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Initial post: Nov 17, 2009 12:42:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2009 12:43:44 PM PST
I love reading memoirs and autobiographies - who can recommend a (classic or recent) memoir by a writer/author or artist?

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2009 8:39:56 AM PST
RUready4disk says:
Robbobell (Scars of a Painful but Wonderful Past) is without a doubt an excellent written memoir. The author did a wonderful job of keeping the reader's attention with humor and some serious situations.

URready4disk

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 8:43:37 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 4, 2009 10:53:35 AM PST
About memoirs written by artists...

Emile Zola wrote an incredible book about his painter friends... It's not a memoir, but a novel, but it's fantastic about life as an artist, THE MASTERPIECE.

Liv Ullman, an important Swedish actress years ago, wrote her own biography in English, her second tongue. It was very sad to read because I could sense so many layers were missing because she wasn't 'a writer' and English wasn't her mother tongue.

See ya,
Zola http://zola.lawrence.net http://60ssexualrevolution.com

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 1:04:19 PM PST
Vince says:
I just read this memoir, and it's really good. It's about a tough childhood, a runaway girl who makes a lot of bad decisions then struggles to find a sense of identity. A coming-of-age about a budding writer. I usually don't read memoirs, but I love this one.
Musical Chairs
Another good memoir is an older book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) I've been wanting to reread this.
Both are inspirational, about tough women who persevere.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 1:04:22 PM PST
Vince says:
I just read this memoir, and it's really good. It's about a tough childhood, a runaway girl who makes a lot of bad decisions then struggles to find a sense of identity. A coming-of-age about a budding writer. I usually don't read memoirs, but I love this one.
Musical Chairs
Another good memoir is an older book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) I've been wanting to reread this.
Both are inspirational, about tough women who persevere.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 4:30:44 PM PST
S. Herring says:
I highly recommend "A Boy in War" by Jan de Groot. It's the author's memoir of growing up in Holland during the 2nd. World War. Excellent for all ages.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 8:07:36 AM PST
JacquieB says:
I've written a memoir...it's about how I've survived Bi-Polar and OCD "Before It Had A Name". As a child I knew no different and managed to turn my condition into an individual known as 'HER'. As I write this I am still doing it with no medication but it's getting harder as I age. I've always been afraid to take the medication as I feared missing 'HER' more than I needed what medication would do. The book is sold right here on Amazon and I would be thrilled if someone shared in my life. Thank you for your time and reading this. Blessings to all.
ISBN# 1605633321

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2010 9:28:52 PM PST
RUready4disk says:
Robbobell by Robert Hill is a wonderful memoir and has been highly recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2010 9:30:08 PM PST
RUready4disk says:
Robbobell is an excellent memoir that is both serious and funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2010 9:32:12 PM PST
RUready4disk says:
Thanks for the information. I'll check it out and also I enjoyed Robbobell by Robert Hill.

Again Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2010 9:33:31 PM PST
RUready4disk says:
Thanks a million! You may want to check out Robbobell. I really enjoyed it.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 8:29:49 AM PST
Invisible Driving INVISIBLE DRIVING is the DEFINITIVE memoir of Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder). This unprecedented work delivers a wild and hilarious thrill ride through the misunderstood, phantasmagorical world of Manic Depression, providing both a visceral sense of the experience and a thoughtful context for understanding it. While other books have described the surrealistic circus, Invisible Driving takes readers along so they can smell the sawdust for themselves. It is worth reading for the INCENDIARY WRITING itself, which vividly recreates the experience of mania and recovery.www.invisibledriving.com

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2010 2:12:54 PM PST
Try "The Grove St. Chronicles" by S.C.Saunders

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2010 3:04:17 PM PST
D. Mason says:
"The Magic Lantern" by Ingmar Bergman....really fantastic.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2010 11:58:43 AM PST
My Father's Love, Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, by Sharon Doubiago

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2010 12:20:51 PM PST
I just finished Roxy McLaughlin's fictional memoir, You Can't Fall Off the Floor - very raw and down to the bone, very realistic and modern and a great story about a come from behind player

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 10:04:57 PM PST
abstractionz says:
Tom Sawyer In Hell by Peter Black

Only 99 cents in the kindle store

Also available in paperback.

All life is a series of stories and Tom Sawyer in Hell is mine. The
narrative follows the misadventures of a naive young man who has
optimistic expectations about life that rapidly go south as he makes
his way through three colleges on two coasts, courts and jails and
small town lawyers, strip clubs, a gig as a Park Avenue doorman,
hopelessness, psychopharmacology, absurdity, and the struggle to land a corporate job.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 6:42:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2010 9:57:42 AM PDT
My recently published memoir God Smiles for Me:Why Death Could Not Hold Me

A book of miracles and hope, it will make you realize that life truly can be a wonderful journey.

God Smiles for Me: Why Death Could Not Hold Me

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2010 10:12:32 AM PDT
I'd like to recommend my culinary memoir Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey. Through hundreds of emails, young, old, male and female, all said they couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end. And the bonus is that it has over 40 delicious recipes.
Siren's Feast, An Edible Odyssey

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2010 8:17:22 PM PDT
David Furze says:
Lit by Mary Karr was GREAT!
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