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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 479,791 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 476,199 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 328,073 ratings
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 907,151 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 812 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 245,702 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 243,412 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 377,743 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 454,657 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 182,198 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 268,084 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 82,748 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 280,981 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 91,414 ratings
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 124,000 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 969 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 132,348 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 344 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 341 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 82,868 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 438,330 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 45,533 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 130,414 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 227,458 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 182,582 ratings
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4.77 of 5 stars 4.77 avg rating — 75 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 76,130 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 44,471 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 65,037 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 80,427 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 103,809 ratings
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 85,338 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 237 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 37,805 ratings
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 48,449 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 101,118 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 738 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 21,015 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 45,565 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 126,896 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 23,817 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 32,472 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 59,861 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 160,791 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 185,161 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 71,278 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 88,671 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 67,967 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 234 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 13,333 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 128,421 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 37,101 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 15,110 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 67,453 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 32,729 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 112,390 ratings
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 51 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 21,257 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 66 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 41,059 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 36,318 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 28,894 ratings
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 73 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 65,582 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 16,649 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 242,388 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 32,275 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 40,843 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 15,368 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 85 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 404,856 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 116 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 39,270 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 85,491 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 11,521 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 21,000 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 14,430 ratings
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 524 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 61,608 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 173 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 61,019 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 16,988 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 37,258 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 30,024 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 35,808 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 43,346 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 111,115 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 52,568 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 25,467 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 86,610 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 126 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 21,204 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 167,832 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 7,024 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 25,250 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 54 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 55 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 26,075 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 10,885 ratings
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message 1: by Raelle (new)

Raelle Koota PATRON SAINT OF USED CARS AND SECOND CHANCES
by MARK MILLHONE

Beautiful, honest memoir that appeals to both men and women which is so rare. It is very funny, but have your kleenex near by and the phone numbers of family members handy to tell them you love them and value them


message 2: by Ryann (last edited Oct 02, 2009 01:06PM) (new)

Ryann FYI: "What is the What" is not a memoir. Nor is "Sarah's Key." Both are great books, but they're fiction.


message 3: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Ryann wrote: "FYI: "What is the What" is not a memoir. Nor is "Sarah's Key." Both are great books, but they're fiction. "

Neither is memoirs of a geisha!!! Come on people, figure it out...


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie add:Time To Be In Earnest: A Fragment Of Autobiography|3831], P. D. James

This is fabulous. six stars


message 5: by Pia (new)

Pia Never forget Anne Frank.


message 6: by Jaliyah (new)

Jaliyah this was a good book..going to read more like this !


message 7: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey The Lovely Bones isn't a memoir or biography.


message 8: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Hannibal by Thomas Harris and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller are both fiction, and I removed them.


message 9: by Sue T (new)

Sue T Wow, I'm seeing a lot of fiction on this list.


message 10: by Linda (new)

Linda Sue T wrote: "Wow, I'm seeing a lot of fiction on this list."

Can we get them removed? One of the reasons I came to look at this list was to find good biographies to add to my TBR list, so I want to be sure I'm not reading a book I think is a biography then discover it was fiction.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Linda wrote: "Sue T wrote: "Wow, I'm seeing a lot of fiction on this list."

Can we get them removed? One of the reasons I came to look at this list was to find good biographies to add to my TBR list, so I want ..."


Please don't remove them - even those are fiction-biography books, this list is still gorgeous.


message 12: by Elle (new)


message 13: by Darbi (new)

Darbi Simmons Thank you so much for creating this list Heather! I have been looking for 'Oh the Glory of it all." for years but I couldn't remember the name, thought I knew I would recognize the cover. I found it on your list and now I can read it again! Your awesome!


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet "Good Grief" is fiction.


message 15: by Janet (new)

Janet "The Friday Night Knitting Club" is fiction. Why do people put fiction titles on non-fiction lists??


message 16: by Guy (new)

Guy Here's a real fun wild and crazy memoir about the movie biz and about finding true love...please vote for this cover - Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot :)


message 17: by John (new)

John Scott Khaled Hosseini's Books (Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) are Fiction.


message 18: by Sadi (new)

Sadi Without moving from the first page there are at least three fiction novels on this.


message 19: by Miss J (new)

Miss J "Eat, Pray, Love" ranks higher up than "First they killed my father"?

The world is ending...


message 20: by Atticus (new)

Atticus No one even mentioned A Playboy Virgin's Manifesto by Atticus Rockefellar. Oh, the humanity!

http://www.amazon.com/Playboy-Virgins...


message 21: by Ben (last edited Sep 14, 2012 12:25PM) (new)

Ben The following are fiction:

#113 A Thousand Splendid Suns
#128 Memoirs of a Geisha

Shall I delete? Any others that need to go?


message 22: by Ben (new)

Ben I added a list description:

NOTE: This list is for non-fiction only.

Hopefully, this will stop the tide of fiction.


message 23: by Jean (new)

Jean Perry The Agony and the Ecstacy is fiction.


message 24: by Julie (new)

Julie Too bad one can only have 100 books on a list. I've read so many more great ones than are on my list.


message 25: by Julie (new)

Julie Not really sure if I'd classify Torey Hayden's books as memoirs but they all are great.


message 26: by William (new)

William Pfefferkorn how can i print out a list of just the title and author


message 27: by I-love-reading (new)

I-love-reading A million little pieces was later proved to be fiction


message 28: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy A number of the books on the list are fiction, for example, Winds of War


message 29: by Morgan (new)

Morgan a thousand splendid suns is fiction...


message 30: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Morgan wrote: "a thousand splendid suns is fiction..." Deleted.


message 31: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Memory Keeper's daughter is fiction


message 32: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Also Brick Lane and Pope Joan are novels as well. Laura Ingallss Wilder's books are generally classified as fiction


message 33: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy one more. A tree grows in Brookly is fiction as well.


message 34: by Cherie (new)

Cherie Magnus How can we search for specific titles on this list?


message 35: by John (last edited May 21, 2014 11:30AM) (new)

John Scott I call "stupid" or "a--hole" on every single one of the people putting fiction on this list.


message 36: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Three cups of tea is fiction.


message 37: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Lesley wrote: "Three cups of tea is fiction."

It's marketed as a memoir.


message 38: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Amazon has added: 'From Viking Press
In regards to the 60 Minutes episode that aired April 17, 2011: "Greg Mortenson’s work as a humanitarian in Afghanistan and Pakistan has provided tens of thousands of children with an education. 60 Minutes is a serious news organization and in the wake of their report, Viking plans to carefully review the materials with the author."'


message 39: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix If we start judging memoirs and biographies on their truthfulness, it will open a huge can of worms, and so far as I know, librarians haven't been given any guidance on the issue.


message 40: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell this list could use a minimum number of ratings - like 1000 - to avoid author spam.


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