The Greatest Books: Bio & Memoir

295 Books, According to 172 “Best of” Lists

This list is generated from 172 book polls & top lists from a variety of great sources. The books is ranked based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Other list in this series⇣

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  1. Little Failure: a Memoir by Shteyngart, Gary (25. Lists a3,b3,b4,c4,e1,e2,g1,h1,i5,k1,k2,n1,n5,n6,n9,n14,p1,p8,r4,s2,s6,s7,t1,t3,w2)
  2. Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: a Brilliant Young Man who Left Newark for the Ivy League, The by Hobbs, Jeff (18. Lists a1,b4,b8,b15,c4,e4,g1,h1,k1,l9,m11,n1,n5,p1,p6,s6,s7,w2)
  3. Yes Please by Poehler, Amy (18. Lists a1,a3,b8,b11,b18,b19,e7,g1,g5,h1,h7,l6,m11,n2,r7,s11,s13,t2)
  4. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by Lahr, John (15. Lists b2,b15,d2,f10,i5,k1,k2,n3,n9,n15,p1,s6,t3,u1,w2)
  5. Updike by Begley, Adam (15. Lists a1,b3,b7,b15,b19,c4,d2,e1,g6,l9,m1,n15,s7,t3,w2)
  6. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Dunham, Lena (14. Lists a1,b6,b8,d2,g1,g5,h7,i5,l1,l6,m10,m11,p2,s1)
  7. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Stevenson, Bryan (12. Lists a2,a15,b2,b4,f3,i4,k1,l9,n1,s3,t1,w2)
  8. Napoleon: a Life by Roberts, Andrew (11. Lists a1,b8,e2,g6,i5,k2,l9,n1,n15,r4,t3)
  9. Thrown by Howley, Kerry (11. Lists b6,e7,k2,l7,m10,m11,n1,n5,s2,s4,t1)
  10. Factory Man: How One Furniture Making Battled Off-Shoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town by Macy, Beth (9. Lists a2,b8,c1,f3,g1,k1,n1,p1,s7)
  11. My Life in Middlemarch by Mead, Rebecca (9. Lists b3,b19,c6,g5,h2,i5,k1,l1,s7)
  12. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Gates, Robert (8. Lists b8,d2,g1,k2,l1,n1,n5,w2)
  13. Not My Father’s Son: a Memoir by Cumming, Alan (8. Lists a1,b8,b19,d2,f1,g1,i5,s11)
  14. Penelope Fitzgerald: a Life by Lee, Hermione (8. Lists b13,b15,c6,m10,n1,p1,s3,v1)
  15. Rebel Yell: the Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by Gwynne, S.C. (8. Lists a1,b3,b5,b8,n9,n14,s3,s7)
  16. Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, A by Macintyre, Ben (8. Lists a1,b5,g1,i3,k1,n1,s2,w2)
  17. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Albertine, Viv (7. Lists b6,b8,f10,g6,i5,l6,r6)
  18. Good Spy: the Life and Death of Robert Ames, The by Bird, Kai (7. Lists c1,d2,g1,k2,m10,n5,w2)
  19. Limonov: the Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Carrère, Emmanuel (7. Lists b8,d2,g2,g5,n1,p1,w2)
  20. My Salinger Year by Smith-Rakoff, Joanna (7. Lists b3,b11,b18,g1,n13,s1,s2)
  21. Soldier Girls: the Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Thorpe, Helen (7. Lists b2,k1,n5,p1,s2,t1,w2)
  22. Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Swafford, Jan (6. Lists c1,d2,f10,n5,s3,t3)
  23. H Is for Hawk by Macdonald, Helen (6. Lists c8,f10,g6,i5,n15,t3)
  24. Iceberg: a Memoir, The by Coutts, Marion (6. Lists c8,e1,f10,g6,i5,t3)
  25. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Bragg, Rick (6. Lists a1,a2,g6,i5,p1,r6)
  26. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Stossel, Scott (6. Lists b7,g6,i3,k1,s3,w2)
  27. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Doughty, Caitlin (6. Lists b3,d2,e4,g1,k2,l1)
  28. Stalin. Volume 1, Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928 by Kotkin, Stephen (6. Lists d2,f8,f10,k1,l9,p12)
  29. Unremarried Widow: a Memoir by Henderson, Artis (6. Lists a1,c1,k1,n8,s2,s7)
  30. Liar, Temptress, Solder, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Abbott, Karen (5. Lists a1,c1,f3,g1,l1)
  31. Man Alive: a True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by McBee, Thomas Page (5. Lists b6,k1,l4,n5,p1)
  32. Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Gibney, Michael (5. Lists a1,b17,g1,s2,t1)
  33. Things I’ve Learned from Dying: a Book about Life by Dow, David R. (5. Lists b19,k2,l1,n5,p5)
  34. Boy on Ice: the Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by Branch, John (4. Lists d4,g5,k1,p1)
  35. Charlie Chaplin: a Brief Life by Ackroyd, Peter (4. Lists b4,c4,f10,i5)
  36. Fire Shut up in My Bones by Blow, Charles M. (4. Lists a7,b6,n1,p1)
