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Favorite Autobiographies and Memoirs

Updated on March 11, 2014
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I'm a book blogger, the Book Lady at YouTube, and a memoir writer.

Autobiographies and memoirs - a popular, exciting, and mind-expanding way to learn about other people.

I love reading autobiographies and memoirs because they open a window on the lives of others. These writers have shared a part of their lives with us - and I find this fascinating. Most of the things I read about in these books will never happen to me.

What better way to learn about how other people live? With memoirs, you get a first-hand account of the most important events in the lives of others. This is a blessing beyond compare.

Autobiographies are typically written by celebrities wanting to share their life stories. Memoirs are written by writers who want to share an episode or series of events in their lives.

This page contains reviews of autobiographies and memoirs I've read - and also I've listed some that I'd like to read in the future. At the end there's a place for you to recommend your favorite memoirs and autobiographies to me.


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What I've Been Reading

Here are some of the autobiographies and memoirs I've read recently. This is an eclectic collection of books - including celebrities, Kindle self-published memoirs, and historical memoirs.

I read a lot, and these days I always want to be reading a memoir, so I'm adding to this section frequently. When I finish a book, I'll add it to the top of the list, for visibility.

Though this page mainly lists my favorite memoirs, I'll review them all.

Over the Top - How One Move Changed a Climber's Life

Over the Top: How One Move Changed a Climber's Life
Over the Top: How One Move Changed a Climber's Life

Do you have acrophobia?

I do...

I'll probably never have the guts to scale a cliff... so it is awesome that I can sit home and read about it.

Russell Fralick was eighteen when he got involved with cliff climbing during the break between his high school graduation and the start of college. He quickly became obsessed with it - both in training and in challenging himself to climb more difficult cliffs.

This book focuses on the cliff climbing experience - something many of us might not otherwise know about. The author's enthusiasm for his scary hobby is evident in every paragraph, on every page.

I learned a lot.

 

Alien in the Delta - A boy growing up in Southern Alabama...

Alien in the Delta
Alien in the Delta

Thankful Strother grew up in the 50's in Southern Alabama near the Mississippi delta. His parents were poor, his mother loved God, and they lived next to a 'juke joint' where people got drunk and had fights.

This is the kind of autobiograhpy that a person might write for his descendants, covering a wide swath of life, without focusing on any one issue. It is self-published and my copy contained a few typos.... that's the bad part. However... I found the book to be amusing, with many funny anecdotes that he had to share about his life. I learned about a wonderful man who spent time in the service, married, came home and had an amazing career. I love reading books like these.

 

Wide Awake and Dreaming - A Memoir of Narcolepsy

Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy
Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy

I'm so sad! This poor girl was only 22 when she started falling asleep in classes. She lost her muscle control when laughing and eventually even fell asleep when driving.

That was before her diagnosis... narcolepsy! A disaster, for this young woman who wanted to be a lawyer.

The book won the San Francisco Book Festival Award for Biography/Autobiography in 2013.

 

Web of Lies - Sarah Tate's sad account of being married for six years to a narcissist.

Web of Lies - My Life with a Narcissist
Web of Lies - My Life with a Narcissist

I'm writing a memoir similar to this one, and so, felt I had to read Sarah Tate's account of living with a narcissist husband for six years in Switzerland and France. Her narcissist was different than mine... in some ways. He was extremely delusional, often out of work, and simply not an involved, loving husband.

The book is a page-turner... I read it in only two days.

 

Passport Through Darkness - A memoir of missionary work in Sudan

Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances
Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances

This is a heartbreaking, enlightening memoir by a woman who was doing well as a high-paid executive... until Christ called her into the missionary field where she became aware of a den of neglected and abused child sex slaves in Portugal.

She was unable to turn from them, and worked for two years to convince Portuguese authorities to set the children free.

After that she went to Sudan, a country that supplied many child sex slaves to brothels in Europe. There she was confronted with such difficult circumstances, such abused and injured children and women, that she returned for months at a time, for years, trying to help them... usually as a lone white woman working in existing orphanages.

This story is tragic, beyond what anyone might expect. You will be shocked and distressed to learn of what's going on in Sudan. However it is a story that needed to be told, and one that I'm recommending everyone read... Christian or not. It isn't an overtly religious book but will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the conditions for the poor and needy in Africa.

