An autobiography (from the Greek, αὐτός-autos self + βίος-bios life + γράφειν-graphein to write) is a book about the life of a person, written by that person.

Closely associated with autobiography (and sometimes difficult to precisely distinguish from it) is the form of memoir. However, an autobiography typically focuses on the "life and times" of the writer, while a memoir has a narrower, more intimate focus on his or her own memories, feelings and emotions.

Also see Biography Memoir and Memoir.

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Look for Me There: Grieving My Father, Finding Myself
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Boyslut: A Memoir and Manifesto
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A Living Remedy: A Memoir
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The Daddy Diaries: The Year I Grew Up
Love, Pamela
Stay True
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Look for Me There: Grieving My Father, Finding Myself
The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike's Elite Running Team
Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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