It’s way too easy nowadays to become too immersed in our own lives. We, as a society, have become obsessed with sharing and molding our stories through social media (which is not always a bad thing). But, it’s important to kick your shoes off once in a while and try someone else’s on for size. If we never branch out from our own experiences, then we are limiting our potential to grow and understand a world that is right within reach.
One of the best ways to experience a life that’s not your own is to read – a book is truly the best escape. Check out the listed biographies (and autobiographies) below to get lost in an unfamiliar, captivating life – you never know what lessons you’ll learn along the way.
Anna Faris; Foreword by Chris Pratt
Anna Faris fans are in for a treat – her comic memoir, Unqualified, contains everything there is to know about her life. Anna’s humor is strong throughout the pages as she explores the stages of her life in full detail, from her embarrassing elementary school days, to entering the entertainment industry, and struggling with marriage and parenthood. Anna offers timely advice on how to take charge of your life, be optimistic, and reap the rewards of the crazy world of love. Unqualified is perfect for anyone looking to laugh, smile, and maybe even shed a tear or two.
Whitney Cummings’s honest memoir is equal parts humorous and serious. She shares intimate details about her own life, from living with anxiety and a co-dependency disorder, to impressing guys and almost spending her life in prison. Whitney documents her multitude of experiences with therapy and psychotherapy. In her witty, comical tone, she exposes her largest mistakes to readers, and explains how she bounced back from them. Whitney’s goal is simple: to ensure readers that it’s okay to not be fine, because there’s beauty in getting back up again after falling down.
Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel
Golda Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, was a force to be reckoned with. She rose through her nation’s ranks, at a time when men ruled the world (more than they do today), to become one of the most powerful leaders in the world. As prime minister, Golda worked tirelessly in the pursuit of a peace agreement with Israel’s neighbors. Unfortunately, her time in office came to a dark end when Egypt and Syria’s attacked Yom Kippur in 1973. In this memoir, Francine Klagsbrun uses newly available documents to analyze Golda’s life and time in office – a story unlike any other.
Norma Stevens & Steven M. L. Aronson
This intimate biography of Richard Avedon, the legendary fashion and portrait photographer, examines his huge influence on the artistic world. Over the course of sixty years, Richard made his name known through his advertising campaigns, his iconic fashion photographs in the Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, his compelling books, and of course, his unforgettable portraits that were all unique masterpieces. This book is a celebration of Avedon’s life and work – a tribute to his creative kingdom.
Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton, dazzles again with his biography of one of our most compelling generals and presidents: Ulysses S. Grant. Chernow’s evocative portrait of Grant showcases the highs and lows he experienced throughout his life, and provides readers with a deeper understanding of one our most underappreciated presidents. Grant is a masterful combination of research and style – it exposes the true story behind a Midwesterner that became extraordinary.
The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine
Sticky Fingers is the first and only biography of Jann Wenner, the founder of the popular Rolling Stone magazine. Wenner’s story is one of love, devotion, and a passion for rock and roll music that led him to create an iconic magazine that became a powerful influence in the music industry. Through documents, letters, and interviews, Joe Hagan successfully captures the complex life of Jann from the late twentieth century to the digital age, and demonstrates how he reinvented youth culture with Rolling Stone.
Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer
The war against terror continues to rage on, and unfortunately, it has contributed to many anti-Islamic movements. It’s important, especially in today’s world, to remember that terrorism is not synonymous with Islam. For the first time in this memoir, we hear from Tamer Elnoury, an active Muslim American federal agent that brought down a terror cell in North America. Tamer’s story needs to be told because of what he represents: Arabic-speaking Muslim Americans and patriotism. Tamer works endlessly, in a fight against the clock, to stop terrorists before they can implement their devastating plans. He is, in short, a hero.
The New Autobiography
Twenty years after his iconic memoir Losing My Virginity, Richard Branson is ready to share the untold parts of his story. In Finding My Virginity, Branson shares his successes, his failures, and the lessons he’s learned in being a founder of Virgin Records. Despite experiencing great hardship, Richard never gave up on his dreams. He reminds us that hard work, discipline, and curiosity are key stepping stones to achieving success – and after launching a dozen billion-dollar businesses, Richard knows what true success means.