Autobiography

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. The form of autobiography goes back to antiquity, when such works were typically entitled apologia, implying as much self-justification as self-documentation. Biographers generally rely on a wide variety of documents and viewpoints; an autobiography however may be based entirely on the writer's memory. The inability — or unwillingness — of the author to accurately recall memories has in certain cases resulted in misleading or incorrect i...more

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    The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice
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    149 books — 34 voters
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    Personal Essays that Should be Read
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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
    The Glass Castle
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    Eat, Pray, Love
    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
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    Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    A Child Called "It"
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    Running with Scissors
    Long Walk to Freedom

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