Book Club Autobiography questions - what should you be discussing at your book club?
Keeping your books varied and interesting is your number one aim in a book club (as well as keeping it light-hearted and plenty of fun of course!)
Biographies can be a tricky book to pick. Not everyone will be interested in the person, so getting a consensus is key. We chose Dreams Of My Father by Barack Obama for example, just as he was made president. It was someone everyone knew and wanted to get to know more.
I'd recommend including at least one or two biographies each year to break up your fiction books.
It's hard to use the usual book club questions and it is much better to use biography questions. Below are a few ideas to get your discussion started. But all of the books featured on this site contain book club questions specific to that particular book.
Autobiography Book Club Questions
How much did you know about this person before reading the novel?
What did you think about this person prior to reading it?
Now you have read more about this person, has your opinion changed?
Do you like this person more or less?
How would you describe this person?What is their most impressive quality?
What has this person contributed most to the world?
If he/she hadn't been around, would the world be any different? What would have changed?
Is there any particular aspect of their life that shocked or surprised you?
Were there any parts of the book that did not ring true? Which?
Were there any parts of the book/their life where you would have liked more information?
Were there aspects of the book/their life that were too detailed? Which?
Can this person write or is it just a great story? How much help do you think the author has had to write the book?
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