 

Back from the Abyss - Autobiography of a Low-Bottom Alky

BACK FROM THE ABYSS: The Autobiography of a Low-Bottom Alky
BACK FROM THE ABYSS: The Autobiography of a Low-Bottom Alky

Have you ever felt the need to read the autobiography of an alcoholic? Honestly, I never especially cared... but when I read Kieran Doherty's book, I was drawn in and my heart embraced the trauma and destitution of his sick and pathetic life.

Mr. Doherty was a professional journalist (he has passed on now) and a good one at that - so I guarantee this is a story that won't bore you... it is very well-written. It is definitely a page-turner.

He got my sympathy right away by writing about his questionable origins as an adopted child with no clues as to the identities of his original parents.

His adoptive parents were kind and decent, and life was fairly good for the young man until he was introduced to alcohol at a family gathering. Something inside went "click-click" and produced a comforting feeling of well-being that he learned to crave.

I've never been an alcoholic. Even though there are alcoholics in my family tree, the gene must have missed me because nothing in me clicks when I drink alcohol, except a thought that what I drank tasted awful. No great feeling of well-being comes over me.

Not so with Kieran Doherty, whose life became a series of empty bottles, broken promises, irrational actions, and deep misgivings.

You will enjoy reading his story. It is a shame that he didn't live to see the publication of this book, but when you read it - you'll understand why.

 

The Hiding Place - by Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place

This is a moving memoir about a Christian woman's experiences during World War II in Europe.

Corrie Ten Boom lived with her father and older sister in the Beje, a house in Haarlem, in the Netherlands. Her father was a respected watch maker and repairman and Corrie, who never married, followed him into that profession.

During World War II while her country was occupied by the Germans, Corrie worked for the resistance and hid many Jews in her home and in other locations. Consequently, her home was raided; she and many members of her family were arrested.

Corrie was treated horribly in the jail and later, in a concentration camp.

This book is a classic of Christian literature. Corrie Ten Boom's faith and devotion to the Word of God are inspirational. I learned many spiritual lessons from this book - mostly from Corrie's descriptions of her sister Betsie's spiritual outlook on life.

Very recommended. Easy to read. It kept my attention all the way through.

 

Autobiography of a Yogi - by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi
Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda wrote his memoirs to give us a detailed record of his childhood, his decision to seek enlightenment, and his philosophy and work as a Yogi.

This is the recommended introduction to Kriya Yoga from the Self Realization Fellowship.

The chapters in the book each detail a separate incident or issue from Yogananda's life. I appreciated this format. For example, one chapter tells the story of his meeting a certain guru or saint. Then the next chapter will be another story from his life... how he ran away from home to look for a guru, or how he met his guru, finally, and stories about his guru's ashram.

His guru insisted that he be well-educated, so Yogananda went to college in India, and founded a school for young boys there. His guru always knew that Yogananda would be the one to take the teachings of Kriya Yoga to the United States of America.

Paramahansa Yogananda was deeply devoted to Jesus and often quoted from the Bible in this book. That surprised me as I would have thought he'd be teaching more about Hindu gods or goddesses. He did mention a few of those, but didn't dwell on Hinduism. Most of his stories about India were about gurus and the Indian culture he was raised in.

I was very touched by this book, and fascinated by one chapter in which his guru returned from the dead to tell him many secrets about the afterlife. Worth reading!

 

A Stolen Life - by Jaycee Dugard

A Stolen Life: A Memoir
A Stolen Life: A Memoir

Everyone's heart goes out to this girl who was kidnapped and imprisoned at the tender age of 11. As I listened to the audiobook version of the book (read by Dugard herself) I was impressed by how she coped with years of abuse, focusing on her need for a pet! Available on Kindle, in a hardcover edition, and as an audiobook.

 

My Extraordinary, Ordinary Life - By Sissy Spacek

My Extraordinary Ordinary Life
My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

I love this book, mainly because I love Sissy Spacek's acting and singing. She's a versatile, talented actress. In Coal Miner's Daughter, a movie she won an Oscar for Best Actress for, she sang Loretta Lynn songs beautifully.

Sissy is more than that. She's a small town girl with tales to tell of her family and upbringing in Quitman, Texas.

Her book covers her life from her grandparent's lives to her marriage and motherhood, and her life as a down-home neighbor in Virginia.

