Auckland Libraries: People who speak to me

People who speak to me

Check out Anne’s pick of biographies.   I really enjoy reading other people’s real life stories. I don’t think that make me a voyeur as they are the ones that chose to tell it.   From these stories I have been inspired, informed and at times horrified. Once or twice I have even felt really (badly) let down.

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Rolling with the punchlines

Urzila Carlson

Book

In her own unique style Urzila tells the story of her childhood in South Africa, her move to comedy, and ultimately to New Zealand.

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All Blacks don't cry

John Kirwan

Book

The book that cracked open the myth and encouraged all New Zealanders to be more up front about their mental health. Whether you read it for the sports or the wellness aspect, it’s a book that needs to be read.

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It's not about the bike

Lance Armstrong

Book

When I first read this book I was inspired. Needless to say, when the author finally admitted to being a drug cheat I felt very let down. It still makes an interesting read in hindsight now.

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Beyond the miracle worker

Kim E. Nielsen

Book

When I was a child I read a book called Helen Keller’s Teacher (Margaret Davidson). Ever since I have been fascinated by Helen’s teacher, Anne.

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How dare the sun rise

Sandra Uwiringiyimana

Book

It’s hard to believe in our relatively comfortable place in the world that the events in stories such as that of Congolese refugee Sandra are happening around us. Adrift in a world where she struggles to belong, it is a riveting story.

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Saving the Snowy Brumbies

Kelly Wilson

Book

I think this is probably the best of the books that have been produced by the Keeping up with the Kaimanawa’s clan.

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The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

Book

I don’t really do science so when someone recommended this book I was a bit sceptical. I should not have been. What science there was I could easily follow but the tale is actually about the bravery of three women.

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Helen

David White

Book

Of all the biographies of domestic violence, this is the one that stood out to me. Not only does it speak to the lead-up to Helen’s murder, but it also gives a real insight into the struggle of her parents.

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Short fat chick to marathon runner

Kerre Woodham

Book

As a would be runner but procrastinating lazy person who likes nothing better than putting their feet up with a good book, this book is inspiring. I dare you to read it and not hear the words in Kerre’s voice.

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Queen Victoria's mysterious daughter

Lucinda Hawksley

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This book gives a fascinating insight into not just Princess Louise's life, but that of Victoria, the rest of the royal family and British society in general at that time.

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Book list by:

Anne Dickson

Anne

LibrarianMahurangi East Library