  37. Getting Schooled: the Reeducation of an American Teacher by Keizer, Garret (4. Lists b8,k1,k2,s2)
  38. Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, The by Hocking, Justin (4. Lists h1,k1,l1,s2)
  39. Hard Choices by Clinton, Hilary Rodham (4. Lists b8,g1,n15,w2)
  40. Living with a Wild God: a Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything by Ehrenreich, Barbara (4. Lists b3,k2,l1,t3)
  41. Love, Nina: a Nanny Writes Home by Stibbe, Nina (4. Lists b11,d2,p2,s2)
  42. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Harris, Neil Patrick (4. Lists a1,b8,g1,s13)
  43. On His Own Terms: a Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Smith, Richard Norton (4. Lists b2,b8,k1,r5)
  44. Other Side, The by Johnson, Lacy (4. Lists e3,k1,l1,n9)
  45. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Sherr, Lynn (4. Lists b4,g1,s7,w2)
  46. Splendid Things We Planned: a Family Portrait, The by Bailey, Blake (4. Lists b2,b8,n5,n9)
  47. There Was and There Was Not: a Journey through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond by Toumani, Meline (4. Lists k1,n9,p5,s2)
  48. Trigger: Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War, The by Butcher, Tim (4. Lists b4,g6,k1,t3)
  49. Victoria: a Life by Wilson, A. N. (4. Lists b4,g6,i5,t3)
  50. Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Kim, Suki (4. Lists b5,b19,s2,s4)
  51. Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, The by Palmer, Amanda (3. Lists b7,b10,r7)
  52. Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Phillips, Adam (3. Lists b15,g6,m10)
  53. Becoming Richard Pryor by Saul, Scott (3. Lists b5,b15,s13)
  54. Bulletproof Vest: the Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter by Venegas, Maria (3. Lists b8,l1,s7)
  55. Crusades of Cesar Chavez, The by Pawel, Miriam (3. Lists b4,n9,s7)
  56. E. E. Cummings: a Life by Cheever, Susan (3. Lists b7,e2,s7)
  57. Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal by Chin, Ava (3. Lists g1,l1,l4)
  58. Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief by McPherson, James M. (3. Lists b8,d2,n1)
  59. Epilogue: A Memoir by Boast, Will (3. Lists b6,m10,s7)
  60. Finding Me: a Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: a Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Knight, Michelle & Burford, Michelle (3. Lists a1,c4,g1)
  61. Gandhi before India by Guha, Ramachandra (3. Lists d2,n1,s7)
  62. Glitter and Glue: a Memoir by Corrigan, Kelly (3. Lists a1,a5,g1)
  63. Glow: the Autobiography of Rick James by James, Rick & Ritz, David (3. Lists d2,n13,r6)
  64. Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad through the Wild by Carpenter, Novella (3. Lists a1,l1,s7)
  65. I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Short, Martin & Kamp, David (3. Lists b18,b19,s11)
  66. I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway by Kot, Greg (3. Lists b6,b15,m10)
  67. Internal Medicine: a Doctor’s Stories by Holt, Terrence (3. Lists b3,h1,k1)
  68. Isabella: the Warrior Queen by Downey, Kirstin (3. Lists h1,k1,l9)
  69. Literchoor Is My Beat: a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions by MacNiven, Ian S. (3. Lists k2,n9,s2)
  70. Man Called Destruction: the Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man, A by George-Warren, Holly (3. Lists a1,b6,k1)
  71. Michael Jordan: the Life by Lazenby, Roland (3. Lists a1,g1,i3)
  72. Philip Larkin: Life, Art, and Love by Booth, James (3. Lists b15,i5,n5)
  73. Sea Inside, The by Hoare, Philip (3. Lists b19,k1,s2)
  74. Tibetan Peach Pie: a True Account of an Imaginitive Life by Robbins, Tom (3. Lists a1,b3,g1)
  75. Woman I Wanted to Be, The by Von Furstenberg, Diane (3. Lists a1,b8,i5)
  76. Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life, The by Miller, Andy (3. Lists b7,l7,s11)
  77. 41: a Portrait of My Father by Bush, George W. (2. Lists b8,s6)
  78. Another Man’s War by Phillips, Barnaby (2. Lists n5,t3)
  79. Badluck Way: a Year on the Ragged Edge of the West by Andrews, Bryce (2. Lists a1,d2)
  80. Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought and Work by Mizruchi, Susan L. (2. Lists b4,f10)
