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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 505,815 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 507,275 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 340,261 ratings
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 953,326 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 960 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 256,107 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 407,435 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 253,606 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 481,014 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 197,076 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 277,792 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 94,534 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 86,043 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 294,927 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 130,684 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,139 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 144,820 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 88,194 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 404 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 139,270 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 452,054 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 422 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 48,570 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 80,598 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 192,174 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 237,726 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 47,075 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 114,173 ratings
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 83 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 68,213 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 85,288 ratings
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 52,787 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 39,659 ratings
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 87,179 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 107,424 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 346 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 130,484 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 848 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 22,260 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 232,578 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 49,071 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 70,388 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 62,105 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 134,977 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 24,921 ratings
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 86 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 165,696 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 34,599 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 75,086 ratings
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 38,477 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 118,852 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 72,686 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 94,571 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 37,896 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 14,219 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 15,956 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 251 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 440,019 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 34,508 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 263,422 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 17,399 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 61 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 30,112 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 22,185 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 70 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 43,194 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 71,028 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 41,551 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 16,237 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 33,743 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 44,150 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 63,092 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 66,785 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 39,034 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 12,441 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 97 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 90,889 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 132 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 115,455 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 15,273 ratings
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 734 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 38,080 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 197 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 22,011 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 22,836 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 17,979 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 7,331 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 46,207 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 31,669 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 173,652 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 27,384 ratings
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 76 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 26,182 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 91,670 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 169 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 54,630 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 46,486 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 27,081 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 28,481 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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