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Adult Summer Reading: Read a Biography or Memoir

by Carla Sarratt on 2017-07-17T08:00:00-04:00

by Carla Sarratt, Virtual Services Librarian, Main Library


Biographies are an enjoyable read whether the subject wrote his or her own story or someone else penned the story of our favorite actor or actress, scientist, or president.  We learn a lot about the person's childhood, rise to fame, and their insight about their life's journey.  Plus we get to look at great pictures from their past!


Feud: Hollywood Legends

This spring I watched Feud which chronicled the infamous rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.  Of course now I want to read more about the two Hollywood legends and others featured in the series. My first introduction to Joan Crawford came via the movie adaptation of her daughter's book Mommie Dearest.

Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

Sisters: The Story of Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine by Charles Higham

Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story by Cass Warner Sperling

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler



The Kennedys

The Kennedy family are akin to American royalty with their work in public service, politics, and the business industry.  Browse the biography at any of our 4 branches and you will see several rows of books written on this notable family.


The Kennedy Men: 1901 - 1963: The Laws of the Father by Laurence Leamer

Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family by Laurence Leamer


If you are a big fan of biographies and memoirs, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our biography & memoir libguide If you would like reading recommendations, submit a request for a personalized reading list from NHCPL staff based on your reading preferences.

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