I am looking for books about war or other bad experiences, that are as evocative as Noonday Demon is about depression. [more inside]
When a family friend was an early teen, she read a memoir/autobiography by a young woman from somewhere in the Midwest (if she remembers correctly) who eloped with an itinerant photographer and spent the rest of her life accompanying him through Africa and other exotic venues. My friend thinks the author's surname started with "O".
The friend says: "Her adventurousness inspired me, although I was too well indoctrinated to follow her example."
Have you ever read any autobiographical writing that has since helped guide how you make decisions or choose to live your life? Any length is good - particular passages, articles, or even full books. [more inside]
Documentaries about ordinary people, their secrets and inner lives. [more inside]
Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
Looking for more memoirs from scientists, along the lines of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!,
Robert Sopolsky's A Primate's Memoir,
and Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep There Are Snakes. [more inside]
I like first-person accounts of intellectual/professional adventure. What should I be reading? [more inside]
Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
I have been enjoying reading memoirs lately and would like some suggestions for more books I might enjoy. [more inside]
What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [more inside]
I ran away and joined the circus, and wrote a book about it 50 years later. [more inside]
How can I succeed in writing a truthful and complete autobiography without self-sabotaging the project before it's done? [more inside]
I'm looking for a series of short autobiographical films that use a very simple animation technique. The artist draws pictures in real time as a voice-over tells the story. All you can see is the line of the pen as it forms the image, but you can't see the artist or the pen that's drawing the line. Thank you.
What are some good miniseries, movies, books, and/or autobiographies which span decades, leaving the reader feeling like they have been on a long, intimate journey? [more inside]
From Darwin's autobiography: 'Some of these boys were rather clever, but I may add on the principle of "noscitur a socio" that not one of them ever became in the least distinguished.' What does "noscitur a socio" mean in this context? [more inside]
What are the best boxer autobiographies? [more inside]
What are the best Old Hollywood (auto)biographies? [more inside]
I am looking for autobiographies with charismatic male role models who carry some sort of leadership role. Think Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture" or Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope". Any suggestions?
NameThatBookFilter: Autobiography by a former criminal/hard timer that later became an author? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any life writing anthologies? [more inside]
I'd like to read some good books, preferably autobiographical, about managing a household in hard times. [more inside]
Does anyone recognize this book about a girl living in Nazi Germany? [more inside]
Writing about yourself on the internet - safe or unsafe? [more inside]
How should I put my diary / autobiography online? I'm almost asking how best to order and annotate my old photos, but I'd like the possibility of more extensive writing as well. I'm expecting to order things by date, but advice on categories would be good. It's not a commercial venture, just fun for the extended family. [more inside]
I'm planning to co-author a book with a semi-famous person who wants to tell her own story, but needs help with the writing part. My biggest question is about money - how should we split it? It's her story, but I'll be doing most of the writing. Yet we are attempting to treat this as a real collaboration where we edit together, pass drafts back and forth, and so forth. Any sense of what percentage is appropriate for each of us? Also, should I join the Writers Union
to get help with this type of question? I'd like to join on principal but I'm your classic broke writer, so the dues feel prohibitive. Thanks!
What are your favorite autobiographies? For the purposes of this discussion, I'm including "autobiographies" that were written collaboratively (like Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X
) or that were straight up written by someone else (like Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
). The point is, the book is written from the point of view of the subject and it's (ostensibly at least) non-fiction. [more inside]
Author/Title? Comic memoir about Jewish childhood in pre-WWII tenements in NYC. [more inside]
I want to read great biographies. Which are the best? [more inside]
I'm looking for quirky, contemporary autobiographies such as those written by Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris. (MI) [more inside]