Best Biographies to Crack Open

by Michele Schultz about a year ago in literature

A person's narrative is exactly the inspiration you'll need.

Best Biographies to Crack Open

You will often stumble with the need for inspiration or intrigue to read about someone's narrative.

I've approached a few biographies which left a delightful taste in my mouth. This will include a selection of written work from past to present:

  • Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of Collegeby Caroline Kitchener

An honest and deeply reported account of five women and the opportunities and frustrations they face in the year following their graduation.

  • The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

If you're down for a true crime biography then why not read Robertson The Trial of Lizzie Borden. A consistent page-turner for the true crime buff.

  • The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis

A memoir highlighting “the outstanding humanity of black America” which tells the story of one unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and the life they lead in Detroit.

  • Inheritanceby Dani Shapiro

A memoir follows the topics of identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently found about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.

  • The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara

A biography set in 1954 movie-going audiences were shocked and awed by Universal Studio’s groundbreaking horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon. As the years passed, the film gained a reputation as a landmark of the monster-movie genre.

  • The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It Into a Global Brand by Booth Moore

Neon color tracksuits with the word ‘juicy’ written on the behind, the inside story of Juicy Couture. While working together at a Los Angeles boutique, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor became fast and furious friends over the impossibility of finding the perfect T-shirt.

  • Scrappy Little Nobodyby Anna Kendrick

Before she made a name for herself on the silver screen. Scrappy Little Nobody tells the tale of a petite, eccentric and 10 percent defiant, Anna Kendrick.

  • Talking as Fast as I canby Lauren Graham

Laugh-out-loud funny and authentic. Graham shares stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood.

  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learnedby Lena Dunham

A memoir filled with a collection of essays, lists, and emails.

  • Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers

The late comedian had published a wide variety of work especially her ‘I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me’. This last one gives you a glimpse into the hilarious mind of Joan Rivers.

  • Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler

Authentic and funny. The comedian has written various works but in Handler's next addition is a year of self-discovery featuring a psychiatrist.

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Kim Barker

A 2016 film adaption. A journalist shares her experiences reporting in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Insightful page turner.

  • Spinsterby Kate Bolick

A journalist and cultural critic shares her own experiences as a starting point. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair.

  • Tales From The Back Row by Amy Odell

An outsider's view on the fashion industry. Former Cosmopolitan website editor (or still), Amy Odell knows what it's like to work in the fashion industry. Funny and Straightforward— takes readers behind runway of New York's fashion shows to meet influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.

  • My Life on the Roadby Gloria Steinem

Thoughtful and modest. Journalist and activist fill a sense of the momentous while offering deeply personal insights into what shaped her.

Michele Schultz
Michele Schultz
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Michele Schultz

A local in New York City, Brooklyn-raised and Staten-Island-born. So, out of four have submitted to Vocal: "Meet Anie Delgado"; a woman-owned start-up; "Introducing Amy Edwards"; "Fashion Designer, Rachel Walters".

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