I love a good autobiography and have read lots in the past. Has you got any good suggestions please?

I love a good autobiography and have read lots in the past, but haven’t had a really interesting one in quite some time. Has anybody got any good suggestions please?

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  • I enjoyed ‘Bring Me A Unicorn’, by Anne Marrow Lindbergh.

  • I love them, especially 50’s starlets. Lauren Bacall most honest one I have ever read.

    • I just purchased two books: One about Ava Gardner and the other a biography of Montgomery Clift. I also recently finished “This ‘N That” by Bette Davis.

  • My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It’s an autobiographical novel in six volumes. You’ll either love it or hate it.

  • Just Kids by Patti Smith – her early years in New York and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Amazing book, beautifully written

  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (although I believe it may actually be a memoir, rather than an autobiography).

  • Not an AUTObiography, but a biography, a wonderful one…Destiny and Power by John Meacham. I never expected to read it, let alone absolutely love it, liberal that I am, but this bio of George H.W. Bush (41, not 43) is marvelous! Highly recommended!

  • Steel True about actress Barbara Stanwyck, Shelley Winters books I think she wrote two or three, Open by Andre Agassi , Lauren Bacall’s books…

  • Agassi’s book, Open, was co-authored by the wonderful J.R. Moehringer, who wrote his own autobiography, Tender at the Bar. I’ve read both and they’re excellent.

  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem was very interesting, plus Shrill by Lindy West was funny and bittersweet.

    • Gloria’s book is fantastic! I was hesitant, but enjoyed it thoroughly

  • I am reading Front Row at the White House, by Helen Thomas.

    • I second this! Or seventh it because I was the sixth person to like it. 😊

    • Yes! He does everyone’s accents and speaks all the languages. If someone is telling him off in Zulu, you hear it in Zulu.

    • Agree that this one is quite good and different from many others. His stories of South Africa are so different from growing up in the US.

  • Bear Grylls. Mud Sweat and Tears. Or any of his books I found very absorbing.

    • Oh, I bet that is great! I looked at the library and the kindle version was available and there was a long wait for the audio. Maybe I’ll listen to it at some point. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Finn Murphy, The Long Haul. Long distance moving is more interesting than you think!

    • I loved this book. I am an RN and was fascinated by the book but also think it is a mainstream book. Great lessons on trusting your inner self.

    • Also Home Before Morning by Lynda Vandever(sp) She was an Army nurse in Vietnam Nam.

  • Loved this biography x
    I lent in out and never got it back 🙁 but, found another at a garage sale yesterday so will read again as soon as finished with current read

    • One of my favs too! I mainly stick to musicians when I feel like reading an autobiography.

  • C S Lewis’ “A Grief Observed” about the time he spent watching his wife succumb to the incurable cancer.

    It’s very large, but Richard Nixon’s “Memoir.”

  • Barbara Mandrall, Charlie Chaplin, The Judds and also interesting to see her daughters view pt, Ashley Judd, ‘All that is Bitter & Sweet”

  • Earlier I forgot to add a marvelous autobiography, My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. What she had to overcome is nothing short of mind-boggling. And yet she did to rise to the bench on the highest court in the land.

  • Can totally recommend “Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, O’Toole and Reed” by Robert Sellers.

  • I really liked “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” by Rob Lowe.

  • any of Carol Bunett’s books…but the first one is the best

  • Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, Kiss and Makeup by Gene Simmons, Prairie Tales by Melissa Gilbert, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Allison Ingram, and Face the Music by Paul Stanley are all good.

  • Don’t lets go out to the dogs tonight Alexandra fuller brilliant book. Also at my mothers knee and other low joints by Paul o Grady. Dear fatty by dawn French. Long hard road out of hell by Marilyn Manson, also slash autobiography is brilliant x

  • A novel, but semi autobiographical that I can’t recommend highly enough, is Dorothy Allison’s Bastard out of Carolina.

  • I have another to add – “The Autumn Balloon” by Kenny Porpora.

  • All sound good! I like biography’s as much as most fiction.

  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.
    So so so inspirational.

  • I really loved “Surely You’re Joking Feynman!” By Richard Feynman. Definitely out of my comfort zone and I got a little lost when he delved “too” deeply into scientific principles and especially mathematics, but he was a super quirky dude and what he wrote about his work in The Manhattan Project and the varied things he did and experienced in his life were so so interesting.

  • Although it is a bit dated already, what about Bossypants by Tina Fey? I got the audio book, which I reviews on my blog (The Chocolate Lady’s Book Reviews). I also enjoyed (and reviewed) one of the Steven Fry autobiographies – The Fry Chronicles, as well as my favorite autobiography by far, “Me! Stories of My Life” by Katharine Hepburn!

  • Shoe Dog. It’s about the founder of Nike. I found it very interesting

  • I almost forgot! Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. It’s wonderful!

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