The Book Nook

Welcome to the Book Nook! This is the weekly thread for Avocados to discuss books we’re currently reading, recommendations, genre, and serious literary criticism.

This week’s recommended discussion: We don’t all read biographies, but I sometimes run out of discussion ideas, and I’d rather do this than post a free skate. I don’t read a lot of bios, but it’s easy to find the commonalities of the ones I do – actors or authors, and often women. But it’s what makes the bios stand out that make them memorable for me – they provide context for the subjects’ lives, they offer relatable insights, they have new stories (that don’t have to be salacious). If you’re a casual or a regular reader of the medium, what makes a good biography or memoir?

One caveat: because we’re here to use our words, this is a NO GIF/YouTube/social media embed zone (the OTs are full of clutter, and I want to keep that out of this thread).

upcoming topics:
2/14: 100 Book Nooks! Goals/milestones OR love and romance.
2/21: endings that change how you felt about what came before (for better or worse) h/t snugglewumps
2/28: books too much of their publication time
3/7: Remember treasure hunt books?