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#1 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

Any recommendations?. Nothing relating to murders/crime etc.

#2 librablonde

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

My favourite autobiography is "Harpo Speaks" and is written by Harpo Marx. I had little knowledge of the Marx brothers but picked up this book one day and it was one of the most funny, entertaining and moving autobiographies that I'd ever read. It tells the story of the Marx's very poor beginnings as a large Jewish family in New York and traces the Marx brothers careers up until they retired. A great read.

#3 FiveAus

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

I read an excellent one a while back, called Seabiscuit. It was about a racehorse.

#4 runnybabbit

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

Seabiscuit by Lauren (Laura?) Hillenbrand is excellent, I agree!

Recently read and really liked Stasiland by Anna Funder, and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. Also liked Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, but nowhere near as much as Into Thin Air. original.gif

My husband is currently reading and loving Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James.

#5 usandthem

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

Check out Bill Bryson, he has some fantastic stuff. Really interesting and funny.

#6 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:56 PM


Seabiscuit doesn't interest me, however I do plan on reading Laura's latest book Unbroken.

#7 Foogle

Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

'Unbroken' is a great book.  

Also have a look at  'The Sisters Antipodes'   by Jane Alison.

#8 RynandStompy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:10 PM

Pretty much any biograpy by Claire Tomalin. Especially the one on Samuel Pepys.

#9 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

Thanks everyone, I will check all suggestions out original.gif

#10 runnybabbit

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

Read Unbroken recently and much preferred Seabiscuit. I wasn't a pony club girl, either. wink.gif They're both pretty good.

#11 kezball

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
My book club read this recently. It's about cells and how they were taken from a lady called Henrietta Lacks and used to help develop vaccines and in research.

#12 Chicky whicky

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (kezball @ 14/02/2013, 09:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
My book club read this recently. It's about cells and how they were taken from a lady called Henrietta Lacks and used to help develop vaccines and in research.

Reading this now, really recommend it.  Also try The Emporer Of All Maladies, sorry I don't have the name of the author handy,it's about the history of cancer and is also vey good.

#13 runnybabbit

Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:17 PM

Thought of one more. Complications by Atul Gawande was a fascinating read. I've read Better by him as well and it was also quite good. Currently reading his third book, The Checklist Manifesto.

#14 Gumbette

Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

Hospital by the River is one of my all time favourites. A remarkable Australian doctor still doing surgery in her 90's, and helping some of the poorest people on earth.

#15 IamzFeralz

Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:09 PM

QUOTE (kezball @ 14/02/2013, 09:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
My book club read this recently. It's about cells and how they were taken from a lady called Henrietta Lacks and used to help develop vaccines and in research.

I second this.  Amazing book and difficult to put down.

Also loved Unbroken recommended by the PPs.  Will have to try Seabiscuit.

#16 ~kacee~

Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:22 PM

In my skin by Kate Holden. About a woman who becomes addicted to heroin and becomes a prostitue. Despite the serious / downer topic, it's a great read, very eye opening.

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