The best 100 Autobiographies books

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Autobiographies Books: Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

Losing My Virginity

Richard Branson
How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
4.4 (184 ratings)
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What's Losing My Virginity about?

Losing My Virginity is the internationally best-selling autobiography of self-made businessman Richard Branson. He details his lucrative adventures, beginning with dropping out of school, founding a record label and crossing the Atlantic ocean on a speedboat. In essence, the book is about how cleverness, determination and an adventurous mindset played a role in the making of one of the richest men on earth.

Who should read Losing My Virginity?

  • Anyone interested in the life of Richard Branson
  • Anyone interested in how Branson founded one of the most influential music labels, a transatlantic airline, and set several world records for ballooning and boating across oceans
  • Anyone who wants to read an entertaining tale of how one man broke the rules of business but excelled at it nevertheless

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Autobiographies Books: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Katherine Boo
Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
4.2 (22 ratings)
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What's Behind the Beautiful Forevers about?

Behind the Beautiful Forevers describes life in the Annawadi slum in India, close to Mumbai’s international airport. These blinks tell the story of families who live in squalid conditions but still dream of a better life, even though the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

Who should read Behind the Beautiful Forevers?

  • Anyone who wants to know about life in the slums of Mumbai
  • Anyone who liked the movie Slumdog Millionaire
  • Anyone who wants to understand the damage caused by corruption

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Autobiographies Books: The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser

The Man Who Fed the World

Leon Hesser
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
4.4 (33 ratings)
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What's The Man Who Fed the World about?

The Man Who Fed the World tells the story of Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and his work in fighting world hunger. The past and future of world agriculture and hunger are examined.

Who should read The Man Who Fed the World?

  • Anyone curious about how one man saved a billion people from starvation
  • Anyone interested in how agriculture underwent its own “green revolution”

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Autobiographies Books: Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

John Wood
An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children
4.1 (119 ratings)
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What's Leaving Microsoft to Change the World about?

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World (2006) is the story of John Wood, a former top-level Microsoft employee who left his career to found Room to Read, a non-profit charity organization. Room to Read aims to help stamp out global illiteracy by focusing on children's education and gender-equality.

Who should read Leaving Microsoft to Change the World?

  • People interested in global education
  • Those who want to learn about nonprofit organizations
  • Philanthropists and charity workers

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Autobiographies Books: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
4.5 (185 ratings)
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What's Long Walk to Freedom about?

Nelson Mandela's A Long Walk to Freedom (1994) is one of the most famous autobiographies of recent times. It tells the story of his life, from his humble beginnings in the South African countryside to his work as an iconic anti-apartheid freedom fighter, and ends, after chronicling his twenty-year prison sentence, with his final victory and release.

Who should read Long Walk to Freedom?

  • People interested in Nelson Mandela
  • Anyone curious about South African history
  • Proponents of social justice

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Autobiographies Books: Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems

Guantánamo Diary

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems
4.5 (11 ratings)
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What's Guantánamo Diary about?

Guantánamo Diary (2015) is the edited testimony of a detainee at the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba. These blinks will walk the reader through the story of one man’s interrogation, incarceration and torture at the hands of the US government.

Who should read Guantánamo Diary?

  • People who want an inside look at the notorious US prison on Guantánamo Bay
  • Anyone hoping to learn more about the treatment of American political prisoners
  • Anyone interested in the testimonies and struggles of individuals detained by US authorities

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Autobiographies Books: A Life Decoded by J. Craig Venter

A Life Decoded

J. Craig Venter
My Genome: My Life
4.1 (35 ratings)
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What's A Life Decoded about?

A Life Decoded (2007) is the autobiography of the prominent American biochemist and geneticist Craig Venter, who played a key role in one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time – the deciphering of the human genetic code. These blinks describe the personal experiences that drove his scientific research, even at times when his methods were attacked by the scientific community.

Who should read A Life Decoded?

  • Biologists, chemists, biochemists and geneticists
  • Anyone curious about scientific achievements and a life dedicated to science

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Autobiographies Books: Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders with Huck Gutman

Outsider in the White House

Bernie Sanders with Huck Gutman
4.3 (24 ratings)
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What's Outsider in the White House about?

Outsider in the White House (2015) tells the story of Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate and US senator. From marching for civil rights in the 1960s to campaigning against big money in politics as a 2016 presidential candidate, Sanders has always been at the forefront of US left-wing politics. First published in 1997 as Outsider in the House, this updated version of Bernie Sanders’s autobiography traces his lifelong fight for social justice and economic fairness.

Who should read Outsider in the White House?

  • Anyone interested in the 2016 US presidential election
  • Students of political science or political history
  • US voters looking for information on a presidential candidate

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Autobiographies Books: Startupland by Mikkel Svane

Startupland

Mikkel Svane
How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business
3.9 (30 ratings)
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What's Startupland about?

In Startupland (2015), Mikkel Svane tells the origin story of his own company, Zendesk. He explains how he went from working on a small website in Denmark to becoming the CEO of a million-dollar trading company in the United States, and shares the insights he gained along the way.

Who should read Startupland?

  • Entrepreneurs and start-up founders
  • Anyone who wants to bring their business idea to life
  • People who aren’t afraid to take risks

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Autobiographies Books: Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton with John Huey

Sam Walton: Made in America

Sam Walton with John Huey
My Story
4.4 (89 ratings)
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What's Sam Walton: Made in America about?

Made in America (1992) tells the inspirational rags-to-riches story of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, one of the biggest companies in the world. Find out how Walton used a customer-first approach to turn a small variety store into a global business empire and how a poor boy from Oklahoma went on to become one of the richest people in the world.

Who should read Sam Walton: Made in America?

  • Executives interested in tips on successful business practices
  • Entrepreneurs looking for insight on how to grow a business
  • Anyone wanting an inspirational story of an American dream come true

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Autobiographies Books: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley, Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Alex Haley, Malcolm X
As told to Alex Haley
4.6 (134 ratings)
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What's The Autobiography of Malcolm X about?

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) is a profound and personal account of one man’s journey from dropping out of school and entering a life of crime and drug addiction to finding redemption through human rights activism. These blinks tell the story of a curious and evolving mind: a man who dedicated his life to helping African-Americans gain identity and freedom from oppression by any means necessary.

Who should read The Autobiography of Malcolm X?

  • Human rights activists
  • Historians
  • People interested in the civil rights movement

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Autobiographies Books: The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin

The Run of His Life

Jeffrey Toobin
The People Versus O. J. Simpson
4.3 (7 ratings)
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What's The Run of His Life about?

