Auckland Libraries: Top 10 life and times

Top 10 life and times

The top 10 biographies and memoirs, curated by our librarians for the latest Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

Hudson & Halls

Joanne Drayton

This is more than just a love story, though a love story it certainly is. It is a tale of two television chefs who helped change the bedrock bad attitudes of a nation in the 1970s and 80s to that unspoken thing - homosexuality.

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Tara Westover

With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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The trauma cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman and a trophy wife. Krasnostein follows her extraordinary life story.

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The sheep stell

Janet White

White's memoir tells the tale of a woman before her time, with incredible courage and determination, and wanting only peace and solitude in nature and a life with animals. It is a true celebration of the pastoral and pure escapism to a simpler life.

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Dear Oliver

Peter Wells

When Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongst his elderly mother's effects, he dug deep into their stories, discovering a striking way to view the history of Pākeha New Zealanders.

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Mind that child

Simon Rowley

Real-life cases and practical advice are interweaved throughout a candid, compassionate narrative. Mind That Child is a statement on what it means to be entrusted with the most precious of responsibilities - human life.

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David Sedaris

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

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The writing life

Deborah Shepard

Twelve of New Zealand's most acclaimed and admired writers speak candidly about their lives and their work.

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Steven Adams

Steven Adams

Told with warmth, humour and humility, Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise to become one of the most exciting players in the NBA and New Zealand's highest paid sportsperson.

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Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg

A wild, hilarious, brazen book about the life and poems of a man New Zealand thinks it knows, until now. Part conversation, part story-telling, part poems, it's also a book about friendship, solitude, love, death, self-destruction and endurance.

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