Biography

A biography (from the Greek words bios meaning "life", and graphos meaning "write") is a non-fictional account of a person's life. Biographies are written by an author who is not the subject/focus of the book.

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Autobiography
Memoir
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Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II
There's a Hole in my Bucket: A Journey of Two Brothers
Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them
All In: An Autobiography
Run: Book One
Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution
Ladyparts
The Ambassador: Joseph P. Kennedy at the Court of St. James's 1938-1940
Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor
The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert
Every Minute Is a Day: A Doctor, an Emergency Room, and a City Under Siege
Blind Man's Bluff: A Memoir
This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir
The History of Bones: A Memoir
Educated
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Becoming
A Promised Land
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
Becky: The Heartbreaking Story of Becky Watts by Her Father Darren Galsworthy
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
The Soul of a Woman
Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America
The Magician
Inseparable
How I Saved the World
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselBeing and Time by Martin HeideggerHiroshima by John HerseyInto Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Must Read Non-Fiction
3,227 books — 3,563 voters
Bossypants by Tina FeyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingYes Please by Amy PoehlerLet's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  LawsonAre You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Funny Women Memoirs
407 books — 1,528 voters

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
5,116 books — 5,714 voters
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferBlood River by Tim ButcherInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Best Traveling Vicariously
2,003 books — 1,776 voters

Steve Jobs
The Diary of a Young Girl
Becoming
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
John Adams
Alexander Hamilton
Educated
Einstein: His Life and Universe
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Bossypants
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Into the Wild
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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