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Posts Tagged ‘autobiography’

Day 751 January 21 2011

In 5th line on January 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

“They can also have way too much makeup on and cotton candy hair, like my Aunt Sheila.”~~700 Sundays by Billy Crystal

Comic Billy Crystal talks about his family.

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Day 685 November 16 2010

In 5th line on November 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

“We had musicians (that we carried) always at the ready.”~~Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis

Half of the funny duo talks about their relationship. Memoir that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

Day 666 October 28 2010

In 5th line on October 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

“That, I suppose, should have been a great consolation; I felt more immediately the fact that I had been denied financial aid.”~~Mirror To America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin by John Hope Franklin

Franklin studied at Harvard, served on presidential committees and felt the sting of racism. A lot of observation and reflection.

Day 599 August 22 2010

In 5th line on August 22, 2010 at 6:49 am

“The central idea is that the past is a different reality from the future.”~~Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics by Edward Teller and Judith Shoolery

The man who built the hydrogen bomb tells his story.

Day 597 August 20 2010

In 5th line on August 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

“One of the president’s thugs came over to me just before the ceremony was to begin.”~~An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner

Rusesbagina, the hotel owner portrayed in the movie Hotel Rwanda, tells the story in his own words.

Day 524 June 8 2010

In 5th line on June 8, 2010 at 6:08 am

“The shuttle from Grand Central was another ten to twenty minutes to Times Square.”~~How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill

Your not-so-typical riches-to-rags story. And most important, author Gill grows up.

Day 463 April 8 2010

In 5th line on April 8, 2010 at 5:56 am

“And I have been a good sport.”~~Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi

The tennis champ shares his lonely view of the court.  Amazon’s #32 in Best of 2009.

Day 364 December 30

In 5th line on December 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

“The food never changed: corn and beans at lunch, at dinner ugali and vegetables, such as cabbages, spinach, pumpkins, and onions.”~~Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai

Born in 1940, Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement, whose mission to plant trees across Africa restored lush landscape to the continent.