RECOMMENDED BOOKS
-BIOGRAPHIES | MEMOIRS | NON-FICTION-

Who wouldn’t love a real, non-fictional, “this shit actually happened” story. Inspirational and fascinating. Wisdom bleeding on the pages. Or perhaps purely entertaining. Or a bit of everything.


Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon by Paul Rosolie
5/5 At first I thought this is “only” about a one man’s incredible adventure in the depths of the Amazon. But it’s so much more. Along this captivating adventure there is happiness, sadness, excitement and heartbreak from the world’s greatest rainforest and everything it holds under it’s canopy. If you are not a conservationist at heart now you will be be after reading this.

Nancy Wake: A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine by Peter FitzSimons
4/5 Unbelievable true story about Nancy Wake, a brave (that’s an understatement) woman who worked behind the enemy lines in France at the end of WWII. She had minimal regard for her own safety as well as a fiery personality to go with it. The writing wears you out after a while, I think it’s the “Australianism” of his style. Read it, you’ll know what I mean. But it’s ok when the story is as captivating as her’s is. (Read in 2017)

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
1/5 I stopped 100 pages in. I was expecting a laugh out loud moments, nut it fell short. Few funny parts, yes. but I didn’t get much out of this one. I’ll give another one of his books a go at some point. This I couldn’t get into. (Read in 2017)

Just Kids by Patti Smith
5/5 A book about love, art and death. Patti Smith’s beautiful tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. (Read in 2017)

M Train by Patti Smith
5/5 A book about art, coffee and spaces between art. Patti Smith is living with her own terms, a beautifully captivating writer and I absolutely love how she does it. All I wanted to do when reading this was to drink coffee, listen to music and write. A book I will revisit for years to come. (Read in 2017)

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
3/5 Except for the political parts (only because I wasn’t interested in it) in the middle I liked it. The part in Kenya was the highlight. (Read in 2017)

The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War by James Hider
4/5 A well researched book about the war of ideologies in the Holy land. James Hider is trying to make sense of it while being based in Iraq as war correspondent. It took me about 50 pages to get into it but after that I had hard time putting it down. (Read in 2017)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
4/5 Last time I saw the movie I didn’t think much it. But I loved the book. If there is one style of writing that I’d like to emulate it’s Thompson. He’s hilarious. (Read in 2017)

Paakallosotilas (no international link)
Aarne Kahara
5/5 A WWII story about the SS and Finnish volunteers. Again, I might be biased since I inhale every piece of information I get about WWII but it is well written and a captivating story. (Read in 2016)

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
4/5 Partly a “how to”, partly a autobiography from one of the greatest and productive fiction writers of all time. If you are a writer or a fan of his writing you’ll love it. (Read in 2016)

Man’s Search for Meaning
Victor E. Frankl
4/5 Brilliant book about a dark subject. (Read in 2016)

Around the World in Fifteen Friends: Fifteen Short Stories of Love, Crime, and Kindness
Tynan
3/5 Easy, fun read if you like to travel. Word of warning: you’ll want to pack your bags and leave when reading this. (Read in 2016)

In the Footsteps of Churchill
Richard Holmes
1/5  I am fascinated by Churchill but didn’t like how this was written, struggled to get a grip of anything. I stopped about 100 pages in probably because it wasn’t told as a story but rather by following facts. (Read in 2016)

Humans of New York : Stories
Brandon Stanton
5/5 Funny, sad, and everything in between with great great photos and stories of normal people going through life. I read this in a one morning/afternoon. (Read in 2016)

Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
William McKeen
4/5 The further I got into this the better it got. Not only does it give you a sense of his writing process but also an entertaining story of the way he lived. In the end, one can’t help but wonder how great he would’ve been without the excessive use of drugs and alcohol. Or was that what made him so great? (Read in 2016)

Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
Hunter S. Thompson (Read in 2016)

Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
5/5 My favorite book of 2016. Then again, I am a massive Bruce Springsteen fan. (Read in 2016)

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
Richard P Feynman

Random Reminiscences of Men and Events: Autobiography
John D. Rockefeller

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy
Jonathan Clements

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy
Bill Browder

The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey
Muhammad Ali

Saving Private Sarbi
Sandra Lee

War Dog: The No-Man’s Land Puppy Who Took to the Skies
Damien Lewis

Fidel and Che: A Revolutionary Friendship
Simon Reid-Henry

Three Men In a Raft
Ben Kozel

Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America’s Strangest Jail
Thomas McFadden

The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel
Roberto Escobar

Scar Tissue
Anthony Kiedis

Miles
Miles Davis

Slash
Slash

It’s So Easy: and other lies
Duff McKagan

I Am Ozzy
Ozzy Osbourne