Biographies of Heroic Lives (Rarest of Rare Collectibles)

It’s Biography Week, which is a good time to read about the life of someone exceptional, someone notable for doing something heroic. (I also thoroughly enjoy reading about the lives of drunk musicians, hideous parents and reprehensible scofflaws, but we’ll save those for another occasion.)

We feature three fine editions of books that contain the stories of people who inspired other people.

RosaParks
Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth by Rosa Parks
Lee & Low, 1996. First Edition, signed by Rosa Parks!

This is not, strictly speaking, a biography or memoir, but in her responses to questions from young people, Ms. Parks relates her experiences as a key figure in the civil rights movement from her initial 1955 bus protest on and how those experiences shaped her life. Her bold action taken on a bus in Montgomery not only inspired legions to join the civil rights movement, but it also continues to inspire Americans both young and old.

This book, signed and dated 11/24/96 by the great American icon, is priced at $250. Continue reading

43 Presidential Biographies: George Washington to Barack Obama

It’s Election Day!  And the biggest headline looming for tomorrow’s newspapers is the pending results of today’s vote.  November is also National Lifewriting Month, a chance for nonfiction writers to celebrate alongside their NaNoWriMo fiction-writing friends.  Politics aside, our nation’s history is full of remarkable leaders who have stories worth documenting and sharing.

Picking up from Bill’s five favorite presidential biographies, here is a complete list of biographies on our nation’s presidents – from United States Founding Father, George Washington, to first African American U.S. President, Barack Obama.  Since 1789, we’ve had 56 presidential elections and 43 different presidents, nine of whom ascended to the office from the Vice-Presidency. (Some more facts to help you to brush up on your American History: 15 presidents were re-elected for consective terms.  Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president.  Franklin D. Roosevelt had the most number of years in office).

 

Who do you think will win the 57th Presidential Election? Will Barack Obama be re-elected for another term? Or, will Mitt Romney be the 45th President of the United States?

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

Isaacson’s Steve Jobs Biography Screen Adaption

Late yesterday, news broke that Aaron Sorkin is adapting Walter Isaacson‘s Steve Jobs biography into a screenplay for Sony Pictures. Now that has some potential!

His talent as a screenwriter won him an Oscar for The Social Network (2010). Given his style of storytelling, it’s bound to contain intrigue and dramatic dialogue. Before his acclaim for The Social Network, Sorkin was known for his work on Emmy-winning political drama TV series The West Wing (1999-2006) and the (unfortunately) short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006).

This film about Apple’s visionary co-founder won’t be the first time a best-selling biography turned into an award-winning major motion picture. One recent example: The Blind Side (2009), based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Incidently, today is National Biographer’s Day! So, we at Half Price Books want to take a moment to tip our hats to the brilliant and bold writers who have documented some of the most inspirational life stories throughout history. And let’s not forget the the brave authors of memoirs and autobiographies for sharing their own (sometimes candid and heartbreaking) stories with the world.

Biographies are such a magnificent source of education, edification and perspective. We all have a story to tell. A life to record. If you were to write a biography, whose would it be? Perhaps your own. What would the title be?

To biographers and writers everywhere: Keep on writing! – Meredith

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.