An Interesting Life

Thought-provoking biographies / autobiographies

  • Always Running

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers interested in a memoir on East Los Angeles' gang culture. Fans of redemptive stories in which violence makes way for poetry. Those looking for an insightful coming-of-age story.


  • Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of intellectual, non-fiction. Readers interested in learning more about a high-profile journalist who mysteriously disappeared. Fans of biography


  • When Breath Becomes Air

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Fans of philosophic medical memoirs. Readers interested in the story of a young neurosurgeon and how he deals with his terminal cancer diagnosis. Fans of learning about what makes a life worth living. And who have a tissue close by.


  • Elon Musk: Inventing the Future

    Book Dumpling Recommends for: Anyone interested in driving / owning a Tesla. Lovers of 'awe'some inventors. Two words: Elon. Musk.


  • As Always, Julia

    Food historian, Joan Reardon, serves up the fascinating correspondence between culinary icon, Julia Child, and her confidante, Avis DeVoto. The result is a window into Julia’s thoughts as well as a snapshot into the cooking culture of the 1950s and 1960s. The smart and witty letters follow Julia through her...


  • My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy)

    Durrell tells the story of his family’s uprooting from their home (in gloomy England), to the sunny Greek island of Corfu in this touching-yet-comical memoir of an enchanting island and both the wildlife and people that inhabit it. Perfect for:   • Those wishing to be transported to the Mediterranean....


  • Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran

    Iranian-American journalist, Moaveni, shares her search for identity in this humorous and engaging memoir. American-born to Iranian expats and later living in Tehran with a previously romanticized notion of her homeland, Moaveni struggles to build a life and a home in a strange land. Perfect for: • Those interested in...


  • Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

    To put it mildly, Liz Murray did not have an easy childhood. In her fast-paced, honest and generous memoir, Murray describes growing up with addicts as parents, living on the streets of New York City and transitioning into the world of the Harvard elite. She never asks us to pity...


  • The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

    When famed ceramicist Edward De Waal inherits Japanese miniatures known as ‘netsuke,’ he delves into a fascinating history of his European Jewish ancestry, their rise as a banking family, and their tragic demise during WWII.Aside from offering gorgeous writing and a deeply personal investigation into family lineage, De Waal excels...


  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    Most of us know the name, but few of us know how Warren Buffett became Warren Buffett: read this to find out. Great for: Buffett aficionados Biography lovers interested in a great American success story Those interested in finance 


  • American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the “It” Girl and the Crime of the Century

    The title says it all: model Evelyn Nesbitt, regarded by some as the original “it” girl, gets the biography treatment in Uruburu’s fascinating story about the girl at the center of one of the most glamorous (and the most twisted) stories in American high society.Great for:Readers of Vanity Fair magazineThose...


  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and me

    Cartoonist & writer Ellen Fornay delivers a fascinating memoir (in graphic novel form) regarding her diagnosis as bipolar; through humour and honesty, she offers readers a glimpse into how she coped and the process of living with mental illness. Great for:Readers interested in stories regarding mental healthReaders who usually shy away...


  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter

    Somehow melding the comedic with the tragic, Taitz weaves an endearing tale of growing up as the daughter of two Holocaust survivors in 1960s and 70s Washington Heights. An excellent portrayal of the ways war seeps into second generations. Great for:Anyone interested in the perspective of a second-generation Holocaust survivorLovers of...


  • The Fire Next Time

    Deemed as controversial at the time of its publication in 1963, Baldwin’s searing testimonies to the injustices of racial inequality (and to his own life) remain an important and riveting piece of American literature. Anyone unfamiliar with the work of James Baldwin’s non-fiction writing Those interested in the history of...


  • Life

    Richards defies the world of music (and, to an extent, life itself), in this funny, thought-provoking and fascinating novel that offers an interesting history into one of the world's most famous and enduring bands.  Great for: Lovers of The Rolling Stones Music aficionados A story you won’t believe… If you...


  • The Sisters – The Saga of the Mitford Family

    The fascinating story of one of Europe's most polarizing families: The Sisters offers a wonderful biography of the four talented-yet-troubled Mitford girls.  Great for: Lovers of juicy biographies Those interested in England’s role in WWII Fiction writers If you liked the book, rent the movie(s): 


  • Teacher Man

    The famed writer of Angela's Ashes, McCourt offers humour, inspiration and quirkiness in this generous tale of his time as a public-school teacher in NYC. Great for: teacherslovers of Irish humoursomeone in need of inspirationIf you liked the book, rent the movie(s): Angela's Ashes; In America