 

The Glass Castle - by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Raised by eccentric nomads, Jeannette Walls opens this memoir by describing how she looked out the window of a taxi in NYC while heading for a party, to see her mother finding treasures in a dumpster. The older Walls raised Jeannette and three siblings as homeless wanderers until they were forced to settle in West Virginia. Her mother, an artist, and her father, an intellectual alcoholic, gave Jeannette a memorable childhood worth writing about. This is the hardcover version; also available in paperback, Kindle, audiobook, and Audible download versions. [The paperback version was #75 in Books at Amazon in July 2010.]

 

Just Kids - By rock star Patti Smith, called "The Godmother of Punk," who wrote about her relationship with an artist, Robert Mapplethorpe.

Just Kids
Just Kids

Patti Smith had a vividly distressing on and off relationship with photographic artist, Robert Mapplethorpe, in the 1960s and beyond.

Their lives of art and confusion in New York City, long ago, make for good reading, and though Patti doesn't get emotional in this book, you can hear the under-current mixing trauma with compassion.

They lived in the Hotel Chelsea and encountered rock stars of the day, including Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

 

Currently Reading

Here's what I'm reading this week. I almost always have an autobiography or memoir in progress.

I'm currently reading ... - A Year of No Sugar

Year of No Sugar: A Memoir
Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

We all know that sugar isn't good for us. Some people actually do something about it, and give up eating sugar. This mom talked her husband and kids into joining her on her quest to live an entire year with no sugar.

 

What's on My Memoir TBR List

These are the memoirs I'm planning to read soon. I'm always looking for new ideas about what to read, so if you have any suggestions for autobiographies and memoirs you don't see listed here, please let me know in the comment section at the end of this page.

Joni, An Unforgettable Story - A memoir by Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni: An Unforgettable Story
Joni: An Unforgettable Story

I was at my Thursday evening Christian book study when the ladies there started talking about Joni Eareckson Tada, and how much they admired her. They recommended this book.

I remembered having a copy of the book in my TBR pile, but when I got home, I couldn't find it. That's not surprising as I gave away 90% of my books a few months ago right before I moved to Idaho.

Then a couple of days later, I noticed a copy of Joni had been placed in our apartment community's "lending library" bookcase.

Of course, I snagged that book, and brought it home. I believe God wants me to read this book!

All I know about it so far... is that Joni is an artist and Christian who was injured and is a quadriplegic. Apparently she has lived a full and happy life anyway.

 

Just got these memoirs... - Will read them soon.

Climbing: Memories of a Missionary's Wife
Climbing: Memories of a Missionary's Wife

Rosalind Goforth's memories of being a missionary in China with her husband, Jonathan Goforth - who also was a prolific author.

 
On the Dark Side of the Moon
On the Dark Side of the Moon

Mike Medberry was visiting "Craters of the Moon National Monument" which is in Central Idaho... when he had a massive stroke and nearly died. This book is his testimony of the long recovery process he went through.

 
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

This memoir explores the Greek term, "Acedia" ... a spiritual condition of inability to care. Kathleen Norris shares her own experience with acedia.

 

Waging Peace - This is Neil Young's memoir. Do you love the music?

Waging Heavy Peace
Waging Heavy Peace

I'm a long-time fan of Neil Young's music so of course I want to read about his life. How about you?

This book follows a trail of life events, not always chronologically, to let readers into Neil Young's inner circle where they can share his choice truths, celebrate his music and know the secrets of his life.

Neil Young says, "Life is exciting." Let him show you why.

 

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife - Let Dr. Eben Alexander tell you what it is like to have a near death experience.

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

He was a skeptic, but now, he's not.

Brain surgeon Dr. Eben Alexander experienced the unthinkable and unexpected. He caught a rare brain disease and was in a coma for a week.

Just as his doctors planned on ending his life, his eyes flew open and he roared back to life. And friends, he has an amazing story to tell.

 

Interview with Dr. Eben Alexander, author of "Proof of Heaven" - About his near death experience.

A Long Way Gone - by Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

The powerful story of an innocent albeit mischievous twelve-year-old boy kidnapped into Sierra Leone rebel forces, initiated into a life of killing and cruelty. The book ends with his ultimate redemption and words of hope for others in similar situations.

 

A word for memoir writers

I'm interested in reading your memoirs, for review.

If you're planning to write an autobiography or memoir, you'll want to read as many as possible to get a good grasp of what is expected in the genre. I'm also starting to review autobiographies and memoirs at my new site, Activated Memories. If you have written a memoir you would like for me to review, please contact me there.

Related pages, here at Squidoo: How To Write Memoirs and Top Ten Best-Selling Biographies.


