Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre

My favorite, favorite, favorite genre is BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES or MEMOIRS. Everyone has a story, and many are powerful and interesting. We truly can walk in someone else's shoes if we can know their stories.

I pulled up some of my favorite reads, and I listed them in somewhat order beginning with the ones I most enjoyed, though I enjoyed them all almost equally.

Testament of Youth 
Vera Brittain

Letters of a Woman Homesteader
Elinore Pruitt Stewart

The Hiding Place
Corrie ten Boom

Laura Hillenbrand

Eric Metaxas

The Road From Coorain
Jill Ker Conway

Amazing Grace
Eric Metaxas

Up From Slavery
Booker T. Washington

And runners up to the ten are...

Confessions by Augustine

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Malcolm X

What biographies have you read and enjoyed?


Marian H said...

This might be my favorite genre, too! I'm glad to see Bonhoeffer among your top 10, since I'm supposed to read it some time this year.

You might like Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron by Navarro and Fraser. It's fascinating history and a cautionary tale about socialism. It wasn't the best-written bio, but definitely memorable.

Sharon Wilfong said...

I really love biographies. Bonhoeffer is a favorite. I also like reading biographies of writers whose books I've read and also composers whose music I've performed. I think it provides insight and greater understanding to their work. Currently I'm reading a lengthy (three volume) biography of Picasso.

Beth said...

Interesting list! This is a genre I hardly ever read, but _Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl_ is on my list for someday, and this summer I am planning to read the _Autobiography of J.S. Mill._

Ruth said...

Thumbs up for Bonhoeffer!

Now that's someone I want to read about! I'll add it to my wishlist. I need to read more books about history and people from South America. Thanks!

Ruth said...

Yes, I need to do that more often...read about the author; it helps to know why he or she writes about what they do.

Wow! I didn't realize there was so much to know about Picasso. Interesting!

Ruth said...

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is excellent. I hope it gets you interested in other biographies or autobiographies. I have to admit...I had to look up who J.S. Mill was. I didn't know. But his life sounds interesting.

Carol said...

I've read three of your list plus Confessions.
A couple of others I really enjoyed were:
'Life Death in Shanghai' (one of the best I've read)
'Death of a Guru'
'Walking From East to West' - Ravi Zacharias
'By Searching' - Isobel Kuhn
'The Cross & the Switchblade' & 'Run, Baby, Run.' - Nicki Cruz

Ruth said...

Thanks, Carol...I've not heard of any of these, but I will take a look at them.

Beth said...

I read something else by Mill for the first time a few years ago (_On Liberty_) but I haven't read him since then. I think it will be interesting. Forgot to mention that _Life and Times of Frederick Douglass_ is also on my list. Not sure when I will read it, but it might be interesting to pair it with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl or some of the others on your list.

Ruth said...

Thumbs up for Life and Times by Douglass. It would work well w/ Incidents. Douglass focuses on freedom and the aftermath of slavery, whereas Jacobs tells her story during slavery.

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