  81. Brothas Be, Yo like George, Ain’t that Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: a Memoir by Clinton, George & Greenman, Ben (2. Lists n5,r6)
  82. Call Me Burroughs: a Life by Miles, Barry (2. Lists a1,s6)
  83. Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes across America by Waters, John (2. Lists a1,c4)
  84. Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History, The by Johnson, Boris (2. Lists g6,i5)
  85. Cinderland by Burns, Amy Jo (2. Lists m10,s2)
  86. Cup of Water under My Bed, A by Hernandez, Daisy (2. Lists k1,s2)
  87. Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee — A Look inside North Korea by Jang, Jin-Sung (2. Lists g1,k1)
  88. Delancey: a Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Wizenberg, Molly (2. Lists g1,n5)
  89. Different Every Time: the Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt by O’Dair, Marcus & Coe, Jonathan (2. Lists g6,i5)
  90. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Marsh, Henry (2. Lists c8,e2)
  91. Eichmann before Jerusalem: the Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Stangneth, Bettina (2. Lists f8,n1)
  92. Eleanor Marx: A Life by Holmes, Rachel (2. Lists g6,t3)
  93. Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero by Perry, Douglas (2. Lists n13,s6)
  94. Fighting Chance, A by Warren, Elizabeth (2. Lists g1,p1)
  95. For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind by Mahoney, Rosemary (2. Lists b8,b19)
  96. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: the Inspiring Story of the Woman who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Montgomery, Ben (2. Lists g1,n11)
  97. History Lessons: a Memoir of Madness, Memory and the Brain by Crais, Clifton (2. Lists k1,l1)
  98. How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying: Lessons from a Life in Comedy by Leifer, Carol (2. Lists b5,s13)
  99. I’ll Drink to That: a Life in Style with a Twist by Halbreich, Betty (2. Lists a1,i5)
  100. Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War, The by Dreazen, Yochi (2. Lists a1,n1)
  101. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: the Untold Story by Leaming, Barbara (2. Lists b8,r5)
  102. John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Kaplan, Fred (2. Lists b4,w2)
  103. Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours by Mutch, Maria (2. Lists g5,p11)
  104. Lady Parts by Martin, Andrea (2. Lists b18,s11)
  105. Life, Animated: a Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Suskind, Ron (2. Lists g1,u1)
  106. Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, The by Loh, Sandra Tsing (2. Lists b19,n1)
  107. Michelangelo: a Life in Six Masterpieces by Unger, Miles J. (2. Lists b4,p11)
  108. Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Wall, Carol (2. Lists a10,u1)
  109. Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, The by Mills, Marja (2. Lists b8,g1)
  110. My Life as a Foreign Country by Turner, Brian (2. Lists p6,t3)
  111. My Two Italies by Luzzi, Joseph (2. Lists p11,s2)
  112. Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) without a Date by Keaney, Katie (2. Lists b6,g1)
  113. Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: a Memoir by Hill, Christopher R. (2. Lists d2,p11)
  114. Pete Rose: an American Dilemma by Kennedy, Kostya (2. Lists a1,f9)
  115. Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography by Wilder, Laura Ingalls & Hill, Pamela Smith (2. Lists m1,s2)
  116. Please, Mister Postman by Johnson, Alan (2. Lists i5,n15)
  117. Prince of Los Cocuyos: a Miami Childhood, The by Blanco, Richard (2. Lists b3,d2)
  118. Respect: the Life of Aretha Franklin by Ritz, David (2. Lists k1,r6)
  119. Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better: 1948–1988 by Patterson, William H. Jr. (2. Lists l3,s8)
  120. Romanov Sisters: the Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, The by Rappaport, Helen (2. Lists g1,r4)
  121. Roosevelts: an Intimate History, The by Ward, Geoffrey C. (2. Lists b8,m1)
  122. Royal Experiment: the Private Life of King George III, A by Hadlow, Janice (2. Lists b4,n15)