The Run of His Life (1997) examines the essentials of the O. J. Simpson murder case: the personalities involved and the social forces that led to the shocking acquittal of this football superstar. These blinks don’t just chronicle the story of one man but also explore how American society turned Simpson’s story of triumph into one of tragedy.

Who should read The Run of His Life?

  • True crime fans
  • Pop culture junkies
  • People interested in understanding race relations in America

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Autobiographies Books: Stoned by Aja Raden

Stoned

Aja Raden
Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
3.9 (15 ratings)
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What's Stoned about?

Stoned (2015) is a collection of historical stories told through the lens of human desire – and the lengths to which we’ll go in pursuit of that desire. These blinks take you around the world and through time, showing how our desire for beautiful objects can move mountains and why our valuation of those objects can change so easily.  

Who should read Stoned?

  • History students looking for a fresh perspective
  • Psychology students interested in the influence of beauty and desire
  • Jewelry aficionados

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Autobiographies Books: Life, on the Line by Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas

Life, on the Line

Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas
A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat
4.0 (10 ratings)
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What's Life, on the Line about?

Life, on the Line (2011) tells the remarkable story of Grant Achatz, a fiercely determined chef whose drive to become the best found him redefining American cuisine before he was even 30 years old. His dreams came true when he opened his own restaurant, Alinea, in Chicago, but just as the awards and accolades came pouring in, a bigger challenge presented itself: he was diagnosed with advanced mouth cancer and faced the possibility of either dying or losing his tongue.

Who should read Life, on the Line?

  • Aspiring restaurateurs
  • Anyone looking for inspiration in the face of adversity
  • Foodies who want a behind-the-scenes look at the best restaurants

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Autobiographies Books: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race
4.4 (50 ratings)
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What's Hidden Figures about?

Hidden Figures (2016) reveals the untold story of the black female mathematicians who helped send John Glenn on his first orbit around the Earth and Neil Armstrong to the moon. These courageous, trailblazing women answered the call of duty by leaving their teaching jobs in segregated Southern schools behind and helping to shape the modern space program.

Who should read Hidden Figures?

  • Women in engineering
  • Those interested in the true history of the space program
  • Students of politics, science and history

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Autobiographies Books: Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick

Ghost in the Wires

Kevin Mitnick
My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
4.4 (53 ratings)
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What's Ghost in the Wires about?

Ghost in the Wires (2011) is the wild story of one of the greatest hackers and social engineers of all time: Kevin Mitnick. Mitnick started by making phony phone calls in the 1970s, but quickly graduated to computers, hacking some of the largest companies in the world. Along the way, he got his hands on vast amounts of information, just to prove to himself that it could be done. This is a tale of technical brilliance and expert escape artistry so unbelievable that it must be true.

Who should read Ghost in the Wires?

  • Computer enthusiasts interested in the story of one of the world’s greatest hackers
  • Anyone interested in the arts of social engineering
  • Law enforcement or cybercrime professionals

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Autobiographies Books: Open by Andre Agassi

Open

Andre Agassi
An Autobiography
4.6 (65 ratings)
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What's Open about?

Open (2009) is a revealing account of the turbulent life of one of America’s all-time best tennis players. More than anything else, it’s a story of Agassi’s battle for balance and self-understanding, all while dealing with the constant stream of complications that arose from fame and public scrutiny.

Who should read Open?

  • Sports fans
  • People raised by an overbearing parent
  • Anyone looking for an inspirational life story

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Autobiographies Books: Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee with Carol Mithers

Mighty Be Our Powers

Leymah Gbowee with Carol Mithers
How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
4.7 (13 ratings)
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What's Mighty Be Our Powers about?

Mighty Be Our Powers (2011) tells the inspirational story of Leymah Gbowee, a woman who fought for peace after years of civil war had devastated her country, Liberia. As a mother who believed her bright future had been snatched away from her, Gbowee brought together a powerful group of women who were fed up with the violence. Their peaceful protests changed the course of history, and their story deserves to be heard by anyone who’s ever lost hope.

Who should read Mighty Be Our Powers?

  • Peace workers and activists
  • Women, mothers and feminists
  • Anyone who loves an inspirational story of peace

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Autobiographies Books: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Trevor Noah
Stories from a South African Childhood
4.4 (108 ratings)
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What's Born a Crime about?

Born a Crime (2016) is about Trevor Noah's childhood and adolescence in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. A child of mixed heritage, Noah details the challenges he faced and the peculiarities that existed when he was growing up.

Who should read Born a Crime?

  • Trevor Noah fans
  • Those interested in life during and after apartheid in South Africa
  • Anyone after an inspiring personal story

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Autobiographies Books: A Higher Loyalty by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty

James Comey
Truth, Lies and Leadership
4.0 (29 ratings)
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What's A Higher Loyalty about?

A Higher Loyalty (2018) is the revealing account of James Comey’s history as a respected public servant across multiple presidential administrations. Comey guides readers through many years of experience, including his fight against unlawful torture and surveillance policies during the second Bush administration, and his experience with the Trump presidency.

Who should read A Higher Loyalty?

  • News and political junkies
  • Students of law and ethics
  • Readers eager for a peek at Washington’s inner workings

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Autobiographies Books: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Story of My Life

Helen Keller
4.5 (51 ratings)
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What's The Story of My Life about?

The Story of My Life (1903) chronicles the early years of Helen Keller, a young woman who became both deaf and blind at a young age. The book explores the challenges she faced growing up as a child with disabilities, and introduces the amazing people who helped her along the way.

Who should read The Story of My Life?

  • People looking to be inspired
  • Students with disabilities
  • People who interact with anyone with special needs

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Autobiographies Books: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
4.2 (54 ratings)
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What's Hillbilly Elegy about?

Hillbilly Elegy (2016) is an autobiographical walk through the life of a man who grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of Middletown, Ohio. These blinks tell the story of a boy who, despite a turbulent childhood, beat the odds and pulled himself out of poverty.

Who should read Hillbilly Elegy?

  • “Hillbillies” and people from Appalachia
  • Sociologists and scholars of the white American working class
  • Believers in the American dream

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Autobiographies Books: Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova

Unstoppable

Maria Sharapova
My Life So Far
4.5 (42 ratings)
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What's Unstoppable about?

Unstoppable (2017) tells the personal story of Maria Sharapova, the internationally renowned and respected tennis star. It chronicles her life, from when her family fled Belarus after the Chernobyl disaster, through to her relocation to the United States and her incredible career achievements. Sharapova’s autobiography offers a testimony to the power of strong will and unwavering determination.

Who should read Unstoppable?

