I really enjoy a good autobiography. I've had memoirs on my mind because I'm currently reading Barbara Bush's 1994, Memoir
(available at E883.B87.A3.1994 in Bailey Library). Whether or not you agree with her politically, she has lead an intriguing life..from post World War II wife of a Yalie, to two years in China in the early 70s, to one term in the White House. Her experiences provide sometimes fascinating insights into political and social Washington, diplomatic life behind the Iron Curtain, and travel, travel, travel. Other autobiographies that have challenged and/or intrigued me and that quickly come to mind include Joan Anderson's A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman
(F72.C3.A73.1999x), Anne LaMott's Traveling Mercies
, and Lauren F. Winner's Girl Meets God
(the last two available in the Bailey Library Reading Room). Way back when (in high school actually), I read Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice
(E185.97.C6) and couldn't put it down. Another that touched me was James McBride's tribute to his mother, The Color of Water
I'm always open to book suggestions...anyone have any autobiographies you'd recommend I read? I firmly believe that you can always learn something from another's life experiences!