Ever wondered what gives a celebrity or famous person the drive and determination to do or accomplish the things that they have to become what they became?
Reading an autobiography about a celebrity or famous person is one of the best ways of getting to know the person, especially when, chances are you will never have the privilege of meeting them.
This list of autobiographies represents some of the best autobiographies I have ever read. Not only are they well written, they also provide a slight peek into what made them so unique.
1. “On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King
I was attracted to this book firstly because of its title and cover. At first I thought it was a helpful book on writing, and the cover was so pretty it begged me to open it up to see what was inside.
The first part of his autobiography is mainly about his early writing career. He also tells what it was like once he became famous. The autobiography was not all about his career. He also brought out things that were of a more personal nature, about his family and his drug and alcohol abuse.
The part that I found truly amazing is, he actually does bring out a lot of help for aspiring writers, and what they can do to become better writers.
In the last part of the book, Stephen King talks about his life and recuperation after he was hit by a car in 1999.
It is an amazing book, and is on my list of great autobiographies.
2. “Story of my Life” by Moshe Dayan
Moshe Dayan was not a celebrity in the sense of being an actor or a singer, but in his lifetime; during his military and political career, he was definitely a world famous person.
I first became interested in Mr. Dayan’s autobiography after my dad had read it, and recommended it to me. It was well written, and even though his life was totally different than that of most Americans, it kept me entranced from cover to cover. When he covered his pain and disappointments, it was as though I could feel the same things right along with him
3. “Love, Lucy” by Lucille Ball
I grew up watching re-runs of ‘I Love Lucy’ with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. They were always funny and fun to watch.
This autobiography by Lucille Ball was not intended to be a book. It was more a chronicle of her life that she wrote for her children. She did not concentrate on the bad things that happened in her life, especially going through a divorce and the separation of their family. She concentrated on the good things, and it was kept light and entertaining, just like the show.
The book is also full of old family photos which were great fun to look at when reading the book.
If you’re in the market for a good read, and you like autobiographies, I would highly recommend one of these.