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What are your favorite autobiographies and memoirs? I'd love to know!

Your comments on memoirs are welcome - ...as always.

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    Beh 

    3 years ago

    Kristin, I'm really glad you brguhot this up, as I specialize in memoirs and biographies. Most of these manuscripts are so personal that they would only appeal to friends and family. More than any genre I read, this genre suffers from myopia. The authors are too close to their subject matter and don't have the ability to see that their stories aren't big enough to appeal to a wide audience. Your desire to avoid hurting their feelings is admirable because it's hard to break a writer's heart. But I'm honest [gently so] in the pitch sessions because, as much as it may hurt, they paid to be critiqued, and I don't think it's fair to blow smoke up their Victoria Secrets. Rather than leave them empty handed, I suggest they read memoirs and biographies with a critical eye; analyze why they liked the book, what elements gave the book wide appeal.More than anything, I wouldn't accept pages from anyone I didn't feel had an interesting story to tell.

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    phjames 

    4 years ago

    Mia Farrow has another memoir, "What Falls Away". It's a good read. "Call Me Crazy" by Anne Heche is another good one, though somewhat bizarre. By the way, I absolutely love your lens.

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    jmchaconne 

    4 years ago

    I enjoy them very much. I'm now reading "Wild Swans" by Jung Chang. It's marvelous. I also like your lens topics and your writing a lot!

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    perrinelux 

    4 years ago

    Waiting for Snow in Havana, Don't Let's go to the Dogs Tonight

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    QuizSquid 

    4 years ago

    I read The Hiding Place years ago, and it's stayed with me. Corrie Ten Boom was an amazing woman. I'll have to check out some of your other recommendations. Thanks for the effort you put into this list!

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    eric-olsen-5437 

    4 years ago

    I just wrote my first book/autobiography and am looking to get as many readers to check it out. If anyone is interested, please checkout Dirtball: The Diaries of a Worthless Somebody, I'd appreciate it. It's not the most beautiful of stories, but it's my story nonetheless.

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    Deborah Carr 

    4 years ago from Orange County, California

    I love reading biographies and autobiographies. Some people have lead amazing lives!

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    Netta3 

    4 years ago

    I love "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls. It is in my collection of top 5 favorite memoirs. I recommend "The Liar's Club" and "Cherry" by Mary Karr. She has some other books out that I haven't gotten to yet. "Please Stop Laughing at Me" by Jodee Blanco touches on bullying in school and not being accepted, even to the point her parents worried it may be her. I read "A Child Called It" by Dave Pelzer about the horrible, unimaginable child abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother. This book isn't for the faint of heart. From his first book to his second, "The Lost Boy", I can feel sadness, anger, love, hope, contempt, and a lot of other emotions wrapped into his story.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    not one from memoirs, although your list sounds very interesting

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    Kate Fereday Eshete 

    5 years ago from Ethiopia

    We must have completely different tastes, because I haven't heard of one book you mentioned! I'm English, so perhaps that explains it. I recently listened to the audiobook 'Blessings in Disguise' read by the author, Alec Guinness, a fine British actor. That was an excellent autobiography, well crafted, informative and amusing. I've written a lens about Finlay J Macdonald's autobiography, 'Crowdie and Cream'. He was a Scot from the Isle of Harris and, in my opinion, one of Scotland's finest writers. Yet he is little-known. I'm writing my own memoirs so I'll take a look at the related page you mentioned ('How to write Memoirs') and also your website, 'Activated Memories'. A very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing your recommendations.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Thanks for letting me know about this book... I will be looking for it!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Without doubt the most fascinating autobiography I have ever read is 'Back From The Abyss' from Kieran Doherty. Kierans life was deeply troubled with desperate alcoholism that followed him through to his death in 2010. Along the way he landed himself in maximum security prison and was court-martialed in the military. He had several failed marriages and careers and made a mess of much of his life. He was however a great writer and his story is told with a witty Irish charm. I have never read of such a wild and troubled life and I found this book impossible to put down. It certainly helped me put some perspective on my own life. A fantastic read.

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    Colin323 

    5 years ago

    He may not be known too well outside of Britain, but I like the playwright & author: Alan Bennett's autobiographical work; his latest is 'Untold Stories'. He is a very droll writer, with a sharp memory for everyday, ordinary detail, which is strangely compelling reading.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I've read three of the books you listed. A stolen life was the most emotional. The Last Lecture was alright but didn't do much for me. One of the best books I very read though was A Long Way Gone. I recommend you read it ASAP. Puts everything in a new prospective.

