Biography and Memoir

Discover the stories of their lives, in recent biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.
Updated June 8, 2024
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Making It So: A Memoir
Patrick Stewart
THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER The renowned and bestselling memoir--written with "insight, truth, and passion" (Sir Ian McKellen)--from iconic, beloved actor and living legend Sir Patrick Stewart. From his...
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...
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...
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,...
BETWEEN TWO TRAILERS A Memoir
Trent, J. Dana,
A powerful, unforgettable memoir about a girl who escapes her childhood as a preschool drug dealer in rural Indiana--only to find that no one can really "make it out" until they make peace with where their story began: home Home, it turns out, is where the war is. It's also...
SOCIOPATH
Gagne, Patric
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir of the author's struggle to understand her own sociopathy and shed light on the often maligned and misunderstood mental disorder. "A cross between a podcast by relationship therapist Esther Perel and a salacious tell-all."...
The Wives: A Memoir
Simone Gorrindo
"[Simone] Gorrindo's prose is inviting and fluid, and her storytelling is intimate and vivid...[an] engaging, evocative memoir." --The New York Times Book Review "A hopeful, unifying memoir." --People This profoundly intimate memoir about...
REBEL GIRL my life as a feminist punk /
Hanna, Kathleen,
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An electric, searing memoir by the original rebel girl and legendary front woman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. Hey girlfriend I got a proposition goes something like this: Dare ya to do what you want Kathleen Hanna's band Bikini Kill...
HITS, FLOPS, AND OTHER ILLUSIONS My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood
Zwick, Ed
This heartfelt and wry career memoir from the director of Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall, About Last Night, and Glory, creator of the show thirtysomething, and executive producer of My So-Called Life,...
How to Say Babylon: A Memoir
Safiya Sinclair
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner 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<...
THE AGE OF MAGICAL OVERTHINKING Notes on Modern Irrationality
Montell, Amanda
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of Cultish and host of the podcast Sounds Like a Cult, a delicious blend of cultural criticism and personal narrative that explores our cognitive biases and the power, disadvantages, and...
OUR FIGHT a memoir /
Rousey, Ronda,
A USA TODAY BESTSELLER! From New York Times bestselling author and trailblazing athlete Ronda Rousey, an unfiltered chronicle of loss, resilience and finding meaning in life's journey.  From the moment she...
Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong
Katie Gee Salisbury
"Enlightening, nuanced, and honest."--Lisa See Set against the glittering backdrop of Los Angeles during the gin-soaked Jazz Age and the rise of Hollywood, this debut book celebrates Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star, to bring an unsung heroine to light and reclaim...
THE BACKYARD BIRD CHRONICLES
Tan, Amy/ Sibley, David Allen (FRW)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club * With a foreword by David Allen Sibley "Unexpected...
My Beloved Monster: Masha, the Half-wild Rescue Cat Who Rescued Me
Caleb Carr
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "The most brilliant feline portrait in literary history." -People Magazine (Book of the Week) The #1 bestselling author of The Alienist tells the extraordinary story of Masha, a half...
The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church
Sarah McCammon
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BESTSELLER"An intimate window into the world of American evangelicalism. Fellow exvangelicals will find McCammon's story both startlingly familiar and immensely clarifying, while those looking in from the outside can find no better introduction to the...
Grief Is for People
Sloane Crosley
One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year: TIME, The Washington Post, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, Paste, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, Lit Hub, Real Simple, Nylon, BookPage, The Story Exchange, Sunset, and...
Briefly Perfectly Human
Alua Arthur
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A deeply transformative memoir that reframes how we think about death and how it can help us lead better, more fulfilling and authentic lives, from America's most visible death doula. "A truly unique, inspiring perspective on the time we have, what we do...
One Way Back: A Memoir
Christine Blasey Ford
The compelling true story behind the testimony that awed the nation On September 27, 2018, Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee which was considering the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. She described an alleged sexual assault...
