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Autobiographies, Whose Have You Read?

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by The Nameless, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Lord Tyrion

    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    The one I'm talking about is from 1999. I think it was the first autobiography published by WWE like that. He wrote another years later.
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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I've read a couple of David Bowie biographies. (I think(?) one of them was "Moonage Daydream")
    The last biography I read was: Richie McCaw, The Open Side (He is the current captain of our national rugby team.)

  3. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Biographies: Carlos Baker's, Papa...'bout Ernest Hemingway (I'd read 2 or 3 others about Hemingway...but I think this is the definitive bio...)
    I've read several about Faulkner and enjoyed each one though that was long ago...I like how this once he asked these Hollywood guys if it would be okay to go home and write for them...I dunno, scripts and stuff...and they said yea, verily, boy howdy...so he went home to Mississippi. Then he wrote As I Lay Dying (maybe the most accessible Faulkner story) in six weeks during a time when he worked in the post office.
    No One Gets Out of Here Alive...about Jim Morrison
    P.O.W. John G Hubbell's account of the P.O.W.'s of the Vietnam War...included in that group is an enlisted man who was blown overboard when he went out on the weather-deck to watch the naval gun...maybe only a five-inch?--and he eventually escaped. Perhaps the only one to do so.
    Dispatches, Michael Herr...more about Vietnam...he was also the narrator, I believe, in the opening scene of Apocalypse Now...Martin Sheen, lying on the bed, etc...though I could have sworn the voice was Sheen's as it did sound like the man.
    Something About a Soldier~ Charles Willeford, this is more autobiography...I Was Looking for a Street...more memoir-type stuff from Willeford...if you have never read any Willeford, you're missing a treat. Give his Miami Blues a go and tell me I'm wrong.
    If you want something that tickles the funny-bone, give Patrick McManus a-go..."outdoor" stories...we share a birthday...and he has whacky titles like They Shoot Canoes Don't They? and Never Sniff a Gift Fish. The stories are based on "real-life" experience, hunting, fishing, they are short and sweet. @blunthead He has characters w/crazy names like Rancid Crabtree, Retch Sweeney...
    I've read biographies of Alexander Hamilton, John Adams...one title of the million or so out there about Reagan.
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  4. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    That would be the one I read then. I don't remember it much, but I do recall liking it.

    I also read Steven Tyler's Does the Noise in my Head Bother You. That one I would not recommend. A bit disjointed, and seemed he was trying to get back at people for things they had said about him in their autobiographies. It was a bit like sitting and listening to a drunk telling people off...and I was never quite sure what the person had done wrong.

    I think Bette Davis did that in hers too.

    I enjoyed Shirley Temple Black's book. And I've read a few biographies of Judy Garland. I think one was by her daughter.
  5. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Bad As I Want to Be -- Dennis Rodman
    Tears of Rage -- John Walsh
    What's It All About -- Michael Caine
    Secret Ceremonies -- Deborah Laake
    How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life -- Kirstie Alley
    Hazel Court -- Horror Queen
    The Dirt -- Motley Crue
    It's Only a Movie -- Alfred Hitchcock
    Infidel -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage -- Raquel Welch
    North by Northwestern -- capt. Sig Hansen
    The Politician --Andrew Young
    Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road -- neil Peart
    Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life -- Queen Noor
    The Elephant to Hollywood --Michael Caine
    Life -- Keith Richards
    Big Russ and Me -- Tim Russert
    Talk Show -- Dick Cavett
    I'm Over All That and Other Confessions -- Shirley MacLaine
    RED: My uncensored Life in Rock --Sammy Hagar
    Shelley, also known as Shirley -- Shelley Winters
    Let's Spend the Night Together -- Pamela Des Barres
    The Story of My Life -- Helen Keller
    Diana, Her True Story in Her Own Words
    PT 109 about John Kennedy
    Evil Spirits: The Life of Oliver Reed