  123. So Anyway… by Cleese, John (2. Lists c4,i5)
  124. Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Schulman, Daniel (2. Lists d2,m3)
  125. Take This Man: a Memoir by Skyhorse, Brando (2. Lists k1,n13)
  126. There Goes Gravity: a Life in Rock and Roll by Robinson, Lisa (2. Lists b6,p5)
  127. Werner Herzog: a Guide for the Perplexed by Cronin, Paul (2. Lists b7,i5)
  128. Why Footbal Matters: My Education in the Game by Edmundson, Mark (2. Lists p11,s6)
  129. Wild Truth, The by McCandless, Carine (2. Lists n2,s11)
  130. Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation by Resnick, Adam (2. Lists a7,s13)
  131. William Wells Brown: An African American Life by Greenspan, Ezra (2. Lists k1,n9)
  132. Worthy Fights: a Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace by Panetta, Leon & Newton, Jim (2. Lists b8,w2)
  133. In My Skin: My Life on and off the Basketball Court by Griner, Brittney & Hovey, Sue (1. Lists b2)
  134. Agent Storm: My Life inside Al-Qaeda and the CIA by Storm, Morten et al. (1. Lists f8)
  135. American Cardinal: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, An by Boyle, Christina (1. Lists l1)
  136. American Cocktail: A “Colored Girl” in the World by Reynolds, Anita (1. Lists p6)
  137. American Mirror: the Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Solomon, Deborah (1. Lists n1)
  138. Andy Cohen Diaries: a Deep Look at a Shallow Year, The by Cohen, Andy (1. Lists b17)
  139. Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally by Zmuda, Bob & Margulies, Lynne (1. Lists s13)
  140. Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by Lydon, John (1. Lists i5)
  141. Answer to the Riddle Is Me: a Memoir of Amnesia, The by MacLean, David Stuart (1. Lists k1)
  142. Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, An by Hadfield, Chris (1. Lists b10)
  143. Autobiography by Morrissey (1. Lists b8)
  144. Big Midweek: Life inside The Fall, The by Hanley, Steve & Piekarski, Olivia (1. Lists g6)
  145. Billy Joel by Schruers, Fred (1. Lists b8)
  146. Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure, The by Rose, C.D., ed. (1. Lists b8)
  147. Blood Aces: the Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster who Created Las Vegas Poker by Swanson, Doug J. (1. Lists s6)
  148. Bolano: a Biography in Conversations by Maristain, Monica (1. Lists n5)
  149. Box Girl: My Part-Time Job as an Art Installation by Snellings, Lilibet (1. Lists d2)
  150. Breaking In: the Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice by Biskupic, Joan (1. Lists k2)
  151. Broken Road: from the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, The by Fermor, Patrick Leigh (1. Lists n5)
  152. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: a Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Flinn, Kathleen (1. Lists g1)
  153. Calling: a Life Rocked by Mountains, The by Blanchard, Barry (1. Lists a1)
  154. Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age by Wright, Alex (1. Lists b7)
  155. Cathedral of the Wild: an African Journey Home by Varty, Boyd (1. Lists a1)
  156. Cecil B. DeMille: the Art of the Hollywood Epic by de Mille Presley, Celia & Vieira, Mark A. (1. Lists d4)
  157. Charity and Sylvia: a Same-Sex Marriage in Early America by Cleves, Rachel Hope (1. Lists m12)
  158. Clouds of Glory: the Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Korda, Michael (1. Lists b2)
  159. Cosby: His Life and Times by Whitaker, Mark (1. Lists a1)
  160. Cycle of Lies: the Fall of Lance Armstrong by Macur, Juliet (1. Lists a1)
  161. Dancing with Myself by Idol, Billy (1. Lists r6)
  162. Dead Giveaway: The Rescue, Hamburgers, White Folks, and Instant Celebrity…What You Saw on TV Doesn’t Begin to Tell the Story by Ramsey, Charles (1. Lists c4)
  163. Diary of a Mad Diva by Rivers, Joan (1. Lists d2)
  164. Distant Neighbors: the Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder by Wriglesworth, Chad, ed. (1. Lists n15)
  165. Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Jauhar, Sandeep (1. Lists n13)
  166. Double Life of Paul De Man, The by Barish, Evelyn (1. Lists k1)
