70 Best Biography-and-Memoir


Recommended by the staff at Powell’s Books

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1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken


2. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde


3. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing


4. Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer


5. The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner


6. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem


7. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty


8. M Train by Patti Smith


9. Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno


10. Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde


11. Liar: A Memoir by Rob Roberge


12. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements by Bob Mehr


13. Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker


14. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr


15. Tales From The Secret Annex by Frank, Anne


16. Scorpions The Battles & Triumphs of FDRs Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman


17. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


18. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro


19. Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas


20. Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester


21. Wishful Drinking by Fisher, Carrie


22. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


23. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren


24. I Was Right On Time My Journey From Ne by Buck ONeil


25. To Be Young Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry


26. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward


27. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


28. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell


29. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein


30. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero


31. What Is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good for Nothing Artist and Her Pussy by Rokudenashiko, Ishii


32. So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder


33. Not That Kind of Girl A Young Woman Tells You What Shes Learned by Lena Dunham


34. Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso


35. Across Many Mountains A Tibetan Familys Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom by Yangzom Brauen


36. Half a Life by Strauss, Darin


37. Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) by Isaac Fitzgerald, Wendy Macnaughton


38. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing


39. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor


40. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast


41. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling


42. Adnans Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry


43. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


44. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg


45. Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent


46. All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release by Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon


47. Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich


48. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


49. Its What I Do A Photographers Life of Love & War by Lynsey Addario


50. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan


51. Petty The Biography by Warren Zanes


52. Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy C. Ortiz


53. I Was a Child: A Memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan


54. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Millard, Candice


55. Mans Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl, Ilse Lasch, Harold S Kushner


56. United: Thoughts On Finding Common Ground & Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker


57. Great Debate Edmund Burke Thomas Paine & the Birth of Left & Right by Yuval Levin


58. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight


59. Hold Still A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann


60. Violation: Collected Essays by Sallie Tisdale


61. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty


62. It Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen by Eric Alterman


63. It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell


64. Spinster: A Life of Ones Own by Kate Bolick


65. The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits


66. Girl in the Woods: A Memoir by Aspen Matis


67. The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson


68. Believer My Forty Years in Politics by David Axelrod


69. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson


70. Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of a Thief a Detective & a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett



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