Best Western U.S. Biographies Books
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1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Author: by Hunter S. Thompson
This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
Now a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.
2. A Stolen Life: A Memoir
Author: by Jaycee Dugard
Simon & Schuster
An instant #1 New York Times bestsellerJaycee Dugard’s raw and powerful memoir, her own story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years. In the summer of June of 1991, I was a normal kid. I did normal things.
I had friends and a mother that loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name.
I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim, I simply survived an intolerable situation.
A Stolen Life is my storyin my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.
3. BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexico Trip from Hell
Author: by Paul Wilson
Ocean Front Publishing
In the summer of 1978, twenty-one-year-old Paul Wilson jumps at the chance to join two local icons on a dream surf trip to mainland Mexico, unaware their ultimate destination lies in the heart of drug cartel country. Having no earthly idea of where he’ll get the money to pay his share, and determined to prove his mettle, he does the only thing he can think of: He robs a supermarket.
And, if karma didn’t already have enough reason to doom the trip, he soon learns one of his companions is a convicted killer on the run, and the other an unscrupulous cad. Mishap and misfortune rule the days, and mere survival takes precedence over surfing.
Original photographs (including pre-kingpin El Chapo), and Wilson’s strong narrative style, combine to make this true story personalin the tradition of Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Barbarian Days, A Surfing Life by William Finneganexcept this tale had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before it could be told.
READERS FAVORITE – Silver Award Winner for 2020! Bad Karma has instantly joined the pantheon of great adventure writing! Elizabeth Howard “Fear and Loathing goes to Mexico” Neil P. Reid “Amazing story!!! When does the movie come out?” Launa Brockman”Exhilarating, raw, PURE…
4. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Author: by Bethany Hamilton
In this moving personal account of faith and fortitude, internationally ranked surfer Bethany Hamilton tells how she survived a shark attack that cost her arm-but not her spirit. They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf?
How else could one explain that nothingnot even the loss of her armcould come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side.
Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: Get to the beach…. And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was When can I surf again? It became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater storya tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.
Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God.
5. Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
Author: by Ralph Moody
Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches.
So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father’s place when it becomes necessary. Little Britches was the literary debut of Ralph Moody, who wrote about the adventures of his family in eight glorious books, all available as Bison Books.
Purchase the audio edition.
6. A Piece of Cake: A Memoir
Author: by Cupcake Brown
Crown (April 10, 2007)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The heart-wrenching, uplifting tale about a woman named Cupcake[Cupcake] Brown’s confessional … Memoir is one you can’t easily put down. Her life is nothing short of a miracle. Chicago Sun-TimesThere are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, and homelessness.
Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty. And that’s when things got interesting… Orphaned by the death of her mother and left in the hands of a sadistic foster parent, young Cupcake Brown learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast.
She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs. A Piece of Cake is unlike any memoir you’ll ever read. Moving in its frankness, this is the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you’ll ever take.
7. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family
Author: by Dave Pelzer
Imagine a young boy who has never had a loving home. His only possesions are the old, torn clothes he carries in a paper bag. The only world he knows is one of isolation and fear. Although others had rescued this boy from his abusive alcoholic mother, his real hurt is just begining – he has no place to call home.
This is Dave Pelzer’s long-awaited sequel to A Child Called “It”. In The Lost Boy, he answers questions and reveals new adventures through the compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes.
He suffers shame and experiences resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a “real” family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who searches desperately for just one thing – the love of a family.
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
Author: by J. R. Moehringer
The New York Times bestseller and one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2005. In the tradition of This Boy’s Life and The Liar’s Club, a raucous, poignant, luminously written memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a bar.J.R.
Moehringer grew up captivated by a voice. It was the voice of his father, a New York City disc jockey who vanished before J.R. Spoke his first word. Sitting on the stoop, pressing an ear to the radio, J.R.
Would strain to hear in that plummy baritone the secrets of masculinity and identity.Though J. R.’s mother was his world, his rock, he craved something more, something faintly and hauntingly audible only in The Voice. At eight years old, suddenly unable to find The Voice on the radio, J.R.
Turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. The alphas along the bar-including J. R.’s Uncle Charlie, a Humphrey Bogart look-alike; Colt, a Yogi Bear sound-alike; and Joey D, a softhearted brawler-took J.R.
9. The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
Author: by Elyn R. Saks
A much-praised memoir of living and surviving mental illness as well as “a stereotype-shattering look at a tenacious woman whose brain is her best friend and her worst enemy” (Time).Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B.
Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. The Center Cannot Hold is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn’s life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world.
Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others), as well as the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional.
10. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Vintage International)
Author: by Maxine Hong Kingston
September 1, 2010
National Book Critics Circle Award WinnerA classic, for a reason Celeste Ng via TwitterWith this bestselling book, the award-winning author created an entirely new forman exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis.
First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identitiesimmigrant, female, Chinese, American. As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother’s talk stories.
The fierce and wily women warriors of her mother’s tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingston’s sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own.
A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family’s past and her own present.
11. Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics)
Author: by Frank B. Gilbreth
One of the best-loved American memoirs of an oversized family and the parents who held them together. What do you get when you put twelve lively kids together with a fathera famous efficiency expertwho believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline?
You get a hilarious tale of growing up that has made generations of kids and adults alike laugh along with the Gilbreths in Cheaper by the Dozen. Translated into more than fifty-three languages and made into a classic film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy and a remake featuring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, and Alyson Stoner this memoir is a delightfully enduring story of family life at the turn of the 20th century.
12. Meghan and Harry: The Real Story
Author: by Lady Colin Campbell
A Wall Street Journal bestseller* This blockbuster narrative provides the first behind-the-scenes, authoritative account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s marriage, by the New York Times bestselling author of Diana in Private. The fall from popular grace of Prince Harry, the previously adulated brother of the heir to the British throne, as a consequence of his marriage to the beautiful and dynamic Hollywood actress and “Suits star” Meghan Markle, makes for fascinating reading in this groundbreaking book from Lady Colin Campbell, who is the New York Times bestselling biographer of books on Princess Diana, the Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth’s marriage.
With a unique breadth of insight, Lady Colin Campbell goes behind the scenes, speaking to friends, relations, courtiers, and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the most unexpected royal story since King Edward VIII’s abdication. She highlights the dilemmas involved and the issues that lurk beneath the surface, revealing why the couple decided to step down as senior royals.
13. Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Author: by Brian Kilmeade
The New York Times bestseller now in paperback with a new epilogue. In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred more than two hundred Texians who had been trapped in the Alamo. After thirteen days of fighting, American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start.
It was a crushing blow to Texas’s fight for freedom. But the story doesn’t end there. The defeat galvanized the Texian settlers, and under General Sam Houston’s leadership they rallied. Six weeks after the Alamo, Houston and his band of settlers defeated Santa Anna’s army in a shocking victory, winning the independence for which so many had died.
Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers recaptures this pivotal war that changed America forever, and sheds light on the tightrope all war heroes walk between courage and calculation. Thanks to Kilmeade’s storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamoand recognize the lesser known heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
14. A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness
Author: by Dave Pelzer
A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer’s inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy.”All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here.
One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave’s father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine.
This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted toand nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer’s New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story.
With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.
15. Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love
Author: by David Talbot
The critically acclaimed, San Francisco Chronicle bestsellera gripping story of the strife and tragedy that led to San Francisco’s ultimate rebirth and triumph. Salon founder David Talbot chronicles the cultural history of San Francisco and from the late 1960s to the early 1980s when figures such as Harvey Milk, Janis Joplin, Jim Jones, and Bill Walsh helped usher from backwater city to thriving metropolis.