WE LOVED IT ALL a memory of life /
Millet, Lydia,
Across more than a dozen acclaimed works of fiction, readers have become intimate with Lydia Millet's distinctive voice and sly wit. We Loved It All, her first nonfiction book, combines the precision of fact with the power of narrative to evoke our enmeshment with the more-than-human world. ...
Burn Book: A Tech Love Story
Kara Swisher
Instant New York Times Bestseller From award-winning journalist Kara Swisher comes a witty, scathing, but fair accounting of the tech industry and its founders who wanted to change the world but broke it instead. "Swisher, the bad-ass journalist and...
A VERY PRIVATE SCHOOL a memoir /
Spencer, Charles Spencer,
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER "A tour de force." --The Washington Post In this poignant memoir, Charles Spencer recounts the trauma of being sent away from home at age eight to attend boarding school. A Very Private School...
THE RULEBREAKER The Life and Times of Barbara Walters
Page, Susan
A "smart, juicy, deeply reported" (Katie Couric) biography of the most successful female broadcaster of all time--Barbara Walters--a woman whose personal demons fueled an ambition that broke all the rules and finally gave women a permanent place on the air, written by bestselling author Susan...
Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin
Andre Dubus III
During childhood summers in Louisiana, Andre's grandfather taught him that men's work is hard. Ever after, whether tracking down a drug lord in Mexico as a bounty hunter or grappling with privilege while living with a rich girlfriend in New York City, Andre worked-at being a better worker and a...
I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME a memoir of transition /
Sante, Lucy,
"Reading this book is a joy... much to say about the trans journey and will undoubtedly become a standard for those in need of guidance. " -- The Washington Post "Sante's bold devotion to complexity and clarity makes this an exemplary memoir. It is a clarion...
Did I Ever Tell You?: A Memoir
Genevieve Kingston
The most "profound" (Booklist, starred review) memoir you will ever read about the power of love. Did I Ever Tell You? reads like a novel but is an unforgettable true story. Genevieve (Gwen) Kingston was just eleven years old when her mother passed away...
THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MEANINGS A Memoir
RuPaul
***An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!*** From international drag superstar and pop culture icon RuPaul, comes his most revealing and personal work to date--a deeply intimate memoir of discovery, found family, and self-acceptance. The House of Hidden Meanings is a self-portrait of the...
My Side of the River: A Memoir
Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
A New York Times Editor's PickA People Magazine Best Book to Read in February A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book of 2024 "My Side of the River is both fierce and poetic. It brilliantly reframes border writing while embracing nature and...
THE SWANS OF HARLEM five Black ballerinas, fifty years of sisterhood, and the reclamation of a groundbreaking history /
Valby, Karen,
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE * The forgotten story of a pioneering group of five Black ballerinas and their fifty-year sisterhood, a legacy erased from history--until now. "This is the kind of history I wish I learned as a child dreaming of the stage!" -...
Here After: A Memoir
Amy Lin
Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Library Journal A March Book of the Month Selection An Apple Books Best Book of March A SheReads and ELLE Most Anticipated Book of 2024 ...
Cloistered: My Years As A Nun
Catherine Coldstream
"A profoundly moving memoir which gripped me . . . It's about spirituality and asceticism and silence and sisterhood, but also about how flawed human beings can abuse power and how hermetically sealed communities, which should care for and protect their members, can be dangerously vulnerable...
THERE'S ALWAYS THIS YEAR on basketball and ascension /
Abdurraqib, Hanif,
A poignant, personal reflection on basketball, talent and allegiance, and of course, LeBron James-from the author of the National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America While Hanif Abdurraqib is an acclaimed author, a gifted poet, and one of our culture's most...
A Good Bad Boy: Luke Perry and How a Generation Grew Up
Margaret Wappler
An artful and contemplative tribute to the late actor famed for his role as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210. Best known for playing loner rebel Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210, Luke Perry was fifty-two years old when he died of a stroke in 2019. There have...
