Book Genre: Biography

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Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
April
5

This biography recounts the life of one of the first black deputy U.S. marshals, Bass Reeves.  Though born a slave in 1838, Bass managed to escape into Indian Territory during the Civil War, where he avoided capture until the Emancipation Proclamation declared him free.  Hired on as...

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Julia Alvarez
Angelita
5

The story is based on a true story, but all the accounts in the book are fictionalized, but the author did her research on the historical events that took place in the book.  The book can be heartbreaking because it's based on actual events and real people actually suffered this way.  ...

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Allie Brosh
ShellyB
5

What a wonderful book!  Allie Brosh's strange yet totally delightful artwork does a great job of convincingly conveying the emotions of both her animal and her human characters.  Except for one serious section dealing with her depression - courageously laid out, explained and expressed...

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Robert M Edsel
ShellyB
4

The Monuments Men tells the story of the brave men and women determined to save art from rampant looting and possible destruction not only by the Nazis during (and leading up to) WWII, but by the Allied forces, as well.  Most of the men recruited to become part of this Allied...

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Andrew Jenks
Angelita
4

I became interested in Andrew Jenks through his series on MTV. When I saw he had a book, I wanted to read it. This book is definitely a quick read. He goes through his adventures of being a young boy filming with his brother to actually have executives pay for his trip to Japan to film his...

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Mandy M.
4

I have never really been a a big fan of biographies. Maybe it's because I have personally felt that knowing where a famous figure grew up is not particularly beneficial, except in trivia. But Conversations is formatted completely different from most biographies and it made it enjoyable to read....

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Judith Bloom Fradin
kmcfall
4

Review contains spoilers!

 

Stolen into Slavery is the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured in the United States and sold into slavery in Louisiana.  This incredible story is the inspiration for the movie Twelve Years a Slave...

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Kristen Iversen
Lauren
5

Broadway and Hollywood have cast "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" as a backwoods New Money socialite, whose Leadville millions couldn't buy her manners. Kristen Iversen's biography of Margaret Tobin Brown (who never went by Molly) busts the myths wide open. Her more legendary incarnation was an...

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David Sedaris
Thane
4

David Sedaris is back to doing what he does best, telling hilarious stories of his life, his family, his friends, and the strange people and places he encounters along the way. Sedaris is sometimes petty, sometimes spiteful, occasionally deep and insightful, but always funny. Listening to the...

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Adam Makos
Dana F
4

My grandfather flew B-24s for the Army Air Corps in World War II, and he recommended this book to his entire family. If you enjoyed Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, you should give this book a try.

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the...

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Margaret Powell
Charles
3

Below Stairs creates a telling portrait of the relationship between the classes in turn-of-the-century England.  The author, Margaret Powell, began working as a kitchen maid and eventually attained the status of cook.  She explains the different roles among the servants, how...

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Jack Gantos
Michael
5

Hole in My Life is the autobiographical account of a young man, Jack Gantos, agreeing to sail a yacht from the Virgin Islands to New York City, only to arrive in prison instead of college.

Since high school, Gantos was always in transit. Moving out of the USA (Staint ...

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Malala Yousafzai
Beckyr
4

Malala is well-known as the schoolgirl victim of a shooting by the Taliban in Pakistan. This memoir brings her to life. She is still a schoolgirl who misses her friends, but she is also an experienced activist who can speak confidently in front of international diplomats. Malala and her family...

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Joshua Hanagarne
DawnM
3

Josh Hanagarne is a librarian, has Tourette’s syndrome, and can deadlift 600 pounds. In this touching autobiography, Hanagarne shares what it is like to live with Tourette’s and how he was able, after much struggle, to build a full life. If you like stories about real people overcoming adversity...

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Marc J Seifer
seanamo
3

I am as fascinated by Tesla's genius as I am by his diminished (but thankfully changing) role in history. And while Seifer does provide some insightful research into Telsa's innovations in electricity, radio and even sustainability, I found myself annoyed by his dichotomous writing style. In one...

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Peggielene Bartels
lcole
4

King Peggy is an amazing true story.  Peggy was working as a secretary in Washington D.C. when out of the blue she got a phone call telling her that she is the new King of Otuam, her hometown in Ghana.  Her life changes dramatically.  Peggy isn’t just a secretary...

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Lesley Hazleton
KristenA
4

An intriguing TED talk by the author, Lesley Hazleton, led me to The First Muslim. Hazleton talked about how strange people found it that she, an agnostic Jew, was writing a biography of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Her doubt about the existence of G-d, however, helped her identify with Muhammad’s...

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Kathryn J Atwood
Hope H
3

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it...

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Elizabeth Smart
mmcgowan
5

Elizabeth Smart herself narrated her book that she wrote about the worst nine months of her life.  At the age of fourteen she was kidnapped by a man that considered himself a "profit from the Lord" and held her hostage (with he and his first wife), just two miles away from her home, in an...

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Nell Beram
Falil
4

John Lennon once described Yoko Ono as "the world's most famous unknown artist”.  Art critic Arthur C. Danto observed, “Her fame made her almost impossible to see.”
Now authors Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky tell the inspiring story of this often misunderstood artist, musician...

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Joseph Lambert
mmcgowan
4

This graphic novel portrayed Ann Sullivan's, teacher of Helen Keller, shows the shared bond that Ann Sullivan and Helen Keller had.  Both people were visually impaired and through experiences that Ann Sullivan had faced growing up (flash backs throughout the graphic novel)  she was...

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Susan E Isaacs
Angelita
3

I enjoyed this book because the author asks so many questions that we often times ask our God. But as she goes through her trials and tribulations, so understand why she's questioning the actions of God and the universe. I easily put myself in her shoes.

I love the humor that is put in...

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A. Scott Berg
lcole
5

Wilson is a comprehensive biography of our 28th president, Woodrow Wilson.  Berg covers all aspects of this complex figure’s life: his political life, historical significance, personal life and religious beliefs. 

A. Scott Berg is a Pulitzer Prize winning author.  He has...

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Ellen Forney
Thane
4

Ellen Forney is an artist. When she first becomes diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her initial reaction is one of elation. She sees her diagnosis as proof that she is a “crazy artist” equal to Vangogh or Hemingway in passion and creativity. But as she descends from the euphoria of mania into the...

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Matthew Goodman
Hope H
3

In November of 1889, two women left New York in opposite directions, each hoping to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional record for the fastest trip around the world. Nellie Bly was a moderately famous undercover "girl reporter", one of the first women to break into the actual news aspects of newspaper...