  • Aspiring young athletes
  • Tennis fans and players
  • Dreamers and lovers of inspirational stories

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Autobiographies Books: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger

Roxane Gay
A Memoir of (My) Body
4.2 (58 ratings)
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What's Hunger about?

Hunger (2017) is a personal, open-hearted account of what it’s like to live with a body that’s frowned upon by society.

Who should read Hunger?

  • Victims of abuse and sexual violence
  • Students of psychology and social work
  • Anyone struggling with eating disorders

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Autobiographies Books: Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson

Finding My Virginity

Richard Branson
The New Autobiography
4.5 (71 ratings)
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What's Finding My Virginity about?

Finding My Virginity (2017) is the long-awaited sequel to Richard Branson’s first autobiography, Losing My Virginity. It picks up right where the earlier book left off, at the start of a new century with the digital marketplace opening up and an array of new business possibilities presenting themselves, including the opportunity to launch a company to take people into space.

"This is a remarkable book-in-blinks with both insight and inspiration.” – Sophie, Blinkist user, Kenya

Who should read Finding My Virginity?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Activists
  • Readers interested in a remarkable life story

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Autobiographies Books: Imagine It Forward by Beth Comstock with Thal Raz

Imagine It Forward

Beth Comstock with Thal Raz
Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change
3.9 (62 ratings)
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What's Imagine It Forward about?

Imagine it Forward (2018) charts the successes and setbacks of one of America’s most prolific businesswomen, Beth Comstock. Combining anecdotes from her tenure at General Electric with surprising insights and indispensable practical advice, these blinks explore the life and times of this remarkable change-maker and innovator.

Who should read Imagine It Forward?

  • Anyone looking for tips to instigate effective change
  • Those interested in the lives and careers of extraordinary women
  • Managers looking for fresh leadership insights

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Autobiographies Books: Personal History by Katharine Graham

Personal History

Katharine Graham
4.6 (15 ratings)
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What's Personal History about?

Katharine Graham’s autobiography Personal History (1997) is the illuminating inside story of one of the United States’ most powerful media moguls. Beginning with her at times difficult childhood, which was shaped by her demanding and brilliant mother, this Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir sheds light on Graham’s rise through the ranks of the journalistic profession, all the way to the top of the Washington Post’s hierarchy.

Who should read Personal History?

  • History buffs
  • Journalists
  • Anyone who loves inspiring true stories

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Autobiographies Books: We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

We Are Displaced

Malala Yousafzai
My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
4.4 (90 ratings)
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What's We Are Displaced about?

In We Are Displaced (2018), international activist Malala Yousafzai shares her story of becoming displaced from her homeland of Pakistan. She also shares the stories of some of the women and girls she has met while visiting refugee camps across the globe. With over 68.5 million people currently displaced from their homes worldwide, these stories are a vivid and important reminder of the individuality and humanity of each and every displaced person.

Who should read We Are Displaced?

  • Anyone interested in the stories of refugees
  • People inspired by the resilience of women and girls
  • Those looking to dig deeper into the causes of displacement

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Autobiographies Books: Wise Guy by Guy Kawasaki

Wise Guy

Guy Kawasaki
Lessons from a Life
4.0 (40 ratings)
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What's Wise Guy about?

Wise Guy (2019) tells the story of entrepreneur and best-selling author Guy Kawasaki’s life. Born into an ambitious Japanese family living in Hawaii, he went on to shine as one of Apple’s leading lights after dropping out of law school. Kawasaki has seen it all. In these blinks, he guides readers through his ups and downs and the lessons he’s picked up along the way as a student, tech guru, parent and sixty-something surfer.

Who should read Wise Guy?

  • Self-starters and the entrepreneurially minded
  • Digital pioneers
  • Anyone who loves inspiring true stories

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Autobiographies Books: Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Furious Hours

Casey Cep
Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
4.3 (56 ratings)
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What's Furious Hours about?

Furious Hours (2019) shines a light on the twin mysteries of a 1970s serial killer and the career of the celebrated author Harper Lee. By exploring the shocking case of the alleged serial killer William Maxwell and his victims, these blinks retrace Harper Lee’s steps and finally tell the true crime story that Lee always wanted to write.

Who should read Furious Hours?

  • True crime addicts looking for their next scare
  • Bookworms who want to learn more about the life of a celebrated author
  • Law enthusiasts interested in courtroom dramas

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Autobiographies Books: An Autobiography by M. K. Gandhi

An Autobiography

M. K. Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
4.3 (86 ratings)
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What's An Autobiography about?

An Autobiography (First published in two volumes; Volume 1, 1927, and Volume 2, 1929) is the autobiography of one of the world’s most famous political icons – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book traverses his rebellious childhood, his early activism in South Africa and his work for the Indian Independence Movement up until 1920, and gives insight into Gandhi’s personal philosophy and his lifelong quest for Truth.

Who should read An Autobiography?

  • Anyone interested in Gandhi’s life and personal philosophy
  • Students of history and political science
  • People cultivating leadership skills

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Autobiographies Books: Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter

Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant

Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter
Guide to Financial Freedom
4.6 (724 ratings)
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What's Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant about?

Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant (1998) is a guide to financial freedom. In the second book of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series, authors Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter describe how some people achieve financial success without working as hard as the rest of us. In this blend of instruction and autobiography, they explain how you might have the wrong idea about attaining financial freedom and set out ways in which you can turn that around.

Who should read Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant?

  • Anyone looking to escape the nine-to-five slog
  • Warren Buffet and Bill Gates wannabes
  • Those with dreams bigger than their wallets

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Autobiographies Books: Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Uncanny Valley

Anna Wiener
A Memoir
3.8 (50 ratings)
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What's Uncanny Valley about?

At the peak of the tech boom, Anna Wiener left a dismal professional life in New York for the modern Californian gold rush in Silicon Valley. Looking for money, stability, and social affirmation, she found an industry running on inflated valuations, gargantuan egos, toxic masculinity, and a whole lot of jargon. In Uncanny Valley (2020), you’ll follow her journey through three start-up jobs toward a more realistic valuation of herself.

Who should read Uncanny Valley?

  • Anyone terrified by big tech’s takeover of our lives
  • Those disappointed by the inaction following Snowden's revelations
  • Start-up employees wondering if they've made the right career choice

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Autobiographies Books: Me by Elton John

Me

Elton John
4.4 (62 ratings)
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What's Me about?

Me (2019) is Elton John’s autobiography. These blinks reveal the singer’s troubled childhood and his struggles with addiction. They also explore his path to stardom, and the celebrity drama he’s encountered on the way.

