Biography and Memoir

Discover the stories of their lives, in recent biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.
Updated February 29, 2024
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Making It So: A Memoir
Patrick Stewart
THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER The long-awaited memoir from iconic, beloved actor and living legend Sir Patrick Stewart! From his acclaimed stage triumphs to his legendary onscreen work in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, Sir...
The Woman in Me
Britney Spears
Named a Best Book of the Year by Elle, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, NPR, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, and more! "In Britney Spears's memoir, she's stronger than ever." --The New York Times Over 2 million...
ELON MUSK
Isaacson, Walter
#1 New York Times bestseller From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era--a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of...
My Name Is Barbra
Barbra Streisand
The long-awaited memoir by the superstar of stage, screen, recordings, and television Barbra Streisand is by any account a living legend, a woman who in a career spanning six decades has excelled in every area of entertainment. She is among the handful of EGOT winners (Emmy,...
World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music
Jeff Tweedy
What makes us fall in love with a song? What makes us want to write our own songs? Do songs help? Do songs help us live better lives? And do the lives we live help us write better songs? After two New York Times bestsellers that cemented and expanded his legacy as one of America's best-loved...
Enough
Cassidy Hutchinson
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Cassidy Hutchinson's desk was mere steps from the most controversial president in recent American history. Now, she provides a riveting account of her extraordinary experiences as an idealistic young woman thrust into the middle of a national...
THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND a memoir at the end of sight /
Leland, Andrew,
Named one of the best books of the year by- THE NEW YORKER . THE WASHINGTON POST . THE ATLANTIC . NPR . PUBLISHERS WEEKLY . LITHUB A witty, winning, and revelatory personal narrative of the author's transition from sightedness to blindness and his...
A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial
Viet Thanh Nguyen
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD The highly original, blistering, and unconventional memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, which has now sold over one million copies worldwide With insight, humor, formal invention,...
DON'T LET THEM BURY MY STORY: THE OLDEST LIVING SURVIVOR OF THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE IN HER OWN WORDS
Ford Fletcher, Viola
"Every day, I have lived through the massacre. While our country may forget this history, I cannot." Viola Ford Fletcher   Viola Ford Fletcher's memoir Don't Let Them Bury My Story vividly recounts the lasting impact of the Tulsa Massacre on her life....
Necessary Trouble: Growing Up at Midcentury
Drew Gilpin Faust
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A memoir of coming of age in a conservative Southern family in postwar America. To grow up in the 1950s was to enter a world of polarized national alliances, nuclear threat, and destabilized social hierarchies. Two...
Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided
Scott Eyman
The "shocking" (The Wall Street Journal), must-read story of Charlie Chaplin's years of exile from the United States during the postwar Red Scare, and how it ruined his film career, from bestselling biographer Scott Eyman. Bestselling Hollywood biographer and film...
Up Home: One Girl's Journey
Ruth J. Simmons
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . "Simmons's evocative account of her remarkable trajectory from Jim Crow Texas, where she was the youngest of twelve children in a sharecropping family, to the presidencies of Smith College and Brown University shines with tenderness and dignity."-The New York...
Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me
Bernie Taupin
**NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** An evocative, clear-eyed, and revealing memoir by Bernie Taupin, the lyrical master and long-time collaborator of Elton John "I loved writing, I loved chronicling life and every moment I was cogent,...
The Race to Be Myself: A Memoir
Caster Semenya
Olympian and World Champion Caster Semenya is finally ready to share the vivid and heartbreaking story of how the world came to know her name. Thrust into the spotlight at just eighteen years old after winning the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Semenya's win was quickly overshadowed by...
How to Say Babylon: A Memoir
Safiya Sinclair
A New York Times Notable Book A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! A Best Book of 2023 by the New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, Vulture, Shelf Awareness, Goodreads, Esquire, The Atlantic<...
YOU COULD MAKE THIS PLACE BEAUTIFUL A Memoir
Smith, Maggie
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NPR Best Book of the Year * Time Best Book of the Year * Oprah Daily Best Memoir of the Year "A bittersweet study in both grief and joy." ­--Time ...
