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
2,877 books — 3,172 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
1,398 books — 1,799 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
1,381 books — 1,466 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
1,079 books — 1,066 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
204 books — 860 voters

Running with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisDry by Augusten BurroughsTo Live and Drink in L.A. by Ben Peller
Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs
244 books — 759 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenThe World At Large by Adam E. MehaffeyA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonAfrica and Back by Dorothy May Mercer
Best Memoirs/Autobiography/Travel
428 books — 523 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
630 books — 410 voters
A Valentine's Surprise by Melanie  JamesCulloo by Murielle CyrIt Lives in The Basement by Sahara FoleyCutting Right to the Chase by Stefania MattanaKarmic Krackers by Dab10
Short & Sweet Treats Under 250 Pages
408 books — 299 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
470 books — 250 voters
Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud by Scott StevensNaked Lunch by William S. BurroughsCottonmouth Kisses by Clint CatalystProzac Nation by Elizabeth WurtzelFear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Drug Memoir A List
147 books — 220 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankEleanor of Aquitaine by Alison WeirCatherine the Great by Robert K. MassieThe Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirWives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
Female Biographies
609 books — 209 voters
Foreigner in My Own Backyard by Travis CaseyThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniFrench Illusions by Linda Kovic-SkowChasing Athens by Marissa TejadaThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Life in a Foreign Country
298 books — 163 voters

Lone Wolf Rising by Jami BrumfieldSpellbound in His Arms by Angel SeferTagged by Joseph M. ChironFor Whom The Bell Tolls (Vlad Dracula, #1) by Shane K.P. O'NeillMay Day by Thom  Stark
The Ultimate Reading List
97 books — 162 voters
The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsConfessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer by Marsha RobertsDiary of a Freedom Writer by Darrius GarrettI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
My Favorite Memoirs
262 books — 151 voters

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob LoweMe by Katharine HepburnNever Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan AldaVivien by Alexander  WalkerBy Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall
Celebrity Biography
431 books — 151 voters

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouBlack Boy by Richard WrightNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick DouglassSoul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
African American Memoirs
162 books — 106 voters
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Children of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Princes in the Tower by Alison WeirThe Life of Elizabeth I by Alison WeirEleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
Of Kings and Queens
241 books — 88 voters

Night by Elie WieselThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsFun Home by Alison BechdelGirlbomb by Janice ErlbaumShot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Most Compelling Memoirs
97 books — 83 voters
Escape by Carolyn JessopBeyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige HillStolen Innocence by Elissa WallUnder the Banner of Heaven by Jon KrakauerUnorthodox by Deborah Feldman
Small. Offbeat Religion Memoirs
143 books — 77 voters

The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsWild by Cheryl StrayedMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisLucky by Alice SeboldTruth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
Personal Essays that Should be Read
115 books — 76 voters
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiThe Complete Maus by Art SpiegelmanFun Home by Alison BechdelBlankets by Craig ThompsonStitches by David Small
Best Biographical Comics
106 books — 64 voters

Yoga Bitch by Suzanne MorrisonPoser by Claire DedererHoly Cow by Sarah MacdonaldMisadventures of a Garden State Yogi by Brian LeafYoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge
Best yoga memoirs
25 books — 46 voters
Relativity by Albert EinsteinMy Experiments with Truth by Mahatma GandhiAnimal Far by George OrwellPolka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts by Amrita Anand NayakThink and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
General Press Bestsellers
122 books — 16 voters

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