  167. Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero by Romm, James (1. Lists n1)
  168. Easy Street (the Hard Way): a Memoir by Perlman, Ron (1. Lists a1)
  169. Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels by Lloyd, Christopher (1. Lists f10)
  170. Edgewise: a Picture of Cookie Mueller by Griffin, Chloe (1. Lists b8)
  171. Elsa Schiaparelli: a Biography by Secrest, Meryle (1. Lists p5)
  172. Empress Dowager Cixi: the Concubine who Launched Modern China by Chang, Jung (1. Lists n5)
  173. Essays after Eighty by Hall, Donald (1. Lists p5)
  174. Eugene O’Neill: a Life in Four Acts by Dowling, Robert M. (1. Lists l9)
  175. Even This I Get to Experience by Lear, Norman (1. Lists b8)
  176. Ever Yours: The Essential Letters by Van Gogh, Vincent, et al. (1. Lists b7)
  177. Everybody’s Got Something by Roberts, Robin (1. Lists g1)
  178. Excavation: a Memoir by Ortiz, Wendy C. (1. Lists l4)
  179. Exodus: a Memoir by Feldman, Deborah (1. Lists b18)
  180. Faisal I of Iraq by Allawi, Ali A. (1. Lists e2)
  181. Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade, A by Brockmeier, Kevin (1. Lists s1)
  182. Fierce Patriot: the Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by O’Connell, Robert O. (1. Lists g1)
  183. Food: a Love Story by Gaffigan, Jim (1. Lists g1)
  184. George Frideric Handel: a Life with Friends by Harris, Ellen T. (1. Lists p11)
  185. Grace’s Guide: the Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up by Helbig, Grace (1. Lists s13)
  186. Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat the New Majority, The by Buchanan, Patrick J. (1. Lists n10)
  187. Greg Egan by Burnham, Karen (1. Lists l3)
  188. Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists who Revolutionized American Photography by Alinder, Mary Street (1. Lists k2)
  189. Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! by Harrison, Harry (1. Lists l3)
  190. Havel: a Life by Zantovsky, Michael (1. Lists g6)
  191. Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Duberman, Martin (1. Lists n5)
  192. Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World by Hewitt, Ben (1. Lists p11)
  193. Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Zoglin, Richard (1. Lists k1)
  194. I Said Yes to Everything: a Memoir by Grant, Lee (1. Lists a1)
  195. I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson by Collinsworth, Eden (1. Lists h1)
  196. If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir by Nelson, Jessica Hendry (1. Lists k1)
  197. Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World, The by Prochnik, George (1. Lists n15)
  198. In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Davies, Dan (1. Lists e1)
  199. In the Slender Margin: the Intimate Strangeness of Dying by Joseph, Eve (1. Lists g5)
  200. Insatiable: Porn — a Love Story by Akira, Asa (1. Lists n13)
  201. Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke, The by Bromwich, David (1. Lists c6)
  202. Ivan Pavlov: a Russian Life in Science by Todes, Daniel P. (1. Lists m10)
  203. Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page by Page, Jimmy (1. Lists a1)
  204. John Wayne: the Life and Legend by Eyman, Scott (1. Lists p1)
  205. Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words by Marom, Malka (1. Lists b7)
  206. Joss Whedon: the Biography by Pascale, Amy (1. Lists g1)
  207. Kaiser Wilhelm II: a Concise Biography by Rohl, John C. G. (1. Lists e2)
  208. Kid: the Immortal Life of Ted Williams, The by Bradlee, Ben Jr. (1. Lists g1)
  209. Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film by Sitton, Robert (1. Lists p5)
  210. Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times, The by Taylor, Barbara (1. Lists g6)
  211. Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow by Eremeeva, Jennifer (1. Lists b18)
  212. Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding da Vinci’s Creative Genius by Shlain, Leonard (1. Lists b7)
  213. Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1, The by Sheehy, Donald, ed. (1. Lists p5)
  214. Life in Motion: an Unlikely Ballerina by Copeland, Misty (1. Lists a1)
