Book Genre: Biography

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Nell Beram
L.F.
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...

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Jim Ottaviani
Adelina
4

This book is read for Young Adults. It is a good basic accessible introduction to three of the greatest primatologists of the 20th century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey & Birute Galdikas. It looks at each woman's life and contributions to their field. The different personalities and passions of...

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Dave Isay
Adelina
5

This book is a collection of StoryCorps stories with the theme of love. "All There Is" groups the stories into love found, love lost and love found at last. StoryCorps is an American oral history project recording the voices and emotions of their storytellers. I listened to this book on audio...

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Malala Yousafzai
ShellyB
3

Malala does a wonderful job telling her story of growing up in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, daughter of a very forward thinking and education advocating father.  Her mother is quite traditional, yet supports both her husband and Malala in their efforts to speak against those who...

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Mindy Kaling
Lily
3

Mindy Kaling's humor is both casual and over-the-top. She relishes in ridiculous situations and exaggerates annoyances and misunderstandings until they become endearing musings. Listening to her audiobook was like hearing your sweet, sassy, and dramatic friend tell her life story. Kaling...

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Tina Fey
Rebecca
3

I have a confession. It's something that distanced me from my peers in middle school, and interfered with my ability to make friends. It's not something that I tell a lot of people.

I don't really like Saturday Night Live. It's possible that I straight up don't like it at...

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Piper Kerman
Nikki
5

What a great book!  I watched  the television series on Netflix this summer and I couldn’t wait to read the real story about Piper Kerman’s 13 months in a women’s prison is Connecticut.   I was very impressed with her writing as well as her story and I really felt that she...

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Gunnar Hansen
Ken
3

This was a cool little book, it's probably only going to appeal to Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or horror movie fans, but they should find it interesting. The thing I really liked is that it was written by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in the original movie. The first two thirds of the book...

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Chuck Close
Laurie.
5

I am a BIG fan of the books published by Abrams Books for Young Readers and quickly pounced on their new biography about Chuck Close, an American painter best known for his BIG paintings of the human face. Face Book is a massaged and amped up presentation based on an...

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Lucy Knisley
Nikki
5

I have recommended this book so many times that I finally had to buy my own copy.  Great story of growing up within the context of eating and had great drawings as well.  I loved the recipes and I can’t wait to try them all.    It’s labeled as a juvenile biography, but I...

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Naoki Higashida
Hope
5

This book was fascinating.  The author, a 13 year old Japanese boy with autism, constructed his answers by using an alphabet grid that was then transcribed by an assistant. Naoki Higashida takes on people’s questions and assumptions about being a child with autism and his answers are...

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Marcus Samuelsson
L.F.
4

An unpretentious Marcus Samuelsson recounts his journey from BOY to CHEF to MAN in his memoir, Yes, Chef.   His list of accolades is impressive and long, so just a few highlights will be mentioned.  Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star rating from...

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Laura Hillenbrand
Becker
4

It seems like everyone has read this book already, but it took a personal recommendation for me to pick it up, and I'm so glad that I did. Not because I enjoyed the story--this harrowing portrait of how people can treat each other was hard to read at times--but because I feel like I learned...

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René Colato Laínez
Ryan
5

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

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Mindy Kaling
mmcgowan
2

Mindy Kaling, writer and star for the television series "The Office" discusses her life from her younger years to today.  She starts the book off with questions on why she wrote this book.  I found this book to be depressing at times and then hard to follow being that she bounced from...

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John Lewis
Laurie.
5

Unbelievably, Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) was not awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the Civil Rights Movement until 2011. In March, book one of a planned trilogy, I learned about Congressman Lewis' life as a young boy in Alabama and his families migration...

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Lisa Rogak
Janet Q
2

This biography of writer/performer/cultural phenomenon Stephen Colbert is strictly for beginners. Most Colbert fans will already be familiar with the trajectory of Colbert's career (Second City, t.v. and film collaborations with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, the Daily Show and Colbert Report),...

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Matt Doeden
Mary P
4

I fell in love with William and Kate when they announced their engagement.  That love continued to grow as I watched their wedding...yes, all of it...and now it's even stronger after the birth of their baby, George.  I have always viewed their relationship as something out of a fairy...

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Annie Dillard
Jennifer D
5

Nature eats itself alive, explodes into dazzling landscapes, and Annie Dillard watches with a ferocious curiosity and reports back in beautiful prose. Can you tell I loved this book? A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is an observation, a meditation, and an exhilarating celebration about Dillard’s time...

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Andre Agassi
Jennifer D
5

This one of the few sports biographies I’ve read, and my friends were right: it’s good. Open: An Autobiography begins with a disoriented Andre Agassi waking in the morning, completely disoriented, in pain, struggling to recall who he is, why is back is throbbing, where he is...and it...