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    Tom Christen 

    5 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

    Yes autobiographies and memoirs are very interesting and inspiring to read. For me a great one was Steve Jobs and Dino ( about Dean Martin ) and Fidel Castro.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Where is steve Jobs by walter isacsson

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    socialcx1 

    5 years ago

    I just read Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom. Fascinating.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    The Liars Club by Mary Carr. If you liked Glass Castle, you'll love this one too.

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    blackbeltreader 

    5 years ago

    Thanks for the resources!

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    LaptopLeader 

    5 years ago

    I like When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It's a very interesting and fun autobiography.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    The Laughing Policeman by Glenn Wood - Shameless self promotion - but it is good I promise.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I

    Just read A Natural Woman by Carole King and loved it.

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    siobhanryan 

    5 years ago

    I would like to read Proof of Heaven and My Horizontal Life-Great list

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    Keeah 

    5 years ago

    I think Nelson Mandela's "The Long Walk to Freedom" deserves an honourable mention.

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    JoolsObsidian LM 

    5 years ago

    I love Caitlin Moran and enjoyed 'How to be a woman'. I am currently reading her newest book 'Moranthology'.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    My favorite autobiography is the Dark Knight Trilogy.

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    Annie B Francis 

    5 years ago

    Brilliant. Thanks

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    tahirmahmood 

    5 years ago

    interesting

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I love books

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Excellent insights to autobiographies of very diverse and interesting people. I especially smiled at Bot Newhart and Sissy Spacek....guess I have a warm plance in my heart for both of them....very well written, as usual! I'm a little envious of being able to read so much, my reading is pretty much on Squidoo these days...in face, here I am now!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Loved "Shit my Dad Says."

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    No Easy Day is a must read! Just finished it and I want to read it again! He really did a good job

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I really enjoyed The House on Sugar Beach, a memoir written by journalist Helene Cooper; also 6 autobiographies by Maya Angelou

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    accfuller 

    5 years ago

    These look very interesting :)

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    TamarWrites 

    5 years ago

    I enjoy reading the biographies of the stars from my childhood, when there was no paparzzi to hound you and private lives remained...private.

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    TheFreeLife 

    5 years ago

    haha, I love the "sliding into home" Kendra Wilkerson one. At first I was like really? But I bet she's lived quite the interesting life. Nice Lens!

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    texan203 lm 

    5 years ago

    A great selection

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Great

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    Loraine Brummer 

    5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

    I love to read and I'll be choosing titles off this list. Blessed!!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Autobiography of a Yogi

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Open, by Andre Agassi

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Far better

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    LaurenIM 

    5 years ago

    This is, to me, a really difficult thing, to write an autobiography. I would write a biography but doing one on myself is daunting. I hail anyone who has done one. But this lens has the best ones so I'll have to get to it! Thanks for the info!

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    DurgaLakshmi07 

    5 years ago

    wow...thanks for sharing this great lens

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Shattered dreams by Irene spencer

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    I loved Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead. It was enlightening & humorous at the latter end (in parts).

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    efaler 

    5 years ago

    The Last Lecture is life changing! I'm glad to see it made the list!

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    Projectlazy 

    5 years ago

    I have a few of these but it's my wife who's into them

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    shahedashaikh 

    5 years ago

    I do not remember whether it was a biography or autobiography since it was long time back that i read them GHALIB,Mahatma Gandhi,and India win freedom by Maulana Abul Kalaam Azad.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Great list, thanks for sharing! I didn't hear about any of these before and they sound great.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    david beckham,my world.

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    Jogalog 

    5 years ago

    I'd love to read the Happiness Project and Born to Run

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Really they are not autobiographies at all but biographies of other then famous people like Helen Keller and Ana Pavlova.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Great book list! Im surely sharing this with my friends!

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    rvmom26 

    5 years ago

    Not sure where to begin! Thanks for a great list!

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    rooshoo 

    5 years ago

    This is a great looking lens. I love reading, some of these seem kind of sad, but I bet they're really interesting.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: I have that book sitting here next to my desk... waiting to be read. Thanks for reminding me to get on it.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @jimmyboy88: It is fun to look at another person's life and culture through their own words.

