Book Genre: Biography

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Lauren Redniss
Em
5

Not five pages into this book, I was crazy hooked and kept needing to share interesting trivia with whoever happened to be around me. The book follows the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie and chronicles their scientific progress. It also moves forward in time, covering the historical...

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Jeanette Winter
Colleen
5

Do you have an observer in your life? Someone a bit stubborn and silent? She's in good company. And she'll realize this when she reads The Watcher: The Story of Jane Goodall. From a young age Jane observed the natural world around her. She eventually made her way to Gombe in...

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Bill Bryson
KateM
4

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...

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Tanya Lee Stone
Georgia
4

When Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women weren’t supposed to become doctors. In fact, there were no women doctors. This is an inspiring picture book about an ordinary girl who does an extraordinary thing. Elizabeth Blackwell receives letter after letter of rejection from medical school...

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Will Bingley
Zac
4

Gonzo acts as a flickering, allusive evocation of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s life. It serves well as a reminder that Thompson was much more than his popular caricature. That in fact, Thompson was a writer, with the soul and drive and terrible, bottomless heartache that we associate with...

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Jeanette Winter
Lily
3

The Librarian of Basra is a true story of a brave woman named Alia Muhammad Baker who saves her library collection in the war-stricken country of Iraq. Alia runs the local library and saves 30,000 books when war threatens their destruction. Unfortunately, she is not able save the...

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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
Kristen M
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...