memoirs

Book Hunters in Brief: Memoirs by Comedians

Side-splitting Memoirs! Comedians tell all! 

Bossypants by Tina Fey 
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin 
Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres 
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Reading in Other People's Shoes

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My reading tastes run almost exclusively to fiction.  But, every now and again, I get a desire to immerse myself in biographies or memoirs.  When I was in the third grade, I read our entire classroom collection of biographies of famous Americans.  Perhaps it serves as a more grounded version of my fiction bibliotherapy -- taking a vacation from my life and experiencing someone else's thoughts and world.  I've got my hands on a particularly good crop of biographies and memoirs right now, some of which you might also enjoy:

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On the Shelf: Committed

I had the most interesting, entertaining company in the car with me the past couple of weeks – the CD of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Committed, read by the author. I’m a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love. I read the book, and I also listened to the CD – twice – because I love Gilbert’s voice. I’d felt as if I’d had a good friend sitting beside me, sharing her secret wants and needs, her sadness and her joy.

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On the Shelf: Perfection

I’ve never been especially fond of biographies – too long, too detailed and dense. To me, the same is true of autobiographies. However, I’m fascinated by slice-of-life memoirs, especially those written by working writers.

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