Monday, November 26, 2007

Two More For The List

Groan. I could've avoided the biography section at the bookstore on Sunday...I think. Or is it possible? I'm weak. Call the 10-step people. I was actually in the bookstore looking for a novel for book group called Water For Elephants. Couldn't find it. Couldn't leave empty-handed.

Anyway, I've got 2 more to add to my list for this challenge:

Mockingbird (the biography about Harper Lee)
Eat, Pray, Love -Elizabeth Gilbert

OK. That's it! No more tweaking my final list! Of course, my birthday and Christmas ARE coming up...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My Sort of Final List

According to the rules, we can read any number of books. So here is my list of 10 memoirs & biographies, that I currently have on my TBR list. I dont know if I WILL read them all - some of these are quite large & quite long - but I sure WANT to read them all.

An Uncommon Woman by Hannah Pakula (Empress Frederick - mother of Kaiser Wilhelm)
On a Grander Scale by Lisa Jardine (Christopher Wren)
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind by Diana & Michael Preston (William Dampier)
Leonardo Da Vinci by Charles Nicholl
Elizabeth by Randy Taborelli (Elizabeth Taylor - not Queen Elizabeth 1 or 2)
History Play by Rodney Bolt (Kit Marlowe)
Christina Queen of Sweden by Veronica Buckley
Rene Angelil (The making of Celine Dion) by Jean Beaunoyer & Jean Beaulne
Out of the Flames by Lawrence & Nancy Goldstone (Michael Servetus)
Me & Shakespeare by Herman Gollob (a memoir)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Finally Getting My Shoes All In A Row!

It took a long time, but I have finalized my list at last. I think.

[in no particular order]

1. My Life In France - Julia Child
2. Lillian Hellman: A Life With Foxes And Scoundrels -Deborah Martinson
3. Brainiac - Ken Jennings
4. Poet Of The Appetites (biography of MFK Fisher) - Joan Reardon
5. Going Solo - Roald Dahl
6. Travels With Charley - John Steinbeck
7. Tete-A-Tete: The Tumultuous Lives & Loves Of Simone De Beauvoir And Jean-Paul Sartre - Hazel Rowley
8. My Detachment - Tracy Kidder
9. After All - Mary Tyler Moore
10. The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
11. The Hungry Ocean - Linda Greenlaw
12. A Thousand Sorrows - Elizabeth Kim
13. Truth & Beauty - Ann Patchett

Monday, November 12, 2007

Becky's List

Here are the books I'll try to get to for this challenge. I'd be happy to finish 8 of these.

The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton Jackson
(My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton Jackson)
(Hello, America by Livia Bitton Jackson)
No Pretty Pictures by Anita Lobel
Night by Elie Wiesel
Until We Meet Again by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger
Alicia My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman
The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
To Life by Ruth Minsky Sender
Isabella From Auschwitz to Freedom by Isabella Leitner
The Tale of The Ring: A Kaddish by Frank Stiffel
Dry Tears: The Story of A Lost Childhood by Nechama Tec
A Special Fate Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust by Alison Leslie Gold
In My Hands: Memories of A Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
I Will Plant You A Lilac Tree by Laura Hillman

Monday, November 5, 2007


I'm going to post the button I sent to Piper, so everyone can add it to their blogs. Hope thats ok.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Someone sent me the cutest button for this challenge months ago and since I'm without the internet right now, I have not been able to put the button on this page. Can you email it to me again? Thanks. piperoliveravram at yahoo dot com

Danielle's List of Possibilities

I love reading memoirs...they are my passion. Here are some that have been on my bookshelf and on my wish list for quite some time. I am looking forward to this challenge so I can finally work my way through these ever growing list of possibilities.

  1. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  2. Bitter Ice: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Obesession by Barbara Kent Lawrence
  3. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
  4. Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of An Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet
  5. The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poiter
  6. Fly Me To The Moon: Bipolar Journey Through Mania and Depression by H.E. Logue
  7. The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard
  8. My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
  9. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn vincent
  10. The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett
  11. Sugar and Salt: My Life With Bipolar Disorder by Jane Thompson
  12. Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic by Martha Beck
  13. A Child Called 'It" by Dave Pelzer
  14. Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck
  15. Stephen King On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
I am looking forward to reading everyone's reviews and adding new books to my to Be Read pile!