Who should read Me?

  • Music buffs looking for fresh insights
  • Fans of inspiring true stories
  • Lovers of autobiographies

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Autobiographies Books: The Virgin Way by Richard Branson

The Virgin Way

Richard Branson
Everything I Know About Leadership
4.4 (401 ratings)
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What's The Virgin Way about?

The Virgin Way (2015) explores Richard Branson’s secrets of leadership. Drawing on real-world anecdotes from the author’s decades of experience and eccentric way of doing business, these blinks are an insight into one of the world’s most innovative minds.

Who should read The Virgin Way?

  • Budding entrepreneurs looking for inspiration
  • Business enthusiasts wanting a fresh perspective
  • Fans of uplifting true stories

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Autobiographies Books: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas

Adam Kay
4.4 (91 ratings)
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What's Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas about?

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas (2019) details the bizarre and tragic experiences of a doctor working for the British National Health Service, known as the NHS, during the dreaded Christmas shifts. Providing a hilarious and eye-opening behind-the-scenes glimpse into the pandemonium that envelops hospital wards around the United Kingdom during the festive period, it also pays tribute to all the NHS staff who sacrifice their holidays each year to save lives, deliver babies, and remove Christmas paraphernalia from places it doesn't belong.

Who should read Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas?

  • Christmas celebrators searching for some light-hearted antics
  • Britons who commiserate with the hard-working people keeping the NHS afloat
  • Anyone curious to take a glimpse into the tumultuous life of the average hospital ward

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Autobiographies Books: Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

Poverty Safari

Darren McGarvey
Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass
4.3 (23 ratings)
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What's Poverty Safari about?

Poverty Safari (2017) is an unflinching and intimate account of life within Britain’s most marginalized communities. Scottish rapper Darren McGarvey draws on his own difficult personal history growing up poor in Glasgow to present an impassioned polemic on the causes, effects, and lived experiences of social and economic deprivation.

Who should read Poverty Safari?

  • Budding activists interested in mixing theory with personal history
  • Middle-class readers seeking informed insight on the working class
  • Anyone concerned about the pernicious effects of social inequality

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Autobiographies Books: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Trick Mirror

Jia Tolentino
Reflections on Self-Delusion
4.0 (63 ratings)
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What's Trick Mirror about?

Trick Mirror (2019) is the long-awaited first collection of writer and essayist Jia Tolentino. In nine intertwined stories, she tells of the trends and ideas – as well as the personal and collective delusions – that have shaped her life, our country, and the culture. Examining everything from the internet to workout crazes to modern marriage, Tolentino interweaves the personal and political, calling to mind great feminist writers like Susan Sontag and Joan Didion.

Who should read Trick Mirror?

  • Critical thinkers with an affinity for dissecting cultural trends
  • Lefties and liberals – and those who want to understand them better
  • Anyone who claims the label “feminist”

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Autobiographies Books: Across That Bridge by John Lewis

Across That Bridge

John Lewis
A Vision for Change and the Future of America
4.5 (58 ratings)
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What's Across That Bridge about?

Across That Bridge (2017) is a poignant account from one of America’s most powerful activists on the qualities that protestors need to embody to bring about lasting change. Activists in the US and all over the world look to the American civil rights movement of the 1960s for inspiration on how to challenge injustice. Here, Lewis uses personal recollections – from freedom rides to bus boycotts to the March on Washington – to impart lessons about nonviolent protest to the next generation of dreamers.

Who should read Across That Bridge?

  • Anyone who wants to speak truth to power
  • People inspired by the historic victories of the civil rights movement
  • Those interested in nonviolent communication

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Autobiographies Books: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami
4.3 (156 ratings)
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What's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running about?

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2009) is a memoir about the intersection of two solitary passions: running and writing. In this personal work, author Haruki Murakami gives an intimate look into how these two practices inform his inner world. 

Who should read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running?

  • Fans of Murakami’s surreal prose style
  • Writers who run, or runners who write
  • Late bloomers looking for inspiration

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Autobiographies Books: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns

Isabel Wilkerson
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
4.4 (89 ratings)
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What's The Warmth of Other Suns about?

The Warmth of Other Suns (2010) tells the story of the Great Migration – the biggest inner-border mass migration in US history. From 1915 to 1970, millions of Black Americans left the Jim Crow South in search of a better life in Northern cities. Focusing on the lives of three of those migrants, these blinks paint a vivid picture of the fears, hopes, and dreams that shaped the movement.

Who should read The Warmth of Other Suns?

  • Curious minds who want to learn about an underexplored chapter of US history
  • Fans of biographical and eyewitness accounts of the past
  • Anyone interested in the social and demographic forces that shaped America

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Autobiographies Books: I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

I'm Still Here

Austin Channing Brown
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
3.9 (40 ratings)
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What's I'm Still Here about?

I’m Still Here (2018) is a memoir about racial justice in modern America. Racism is still all around us – even in Christian organizations that claim to champion diversity and understanding.

Who should read I'm Still Here?

  • People looking to understand what it’s like to be Black in America
  • Christians eager to learn how to be truly progressive
  • Fans of powerful memoirs

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Autobiographies Books: Bedtime Biography: Me by Elton John

Bedtime Biography: Me

Elton John
The Autobiography
4.6 (58 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: Me about?

Narrated by Marston York

Music by Federico Coderoni

Me (2019) is Elton John’s autobiography. It takes a deeper look into the singer’s troubled childhood, his struggles with addiction, and the roles they played in shaping who he is. They also explore his path to stardom, and the celebrity drama he’s encountered along the way.

Who should read Bedtime Biography: Me?

  • Music buffs looking for fresh insights
  • Fans of inspiring true stories
  • Lovers of autobiographies

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Autobiographies Books: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank
4.8 (171 ratings)
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What's The Diary of a Young Girl about?

The Diary of a Young Girl (first published 1952; this edition 1977) tells the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family during the Second World War. It offers a remarkable portrait of a maturing young woman forced into an unbelievable situation but rising to the occasion. In her diary, Anne shares her thoughts and dreams, revealing a remarkable talent that was tragically taken from the world, along with millions of other lives during the Holocaust.

Who should read The Diary of a Young Girl?

  • People interested in stories of life during wartime
  • Anyone who likes true stories of resilience and survival
  • Young women looking for inspirational figures

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Autobiographies Books: The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
4.8 (63 ratings)
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What's The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr. about?

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998) is a firsthand account of the life and work of one of the most important figures in recent American history: Martin Luther King Jr. Assembled from his writings, letters, interviews, and speeches, this autobiography tells of King’s journey from Christian minister in the segregated South to leading figure of the civil rights movement. 

