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Book search: Personal accounts of war

I am looking for books about war or other bad experiences, that are as evocative as Noonday Demon is about depression. [more inside]
posted by htid on May 14, 2014 - 26 answers

Help me identify memoir of woman who eloped with itinerant photographer

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."
posted by espertus on Feb 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Autobiographical writing moonlighting as instruction manual

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]
posted by estlin on Oct 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Family Secrets on Film

Documentaries about ordinary people, their secrets and inner lives. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 21, 2012 - 36 answers

Recommend me some thoughtful military books

Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Memoirs from Scientists

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]
posted by Curiosity Delay on Jun 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a good memoir/autobiography

I like first-person accounts of intellectual/professional adventure. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Jun 27, 2012 - 37 answers

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Things learned by reading biographies

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]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Feb 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Can you help me index and annotate my brain for my daughter.

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]
posted by nickjadlowe on Dec 13, 2011 - 42 answers

Looking for suggestions of really great memoirs to read

I have been enjoying reading memoirs lately and would like some suggestions for more books I might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 28, 2011 - 50 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Bedtime stories

Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Jun 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Ran away and joined the circus

I ran away and joined the circus, and wrote a book about it 50 years later. [more inside]
posted by motown missile on Nov 1, 2010 - 13 answers

How to write an autobiography without self-sabotaging my project?

How can I succeed in writing a truthful and complete autobiography without self-sabotaging the project before it's done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Where can I find these short films?

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.
posted by muta on Jun 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Literature or cinema that takes one through the decades

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]
posted by crapmatic on Feb 1, 2010 - 73 answers

Immeth idiotus?

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]
posted by bigbopper on Jan 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Mama Said Knock You Out

What are the best boxer autobiographies? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing on Nov 18, 2009 - 12 answers

"Mmm... you're a dandy!"

What are the best Old Hollywood (auto)biographies? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Jun 8, 2009 - 28 answers

Can you recommend some autobiographic titles for me?

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?
posted by helios410 on May 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Autobiography by a former criminal turned author?!

NameThatBookFilter: Autobiography by a former criminal/hard timer that later became an author? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Apr 2, 2009 - 16 answers

Life writing anthologies?

Can anyone recommend any life writing anthologies? [more inside]
posted by laumry on Feb 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Any good books about 'stone soup' days?

I'd like to read some good books, preferably autobiographical, about managing a household in hard times. [more inside]
posted by Catch on Feb 15, 2009 - 29 answers

You Know Who Else Read Books on Nazi Girls?

Does anyone recognize this book about a girl living in Nazi Germany? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Feb 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Internet autobiography - safe?

Writing about yourself on the internet - safe or unsafe? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Dec 5, 2008 - 22 answers

online autobio

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]
posted by airplain on Jul 27, 2008 - 1 answer

How do we split it?

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!
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 3 answers

Well-written memoirs and autobiographies

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]
posted by serazin on Sep 30, 2007 - 57 answers

Funny Jewish Memoir

Author/Title? Comic memoir about Jewish childhood in pre-WWII tenements in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Feb 23, 2007 - 28 answers

Great biographies?

I want to read great biographies. Which are the best? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Apr 10, 2005 - 37 answers

Quirky autobiography suggestions

I'm looking for quirky, contemporary autobiographies such as those written by Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris. (MI) [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Feb 17, 2005 - 25 answers

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