Favorite memoir or biography

I’ve read four memoirs or biographies since the beginning of the year, so far my favorite has been Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster by Kristen Johnston. Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) is a very close second.

What are some of your favorite memoirs or biographies?


  1. Biographies are just about my favorite nonfiction category, and I am hard pressed to choose a favorite. (I usually post about them.) If I like the subject, I usually like his/her autobiography. But sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by the story of someone I really didn’t think I liked.

    You could look at Time to Be in Earnest, the book by P.D. James to get a deeper look at my opinion.


  2. I can’t remember a recent biography/memoir I’ve read. But I do like nonfiction and am currently reading The Girls of Atomic City – the story of the young women who worked at Oak Ridge (the Manhattan Project) during WW2. Fascinating story of that time and the people.


  3. I love reading bios. I just finished “Along the Way,” by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, which tells their respective stories and the making of the movie, “The Way” (which I then had to watch–recommended!)

    I loved James Lipton’s “Inside Inside,” which I got in order to read about “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” and then discovered that part was boring, and Lipton’s life story fascinating, and very well written.

    I have read so many bios I would be hard pressed to name one favorite, though the first one that really impressed was one I read back in the 1980s and was the autobiography of actor Paul Muni.

    I am also currently reading Madeleine Albright’s story of her life, which is also fascinating.


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