Who should read The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

  • History and political buffs
  • Citizens concerned with issues of racial, social, and economic justice
  • Anyone looking to educate themselves on Black American history

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Autobiographies Books: Make Change by Shaun King

Make Change

Shaun King
How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future
3.8 (180 ratings)
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What's Make Change about?

Informed by the life and work of successful social justice activist Shaun King, Make Change (2020) is your guide on how to join the fight for a better world. King is a leading figure in the fight against police brutality and mass incarceration in America, and his wins and losses along the way have taught him vital lessons on how to create real, lasting social change. No matter the cause you’re invested in, these blinks will show you how to use your skills and resources to make a real difference. 

Who should read Make Change?

  • Budding activists and future organizers
  • Shaun King admirers who want to know more about his life and work
  • Anyone looking to make a real difference in the world

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Autobiographies Books: Bedtime Biography: Margaret Thatcher by Margaret Thatcher

Bedtime Biography: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
The Autobiography
4.6 (222 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: Margaret Thatcher about?

Margaret Thatcher: The Autobiography (2013) is the definitive account of the Iron Lady. Covering everything from her upbringing to the political battles that defined her time in office, this memoir sheds light on the thinking and values of Britain’s most transformative twentieth-century leaders. 

Who should read Bedtime Biography: Margaret Thatcher?

  • History buffs
  • Anglophiles
  • Politicos

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Autobiographies Books: All In by Billie Jean King

All In

Billie Jean King
An Autobiography
4.4 (31 ratings)
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What's All In about?

All In (2021) tells the remarkable life story of Billie Jean King, the woman who led a call for equality in women’s sports that soon reverberated around the world. King’s activism and refusal to back down led to real changes in the US legislature, with results that spread far beyond the realm of sports. All the while, King grappled with personal issues that would only find resolution later in life.

Who should read All In?

  • Sports fans
  • Activists and equal rights crusaders
  • Anyone who loves a good inspirational story

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Autobiographies Books: Renegades by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

Renegades

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen
Born in the USA
4.1 (318 ratings)
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What's Renegades about?

Renegades (2021) documents eight intimate and enlightening conversations between two living legends: the musician Bruce Springsteen and the former US president Barack Obama. These two friends delve into some of the issues that have defined both of their careers, including American identity, fatherhood, class and racial divides, wrestling with the past, and maintaining hope for the future.

Who should read Renegades?

  • American citizens concerned about the country’s future
  • Fans of “the Boss” and the forty-fourth president
  • Music buffs

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Autobiographies Books: Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography by M.K. Gandhi

Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography

M.K. Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments With Truth
4.4 (243 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography about?

Narrated by Marston York

An Autobiography (First published in two volumes; Volume 1, 1927, and Volume 2, 1929) is the autobiography of one of the world’s most famous political icons – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book traverses his rebellious childhood, his early activism in South Africa and his work for the Indian Independence Movement up until 1920, and gives insight into Gandhi’s personal philosophy and his lifelong quest for Truth.

Who should read Bedtime Biography: An Autobiography?

  • Anyone interested in Gandhi’s life and personal philosophy
  • Students of history and political science
  • People cultivating leadership skills

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Autobiographies Books: Disrupting the Game by Reggie Fils-Aimé

Disrupting the Game

Reggie Fils-Aimé
From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo
4.3 (191 ratings)
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What's Disrupting the Game about?

Disrupting the Game (2022) tells the inspiring story of Reggie Fils-Aimé’s unlikely rise to the top of the video game industry – charting his journey from growing up as a kid in the Bronx to becoming president and COO of Nintendo of America. Along the way, it shares the lessons he learned about leadership and charting a career path.

Who should read Disrupting the Game?

  • Leaders and professionals feeling stuck in the wrong roles
  • Business students and recent graduates
  • Anyone wanting inspiration to level up their career

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Autobiographies Books: Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
4.6 (84 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom about?

Read to you by Twaambo Kapilikisha

Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom (1994) is one of the most famous autobiographies of recent times. It tells the story of his life, from his humble beginnings in the South African countryside to his work as an iconic anti-apartheid freedom fighter, and ends, after chronicling his twenty-year prison sentence, with his final victory and release.

Who should read Bedtime Biography: Long Walk to Freedom?

  • People interested in Nelson Mandela
  • Anyone curious about South African history
  • Proponents of social justice

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Autobiographies Books: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda
3.5 (83 ratings)
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What's Autobiography of a Yogi about?

Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) is a deeply spiritual yet light-hearted account of the life of India’s preeminent yoga emissary to the West. In this epic, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates his encounters with legendary gurus, swamis, saints, and astral beings that guided him toward the fulfillment of his mission to unite East and West under one God through the personal and scientific practice of Kriya Yoga.

Who should read Autobiography of a Yogi?

  • Yoga devotees trying to learn more about the author’s personal journey
  • People curious about yoga and the enchanting world of astral beings and their interactions with humans
  • People of faith seeking points of contact and dialogue with different world religions

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Autobiographies Books: No Red Lights by Alan Patricof

No Red Lights

Alan Patricof
Reflections on Life, 50 Years in Venture Capital, and Never Driving Alone
4.1 (118 ratings)
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What's No Red Lights about?

No Red Lights (2022) is part-autobiography, part-guidebook to assembling the core fundamentals of your career. Geared primarily toward aspiring venture capitalists but helpful for anyone interested in business, it’s packed with instructive lessons and useful advice. Simultaneously, it is a glimpse into the life of man who’s spent 50 years learning –⁠ and living –⁠ the tricks of the trade.

Who should read No Red Lights?

  • Aspiring venture capitalists and other businesspeople
  • Business students in search of tried-and-true advice
  • Memoir and autobiography fans

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Autobiographies Books: Surrender by Bono

Surrender

Bono
40 Songs, One Story
4.5 (36 ratings)
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What's Surrender about?

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story (2022) is a poetic tour through four decades of the life of Bono, lead singer of U2 –  one of the world’s biggest and longest-lasting bands. With each chapter headed by a song and illustrations throughout, the book is a memoir sprinkled with self-deprecating humor, wit, and poignancy.

Who should read Surrender?

  • Fans of U2
  • Music lovers who are interested in hearing about musical history
  • Anyone interested in pop culture

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Autobiographies Books: Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

Matthew Perry
A Memoir
4.5 (494 ratings)
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What's Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing about?

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (2022) is the intimate memoir of critically acclaimed actor Matthew Perry. From his troubled childhood to his meteoric rise to fame in the hit sitcom Friends to his lifelong struggle with substance abuse and addiction, Perry holds nothing back as he reveals his life, thoughts, and soul.

