Biography recommendations

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  1. Catsi

    Catsi New Member

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    As I was saying in the interest thread, I would love to get into reading some biographies. So many interesting people with very, very interesting, fulfilling, tragic, beautiful lives.

    So do you have any recommendations? Just name a book/s with a very brief description of what it's about. Or even just a name! :D I can google.
     
  2. blue

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    Steve Jobs. I hate Apple but his bio is on my list along with Linus Torvalds and Bill Gates.
     
  3. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    I take spells where I read bios, but I find that I read them by eras -- like a period of reading where I went through every bio I could find on the Golden Age of Hollywood, Garbo, Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Gable and Lombard, D. W. Griffith, Edith Head. I even went so far as to amass a collection of books of photography from the era. Then there was the Disraeli era; Disraeli, Gladstone, Sarah Bernhardt. The Renaissance . . . It gives you a very personal view of history!

    Sometimes I get hung up on subjects. I went through artists, music, writers, politics . . .

    Pick something you're interested in and read bios of those who were involved.
     
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    OK I know I'm a fan girl...

    But Rick from Pawn Stars has a book and it's really interesting.
     
  5. Catsi

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    Yes, that's what is exciting to me... the personal view of history. I think I may go to the library and just see what jumps out at me and go from there. Thanks for the ideas, it'll give me a good list of what to watch out for in the library!
     
  6. Kaydee

    Kaydee Guest

    I'm a walking book search kidz...
    It depends how old you are, some random names to look up I've read in the last year-

    Life-Keith Richards...did lots and lots of drugs and would absolutely do it again...the master speaks

    Shorty from "Pit Boss"-Hokey show but a very interesting life story

    Inside the Kingdom- Carmen Bin Laden, after you read about women in Saudi culture you appreciate how free we are

    Piece of Cake-Cupcake Brown -a dark disturbing read that ends amazingly positive

    Eric Clapton...did lots and lots of drugs and would try not to do them again
     
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    My moms aunt wrote a biography and had it published :D
     
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    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    I have not read it yet, but I hear Tina Fays Bio is fab and so funny. I do plan on reading it.
     
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    I didn't know about how she got her scar! I... didn't even know she had one I just never saw it.
     
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    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    I know isnt that crazy! But now that I know she had a scar I can see it ha ha
     
  11. Kaydee

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    That book got me laughing out loud like a nut in the laundromat, I don't really watch TV so I didn't know who she was even, but that is a really good book
     
  12. Jules

    Jules Magic, motherf@%$*#!

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    It's not directly a biography.. It's more a story about her family and history: Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright.
     
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    I'm reading Woodie Guthrie: American Radical right now.

    We just got a ton on Steve Jobs here at work. :)
     
  14. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    Walt Disney is interesting to read about :) even if you aren't a Disney nut like me haha.
     
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    I liked the 'The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh' it is a different kind of biography but I think it counts. It is all the letters he wrote to his brother lined up chronologically and as he was a prolific letter writer it really reads well as a biography.
     

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