An autobiography (from the Greek, αὐτός-autos self + βίος-bios life + γράφειν-graphein to write) is a book about the life of a person, written by that person.

Closely associated with autobiography (and sometimes difficult to precisely distinguish from it) is the form of memoir. However, an autobiography typically focuses on the "life and times" of the writer, while a memoir has a narrower, more intimate focus on his or her own memories, feelings and emotions.

Also see Biography Memoir and Memoir.

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Mother, Can You Not?
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
I Know What I'm Doing -- and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction
"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland
Snatched: How A Drug Queen Went Undercover for the DEA and Was Kidnapped By Colombian Guerillas
Season of Infamy: A Diary of War and Occupation, 1939-1945
Redeemable: A Memoir of Darkness and Hope
Lab Girl
Lust & Wonder
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
So Sad Today
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Lust & Wonder
Lab Girl
Mother, Can You Not?
Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle
The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Favorite memoirs/autobiographies
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Night by Elie WieselAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtRunning with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisDry by Augusten Burroughs
Memoirs by Men
730 books — 459 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Memoirs by Women
1,658 books — 2,053 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1,228 books — 1,208 voters

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Best Show Business Memoirs/Biographies
209 books — 273 voters
True Hollywood Noir by Dina Di MambroStories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob LoweMe by Katharine HepburnNatasha by Suzanne FinstadNever Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
Celebrity Biography
616 books — 208 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
The Glass Castle
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
Yes Please
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Eat, Pray, Love
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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