Who should read Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing?

  • Friends fans looking for a deeper insight into one of the show's strongest comedic voices
  • People curious about the darker side of celebrity lives
  • Anyone struggling with addiction

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Autobiographies Books: Wired for Love by Stephanie Cacioppo

Wired for Love

Stephanie Cacioppo
A Neuroscientist's Journey Through Romance, Loss, and the Essence of Human Connection
4.6 (537 ratings)
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What's Wired for Love about?

Wired for Love (2022) combines fascinating neuroscientific research with a captivating personal story to reveal some of the secrets behind that great human mystery: love. Love is often thought of as a topic best left to poets and musicians –⁠ but it can and should be studied as a legitimate scientific question. In a world that is constantly throwing up new challenges to romance, from online dating to global pandemics, an understanding of and respect for love is more important than ever before.

Who should read Wired for Love?

  • Hopeless romantics
  • Neuroscience and psychology fanatics
  • Anyone who is, has been, or wants to be in love

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Autobiographies Books: All About Me! by Mel Brooks

All About Me!

Mel Brooks
My Remarkable Life in Show Business
4.0 (22 ratings)
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What's All About Me! about?

All About Me! (2021) recounts the show business career of iconic comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks. It’s infused with entertaining tales about his life behind the scenes, from his days as a young Broadway fan to his successful stint as an actor, director, and producer.

Who should read All About Me!?

  • Anyone who wants to know more about Mel Brook’s career in show business
  • Aspiring comedians and entertainers
  • Show business and comedy enthusiasts

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Autobiographies Books: The Office BFFs by Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey

The Office BFFs

Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey
Tales of the Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There
4.0 (6 ratings)
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What's The Office BFFs about?

The Office BFFs (2022) peels back the curtain on the close-knit friendship of Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer from the American hit TV series The Office. It comes complete, not only with their candid time together on and off camera but also with never-before-seen photos featuring the cast and crew of the show.

Who should read The Office BFFs?

  • The Office fans
  • People curious about the behind-the-scenes friendship of Angela and Jenna
  • Celebrity enthusiasts

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Autobiographies Books: Faith, Hope and Carnage by Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan
4.3 (139 ratings)
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What's Faith, Hope and Carnage about?

Faith, Hope and Carnage (2022) collects a series of interviews between legendary musician Nick Cave, whose primal, goth-tinged music has captivated and challenged audiences for nearly half a century, and the journalist Sean O’Hagan. The pair touch on writer’s block, romance, addiction, and the internet – but always circle back to the topic of grief, specifically how Cave has dealt with the death of his 15-year-old son Arthur in 2015.

Who should read Faith, Hope and Carnage?

  • Die-hard Cave fans, who’ve been following along since The Birthday Party years
  • New Cave fans who’ve fallen in love with Ghosteen or the Red Hand Files
  • Anyone dealing with grief in any form

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Autobiographies Books: The Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality

Kobe Bryant
How I Play
4.5 (423 ratings)
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What's The Mamba Mentality about?

The Mamba Mentality (2018) is Kobe Bryant’s personal take on basketball, his life, and his career. It provides details on how he physically and mentally prepared for the game, the depth with which he analyzed his opponents, and how basketball taught him to lead and grow.

Who should read The Mamba Mentality?

  • Lakers and Kobe Bryant fans
  • People seeking inspiration on and off the court
  • Anyone who wants to develop a Mamba Mentality

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Autobiographies Books: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou
4.8 (69 ratings)
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What's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings about?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) is the first part of a critically acclaimed seven-volume autobiography by the American writer and poet Maya Angelou. A vivid account of growing up in America during the Depression, it documents Maya’s life between the ages of three and sixteen. Hailed for its unflinching portrayal of displacement, discrimination, and trauma, it is also a life-affirming study of how hope can prevail amidst death and despair. 

Who should read I Know why the Caged Bird Sings?

  • History buffs fascinated by the United States
  • Fans of true-life stories and larger-than-life memoirs
  • Anyone who loves classic literature

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Autobiographies Books: Silas Marner by George Eliot

Silas Marner

George Eliot
3.7 (3 ratings)
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What's Silas Marner about?

Silas Marner (1861) is the story of a lonely outcast weaver, and the child who unexpectedly arrives in his solitary life, bringing him slowly back into the society that he has rejected and that has rejected him.

Who should read Silas Marner?

  • Lovers of classic literature
  • History buffs with an interest in English village life
  • Anyone drawn to stories of misfits, loners, and outcasts

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Autobiographies Books: Be Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Be Useful

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Seven Tools for Life
4.4 (338 ratings)
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What's Be Useful about?

Be Useful (2023) is an inspirational journey through the life and principles that have propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger to unparalleled heights. It encapsulates the wisdom and tools he developed from a young age to transcend the limitations of his humble beginnings, emphasizing the power of a clear vision, resilience, and a steadfast commitment to being useful. Through a blend of personal anecdotes and practical advice, it encourages others to forge their own paths – highlighting the intrinsic capability within each individual to shape their destiny and make a meaningful impact. 

Who should read Be Useful?

  • Individuals seeking personal growth and self-improvement
  • Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger who are eager to learn from his experiences
  • Anyone looking for inspiration to persevere and thrive in spite of setbacks

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Autobiographies Books: The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara

The Motorcycle Diaries

Ernesto Che Guevara
3.8 (26 ratings)
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What's The Motorcycle Diaries about?

The Motorcycle Diaries (1952) invites you on a pivotal journey across South America that transforms a youthful traveler into a revolutionary icon. As you delve into these vivid narratives, you'll experience an intimate glimpse of a continent’s rich cultures and the awakening of a profound social consciousness. This captivating odyssey is not just a travel tale, but also a profound coming-of-age story that challenges you to explore the depths of your own beliefs and ideals.

Who should read The Motorcycle Diaries?

  • Adventure enthusiasts seeking inspiration from epic journeys
  • History buffs interested in revolutionary figures and ideologies
  • Travel literature fans exploring diverse cultural narratives

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Autobiographies Books: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

The Covenant of Water

Abraham Verghese
5.0 (2 ratings)
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What's The Covenant of Water about?

The Covenant of Water (2023) follows a family in southern India across three generations as they grapple with a chilling affliction – the death by drowning of at least one member of every generation. Spanning almost the entire twentieth century, this masterful literary novel is a poignant tale of love and loss, chronicling the evolution of a family as well as India's turbulent passage into modernity.

Who should read The Covenant of Water?