  215. Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity by Appiah, Kwame Anthony (1. Lists b4)
  216. Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron by Klein, Menachem (1. Lists n7)
  217. Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran, The by Fathi, Nazila (1. Lists v1)
  218. Long Way Home: a Memoir, A by Brierley, Saroo (1. Lists n5)
  219. Lost and Found in Johannesburg: a Memoir by Gevisser, Mark (1. Lists n2)
  220. Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country by Sherman, Gabriel (1. Lists n5)
  221. Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism by Brothers, Thomas David (1. Lists p12)
  222. Love Life by Lowe, Rob (1. Lists g1)
  223. Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Garelick, Rhonda K. (1. Lists a1)
  224. Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by Binchy, Maeve (1. Lists b19)
  225. Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Founding of America, A by Firstbrook, P.L. (1. Lists p11)
  226. Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s by Doyle, Tom (1. Lists a1)
  227. Map Thief: the Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, The by Blanding, Michael (1. Lists n5)
  228. Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary 1914–1916 by Brock, Michael & Brock, Eleanor, eds. (1. Lists i5)
  229. Marianne Faithful: a Life on Record by Faithfull, Marianne & Ravard, Francois (1. Lists a1)
  230. Measure of a Man: from Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor by Greenfield, Martin & Hall, Wynton (1. Lists n13)
  231. Mona Lisa: a Life Discovered by Hales, Dianne (1. Lists a1)
  232. More Fool Me by Fry, Stephen (1. Lists i5)
  233. Most Dangerous Man in America: the Making of Douglas MacArthur, The by Perry, Mark (1. Lists b2)
  234. Mr. Hockey: My Story by Howe, Gordie (1. Lists i3)
  235. Music at Midnight: the Life and Poetry of George Herbert by Drury, John (1. Lists e2)
  236. My Family and Other Superheroes by Edwards, Jonathan (1. Lists c8)
  237. My Heart Is a Drunken Compass: a Memoir by Martinez, Domingo (1. Lists k2)
  238. My Life in Houses by Forster, Margaret (1. Lists g6)
  239. My Story by Gillard, Julia (1. Lists n10)
  240. Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny by Broers, Michael (1. Lists n15)
  241. Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic by Edel, Charles N. (1. Lists p11)
  242. New Life, No Instructions by Caldwell, Gail (1. Lists h1)
  243. Nolan Ryan: The Making of a Pitcher by Goldman, Rob (1. Lists n13)
  244. North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family and How I Survived Both by Person, Cea Sunrise (1. Lists i3)
  245. Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood by Fest, Joachim (1. Lists n1)
  246. Ogallala Road: a Memoir of Love and Reckoning, The by Bair, Julene (1. Lists b4)
  247. Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays by Stielstra, Megan (1. Lists s2)
  248. One Hour in Paris: a True Story of Rape and Recovery by Freedman, Karyn L. (1. Lists g5)
  249. Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding by Darling, Lynn (1. Lists k1)
  250. Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Wildman, Sarah (1. Lists a3)
  251. Perfectly Miserable: Guilt, God, and Real Estate in a Small Town by Stuart, Sarah Pierce (1. Lists k1)
  252. Phantom of Fifth Avenue: the Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark by Gordon, Meryl (1. Lists w6)
  253. Please Be with Me: a Song for My Father, Duane Allman by Allman, Galadrielle (1. Lists a1)
  254. Poisoner: the Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor, The by Bates, Stephen (1. Lists a6)
  255. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Wagenen, Maya von (1. Lists g1)
  256. Rare Bird: a Memoir of Loss and Love by Whiston-Donaldson, Anna (1. Lists p1)
  257. Ray Bradbury Unbound by Eller, Jonathan R. (1. Lists l3)
  258. Reappearing Act: Coming out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians, The by Fagen, Kate (1. Lists b2)
  259. Redeemer: the Life of Jimmy Carter by Balmer, Randall Herbert (1. Lists s3)
  260. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Mock, Janet (1. Lists g1)
