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1 The Diary of a Young Girl
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2 The Glass Castle
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 437,546 ratings
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3 Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 445,495 ratings
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4 Angela's Ashes (Frank McCou...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 309,357 ratings
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5 Eat, Pray, Love
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 820,388 ratings
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6 Chickens, Mules And Two Old...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 620 ratings
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7 Running with Scissors
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 225,336 ratings
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8 Into Thin Air: A Personal A...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 226,302 ratings
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9 Tuesdays with Morrie
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 326,903 ratings
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10 Into the Wild
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 410,053 ratings
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11 Marley and Me: Life and Lov...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 253,573 ratings
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12 A Child Called "It"
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 242,694 ratings
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13 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 77,404 ratings
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14 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 156,098 ratings
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15 Persepolis: The Story of a ...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 83,683 ratings
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16 The Hiding Place
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 111,260 ratings
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17 Sihpromatum - I Grew My Boo...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 224 ratings
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18 Free Country: A Penniless A...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 548 ratings
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19 John Adams
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 110,468 ratings
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20 Two Old Fools on a Camel: F...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 229 ratings
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21 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 73,980 ratings
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22 Me Talk Pretty One Day
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 412,526 ratings
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23 Wild Swans: Three Daughters...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 40,314 ratings
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24 Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale:...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 116,073 ratings
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25 The Lullaby Illusion: A Jou...
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4.85 of 5 stars 4.85 avg rating — 62 ratings
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26 All Creatures Great and Small
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 68,457 ratings
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27 The Color of Water: A Black...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 59,993 ratings
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28 Three Cups of Tea: One Man'...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 208,209 ratings
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29 The Last Lecture
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 164,236 ratings
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30 Infidel
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 40,091 ratings
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31 Man's Search for Meaning
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 87,474 ratings
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32 Seriously Mum, What's an Al...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 140 ratings
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33 The Story of My Life
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 70,302 ratings
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34 Reading Lolita in Tehran
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 81,605 ratings
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35 Black Like Me
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 34,348 ratings
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36 The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 42,529 ratings
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37 That Bear Ate My Pants!
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 405 ratings
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38 On Writing: A Memoir of the...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 91,013 ratings
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39 The Complete Persepolis (Pe...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 40,360 ratings
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40 Escape
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 20,878 ratings
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41 Cheaper by the Dozen
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 19,096 ratings
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42 A Heartbreaking Work of Sta...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 120,281 ratings
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43 A Million Little Pieces
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 151,858 ratings
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44 Sliding on the Snow Stone
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 202 ratings
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45 Dry
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 55,714 ratings
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46 The Diving Bell and the But...
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47 Lucky
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 63,452 ratings
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48 Glass Half Full
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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73 avg rating — 45 ratings
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49 West with the Night
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 11,919 ratings
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50 Dreams from My Father: A St...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 77,660 ratings
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51 'Tis (Frank McCourt, #2)
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 33,869 ratings
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52 Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexi...
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53 The Liars' Club
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 33,879 ratings
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54 A Piece of Cake
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 12,752 ratings
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55 Assuming Names (Criminal Mi...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 119 ratings
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56 The Year of Magical Thinking
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 65,002 ratings
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57 The Diary of a Single Paren...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 50 ratings
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58 Midnight in the Garden of G...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 117,509 ratings
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59 Don't Let's Go to the Dogs ...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 30,125 ratings
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60 The Girl Behind the Painted...
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61 Wild: From Lost to Found on...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 133,600 ratings
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62 Mountains Beyond Mountains:...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 37,632 ratings
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63 Just Kids
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 58,708 ratings
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64 Girl, Interrupted
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 101,490 ratings
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65 The Pianist
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 24,303 ratings
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66 Truman
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 29,392 ratings
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67 Sell the Pig
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 63 ratings
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68 Look Me in the Eye: My Life...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 34,796 ratings
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69 Rupee Millionaires
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 83 ratings
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70 Narrative of the Life of Fr...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 35,708 ratings
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71 More Ketchup Than Salsa - C...
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 401 ratings
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72 French Illusions: My Story ...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 130 ratings
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73 Team of Rivals: The Politic...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 55,786 ratings
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73 The Immortal Life of Henrie...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 210,398 ratings
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75 The Audacity of Hope: Thoug...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 76,287 ratings
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76 Autobiography of a Face
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 12,611 ratings
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77 Out of Africa
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 15,336 ratings
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78 My Family and Other Animals...
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79 Truth and Beauty
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 19,270 ratings
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80 Princess: A True Story of L...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 15,085 ratings
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81 Surely You're Joking, Mr. F...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 51,716 ratings
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82 Sybil: The Classic True Sto...
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83 Kitchen Confidential: Adven...
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84 First They Killed My Father...
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85 A Year in Provence
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86 Black Boy
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87 Even More Ketchup than Sals...
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88 Born Standing Up: A Comic's...
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89 Bossypants
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 344,478 ratings
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90 What is the What
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 48,896 ratings
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91 A Girl Named Zippy
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 22,949 ratings
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92 Speak, Memory
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93 Alive: The Story of the And...
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94 Seriously Mum, Where's that...
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95 Surviving The Fourth Cycle
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96 Naked
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97 Walden
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98 Survival in Auschwitz
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99 The Bookseller of Kabul
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100 The Autobiography of Benjam...
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Comments (showing 1-40 of 40) (40 new)

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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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