Biography,Memoirs & Meditations

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Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life
1.  Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life by Laurie Lisle
The list author says:
  ""Lisle, a writer of biographies, purchases a home in Sharon, Connecticut after her divorce, and devotes herself to her garden.  The tale totally captures Lisle's mid-life spirit of change and the typical New England town that she chose to "start over" in.  Beautiful prose style and details of personal insight fit together perfectly to make this a very enjoyable book""
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Them: A Memoir of Parents
2.  Them: A Memoir of Parents by Francine du Plessix Gray
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The Tender Bar: A Memoir
3.  The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer
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  "Moehringer, a fatherless Long Island boy, searches for love and identity at the local watering hole during the 70's & 80's--returning to recap after 9/11"
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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
4.  Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
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One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
5.  One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets by Bliss Broyard
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
6.  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
The list author says:
  "The issue of child soldiers is is one that needs to be heard.  Beah's story is not only about this alarming recent development in Third World conflict, but also a story of triumph of the human spirit under soul crushing conditions"
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About Alice
7.  About Alice by Calvin Trillin
The list author says:
  "Trillin's sparkling tribute to his much loved wife."
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
8.  Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
The list author says:
  "Growing up in South Africa during an era of political/racial conflict, Fuller gives us a wry smile even while she relates outrageous goings on in her family & country.  A Must Read"
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Oh the Glory of It All
9.  Oh the Glory of It All by Sean Wilsey
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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
10.  The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by Andre Braugher
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Angela's Ashes
11.  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
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  "A True classic of this genre.  A must read."
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Teacher Man: A Memoir
12.  Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
The list author says:
  "A teacher in the NYC Public School system, McCourt brings us full circle and ends where he begins with Angela's Ashes."
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A Three Dog Life
13.  A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
The list author says:
  "Author Abigail Thomas deals with adversity in her marriage and works her way to the other side of a life worth living."
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
14.  The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "Bill Bryson at his best.  A Must Read for those who grew up in the 1950's."
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I Feel Bad About My Neck
15.  I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
The list author says:
  "Hilarious commentary on life for the 'post menopausal' crowd.  Ephron hits the nail on the head everytime."
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The Year of Magical Thinking
16.  The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The list author says:
  "Be sure your ready for this heartwrenching story. Told in a way that could only be written by a master of reporting like Didion.  I could read her prose all day, all night, all year and still look for more."
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Lucky: A Memoir
17.  Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold
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Circling My Mother: A Memoir
18.  Circling My Mother: A Memoir by Mary Gordon
The list author says:
  "Gordon pieces together the story of her mother and the symbiotic relationship that alternatly fascinates her and which she detests."
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My Family and Other Saints
19.  My Family and Other Saints by Kirin Narayan
The list author says:
  "Narayan writes lovingly of her families search for spiritual enlightenment and her teenage angst growing up as 1/2 Indian, 1/2 American in India during the 60's & 70's."
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Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled
20.  Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled by Nancy Mairs
The list author says:
  "Mairs was diagnosed with MS in her late 20's. Now in her early 50's, this book is NOT the story of the progression of her illness , rather a collection of essays that is insightful, though-provoking and an often wry look at life among, as she calls it, the "non-disabled". Highly recommended"
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The Seven Storey Mountain
21.  The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
The list author says:
  "Merton's classic autobiography of his life and conversion to the Catholic faith"
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A Thousand Days in Venice (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
22.  A Thousand Days in Venice (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Marlena De Blasi
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  "A beautifully romantic story of love at first sight in Venice."
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Sicilian Odyssey (National Geographic Directions)
23.  Sicilian Odyssey (National Geographic Directions) by Francine Prose
The list author says:
  "A beautifully written tale of Prose's trek through Sicily on the heels 9/11.  She captures EVERYTHING...the food, the architecture (ancient & modern), the Mafia, the struggle & joy of the Sicilian people.  Francine Prose can write about ANY subject and make it arresting & meaningful.
Highly recommended."
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
24.  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The list author says:
  "Get out the Kleenex.  A sweet, Zen-like tale told by the dog,Enzo, using many anaolgies between car racing,dogs & life.  If you've ever had a dog that you totally connected with, you must read this book."
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Pope John XXIII: A Life (Penguin Lives)
25.  Pope John XXIII: A Life (Penguin Lives) by Thomas Cahill
The list author says:
  "This is a wonderful biographical essay about a Pope like non before or since.  Cahill begins with a brief accounting of the history of the Papacy so that we can begin to appreciate the groundbreaking way in which Pope John XXIII transformed
and illuminated much of Roman Catholic thinking.  I adore this little Penguin Lives series because the authors take such care with their subjects."
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Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House
26.  Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House by Sally Gable
The list author says:
  "The Gables adventures as the owners of a Palladian villa in the Veneto.  Rich in detail of the area, the people, Palladian architecture and the joy of a midlife adventure"
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My Life with the Saints
27.  My Life with the Saints by James Martin
The list author says:
  "A wonderful journey with James Martin into the lives of the Saints both ancient & modern.  Highly readable"
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Marlon Brando (Penguin Lives)
28.  Marlon Brando (Penguin Lives) by Patricia Bosworth
The list author says:
  "Bosworth focuses on Brando's gifts as an actor and how those gifts changed film acting forever. Brief but truely insightful"
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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
29.  All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald
The list author says:
  "An updated, (C. 1970's) American version of the classic Irish memoir "Angela's Ashes".  White, Irish American poverty & crime in Boston and it's effect on the families and neighborhoods."
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The Things They Carried
30.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "A moving account of Vietnam War. Brutally honest memories of and reflections on a spirit crushing conflict."
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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
31.  Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr
The list author says:
  "A sweet, funny and thought provoking discourse on the author's sabbatical in Rome with his wife and newborn twins. Doerr is a terriffic write. Highly recommended"
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Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs and a Journey into Madness
32.  Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs and a Journey into Madness by Derek Fell
The list author says:
  "A touching account of Vincent's relationships with the women in his life as well as family & friends. A good deal of psychological interpretation but the use of many of his letters makes this a very personal account."
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A Gift from Brittany
33.  A Gift from Brittany by Marjorie Price
The list author says:
  "A moving story of the end of a marriage and the blossoming friendship between and old lady & a young single mom, with Brittany as the backdrop.  Very Good read"
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The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them
34.  The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them by Amy Dickinson
The list author says:
  "Amy Dickinson's novel is really great.  An honest, funny and slightly bittersweet account of the ups & downs of single parenting"
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Simone Weil (Penguin Lives)
35.  Simone Weil (Penguin Lives) by Francine du Plessix Gray
The list author says:
  "A well written exploration of the life and raison d'etre of this complicated, brilliant philosopher and activist.  du Plessix Grey gets to the heart of this enigmatic figure."
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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
36.  The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
The list author says:
  "The story of the trials and travails of Pargue's zoo and it's keeper's during the German occupation of WWI. It is a hearwrenching look at at the way in which the people and the country of Poland survived the devastation ."
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My Life in France
37.  My Life in France by Julia Child
The list author says:
  "Oh Julia...what a life!  A memoir of how she became the "French Chef". A delightful memoir of Paris and all things French told in Julia's distinctive voice."
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Julie & Julia
38.  Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
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  "Hilarious..even more so when one has already read JC's memoir "My Life in France" (see above).  Julie Powell finds focus  and discovers herself by channelling Julia Child and her cookbook"
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At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life
39.  At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life by Francine du Plessix Gray
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Charles Dickens (Penguin Lives)
40.  Charles Dickens (Penguin Lives) by Jane Smiley
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