  • Fans of literary fiction interested in emotional resonance and the human experience
  • People intrigued by the traditions and everyday lives of families in southern India
  • Those fascinated by India's culture and history, especially the changes in Indian society throughout the 1900s

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Autobiographies Books: 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup

12 Years A Slave

Solomon Northup
True story of an African-American who was kidnapped in New York and sold into slavery

What's 12 Years A Slave about?

This memoir tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 19th century. Northup recounts his harrowing experiences and the brutal realities of life as a slave, while also highlighting the resilience and strength of the human spirit. It is a powerful and important account of one man's fight for freedom and justice.

Who should read 12 Years A Slave?

  • Readers seeking a firsthand account of slavery and its impact on individuals
  • History enthusiasts interested in understanding the realities of the antebellum South
  • Those looking to gain a deeper understanding of racial inequality and social justice issues

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Autobiographies Books: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

A Long Way Home

Saroo Brierley

What's A Long Way Home about?

A Long Way Home is a memoir by Saroo Brierley that tells the incredible true story of his journey from being lost in India as a young child, to being adopted by an Australian family, and finally using Google Earth to track down his birth family. It is a heartwarming and inspiring tale of resilience, determination, and the power of love.

Who should read A Long Way Home?

  • Those who are interested in true stories of resilience and determination
  • People who appreciate personal narratives that explore themes of identity and belonging
  • Readers who enjoy stories of cross-cultural experiences and the power of human connection

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Autobiographies Books: All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald

All Souls

Michael Patrick MacDonald
A Family Story from Southie

What's All Souls about?

All Souls is a memoir by Michael Patrick MacDonald that tells the story of his childhood in South Boston during the 1970s and 1980s. It explores the impact of poverty, crime, and violence on his family and community, as well as his journey to break free from the cycle of poverty and find hope and redemption. It is a powerful and heartbreaking account of life in an impoverished neighborhood and the resilience of the human spirit.

Who should read All Souls?

  • Individuals seeking a deep understanding of the social issues affecting marginalized communities
  • Readers interested in personal memoirs that shed light on the complexities of poverty and crime
  • Activists and advocates for social justice looking for inspiration and a call to action

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What's Autobiography of a Face about?

Autobiography of a Face is a memoir by Lucy Grealy that chronicles her experience growing up with a rare form of cancer that left her disfigured. Grealy reflects on her struggles with self-image, societal perceptions of beauty, and the emotional and physical challenges she faced. It is a poignant and honest account of one woman's journey to find acceptance and belonging in a world that often values superficial appearances.

Who should read Autobiography of a Face?

  • Those seeking a unique and introspective memoir
  • Individuals interested in the challenges and resilience faced by someone with a physical difference
  • People looking for a deeper understanding of self-acceptance and finding beauty beyond societal norms

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Autobiographies Books: Breaking Night by Liz Murray

Breaking Night

Liz Murray
A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

What's Breaking Night about?

Breaking Night is a memoir by Liz Murray that tells the inspiring story of her journey from a troubled childhood to becoming a successful student at Harvard University. Murray shares her experiences of homelessness, drug-addicted parents, and the challenges she faced in pursuit of education. It is a powerful and uplifting tale of resilience and determination.

Who should read Breaking Night?

  • Individuals looking for inspirational stories of perseverance and resilience
  • Those interested in understanding the struggles faced by individuals in poverty
  • Readers who want to gain insights into overcoming adversity and achieving personal and professional success

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Autobiographies Books: Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Brother, I'm Dying

Edwidge Danticat

What's Brother, I'm Dying about?

"Brother, I'm Dying" is a memoir by Edwidge Danticat that tells the story of her family's experiences in Haiti and the United States. It explores themes of immigration, family bonds, and the challenges faced by those seeking a better life. The book offers a poignant and powerful reflection on love, loss, and the complexities of the human experience.

Who should read Brother, I'm Dying?

  • People interested in the immigrant experience and the challenges faced by immigrants
  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal narratives
  • Those who appreciate poignant storytelling and reflections on family, identity, and resilience

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Autobiographies Books: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Chinese Cinderella

Adeline Yen Mah
The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter

What's Chinese Cinderella about?

Chinese Cinderella is a memoir by Adeline Yen Mah that tells the story of her difficult childhood in China. Born the fifth child to an affluent family, Adeline is treated as an unwanted daughter and faces emotional and physical abuse from her stepmother. Despite the hardships, she finds solace in her love for literature and eventually overcomes adversity to achieve success. This poignant and inspiring book sheds light on the power of resilience and the importance of pursuing one's dreams.

Who should read Chinese Cinderella?

  • Readers interested in stories of resilience and overcoming adversity
  • Individuals curious about Chinese culture and history
  • People seeking inspiration and motivation to overcome their own challenges

What's Confessions of an Economic Hitman about?

Confessions of an Economic Hitman is a gripping memoir by John Perkins, in which he reveals his experiences as a highly paid consultant who helped orchestrate the economic colonization of developing countries. Perkins exposes the dark side of global capitalism and the role of organizations like the World Bank and the IMF in exploiting and manipulating nations for the benefit of a few powerful individuals and corporations. This eye-opening book sheds light on the hidden mechanisms of economic control and offers a thought-provoking critique of the modern world.

Who should read Confessions of an Economic Hitman?

  • Curious individuals seeking insights into the global economy and how it impacts developing nations
  • Readers interested in understanding the role of corporations and governments in shaping economic policies
  • Those looking for thought-provoking narratives that explore the ethical implications of power and manipulation

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Autobiographies Books: Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

Down the Rabbit Hole

Holly Madison
Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny

What's Down the Rabbit Hole about?

In this memoir, Holly Madison takes readers on a journey through her time as a Playboy bunny and her relationship with Hugh Hefner. She reveals the dark and twisted reality behind the glamorous facade of the Playboy Mansion, and shares her personal growth and empowerment as she breaks free from the confines of that world. Down the Rabbit Hole is a captivating and eye-opening account of one woman's quest for independence and self-discovery.

Who should read Down the Rabbit Hole?

  • Individuals curious about the behind-the-scenes of reality TV
  • People interested in the life of a celebrity beyond the glitz and glamour
  • Readers looking for an honest and personal memoir about navigating fame and relationships

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Autobiographies Books: Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Funny in Farsi

Firoozeh Dumas
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

What's Funny in Farsi about?

