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Old 05-31-2008, 07:59 PM
 
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Or, biography about someone's life that touched you the most when you read it. Name that book

I Promised My Dad- abook about the late Michael Landon. Written by his step-daughter.

Take Me Home-a book by the late John Denver.

One More Time- a book by Carol Burnett.
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Old 06-01-2008, 12:32 AM
 
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Tuesdays With Morrie.

I think it's technically considered a memoir, but close enough.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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This has been a tough one for me, jadybug. I have wanted to respond to your question, but suppose I have avoided it for fear of sounding morose, or something.

I seem to be drawn to autobiographies of people who have struggled, often immensely.

Teaching World Literature, I looked forward every semester to Elie Wiesel's Night, and then went on to read his other autobiographical works, including Dawn -- he becomes the captor. That intrigued me to begin his Memoirs, divided into years of his life. I enjoy catching appearances of his, like when he so beautifully articulated the need to keep the story of the Holocaust 'alive.' He works with a worldwide teen group today, with that very goal in mind, and regardless of the times I read it, I am moved by his acceptance speech for the Nobel.

I had trouble sleeping after reading Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. It is a childlike, but chilling narrative of the Khmer Rouge in 1975.

I also liked Jennifer Lauck's Blackbird on the loss of her mother and the complete un-hinging of her life; Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, a portrait of her marriage following the death of her husband (and her child) -- but I also liked her works, chiefly essays collected in We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Lucky Man - Micheal J. Fox

This was hand's-down the best biography I have ever read - I guess it's really an auto-biography. I couldn't put it down. It's moving, but not depressing, honest, and inspirational. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

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Old 06-03-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Pleasant Shade Tn
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I'm still a fan of the Little House books! I think they're my favorite auto-biographies.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:17 PM
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I Could Never Be So Lucky Again by General james H 'Jimmy' Doolittle, Yeager by Chuck Yeager, and A Hostage To Fortune by Ernest K Gann are three of my favorites.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I'm still a fan of the Little House books! I think they're my favorite auto-biographies.
Oh, yes! I had quite forgotten the stories of Laura and her Papa.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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Running with Scissors -- Augusten Burroughs. Not sure if I was *touched* but it sure was a fascinating (and in some cases, laugh out loud) read. I like his style.

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can -- Barbara Gordan. Details her attempts to get off valium.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings -- Maya Angelou. A classic.

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(I hope it's ok to include memoirs).
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:33 PM
 
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It's Not about the Bike-- Lance Armstrong-- a suggested read to anyone who has been touched by cancer
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:41 PM
 
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I think that the first two autobiographies that I read as a young teen still have had the most profound effect on me.

The first was John Gunther's Death Be Not Proud about his 17 year old son's courageous battle with brain cancer.

This is closely followed by Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan and I no longer remember which of the her biographies I read. Helen Keller even wrote her own autobiography. As a teen I was immensely inspired by both of these women - and still am.

The courage displayed in Elie Wiesel's Night and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom leaves one with so much hope and compassion for the trials of others. Both wonderful men.
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