A weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Tiny Library,
"spotlighting and recommending some of our most loved books, even if we haven't read them recently. Each week will have a different theme or genre of book to focus on."
This week's theme is Biographies.
First, I'd like to address this week's topic before delving into a particular biography of choice. I love reading memoirs and autobiographies, because they give a first-hand account of someone's life experiences, and I think hearing it straight "from the horse's mouth" allows you to learn & be critical of perspective. It doesn't necessarily mean that the truth is being told or that events aren't hyperolized or downright fabricated, but is still fascinating. From a secondhand perspective, separating the genre of biography from memoir/autobiography, the truth can be further or equally convoluted, or can be even more truthful as the author has less to lose than the subject in analyzing events of the person's life.
I must admit that I read memoirs/autobiographies more than biographies. I reach for the "horse's mouth" version before the third-person viewpoint. And most of these are by performers (usually actors), because I am a huge movie buff and love learning about the brevity of their careers and the actors, directors & films that shape them. But I don't reach for any Hollywood star's book (*ahem* Snookie *ahem*) without measuring my amount of respect and admiration for this person. The same goes for any subject of biography, which I really need to expand on & explore more deeply in areas of history, science & literature.
Here's a short alphabetical list of memoirs/autobiographies I've read & reviewed on the blog:
Audacity of Hope- Pres. (then Sen.) Barack Obama
Cloris: My Autobiography- Cloris Leachman
Don't Tell Dad- Peter Fonda
Girl, Interrupted- Susanna Kaysen
Last Words- George Carlin
Lessons in Becoming Myself- Ellen Burstyn
Me- Katharine Hepburn
My Autobiography- Charles Chaplin
My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy- Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson)
My Life So Far- Jane Fonda
Speedbumps- Teri Garr
This Time Together- Carol Burnett
What's It All About?- Michael Caine
What Falls Away- Mia Farrow
Wishful Drinking- Carrie Fisher