    I've read more before I started keeping track of my books in a book journal.
  6. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    The Diary of Anne Frank
    Cleopatra: A Life
    A CHild called It
    Three Cups of Tea
    The Last Lecture
    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    On Writing and Danse Macabre were sort of biographical
    The Six Wives of Henry the VIII
    The Complete Persepolis
    Maus I and II
    Reading Lolita in Tehran
    Hitch 22
    The Children of Henry the VIII
    In Cold Blood
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Henry the VIII: The King and his Court
    Tuesdays with Morrie
    A Girl Named Zippy
    Black Like Me
    Go Ask Alice
    Mommie Dearest
    On the Road
    The Cross and the Switchblade
    Exposing myself -- Geraldo Rivera
    My Life -- Burt Reynolds
    Helter Skelter
    Profiles in Courage
    It's Always Something -- Gilda Radner
    Are you my Mother
    Elvis and Me

    Many of these I wouldn't have categorized as a biography but I'm going by what Goodreads considers biographies.
  7. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    i read "Just Kids" by Patti Smith over the summer..... about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

    it was brilliant... and painful.... and beautiful.
  8. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    The artist Mappethorpe?
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  9. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Just finished Steve McQueen, the Life and Legend by Marshall Terrill. And anything by Donald Spoto is good. Also, Bombshell, the Life and Death of Jean Harlow by David Stenn (if you can find it inexpensive) and Beautiful, The Life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Michael Shearer. Am currently looking for a
    good, inexpensive copy of Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story by John O'Dowd.
  10. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    Too numerous to mention...I rotate non-fiction in with the fiction to keep myself sharp. I'm going to pick up the Steve Jobs bio next.
  11. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    The dairy of Anne Frank one of my favorites of all times.
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  12. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    @Dana Jean you mentioned several I forgot, that I have read.

    diary of Ann Frank
    Mommy Dearest
    Black Like Me
    Go Ask Alice
    Helter Skelter
    Elvis and me (maybe...could be a different one)

    Was Lisa Bright and Dark fiction or biography?
    Dick Van dyke - My Lucky Life in and out of show biz.
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  13. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    I read a few of these back when I was in school. Lisa Bright and Dark, Go ask Alice were both given as reading assignments.
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  14. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I never got good books assigned. Through high school I usually read a few books per week.
  15. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Well I sorta messed that up - I tried to highlight the same ones I had read but accidentally posted already (I think?)
    Anyway - Black Like Me, Go Ask Alice, Helter Skelter and A Child Called It (that last one was quite disturbing actually)
    I also read Margaret Trudeau's biography (wife of one of our former Prime Ministers) called Beyond Reason - it turns out she apparently had bipolar disorder and depression - no wonder she got in so much trouble 'back in the day' as they say
  16. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I've read more than my list. I tend to read more nonfiction than fiction, but the last couple years I've tried to change that around. I just like nonfiction stuff!
  17. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I know that only about 1% of you guys will have probably heard of him, and I doubt if anyone has read it, but I would like to read The Binman Chronicles by Neville Southall. He is a former Everton Football Club (my team) Goal Keeper, who started out as a binman and went on to become known as one of the best keepers of his generation.
  18. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    He wasn't the one who got a liver transplant? I think that is the only soccer player I have heard of that I remember...:rugby: or is that rugby? I know in UK football really means soccer :question_pig:
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  19. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Nah, that was George Best - and he ruined his 2nd liver too and died from Alchoholism. Eric Abidal recently had one because he had Cancer, and he's still playing, he is an inspiration. Big Nev never drank alchohol.

    Yes, soccer is football - our football is mostly played by kicking it, not throwing. And rugby is like American football but harder, tougher, and without all the padding. :playful:
  20. Sergei

    Sergei Active Member

    I've read several autobiographies, but they are all of some famous violinists: Menuhin, Temianka, Flesch, Szygeti. If you aren't a classical music and violin fan, it wouldn't interested you at all.

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