Best Biographies and Memoirs
Looking for good biographies and memoirs? This is my list of the best biographies and memoirs of all-time. If you only have time to read one or two books, I recommend looking at the Top Biographies and Memoirs section below.
Further down the page, you'll find more biography and memoir recommendations. Picking the best books in any category is really tough, but selecting the best biographies is essentially impossible. There are so many amazing stories and incredible people. Many of these books are fantastic as well.
I try to carefully curate all of my reading lists and you can be sure that any biography and memoir on this page is worth your time. Enjoy!
The Top Biographies and Memoirs
The Book in Three Sentences: The memoir of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his mid-thirties. Kalanithi uses the pages in this book to not only tell his story, but also share his ideas on how to approach death with grace and what it means to be fully alive.
More Biography Book Recommendations
The Book in Three Sentences: The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Simply punishing the broken only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.
The Book in Three Sentences: Oliver Sacks was a brilliant physician and a fantastic writer. He lived a full life that included dealing with criticism over being gay, attending medical school at Oxford University, experimenting with heavy drug use, traveling the United States and Canada by motorcycle, suffering life threatening injuries, squatting a California state record of 600 pounds, and being honored by the Queen of England for his many books and storied career as a physician. Sacks is a symbol of the importance of writing, the power of exploration and inquisitiveness, and the need for empathy.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey
by John Wooden
Not Fade Away
by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton
The Book in Three Sentences: It is more important to live fully than to live in a straight line. The surest gauge of the impact a life makes is how many other lives it touches. Nothing in life looks the same once you truly understand that you are not exempt from death.
The Book in Three Sentences: This book is an autobiography written by a 13-year-old boy from Japan about what it is like to live with autism. The way autistic people view the world is very different than the way we may perceive them to view the world. This disconnect between how we view and treat people with autism and how they actually view the world makes living with autism even more difficult.
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