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Old 10-14-2015, 10:37 AM
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Best Autobiography Titles

Two came to my mind for the best titles of an autobiography.

Oscar Levant's Oscar Levant: Memoirs of an Amnesiac

and

Harpo Marx's Harpo Speaks

I remember one other title, but I can't remember who wrote it. All This and a Pickle, Too?

I'm not talking here about good autobiographies, just really engaging or apt titles.

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If I Did It. That was autobiological, wasn't it?
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Steve Martin: Born Standing Up

Perfect.
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Son of Harpo Speaks- Bill Marx (who is....)
The Umpire Strikes Back- Ron Luciano (which may be just funny baseball stories)
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:25 AM
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Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys Michael Collins

Best astronaut book and a damn fine read. Double points because he didn't use a ghost writer.
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I always liked A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
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"Prisoner of Trebekistan", by 5-time Jeopardy champ Bob Harris.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:39 AM
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Total Recall by Arnold Schwartzaneggar

Littler Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore*












*Her big break was in E.T. -- The Extraterrestrial. the same summer it came out, so did the Spielberg-produced Poltergeist, which featured another blonde kid actress. That film was based, in part, on the Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost".
Well, it might seem a long ramble of a connection to you, but, as a fan of weird cinema and TV, it was immediately obvious to me.
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I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock, both by Leonard Nimoy.
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I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock, both by Leonard Nimoy.
James Doohan once quipped that he was going to title his autobiography I Am Not Spock, Either.
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:31 PM
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Not a great book but certainly an apt title: Who I Am by Pete Townshend
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:34 PM
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A Liar's Autobiography, Volume VI by Graham Chapman

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim (Nellie from Little House on the Prairie, and one of my favorite memoirs)

How to Grow Old Disgracefully by Hermione Gingold
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:36 PM
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Well, this one is actually fictional so it might not qualify, but I think Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography deserves a mention.
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Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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Alan Alda, Things I Overheard Talking to Myself

Fred Allen, Much Ado About Nothing and Treadmill to Oblivion

Henny and Jim Backus, What Are You Doing After the Orgy?

Milton Berle, B. S. I Love You

Yogi Berra, What Time Is It? You Mean Now?

David Cross, I Drink for a Reason

Jack Douglas, My Brother Was an Only Child

Alexander King, I Should Have Kissed Her More, Is There a Life After Birth?, and Mine Enemy Grows Older
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Lauren Bacall: By Myself

She titled it that way because she thought people would assume she used a ghostwriter. Good for her.
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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by physicist Richard Feynman
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Keith Emerson, Pictures of an Exhibitionist
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My favorite has always been Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion by David Brinckley.
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:44 PM
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Stephen Fry's Moab is my Washpot.

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The title, never explained in the text of the book, is a verse found in Psalm 60 and Psalm 108. Through wearing sandals, people's feet would become filthy in the dusty desert environment and upon entering a home feet would be washed with water by pouring water over them into a washpot. Moab, which had threatened Israel, was to be so completely subdued, and so became likened to a wash pot or basin.[2] This title was selected because Fry saw the book as "scrubbing at the grime of years".[3]

The Oxford English Dictionary gives "moab (n.): 2. Chiefly in English public schools: an outdoor conduit for washing; a tub, trough, or other container for water; a washroom."
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:00 AM
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Stephen Fry's Moab is my Washpot.
The Oxford English Dictionary gives "moab (n.): 2. Chiefly in English public schools: an outdoor conduit for washing; a tub, trough, or other container for water; a washroom."


Just don't tell the people in Moab, Utah about this*






*Moab is the town just outside Arches National Park, where the opening to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -- among other flicks -- was filmed. Lotsa motels filled with tourists.
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:00 AM
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Nigger by Dick Gregory. He explained to his mother, "Whenever you hear the word 'Nigger', you'll know their advertising my book."

X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Ray Davies in which Davies is an eccentric old man telling his life story to a nameless young interviewer working for the world-ruling conglomerate called "The Corporation."
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:01 AM
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Desi Arnaz -- A Book and it's sequel Another Book.
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Looking Up--Michael J. Fox (5'4")
Still Me - Christopher Reeve

As for bios, John Keat's You Might As Well Live: The Lives and Times of Dorothy Parker, inspired by her famous poem Resume:

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.

Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live
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For bios, my favorite title is the biography of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism. Its title is No Man Knows my History, a statement made by Smith in one of his speeches.





















The author, Fawn Brodie, was a woman.

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Old 10-15-2015, 12:33 PM
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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

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A View From A Broad, Bette Midler
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:53 AM
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I Want It Now!, by Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
This Is A Book, by Demetri Martin.
Dirty Jokes and Beer, by Drew Carey.
Hyperbole and a Half, by Ellie Brosh. Yeah, it was the title of her blog/comic first, but it's still a good title.
Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson, about battling mental illness.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:01 AM
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"Bring on The Empty Horses" by David Niven
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I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report
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The Sensuous Dirty Old Man by Dr. A.
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:57 PM
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That was not really an autobiography . It was a parody and response to The Sensuous Man by M and The Sensuous Woman by J.

His autobiographies were In Memory Yet Green, In Joy Still felt, and I.Asimov
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:02 PM
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Michael Caine, What's it All About ?
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein.
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:59 PM
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Me, by Katharine Hepburn.

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Old 10-20-2015, 02:08 PM
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Still Me, by Christopher Reeve
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Richard Feynman's memoirs were subtitled The Adventures of a Curious Character

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I remember seeing that The Situation from Jersey Shore wrote a book about himself called Here's the Situation.

But I didn't read it, I swear!

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Old 10-20-2015, 04:28 PM
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I am embarrassed to admit this, but I remember seeing that The Situation from Jersey Shore wrote a book about himself called Here's the Situation.

But I didn't read it, I swear!
Isn't he the one that claimed to be unfamiliar with everything in his autobiography?
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:39 PM
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If I may contribute a worst candidate:

sTORI Telling (Tori Spelling)


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Old 10-21-2015, 09:18 AM
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Darkness Visible, Styron's memoir of madness.
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Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Actually, all of Maya Angelou's memoirs have great titles:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Gather Together in My Name
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (my favorite)
The Heart of a Woman
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
A Song Flung Up to Heaven
Mom & Me & Mom

And I love Whoopi Goldberg's title Book

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Desi Arnaz -- A Book and it's sequel Another Book.

I was going to say that but I was not sure it belonged. I had no idea he had a sequel

I'm big on reference and autobiographies!

I thought I had two Kelsey Grammer books but I can only find one
"So Far"

Lucille Ball
"Love Lucy"

Regis Philbin
"I'm only one man"
"Who wants to be me?"

Fran Dresher
"Enter whining"

Bill Cosby
"Fatherhood"

Roseanne Arnold (at that time she was an Armold)
"My lives"

Mary Tyler Moore
"After All"

Rosie O'Donnell
"Find Me"

Paul Reiser
"Couplehood"


Guess Kelsey did not have another book...oh well
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:47 PM
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Russell Brand - My Booky Wook
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Shirley, I Jest! by Cindy Williams of LaVerne & Shirley.
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:22 PM
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I was going to say that but I was not sure it belonged. I had no idea he had a sequel

I'm big on reference and autobiographies!

I thought I had two Kelsey Grammer books but I can only find one
"So Far"

Lucille Ball
"Love Lucy"

Regis Philbin
"I'm only one man"
"Who wants to be me?"

Fran Dresher
"Enter whining"

Bill Cosby
"Fatherhood"

Roseanne Arnold (at that time she was an Armold)
"My lives"

Mary Tyler Moore
"After All"

Rosie O'Donnell
"Find Me"

Paul Reiser
"Couplehood"


Guess Kelsey did not have another book...oh well

I have to ask: do you really find any of these clever?


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Confessions of a Hooker: My Lifelong Love Affair with Golf by Bob Hope.
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:30 PM
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Shit My Dad Says is a hilarious name. Not an autobiography by any stretch, but certainly a memoir of sorts, as the aforementioned "shit" serves mostly as introductions to vignettes and essays about Halpern's own life.
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Carl Reiner: I Remember Me followed by I Just Remembered followed by What I Forgot to Remember.
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