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inspirational books/biographies about the non-fiction writing life?

I'm neck deep in writing an academic book at the moment, and on the worst days I lose the will to live. To dislodge myself from the daily temptation to nuke the whole manuscript, slit my wrists and be done with it all, I've been trying to keep motivated by reading good accounts of the life of writers. I would love recommendations! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find some new books to love.

I am looking for something in the area of science biography. Particularly, I enjoy reading about the inner lives of great minds. I'm not really interested in gossipy type info, but more about the personal growth and development of the scientist him/herself that paralleled their work. [more inside]
posted by JanewayJunior on Feb 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Biographies where the subject dies long before the book ends

Can you recommend any well regarded biographies where the subject dies long before the end of the book? (The latter half of the book could be focused on the reaction to their death, an examination of the impact of their ideas or work over the following decades, etc.)
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Jul 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Good Borgia histories?

Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
posted by asciident on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 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

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

Funny books by funny people

Loved Bossypants by Tina Fey! Looking for more comedic autobiographies (bonus points if the audio version is read by the author).
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Feb 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Bike Books

Recommend some good books about bikes? [more inside]
posted by applemeat on Sep 18, 2011 - 27 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

Books about the swashbuckling history of science?

Recommend some books about the history of 17th, 18th and 19th century science. [more inside]
posted by hilaritas on Mar 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Do you know Emily Dickinson?

I would like to read a biography of Emily Dickinson. Do you know of a well written, not too highly academic one? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Stories about sudden terrible incidents which overturned a life

Looking for books written by someone who lived a normal stable life and due to a tragic unexpected event beyond their control, their life was turned upside down. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Oct 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Biographies of abstract thinkers wanted

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

What are the best punk books and documentaries on the history of punk music?

What are some fantastic books and documentaries on the history of punk music? Basically, the type of music in this thread with an emphasis on Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fugazi, and Bad Brains. I already have Rip It Up And Start Again, Our Band Could Be Your Life, Get In The Van, and Instrument.
posted by yaymukund on Jun 20, 2010 - 23 answers

Biography on William Henry Harrison?

Can anyone recommend a good biography of United States president William Henry Harrison? [more inside]
posted by GatorFan2000 on Apr 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Extreme Sports Books

Any good books about extreme sports? [more inside]
posted by alextprice on Apr 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Everybody has a story

I like biographies of ordinary/non-famous people with interesting stories to tell, or stories from before they became notable. Can anyone recommend any? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 5, 2009 - 40 answers

I want to see more bad people

Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2009 - 71 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

Good FLOTUS reads?

Good biographies or autobiographies about First Ladies? [more inside]
posted by LolaCola on May 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Robert Smith biography?

Has anyone written a good biography of Robert Smith?
posted by pompomtom on Oct 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Good Historic books

I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on May 24, 2008 - 39 answers

I liked 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - something similar ?

I've really enjoyed reading 'Memo from David O. Selznick' - can anyone suggest something in a similar line ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Jul 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Biography of Ataturk?

Can anyone recommend a good book about Atatürk? [more inside]
posted by kosem on May 16, 2007 - 4 answers

The Pistol and The Killer

Sports Bio Recomendations. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on Apr 28, 2007 - 19 answers

Where to find a credible source regarding a controversial figure?

Help me find a good monograph or two about Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Feb 11, 2007 - 5 answers

American history in fifteen books or less

Help me create a comprehensive reading list on American history [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 17, 2006 - 37 answers

Great biographies?

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

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