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Ask Granny has  chosen seven  books that men and women might find interesting.

These 7 biographies and not so traditional biographies, give a view into the lives of individuals who have made significant contributions to a variety of topics, from art and technology to history and politics.

  • Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson:
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • The author provides a comprehensive and interesting biography of the iconic Renaissance artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci. This book delves into da Vinci’s creative genius, exploring his artworks, notebooks, and the intricacies of his life.
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance:
    • Elon Musk
    • This extraordinary book offers a detailed look into the life of Elon Musk, a truly interesting biography of the entrepreneur and visionary behind companies like Tesla and SpaceX. It describes Musk’s ambitious goals, challenges, and the impact he has made on the tech and space industries.
  • “The Code Breaker:
  • This book is about Jennifer Doudna,  Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (2021) – This biography explores the life and work of Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist, and her pioneering role in the development of CRISPR gene-editing technology.
  • Code Breaker
  • Greenlights
  • by Matthew McConaughey (2020) – Although not a traditional biography, this book is a fascinating memoir by the Academy Award-winning actor, providing insights into his life, career, and philosophy.

Green Lights

A Promised Land

by Barack Obama (2020) – This is the  first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoirs, covering his early political career and his first term in the White House. It is the first of a planned two volume series.


  • The Splendid and the Vile:
  • A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik Larson (2020) – This book  delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and focuses on him and his leadership during the early days of World War II.

Splendid And The Vile

  • The Room Where It Happened:
  • A White House Memoir” by John Bolton (2020) – John Bolton, who served as National Security Advisor for U.S. President Trump, provides an insider’s account of his time in the Trump administration.

The Room Where It Happened