Reading in Other People's Shoes


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:

Just Kids by Patti Smith - Legendary rocker Smith recounts her close friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Henrietta Lacks died in 1951, but tissue samples taken from her body without her consent aided in numerous medical discoveries.

This Time Together:  Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett - One of America's favorite TV comediennes shares stories of her rise to fame and life behind-the-scenes of her show.

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers - Hurricane Katrina hero Abdulrahman Zeitoun disappears after he is arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda.