Autobiography Book Lists

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsNight by Elie WieselAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Best Memoir / Biography / Autobiography
2,439 books — 2,777 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
1,242 books — 1,640 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselUnder the Banner of Heaven by Jon KrakauerInto Thin Air by Jon KrakauerThe Invention of Religion by Alexander Drake
Must Read Non-Fiction
1,171 books — 1,344 voters
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
1,005 books — 994 voters

Running with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisTo Live and Drink in L.A. by Ben PellerDry by Augusten Burroughs
Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs
212 books — 723 voters
Bossypants by Tina FeyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingLet's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  LawsonAre You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea HandlerMy Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
Funny Women Memoirs
166 books — 679 voters

Night by Elie WieselAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtSurviving The Fourth Cycle by Nathan DanielsAdversity Builds Character; An Inspirational True Life Story ... by Tom UfertRunning with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Memoirs by Men
531 books — 358 voters

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer by Marsha RobertsMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Best Memoirs/Autobiography/Travel
287 books — 310 voters
All Creatures Great and Small by James HerriotNickel and Dimed by Barbara EhrenreichKitchen Confidential by Anthony BourdainWorking by Studs TerkelAll Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
A Day in the Life: Work Memoirs
376 books — 231 voters

A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie  JamesIt Lives in The Basement by Sahara FoleyTea Party Teddy's Legacy by Dianne HarmanKarmic Krackers by Dab10Cutting Right to the Chase by Stefania Mattana
Short & Sweet Treats Under 250 Pages
202 books — 221 voters
Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud by Scott StevensNaked Lunch by William S. BurroughsCottonmouth Kisses by Clint CatalystFear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. ThompsonGet Clean by Jams N. Roses
Drug Memoir A List
152 books — 209 voters

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer by Marsha RobertsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsThe Tethered Unicorn by Tarian GreenDiary of a Freedom Writer by Darrius GarrettI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
My Favorite Memoirs
238 books — 138 voters
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob LoweMe by Katharine HepburnNatasha by Suzanne FinstadSwanson on Swanson by Gloria SwansonNever Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
Celebrity Biography
318 books — 135 voters

French Illusions by Linda Kovic-SkowThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniChasing Athens by Marissa TejadaUnsavory Elements by Tom  CarterThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Life in a foreign country
157 books — 94 voters

Night by Elie WieselThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsGirlbomb by Janice ErlbaumFun Home by Alison BechdelShot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Most Compelling Memoirs
82 books — 79 voters
The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsWild by Cheryl StrayedLucky by Alice SeboldMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisTruth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
Personal Essays that Should be Read
85 books — 61 voters

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownBlack Elk Speaks by John G. NeihardtLakota Woman by Mary Crow DogIn the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter MatthiessenPrison Writings by Leonard Peltier
Native American Biography
111 books — 51 voters
Once Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. BlountPromise of Departure by L.W. MontgomeryUnsavory Elements by Tom  Carter走得越远,离自己越近 by 洪梅In the Shadow of the Volcano by Maureen Klovers
Best Adventure Travel Memoir
45 books — 51 voters

Into Thin Air by Jon KrakauerInto the Wild by Jon KrakauerThe Long Walk by Slavomir RawiczMiracle in The Andes by Nando ParradoThe Call of the Wild by Jack London
Near Death Adventure
26 books — 16 voters

Kon-Tiki by Thor HeyerdahlVoyage of the Beagle by Charles DarwinTwo Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.Sailing Alone around the World by Joshua SlocumThe Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Classic Travelogues
21 books — 11 voters

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