  261. Reinhold Messner: My Life at the Limit by Messner, Reinhold & Carruthers, Tim (1. Lists a1)
  262. Roy Higgins: Creator of Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, and The Rockford Files by Green, Paul (1. Lists r2)
  263. Scalia: A Court of One by Murphy, Bruce Allen (1. Lists r5)
  264. Scribe: My Life in Sports by Ryan, Bob (1. Lists b2)
  265. Self-Portrait in Green by NDiaye, Marie (1. Lists f3)
  266. Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer by Smith, Michael (1. Lists g6)
  267. Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor that Tried to Kill Me by Bishop, Bryan (1. Lists a1)
  268. Something Other than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Fulwiler, Jennifer (1. Lists g1)
  269. Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces… by Johns, Glyn (1. Lists b6)
  270. Special Deluxe by Young, Neil (1. Lists r6)
  271. Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire by Sorrentino, Paul (1. Lists m10)
  272. Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, The by Todd, Chuck (1. Lists n10)
  273. Stringer: a Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Sundaram, Anjam (1. Lists n7)
  274. Stronger: Fighting Back after the Boston Marathon Bombing by Bauman, Jeff & Witter, Bret (1. Lists g1)
  275. Struck by Genius: How Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel by Padgett, Jason (1. Lists n13)
  276. Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of Francois Mitterand, A by Short, Philip (1. Lists p5)
  277. Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America, The by White, Edward (1. Lists k1)
  278. Terrorist’s Son, The by Ebrahim, Zak & Giles, Jeff (1. Lists a4)
  279. This Star Won’t Go Out: the Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Earl, Esther, et al. (1. Lists g1)
  280. Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: a Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Gefter, Amanda (1. Lists k1)
  281. Under Magnolia: a Southern Memoir by Mayes, Frances (1. Lists b3)
  282. Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, The by Santana, Carlos (1. Lists n5)
  283. Unlikely Settler, The by Pelham, Lipika (1. Lists b5)
  284. Unstill Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction by Selz, Gabrielle (1. Lists s7)
  285. Untamed: the Wildest Woman in American and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Harlan, Will (1. Lists a1)
  286. Vincent Van Gogh: Ever Yours — the Essential Letters by Jansen, Leo et al, eds. (1. Lists f10)
  287. Watch Me: a Memoir by Huston, Anjelica (1. Lists i5)
  288. Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped by McBride, Gregg (1. Lists l1)
  289. Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake by Sutherland, Daniel E. (1. Lists g6)
  290. White Beech by Greer, Germaine (1. Lists t3)
  291. Woman who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, The by Cooney, Kara (1. Lists g1)
  292. Wooden: A Coach’s Life by Davis, Seth (1. Lists a1)
  293. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Melinek, Judy & Marshall, T. J. (1. Lists m10)
  294. World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words, The by Day, Barry, ed. (1. Lists k2)
  295. You Might Remember Me: the Life and Times of Phil Hartman by Thomas, Mike (1. Lists n13)

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List Used:

  1. AARP , a10
  2. A.V. Club , a7
  3. AbeBooks , a11
  4. About.Com , a5
  5. Agatha Awards , a6
  6. ALA/RUSA Notable Books , a2
  7. Alex Awards , a4
  8. All About Romance , a8
  9. Amazon , a1
  10. America’s Test Kitchen , a12
  11. Andrew Carnegie Medals , a15
  12. Andrew Zimmern , a13
  13. Association for Library Service to Children , a9
  14. The Atlantic , a3
  15. Austin Chronicle , a14
  16. Backchannel , b12
  17. Barnes and Noble , b8
  18. Barry Award , b9
  19. BBC , b13
  20. , b14
  21. Biographile , b15
  22. Boing Boing , b10
  23. Book Riot , b11
  24. The Book Smugglers , b16
  25. The BookBitch , b17
  26. Booklist , b4
  27. BookPage , b3
  28. BookPeople , b5
  29. Bookreporter , b19
  30. Boston Globe , b2
