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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
3,815 books — 4,358 voters

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëA Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Best Feminist Books
1,693 books — 2,405 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
2,035 books — 2,397 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselBeing and Time by Martin HeideggerHiroshima by John HerseyAgainst the Flow by Peter Abbs
Must Read Non-Fiction
1,864 books — 2,008 voters
John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Best Non-fiction American History Books
1,450 books — 1,924 voters

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenHiroshima by John HerseyUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandOn Killing by Dave Grossman
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,129 books — 1,503 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChasing the Devil by Tim Butcher
Africa
1,317 books — 1,384 voters

Bossypants by Tina FeyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingLet's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  LawsonYes Please by Amy PoehlerAre You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Funny Women Memoirs
298 books — 1,361 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
1,387 books — 1,337 voters

Running with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisDry by Augusten BurroughsGirl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs
427 books — 924 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherThe Trigger by Tim ButcherChasing the Devil by Tim ButcherA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonAfrica and Back by Dorothy May Mercer
Best Memoirs/Autobiography/Travel
671 books — 727 voters

Night by Elie WieselAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtRunning with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsDry by Augusten BurroughsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Memoirs by Men
821 books — 515 voters
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonFreakonomics by Steven D. LevittQuiet by Susan CainThe Ecological Rift by John Bellamy FosterThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Best 21st Century Non-Fiction
512 books — 403 voters

All Creatures Great and Small by James HerriotNickel and Dimed by Barbara EhrenreichKitchen Confidential by Anthony BourdainAll Things Bright and Beautiful by James HerriotWorking by Studs Terkel
A Day in the Life: Work Memoirs
543 books — 316 voters
Bossypants by Tina FeyStories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob LoweYes Please by Amy PoehlerIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingConfessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim
Best Show Business Memoirs/Biographies
233 books — 291 voters

The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniForeigner in My Own Backyard by Travis CaseyFrench Illusions by Linda Kovic-SkowLiving In Italy by Stef SmuldersThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Life in a Foreign Country
534 books — 288 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankEleanor of Aquitaine by Alison WeirThe Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirCatherine the Great by Robert K. MassieThe Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
Female Biographies
951 books — 285 voters

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia PlathStories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob LoweCash by Johnny CashNatasha by Suzanne FinstadMarie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
Celebrity Biography
732 books — 252 voters

The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertConfessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer by Marsha RobertsNight by Elie Wiesel
My Favorite Memoirs
337 books — 204 voters
Spellbound in His Arms by Angel SeferLone Wolf Rising by Jami BrumfieldFor Whom The Bell Tolls (Vlad Dracula, #1) by Shane K.P. O'NeillWood, Talc and Mr. J by Chris   RoseTagged by Joseph M. Chiron
The Ultimate Reading List
153 books — 181 voters

Blood River by Tim ButcherThe Trigger by Tim ButcherThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsWild by Cheryl StrayedMe Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Personal Essays that Should be Read
185 books — 175 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherThe Trigger by Tim ButcherNight by Elie WieselThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsVeronica's Grave by Barbara Donsky
Most Compelling Memoirs
149 books — 171 voters

A Night to Remember by Walter LordTitanic by Don LynchThe Night Lives On by Walter LordVoyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson WhiteThe Discovery of the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard
Best Titanic Books
118 books — 143 voters

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick DouglassSoul on Ice by Eldridge CleaverBlack Boy by Richard Wright
African American Memoirs
192 books — 138 voters
Traveling Mercies by Anne LamottThe Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas MertonConfessions by Augustine of HippoSurprised by Joy by C.S. LewisA Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
The Best Spiritual Autobiographies
114 books — 125 voters

The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouOnce Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. BlountRunning with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Coming-of-Age Memoirs
84 books — 97 voters

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