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05-12-2006, 09:30 PM
What type of life stories or memoirs do you read? Have any of these inspired you to tell your own story? Why?

07-03-2006, 12:32 PM
I love books based on an extraordinary period of a person or companiesí life, rather than a memoir of everything from birth, death and marriageís, and everything in between. Some favorites:

Losing my virginity
Into the void
Lost in Transmission
Mr China
Phra Farang
Behind the arches
Damage Done
Forget you have a daughter
Never ever give up

And yes, I am writing my own, itís called expat brat. Based in Papua New Guinea, China and Thailand, itís my journey through obstacles and life lessons, the triumphs and tragedies in three completely different expatting environments. Written in a ďchick beach flickĒ voice, it is my search for adventure, a meaning in life and the one.

Iím hoping for 2 million copies of expat brat sold by 2008, Iím aiming high, as per usual.

07-04-2006, 04:26 AM
Hi Birol - I see that this is an ancient post of yours with no responses - so I'll take the bait.

When I was younger I read many stories about famous historical American personages and found them fascinating. I moved from them to ones about Cardinal Richelieu, St. Francis of Assisi, Lord Chesterfield, Pugachev, etc. and found them to be very interesting and enlightening. Later I read several of the memoirs/biographies of some of the Hollywood greats - absolutely loved David Niven's, was sickened by Errol Flynn's (how could Robin Hood be such a ***?)

These days I don't really read memoirs/life stories. I think part of my reluctance to read a lot of them are that 1) they are not necessarily about people I admire and 2) I get too much of a feel of money grubbing (especially ones about serial killers, etc.)

These days I'm not sure who I'd want to read about who's contemporary and well enough known to warrant a biography. But I'm open to suggestions. Puma

07-04-2006, 04:45 AM
I like autobiographies and memoirs from time to time--for instance, I recently read and enjoyed Christopher Lee's Lord of Misrule.

But no, I have no interest in telling my own story.

07-04-2006, 08:58 PM
I love biographies and autobiographies.

I've recently read Kerouac's On The Road, The Pianist, Down the Highway, the life of Bob Dylan, and right now I'm reading Ramblin' Man, the life and times of Woody Guthrie.

In fact... I don't read novels so much as Life Stories...

07-05-2006, 08:35 PM
I, too, love autobiographies and biographies. I especially love reading about the lives of writers, but I could read about just anyone, famous or not. I have a fascination with the lives of others.