Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This is My Life: Biographies

Ever wondered what it was like being a prime minister? Thought to yourself, is it possible to climb Mount Everest if you are not an athlete? What would it be like to sail around the world alone?

Biographies are a great way to look into another’s life, understand their struggles and triumphs or learn something new.

Why not try:
  • Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest
  • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Andre Rieu: My music, my life
  • Dannii: My Story by Dannii Minogue
  • The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do
  • Parky: My Autobiography by Michael Parkinson
  • True Spirit: The Aussie Girl Who Took On The World by Jessica Watson
  • Robert Pattinson: the unauthorised biography by Virginia Blackburn
  • Susan Boyle: Dreams Can Come True by Alice Montgomery
  • Sophie's Journey by Sally Collings
There is also a large selection of biography e-books available through our library website or click on the link below



Starfire said...

I'm not a huge fan of Biographies but I've read a couple. Scar Tissue is about Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers. I quite enjoyed it as the way it was written doesn't sound like a super star life. We glamourise super stars so much that I found him more humanised in the book. I've flicked through other biographies and it seems to be so much "high life". A Child called It by Dave Pelzer was an interesting read too. So sad to think people are treated this way. It's almost surreal.

amylou said...

The most recent biography I;ve read is The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do. I highly recommend it if you haven't yet read it!

Lindy Lou said...

I loooove biographies, its so interesting to see how other people live. The most recent one I have read is Jessica Watsons new book about her solo journey around the world. Now she is some amazing girl!! How she coped with the loneliness and solitude, especially for someone so young, just astounds me. Really worth the read.

Anonymous said...

I recommend chapter 1 of A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life by Juanita Phillips from ABC News, to find out what reeeally happens when you have your first child! Hilarious!!! And rather accurate. I liked some of the time-management strategies too, especially Juanita's observation that most "small" jobs take around 15 minutes - oddly true! I must admit I skimmed the sections on using pressure cookers, as I'm just not in that headspace at the moment, but otherwise I enjoyed this book immensely!!!

trendy said...

I can only recommend a biography NOT to read! Eat, Pray, Love!! Sorry to the millions of fans of this bio but it just doesn't work for me.Page after page of self absorbed chatter. You could easilly skip all the chapters on India and not miss a thing! I am looking forward to reading the happiest refugee by Anh Do

Anonymous said...

Just read Planetwalker by John Francis PhD. It was amazing!! Normally I dont go for autobiographies, but the story of a man who walked across america and stopped speaking for a cause- wow.Please read it, it will have you reassessing your priorotoes by the end of the first chapter...

whoppersnopper said...

Trendy I could not agree with you more about Eat Pray Love. I tried to persevere with this book, just to see what all the hype was about. Im afraid I didnt even get to India. I got lost somewhere round Italy! Grab Anh Do biography as quick as you can, Its really quite the opposite to Eat Pray Love.

Anonymous said...

I love Augusten Burroughs biographies - first one being Running with Scissors. Amazing how people can survive in such strange circumstances. He has about 6 books all about his life with his mentally ill mother, his alcohol addiction etc but they are all hilarious in a tragic way. Higly recommended!

Anonymous said...

I am currently reading 'Inside Delta Force' the story of America's elite counterterrorist unit by Hanley. If anyone used to watch the TV show 'The Unit' - it is based on this book. I loved the tv show so wanted to read the book - so far it is pretty good. The discipline and hard work these men go through for their country is amazing.

Anonymous said...

I do love reading bio's one of my most favourite is Open by Andre Agassi, i dont care much for tennis but reading abotu how much he hated the sport was funny and how he never realy wanted to be there I was laughing because some of the stuff in there is so funny and reading about his injuries and his life as a 'star' was sureal like starfire said its sad to see that people are glamourised but no one know what happens behind closed doors.