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    jimmyboy88 

    5 years ago

    thanks for sharing. its time i start reading them

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    nice lens i want to read " a long way gone"

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    DebMartin 

    5 years ago

    I have not read even one of these. Shame on me. Thanks for the reading list. d

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    tfsherman lm 

    5 years ago

    I loved The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. I learned so much about African culture from that book, but the story was very uplifting as well.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Hey, another suggestion is Finding Fish. about a kid who grows up in a rough life, but finds the military. Very good.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @Scarlettohairy: Same here. I just finished a few... Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, and Farm City, by Novella Carpenter. Now I'm reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin... I think memoirs are my favorite types of books. I like to learn about how other people live... from their own point of view!

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    Peggy Hazelwood 

    5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    I love reading memoirs (have only read The Glass Castle on your list). I think it satisfies my being nosy!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Oh, those sound wonderful... I will look for them. I just got "The Happiness Project" to read, and am really looking forward to it.

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    spids1 

    5 years ago

    Great book list. Well put together!

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    Septamia 

    5 years ago

    Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - I'm shocked after reading this book.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    tnx i look forward to reading some =)

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell is a wonderful memoir. Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp is heartbreaking. I Dreamed of Africa by Kuki Gallmann is a beautiful, but haunting, memoir.

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    @VatsalMakhija: Seconded!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    @VatsalMakhija: Seconded!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @JosephLaue: Thanks for coming by and commenting, Joseph! Happy reading!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @rikaoke2010: Yes... I love to read about others' lives, and of course autobiographies focus in on the most phenomenal events.

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    JosephLaue 

    6 years ago

    Great recommendations! I'll definitely be checking a few of these out.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Autobiographies are some of the best books, in my opinion... thanks for your visit!

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    rikaoke2010 

    6 years ago

    @fdurham: I always feel amaze to read Autobiographies from great people

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @ChrisLdn: Sounds good... I think of photojournalism as an amazing, outstandingly awesome career. Perhaps I should read this too...

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    i really like books so good thing i stumbled upon this website!!!!

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    ChrisLdn 

    6 years ago

    The last autobiography I read was about Margaret Bourke-White, a photojournalist.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @BrendanSanlatte: Brendan, there's a world of incredible literature waiting for you! I love to explore the world through the thoughts and hearts of great authors.

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    BrendanSanlatte 

    6 years ago

    Very nice lens... I haven't read any of the ones you mentioned but perhaps I should!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @maryLuu: Autobiographies and memoirs are wonderful to read... I always love hearing about other people's real lives.

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    maryLuu 

    6 years ago

    I never heard about this books. :-(

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Yes... I listened to A Stolen Life on audio and couldn't believe how much trauma Jacee went through. I used to live near there in Pittsburg, right next to Antioch... all those years, not knowing. So sad!!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    a stolen life is the best autobiographies......!!!!!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: I'd like to read that. I loved the movie about his life!

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    The most amazing autobiography that I've ever read is The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I read it about twenty years ago and experienced a wide range of emotions as I read it. What I found most remarkable was Malcolm's honesty. He didn't hold anything back and was willing to admit when he was wrong.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @inspirationz: Reading and writing are my life...

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    inspirationz 

    6 years ago

    gosh you are very well-read! :) lots of book recommendations here for me to explore!

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    randomthings lm 

    6 years ago

    -i love autobiographies..grest list of books.

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    VatsalMakhija 

    6 years ago

    Nice to see Ghost in the Wires in the list! Although I couldn't understand half of the technical talk in that book, I thoroughly enjoyed the thrilling story.

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @joeyoung lm: Thanks, Joe! This lens is due for a huge update. I'm a true lover of memoirs and autobiographies.

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    joeyoung lm 

    6 years ago

    Great collection of autobiographies. Nothing better than someone's life story. There is a lot to glean from these types of books. Can't beat a true story!

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    montanatravel52 

    6 years ago

    These look like some great ideas for a great and interesting read, thanks! I think you included something for everyone:)

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    clayva 

    6 years ago

    I loved the books by Greg Mortenson - Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools. Thanks for the excellent lists, always looking for something excellent to read. I reviewed Curve of Time by Muriel Blanchet - all time favourite.

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    no Malcolm x or Frederick Douglass?? smh racist

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    steph-naylor 

    6 years ago

    Great Lens! thanks for sharing!

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    steph-naylor 

    6 years ago

    Great Lens! thanks for sharing!

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    Linda Jo Martin 

    6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    @anonymous: Yes, I'm happy for her that she's gone beyond the captivity and now can provide a decent and loving home for her children, with her own dear mother to help.

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