Looking for a good memoir/autobiography
June 27, 2012 5:06 PM Subscribe
I like first-person accounts of intellectual/professional adventure. What should I be reading?
posted by holterbarbour to media & arts (37 answers total) 96 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not looking so much for life-long autobiographies so much as I'm looking for books written by an average Joe documenting an extraordinary adventure. That said, some of my favorite books have been long-term memoirs (Personal Witness, by Abba Eban, for example).
My favorites seem to be ones where someone starts as a total novice, but ends up as a total expert. Examples include (and I realize this list may reveal the limitations of my intellectual aspirations):
-Moonwalking with Einstein, by Josh Foer
-Liar's Poker, by Michael Lewis
-Brainiac (and to a lesser extent, Maphead), by Ken Jennings
-Most of A.J. Jacobs' books
-A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Not quite fitting the above description-- but equally enjoyable--have been Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Derren Brown's Confessions of a Conjurer. I must also confess an appreciation for Malcolm Gladwell's books.
What else will I like? Something that's good for frequent starts and stops- I read mostly on my subway commute.