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Old 06-23-2012, 06:15 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by dnvrsoul View Post
hmm I liked Adam Walsh's biography ( I can't remember the name). It made me think that no matter how bad your life is you can come out with something good. I honestly do not know how he got through his child being murdered and other bad things that I don't want to mention...just in case someone wants to read it.
Adam was the son. John is the father.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:17 PM
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Chris Jericho
Eric Bischoff
Gene Simmons
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:25 PM
Location: USA
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The Two by Amy and Irving Wallace

The story of Eng and Chang, the original Siamese twins.

Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer

A story of polygamy and the extreme poverty they lived in.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by midge1021 View Post
Just Kids by Patti Smith. It is an absolutely beautiful book, about her friendship with photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. It's one of my favorite books, period.

Thanks for the reminder-I have been meaning to read this.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:49 AM
Location: Miami, FL
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If person's biography means autobiography then it would be Don Alonso de Contreras. Spaniard, soldier, womanizer, brawler, outlaw pirate to the Turks, Knight of Malta, etc.etc. He would be doing Dos Equis XX commercials if he were alive now.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Trimac20 View Post
So yeah, which person's life as captivated you, intrigued you, baffled you, shocked, horrified or inspired you the most?
Martha Gellhorn. I first "discovered" her from her "View from the Ground," and was thrilled to come across her "Travels with Myself and Another," so when I saw Caroline Moorehead's "Martha Gellhorn: A Life" I had to read it. I was not disappointed. If I could come back with her qualities, character, and courage I would clamor for reincarnation!
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:00 AM
Location: Western North Carolina
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I read "Lucky Man", Michael J. Fox's autobiography a couple of years ago. Excellent, honest, and surprisingly uplifting.

I could not put it down.

I also listened to Lauren Bacall's self-read autobiography on audio tape several years ago on a long, cross-country road trip. It was so fascinating, I did not even want to stop and rest for meal breaks because I wanted to get "back" to the story. It was a fascinating description of her life, Humphrey Bogart, and the glamorous days of that era in Hollywood.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:09 AM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I think I got almost all of these books because I was traveling or something or they were on sale. I had no interest initially in any of the subjects...but was floored after reading these books.

Delta Style by Delta Burke - On the surface we had nothing in common, but I feel like Delta's sister after reading this book.

Don't Block the Blessings by Patti Labelle - I didn't even like Patti Labelle...until I read her book!

Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn - Similar to my poor, ignorant rural background LOL...An eye-opening and interesting book.

Angela's Ashes - Who hasn't read this book? Cried so much.

The Life and Times of Little Richard - Yet another child abuse victim. A thrilling glimpse into the "Real" king of rock and roll's early life.

One of the suckiest autobiographies (like anyone asked)
Sarah, Life of a Duchess by I forget who...about Sarah Ferguson. No child abuse or any serious trauma or occurrences in her life? Really? Boring book.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:13 PM
Location: Wonderland
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The biography of Sir Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd.

I was reading a chapter a night before I went to sleep. The day I woke up and knew that that evening I would read the last chapter, outlining More's death, I was sad all day. I kept thinking, "Sir Thomas More is going to die tonight."

I think I even missed him after I finished the book!
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:34 AM
Location: right here
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Originally Posted by LauraC View Post
Adam was the son. John is the father.

Sorry...I knew that-typing too fast...
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