We all love biographies and memoirs. Well, Dave and I (Aaron) do a lot more than Barnabas. But we all do love to talk about biographies and memoirs! And this week we’re joined by Dave’s daughter, Madelyn, who helps keep us on track as we discuss:
- What makes a good biography and why we love them
- The greatness of the word “bloviating”
- What makes a good memoir vs a bad one
- Why Christian biographies are so hard to write
- The national foods of Canada
- How Aaron really feels about Canadian coffee
- How we feel about the Tolkien movie that we haven’t seen yet
- Madelyn’s choice for the Jack Reacher Sucker-punch of the Week
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Among the many books discussed today:
- The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard by David A. Goodman
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- The Secret Diary of Heindrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old
- The Last Lion by William Manchester and Paul Reid
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
- Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
- Empowered by Catherine Parks
- A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
- A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
- Sea Biscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
- God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
- Luther: A Visual Book by Aaron Armstrong, Stephen McCaskell and Rommel Ruiz
- If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell
- Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D. A. Carson
- I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson
- A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
- John Adams by David McCullough
- The Man Called Cash by Steve Turner
- Here I Stand by Richard Bainton
- Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger
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