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Best Autobiographies

These are the top autobiographies and memoirs according to the web’s most popular book blogs. Ranked by how often they were featured.

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Michelle Obama - Jan 01, 2018
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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most we...
The Diary Of A Young Girl
Anne Frank - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 1947)
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Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here ...
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Alice Little
Long Walk to Freedom
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela - Oct 01, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou - Apr 21, 2009 (first published in 1969)
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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mothers side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her ageand has to live with the consequen...
Educated
A Memoir
Tara Westover - Feb 20, 2018
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
Sam Walton
Made in America
Sam Walton - May 01, 1992
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As Sam Walton himself said, this is "...a story about entrepreneurship, and risk, and hard work, and knowing where you want to go and being willing to do what it takes to get there. And it's a story about believing in your idea even when maybe some other folks don't, and about sticking to your guns." It's the story of how Walton parlayed a single d...
Kitchen Confidential
Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)
Anthony Bourdain - Jan 09, 2007
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A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material.New York Chef Tony Bourdain gives away secrets of the trade in his wickedly funny, inspiring m...
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Jon Favreau
Pour Your Heart Into It
How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
Howard Schultz - Jan 13, 1999 (first published in 1997)
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In Pour Your Heart Into It, CEO Howard Schultz illustrates the principles that have shaped the Starbucks phenomenon, sharing the wisdom he has gained from his quest to make great coffee part of the American experience. The success of Starbucks Coffee Company is one of the most amazing business stories in decades. What started as a single store on S...
Wild
A Journey from Lost to Found
Cheryl Strayed - Jan 01, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family drifted apart and her marriage crumbled. With nothing left to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America and to do it alone. She had no experience of lo...
Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah - Feb 12, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times - USA Today - San Francisco Chronicle - NPR - Esquire - Newsday - Booklist...
On Writing
A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King - Jun 02, 2020 (first published in 2000)
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Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly ...
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Just Kids by Patti Smith
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Iacocca by Lee Iacocca
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
Miracles Happen by Mary Kay Ash
The HP Way by David Packard
Jack by Jack Welch
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
Direct from Dell by Michael Dell
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
Heavy by Kiese Laymon
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
All But My Life by Gerda Klein
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
The White Album by Joan Didion
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Working by Robert A. Caro
Personal History by Katharine Graham
A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride
No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
In Love with the World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
Cash by Johnny Cash
Mama's Boy by Dustin Lance Black
The Master Plan by Chris Wilson
Built from Scratch by Bernie Marcus
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks
Love You Hard by Abby Maslin
Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
Sissy by Jacob Tobia
Reporter by Seymour M. Hersh
Fragments of Isabella by Isabella Leitner
Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji
Black Is the Body by Emily Bernard
Riding the Elephant by Craig Ferguson
To Stop a Warlord by Shannon Sedgwick Davis
Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson
Father, Son & Company by Thomas J. Watson
Driven by Manny Khoshbin
Man Enough To Be A Woman by Jayne County
Body and Soul by Anita Roddick
How I Became Hettie Jones by Hettie Jones
The Edge of Every Day by Marin Sardy
Engineering a Life by Krishan K. Bedi
Beating The Best Seller by CJ McDaniel
Forward by Abby Wambach