Biography Books


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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Acceptance: A Memoir
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe
Scenes from My Life: A Memoir
Hitler's Girl: The British Aristocracy and the Third Reich on the Eve of WWII
This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After
Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery
The Liar: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Cold War's Last Honest Man
Mothercare: On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence
Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller
Always Faithful: A Story of the War in Afghanistan, the Fall of Kabul, and the Unshakable Bond Between a Marine and an Interpreter
Into Enemy Waters: A World War II Story of the Demolition Divers Who Became the Navy SEALS
Democratic Justice: Felix Frankfurter, the Supreme Court, and the Making of the Liberal Establishment
Napoleon: The Decline and Fall of an Empire: 1811-1821
Eliot After the Waste Land
Stand Up!: 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change
Undoctored: The Story of a Medic Who Ran Out of Patients
Three Sisters (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #3)
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands
The Happiest Man on Earth
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
No One Crosses the Wolf: A Memoir
Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War between the Windsors
The Daughter of Auschwitz: A Memoir
Out of the Corner
Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
James Patterson by James Patterson: The Stories of My Life
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists
John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Best American History Books
1,990 books — 2,410 voters
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandLone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellWe Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,696 books — 2,089 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
416 books — 1,573 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
5,292 books — 5,797 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,705 books — 1,810 voters
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonBlood River by Tim ButcherThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Best Traveling Vicariously
2,323 books — 1,834 voters

Steve Jobs
The Diary of a Young Girl
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
John Adams
Alexander Hamilton
Einstein: His Life and Universe
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Into the Wild

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