Sunday, March 11, 2012

Autobiographies & Biographies

One of my favorite categories of books is Biographies/Autobiographies.  Most of the time true life is more interesting, and more unusual, than anything an author can dream up.  The fact that what you're reading is true makes it all the more captivating. 

Not all books are well-written, that's true.  I found that reading Patti Boyd's story about her life with George Harrison and Eric Clapton a difficult read.  On the other hand, Eric Clapton's book was excellent and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  I may even read it again someday in the distant future. 

Currently I'm reading about Steve Jobs, Apple's founder.  It's very good.  Normally I prefer books, but for this one, it's on my iPhone and I have reading material no matter where I go.  Somehow it seems fitting that it's on my Apple product.  Coming up soon, waiting for me, is the life story of Keith Richards in a book entitled "Life", and what a life he's had.

Two books are coming up that I'm very much looking forward to.  The first, due to be published on May 1st, is "My Cross To Bear" by Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers' Band.  I've read some accounts about him:  his musical journey with a bicultural band in the south in the 60s, the death of his brother and another bandmate, his problems with drugs and alcohol, his multiple marriages (at least 6), and his transplant surgery.  It'll be interesting to hear about his life in his own words.  I pre-ordered the book the minute I heard about it last October.  Publication has been delayed a couple of times.  I'm hoping that I'll finally see it in May.

Yesterday I heard that designer Kaffe Fassett is working on his life story in a book that will be called "Dream In Color".  I'm betting that it will have lots of beautiful pictures of his works.  There's been no publication date announced yet that I've heard.  He is someone who had greatly influenced my knitting and I'm looking forward to adding this book to my collection.

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