically adding to my tbr (I have soooo many already!), but that blogger's one, I am adding with no further "looking into"!
I'm not big on celebrity memoirs, unless it's a person I'm particularly interested in for some reason. I guess that's why my list is "unique" bios, of "regular" people. However, I have heard that the Nellie Olsen one is good, and I remember considering adding it to my tbr a while back. I think I will go ahead and add that one, as well.
Actually, Wild sounds really interesting, as well. Ok, I think there will be less "looking into" from this list than the classics one. :-)
Just curious, which was the one from my list you'd already read? I could guess The Glass Castle, since so many people have read it, but maybe I'm wrong... I hope you enjoy the others!
i dont write very good reviews but im open to discussing any book i have read.. I like mostly true stories and bios...you can check out my list...would be happy recommend some
Hi, Xandi. I'm not in the group anymore, but there is a good bio/memoir group here on shelfari that might interest you, as well. Let me find the link for you...
(I only left the group because I am just in too many, so I got rid of the "genre"-specific ones, to focus on more general groups.)
I'll try to take some time to look at your shelf, as well. Thanks!
I like this list, and haven't read any. But I think Hannah's Choice should also be added to this, it was a good biography. As well as a Child Called It which is about child abuse.
Thanks, Rachel. I'll look into Hannah's Choice. I did recently read and "like" A Child Called It, just not quite enough to add it to this list. :-)