  31. Brain Pickings , b7
  32. Bustle , b18
  33. Buzzfeed , b6
  34. Chatelaine , c3
  35. Christian Science Monitor , c1
  36. Cleveland Plain-Dealer , c4
  37. Comics Alliance , c5
  38. Commonweal , c6
  39. Complex , c7
  40. Costa Book Awards
  41. , c8
  42. Crime Always Pays , c9
  43. Crimespree Magazine , c2
  44. Cybil Awards , c10
  45. The Daily Beast , d2
  46. The Daily Meal , d3
  47. Denver Post , d4
  48. Do Some Damage Crime Fiction , d1
  49. Eater , e6
  50. The Economist , e2
  51. Edgar Awards , e3
  52. Elle , e7
  53. Entertainment Weekly , e4
  54. Entrepreneur , e5
  55. Esquire , e1
  56. Fantasy Book Critic , f4
  57. Fantasy Café , f5
  58. Fantasy Faction , f6
  59. Fantasy , f7
  60. Fiction_L (online discussion group — one vote for each title receiving multiple votes on list) , f1
  61. Financial Times , f10
  62. Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize , f2
  63. Flavorwire , f3
  64. Foreign Affairs , f8
  65. Fortune , f9
  66. Gear Patrol , g2
  67. Globe and Mail , g5
  68. Goodreads Choice Awards , g1
  69. Great New Books , g3
  70. Greatist , g4
  71. Guardian , g6
  72. Hammett Prize , h4
  73. Horn Book , h5
  74. The House of Crime and Mystery , h3
  75. Hudson Booksellers , h1
  76. The Huffington Post , h2
  77. Hugo Awards , h6
  78. Hypable , h7
  79. Inc. , i2
  80. The Independent , i5
  81. Indies Choices Awards , i4
  82. Indigo , i3
  83. io9 , i1
  84. Kansas City Star , k2
  85. Kirkus Reviews , k1
  86. Largehearted Boy , l4
  87. Left Coast Crime Awards , l5
  88. Library Journal , l1
  89. Library Reads , l2
  90. Library Thing , l6
  91. LitReactor , l7
  92. Locus Magazine , l3
  93. Los Angeles Times , l8
  94. Los Angeles Times Book Prizes , l9
  95. Maclean’s , m4
  96. Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf , m7
  97. Man Booker Prize , m2
  98. Mashable , m11
  99. McNally Jackson , m8
  100. Miami Herald , m9
  101. The Millions , m10
  102. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , m12
  103. Minneapolis Star-Tribune , m1
  104. Morning News-Tournament of Books , m6
  105. Mother Jones , m3
  106. Murder by the Book , m5
  107. National Book Awards , n3
  108. National Book Critics Circle Awards , n9
  109. National Journal , n10
  110. National Outdoor Book Awards , n11
  111. National Reading Group Month: Great Group Reads , n12
  112. Nebula and Andre Norton Awards , n4
  113. The New Republic , n7
  114. New Statesman , n15
  115. New York Post , n13
  116. New York Public Library , n8
  117. New York Times , n1
  118. The New Yorker , n6
  119. Newsday , n14
  120. Newsweek , n2
  121. NPR , n5
  122. O Magazine , o1
  123. Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy , o2
  124. PaperMag , p8
  125. Paste Magazine , p9
  126. Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist , p7
  127. PBS Food , p10
  128. PEN/Faulkner Awards , p3
  129. People Magazine , p2
  130. Pop Matters , p5
  131. Powell’s Books , p6
  132. Printz Awards , p4
  133. Providence Journal , p11
  134. Publisher’s Weekly , p1
  135. Pulitzer Prizes , p12
  136. The Rap Sheet , r2
  137. Read Me Deadly , r3
  138. Richmond Times-Dispatch , r5
  139. Riffle , r4
  140. RITA Awards , r8
  141. Rolling Stone , r6
  142. RT Book Reviewer’s Awards , r7
  143. RUSA Reading List , r1
  144. Salon , s2
  145. San Francisco Chronicle , s7
  146. The Savvy Reader , s11
  147. School Library Journal , s1
  148. Science Friday , s12
  149. Seattle Times , s3
  150. SFF World , s8
  151. Slate , s4
  152. Splitsider , s13
  153. St. Louis Post-Dispatch , s6
  154. Story Prize , s9
  155. Strand Critics Award , s5
  156. Strange Horizons , s10
  157. Telegraph , t3
  158. Time , t1
  159. , t2
  160. USA Today , u1
  161. Vanity Fair , v2
  162. The Village Voice , v3
  163. Vogue , v1
  164. Vox , v4
  165. Vulture , v5
  166. Wall Street Journal , w3
  167. Washington Post , w2
  168. Waterstone’s Book of the Year , w1
  169. The Week , w5
  170. Wired , w4
  171. Woman’s Day , w6
  172. Women’s Prize for Fiction , w7
  173. YALSA Awards , y1

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