RADIANT the life and line of Keith Haring /
Gooch, Brad,
A stunning life of the iconic American artist, Keith Haring, by the acclaimed biographer Brad Gooch. In the 1980s, the subways of New York City were covered with art. In the stations, black matte sheets were pasted over outdated ads, and unsigned chalk drawings often popped...
Alphabetical Diaries
Sheila Heti
A thrilling confessional from the award-winning, beloved author of Pure Colour. Sheila Heti kept a record of her thoughts over a ten-year period, then arranged the sentences from A to Z. Passionate and reflective, joyful and despairing, these are her alphabetical diaries...
WHISKEY TENDER a memoir /
Taffa, Deborah Jackson,
An Oprah Daily "Best New Book" and "Riveting Nonfiction and Memoir You Need to Read" * A New York Times "New Book to Read" * A The New Yorker "Best Book out now" * An Esquire "Best Book (so far)" * A Zibby Mag "Most Anticipated Book" * An Elle "Best Book" * A Washington Post "Book to Read this...
GHOST TOWN LIVING lessons from chasing an impractical dream /
Underwood, Brent,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A long-abandoned silver mine for sale sounded like an adventure too great to pass up, but it turned into much more--a calling, a community of millions, and hard-earned lessons about chasing impractical dreams. "Inspiring and meditative-...
THE MANICURIST'S DAUGHTER a memoir /
Lieu, Susan,
Susan Lieu has long been searching for answers. About her family's past, and about her own future. Refugees from the Vietnam War, Susan's family escaped to California in the 1980s after five failed attempts. Upon arrival, they became experts at the "refugee hustle." Susan's mother was their savvy,...
WHERE RIVERS PART a story of my mother's life /
Yang, Kao Kalia,
This powerful memoir about a Hmong family's epic journey to safety is a profound "testament to the miraculous strength of women and the indomitable resolve of the human spirit" (Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans). Born in 1961 in war-torn Laos,...
BUT EVERYONE FEELS THIS WAY how an autism diagnosis saved my life /
Layle, Paige,
Autism acceptance activist and TikTok influencer Paige Layle shares her deeply personal journey to diagnosis and living life autistically.  "For far too long, I was told I was just like everyone else. But knew it couldn't be true. Living just seemed so much...
THE GREAT ABOLITIONIST Charles Sumner and the fight for a more perfect union /
Puleo, Stephen,
The groundbreaking biography of a forgotten civil rights hero. In the tempestuous mid-19th century, as slavery consumed Congressional debate and America careened toward civil war and split apart-when the very future of the nation hung in the balance-Charles Sumner's voice rang...
ANOTHER WORD FOR LOVE a memoir /
Wallace, Carvell,
A transformative memoir that reimagines the conventions of love and posits a radical vision for healing. In Another Word for Love, Carvell Wallace excavates layers of his own history, situated in the struggles and beauty of growing up Black and queer in America. ...
Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song
Judith Tick
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) possessed one of the twentieth century's most astonishing voices. In this first major biography since Fitzgerald's death, historian Judith Tick offers a sublime portrait of this ambitious risk-taker whose exceptional musical spontaneity made her a transformational...
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE my thirteen truths about disability /
Blake, Melissa
Well-known disability activist and social media influencer Melissa Blake offers a frank, illuminating memoir and a call to action for disabled people and allies. In the summer of 2019, journalist Melissa Blake penned an op-ed for CNN Opinion. A conservative pundit...
This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life
Lyz Lenz
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A deeply validating manifesto on the gender politics of marriage (bad) and divorce (actually pretty good!) in America today, and an argument that the former needs a reboot--from journalist and proud divorcée Lyz Lenz "This American Ex-Wife...
CARSON MCCULLERS a life /
Dearborn, Mary V.,
The first major biography in more than twenty years of one of America's greatest writers, based on newly available letters and journals V. S. Pritchett called her "a genius." Gore Vidal described her as a "beloved novelist of singular brilliance . . . Of all the Southern writers,...

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