Father and Son: A Memoir
Jonathan Raban
A NEW YORKER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * A poignant memoir of love, trauma, and recovery after a life-changing stroke, twinned to a powerful account of his father's experience in World War II, by a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. "A beautiful,...
In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life
Amy Schneider
"Warm and funny." --The New York Times * "Refreshingly no-holds-barred." --USA TODAY * "Delightful." --San Francisco Chronicle An inspirational, witty, and bold memoir from the most successful woman ever to compete on Jeopardy!--an exploration of...
Lou Reed: The King of New York
Will Hermes
"The only Lou Reed bio you need to read." --The Washington Post A Rolling Stone best music book of 2023 | One of Pitchfork's ten best music books of 2023 | A Variety best music book of the year | A Kirkus Reviews best nonfiction...
PRESIDENT GARFIELD From Radical to Unifier
Goodyear, C. W.
An "ambitious, thorough, supremely researched" (The Washington Post) biography of the extraordinary, tragic life of America's twentieth president--James Garfield. In "the most comprehensive Garfield biography in almost fifty years" (The Wall Street Journal),...
Talking to My Angels
Melissa Etheridge
Twenty years after the success of her first memoir, the New York Times bestseller The Truth Is . . ., the Grammy and Oscar award-winning rocker and trailblazing LGBTQAI icon takes stock of the intervening years, recounting the euphoric triumphs and the life-altering tragedies of her life. ...
Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World
Christian Cooper
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . Central Park birder Christian Cooper takes us beyond the viral video that shocked a nation and into a world of avian adventures, global excursions, and the unexpected lessons you can learn from a life spent looking up. "Wondrous . . ....
Wandering through Life: A Memoir
Donna Leon
Theinternationally bestselling author of the Guido Brunetti mysteries tells herown adventurous life story as she enters her eighties In a series of vignettes full of affection, irony, and good humor, DonnaLeon narrates a remarkable life she feels has rather more...
When I Was Your Age: Life Lessons, Funny Stories & Questionable Parenting Advice from a Professional Clown
Kenan Thompson
"Kenan is a master storyteller with extraordinary stories to tell. I wouldn't miss this for the world."--Leslie Jones When I Was Your Age is a hilarious, heartwarming and surprising ode to growing up, getting older and wiser, and luck, life, and learning from the school of hard knocks...
George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle
Philip Norman
From the premiere Beatles biographer--author of the New York Times bestseller John Lennon: The Life and Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation--a rare and "absorbing biography" (Wall Street Journal) of George Harrison, the most misunderstood and mysterious Beatle,...
Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir
Curtis Chin
An American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book Most Anticipated This Fall in TIME, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Goodreads, Lamba Literary Review, Kirkus...
Sure, I'll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere
Maria Bamford
From "weird, scary, ingenious" (The New York Times) stand-up comedian Maria Bamford, an instant New York Times bestselling, brutally honest, and "laugh-out-loud funny" (Jennette McCurdy, #1 New York Times bestselling author) memoir about show business, mental health, and the...
Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America
Joy-Ann Reid
#1 New York Times Bestseller "Medgar Evers deserves a place alongside Malcolm X and Dr. King in our historical memory. Evers, with Myrlie as his partner in activism and in life, was doing civil rights work in the single most hostile and dangerous environment in America."--from Medgar...
Sharing Too Much: Musings from an Unlikely Life
Richard Paul Evans
The #1 New York Times bestselling author and "king of Christmas fiction" (The New York Times) delivers a charming and inspirational collection of personal essays. Before he was the #1 New York Times bestselling author of holiday classics such as The...
On Great Fields: The Life and Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Ronald C. White
NATIONAL BESTSELLER . From the author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses comes the dramatic and definitive biography of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the history-altering professor turned Civil War hero. "A vital and vivid portrait of an unlikely military hero who...
Larry McMurtry: A Life
Tracy Daugherty
A biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry from New York Times bestselling author Tracy Daugherty. In over forty books, in a career that spanned over sixty years, Larry McMurtry staked his claim as a superior...
