March 1, 2023

Biographies On My TBR

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a genre freebie, so I choose biographies. Specifically ones I want to read.

I set some rules. These are only biographies. Not memoirs. And they are biographies of primarily a single person. Not a group of people, not a family. That helped narrow it down.

In no particular order:

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin - I feel like no one will be surprised that most of the books on this list are authors. And mostly women authors. Shirley Jackson is a scary lady. I am stoked to find out how she got that way.

Manderley Forever

Manderley Forever by Tatiana deRosnay - So this is by Tatiana deRosnay, but who are those other names on the cover? Oh. That's the French Publisher. Never mind. Anyway, this is obviously the biography of Daphne DuMaurier.

Agathat Christie

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson - Here's another seriously deranged author. I'm just now seeing a pattern. Actually, I don't know how deranged she actually was, I just know she had that one strange episode.

George Eliot

George Eliot by Jenny Uglow - No subtitle needed I guess? Eliot was deranged for her time, I suppose. Since she wouldn't conform to current ideas about gender role and marriage expectations.

Bunny Mellon

Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon - I don't know how much of a legend she is since the only reason I know anything about her is because she was one of Truman Capote's Swans. But Meryl Gordon saw fit to write about her, so I've got her on my top ten list.


Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg -by Erin Carmon and Nhana Knizhnik - No more badass woman ever lived. Fight me.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen: The Banker's Sister by E.J. Clery - I limited myself to only the one Jane Austen biography. You're welcome.

Ethel Rosenberg

Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy by Anne Sebba - I know almost nothing about the Rosenbergs except that they were covicted of treachery and spying. I'm interested in this take on the situation.


Koresh: The True Story of David Koresh and the Tragedy at Waco by Stephan Talty - This is one of the first national events I remember. Aside from the Challenger explosion, I was pretty oblivious to current events until this situation.


Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe by Mark Dawidziak - Aaaaaand we're back to deranged authors. This is the only deranged male author on the list. He was a weird guy. I can't wait to find out how weird.

Ok. That's it. Who would you like to read a biography about?