Literature Week – Biography, Autobiography

I’m not a big fan of biographies or autobiographies per se, but of what I’ve read, I’ve loved. I focused this area on the media, even though my mother thinks it is evil, but because my background is communications and I love the media, I wanted to give it some space. I may have cheated a little with Tom Brokaw’s book but will argue that it’s a biography of an era from a personal perspective instead of an individual person so, therefore, it still counts. Hope you enjoy my recommendations!

‘Till next time!

1. Lynn Sherr Outside the Box – I remember Lynn Sherr when she was on 20/20, although I’d have to wait until my parents went to sleep to sneak out of my room and watch it on TV with the volume very low which meant I was sitting right in front of it.  I also prayed my nosy brother wouldn’t catch me, which he did, and I had to do his chores for two weeks so he wouldn’t tell.  He still told on me. Anyway, I found much inspiration in Lynn Sherr’s book especially as a woman in a field dominated by men. I heard she’s very nice too.

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2. Barbara Walters Audition – This book is filled not with just inspiration for overcoming stereotypes and hardships both professionally and privately, but the book is filled with fantastic historical facts and stories.

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3. Tom Brokaw Boom! Voices of the Sixties – This book gives such insight into the era. My parents won’t really talk about that time period (calling it evil and filled with sex, drugs, and rock n roll music that destroyed youth’s minds), so I found it enlightening to read about it, not to mention slightly devious while reading it and somewhat of a liar for hiding it.

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4. Mindy Kaling Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me (And Other Concerns) – I just finished reading this and really liked it. Kaling’s writing style is so fun and, while I blushed through some of it, she feels like a best friend with whom you can be open and honest about anything. She reached, and continues to reach, for her dreams. A true inspiration indeed!

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