Overlooked : a celebration of remarkable, underappreciated people who broke the rules and changed the world /
Padnani, Amisha,
An unforgettable collection of diverse, remarkable lives inspired by "Overlooked," the groundbreaking New York Times series that publishes the obituaries of extraordinary people whose deaths went unreported in the newspaper-filled with nearly 200 full-color photos and new, never-before...
The Night Parade: A Speculative Memoir
Jami Nakamura Lin
A Most Anticipated Book by Poets & Writers * The Boston Globe * San Francisco Chronicle * Los Angeles Times * The Millions * Library Journal * Book Riot * Debutiful * and many more!  In the groundbreaking tradition of In the Dream House and The Collected Schizophrenias,...
Breaking Through: My Life in Science
Katalin Karikó
A powerful memoir from Katalin Karikó, winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, whose decades-long research led to the COVID-19 vaccines "Katalin Karikó's story is an inspiration."--Bill Gates "Riveting . . . a true story of a brilliant...
Borderline: Defending the Home Front
Vincent Vargas
An inside look at the U.S./Mexican border through the eyes of former U.S. Border Patrol agent, Vincent Vargas, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment. Featuring a Foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jocko Willink. ...
THE WOMAN THEY WANTED shattering the illusion of the good Christian wife / Shannon Harris.
Harris, Shannon
"No one is coming to rescue me. I am going to have to rescue me." As a twenty-three-year-old singer and the soon-to-be wife of youth pastor Joshua Harris, nothing in Shannon Harris's secular upbringing prepared her to enter the world of conservative Christianity. Soon Joshua's...
The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing
Lara Love Hardin
Soccer mom Lara Love Hardin has been funding her heroin addiction by stealing her neighbors' credit cards. She is convicted of thirty-two felonies and becomes incarcerated. When she's released, she reinvents herself as a ghostwriter. But shame is a poison worse than heroin. Lara must learn how to...
Only Say Good Things: Surviving Playboy and Finding Myself
Crystal Hefner
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A JANUARY 2024 APPLE BOOKS STAFF PICK AND AUDIBLE EDITORS SELECT NAMED A BEST BOOK TO READ THIS JANUARY BY THE GLOSS A raw and unflinching look at the objectification and misogyny of the Playboy...
Exit Interview: A Memoir
Kristi Coulter
A candid, intensely funny memoir of ambition, gender, and a grueling decade inside Amazon.com, from the author of Nothing Good Can Come from This. "A unique and brilliant book." --Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks What would you...
Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life
Arnold Schwarzenegger
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The seven rules to follow to realize your true purpose in life--distilled by Arnold Schwarzenegger from his own journey of ceaseless reinvention and extraordinary achievement, and available for absolutely anyone. The world's...
Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life
Anna Funder
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR * WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION FINALIST * This is the story of the marriage behind some of the most famous literary works of the 20th century --and a probing consideration of what it means to be a wife and a writer in the modern world<...
Leslie F*cking Jones
Leslie Jones
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A BARNES AND NOBLE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR  A TOWN & COUNTRY BEST CELEBRITY MEMOIR OF 2023 A VULTURE BEST COMEDY BOOK OF 2023 Hey you guys, it's...
Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look at the Most Legendary Partnership in Show Business
Greg McDonald
A fresh biography of legendary entertainment manager Colonel Tom Parker, with a contrarian and corrective point of view. Colonel Tom Parker, often reviled in his time, led the strategy from the earliest days of Elvis's career. Together, they built the most legendary...
Candace Pert: Genius, Greed, and Madness in the World of Science
Pamela Ryckman
"...a truly insightful narrative on what it can mean to be a woman at the cutting edge of science." --THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The story of maverick scientist Candace Pert, whose groundbreaking research and book Molecules of Emotion...
If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir
John Stamos
New York Times Bestseller "...I love him, and I respect him, and I need him. We all do." --from the foreword by Jamie Lee Curtis If you would have told a young John Stamos flipping burgers at his dad's fast-food joint that...

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