Funny in Farsi is a memoir that tells the story of Firoozeh Dumas, an Iranian immigrant, and her experiences growing up in America. Through a series of humorous and heartwarming anecdotes, Dumas offers a unique perspective on cultural differences, family dynamics, and the challenges of assimilation. With wit and charm, she shares her journey of finding a sense of belonging in a new country while staying true to her Iranian heritage. It's a delightful and insightful book that celebrates the beauty of diversity and the universal language of laughter.

Who should read Funny in Farsi?

  • People interested in humorous memoirs that provide insight into different cultures
  • Readers who enjoy stories of personal growth and adaptation
  • Individuals looking for a lighthearted and entertaining read

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Autobiographies Books: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

How Dare the Sun Rise

Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Memoirs of a War Child

What's How Dare the Sun Rise about?

This memoir tells the powerful and inspiring story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a young girl who survived a massacre in her home country of Congo and eventually resettled in the United States as a refugee. Through her courageous journey, she sheds light on the harsh realities of war and the resilience of the human spirit. It is a testament to the strength and determination of those who dare to rise above adversity.

Who should read How Dare the Sun Rise?

  • Individuals interested in stories of resilience and overcoming adversity
  • Readers seeking to gain insight into the experience of being a refugee
  • Those wanting to explore the strength of the human spirit in challenging circumstances

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Autobiographies Books: Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez

Hunger of Memory

Richard Rodriguez

What's Hunger of Memory about?

This memoir by Richard Rodriguez explores the author's experiences growing up as a Mexican-American in California and his journey to assimilate into American culture. It delves into themes of identity, education, and the complexities of cultural and linguistic assimilation. Through his personal story, Rodriguez offers a thought-provoking reflection on the challenges and rewards of navigating between different cultural worlds.

Who should read Hunger of Memory?

  • Readers interested in exploring the complex relationship between education and identity
  • Individuals seeking insights into the immigrant experience in America
  • Those who want to delve into the effects of assimilation on personal and cultural identity

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Autobiographies Books: In My Hands by Irene Opdyke

In My Hands

Irene Opdyke

What's In My Hands about?

In this gripping memoir, Irene Opdyke recounts her experiences as a young Polish woman who becomes a housekeeper for a high-ranking Nazi officer during World War II. Risking her own life, she uses her position to secretly aid Jewish prisoners, ultimately saving the lives of many. "In My Hands" is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the extraordinary acts of bravery in the face of unimaginable evil.

Who should read In My Hands?

  • Individuals who are interested in World War II history
  • Readers who enjoy inspiring true stories of resilience and heroism
  • People who want to learn about the power of kindness and compassion in the face of adversity

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Autobiographies Books: Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza

Left to Tell

Immaculée Ilibagiza
Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

What's Left to Tell about?

Left to Tell is a powerful memoir by Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. It recounts her incredible story of hiding in a small bathroom with seven other women for 91 days, as well as her journey towards forgiveness and healing. Through her firsthand account, Ilibagiza offers a message of hope and the strength of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Who should read Left to Tell?

  • Those seeking inspiration and hope in the face of adversity
  • Individuals interested in learning about the power of forgiveness and its impact on personal growth
  • Readers who enjoy memoirs that offer insights into the human spirit and resilience

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Autobiographies Books: Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon

Riding the Bus with My Sister

Rachel Simon
A True Life Journey

What's Riding the Bus with My Sister about?

This memoir tells the story of Rachel Simon's relationship with her sister, Beth, who has a developmental disability. After years of estrangement, Rachel decides to reconnect with Beth by spending time with her on the bus rides she takes every day. Through their conversations and experiences, Rachel gains a deeper understanding of her sister and learns valuable lessons about acceptance, love, and the true meaning of family.

Who should read Riding the Bus with My Sister?

  • Readers who enjoy heartfelt personal narratives
  • People looking to understand and empathize with individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of family and relationships

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What's The Distance Between Us about?

This memoir tells the story of Reyna Grande's childhood in Mexico and her journey to the United States to reunite with her parents. It explores the complexities of family, immigration, and the pursuit of a better life, while highlighting the emotional and physical distance that separates loved ones. Grande's powerful and poignant writing offers a unique perspective on the immigrant experience.

Who should read The Distance Between Us?

  • Readers who are interested in coming-of-age stories
  • People who want to gain insights into the immigrant experience
  • Those looking for a memoir about resilience and determination

What's The Education of Henry Adams about?

This autobiography by Henry Adams chronicles his life and education as a member of the prominent Adams family in 19th century America. Through a blend of history, philosophy, and personal reflection, Adams explores the challenges and transformations he experienced, offering insights into the changing world around him. It is a thought-provoking account of one man's intellectual journey and the lessons he learned along the way.

Who should read The Education of Henry Adams?

  • Readers who are interested in American history, specifically the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Individuals who enjoy autobiographical works that offer a unique perspective on education and intellectual growth
  • Those who appreciate eloquent and thought-provoking writing that challenges conventional wisdom

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Autobiographies Books: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi

What's Persepolis about?

Persepolis is a graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi that offers a unique glimpse into life in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. Through beautiful black-and-white illustrations, Satrapi shares her coming-of-age story, highlighting the challenges, humor, and resilience she and her family displayed in the face of political and social upheaval.

Who should read Persepolis?

  • Readers who are interested in personal narratives and coming-of-age stories
  • Individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and political history of Iran
  • People who appreciate graphic novels and unique storytelling formats

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Autobiographies Books: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert

What's Eat, Pray, Love about?

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir that chronicles the author's journey of self-discovery as she travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia. Faced with a failing marriage and a deep sense of unhappiness, Gilbert embarks on a year-long quest to explore different aspects of her life. Through delicious food, spiritual devotion, and unexpected love, she learns to embrace the true essence of happiness and fulfillment.

Who should read Eat, Pray, Love?

  • Individuals in search of self-discovery and personal growth
  • Readers looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally inspiring memoir
  • Those interested in exploring different cultures and spiritual practices

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Autobiographies Books: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

What's Hyperbole and a Half about?

Hyperbole and a Half is a hilarious and heartfelt collection of comics and essays that delves into the author's own experiences with depression and anxiety. Allie Brosh uses her unique blend of humor and honesty to explore the complexities of mental health, making it a must-read for anyone looking for a fresh perspective on the subject.

Who should read Hyperbole and a Half?

  • Readers who enjoy humorous and relatable stories
  • Those interested in exploring mental health and personal struggles through a humorous lens
  • People who appreciate insightful and candid reflections on everyday life

What's The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo about?

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is a collection of essays that cover Amy Schumer's childhood, family, relationships, and career. With her signature wit and unapologetic humor, Schumer shares personal anecdotes and insights on topics such as body image, feminism, and Hollywood, offering a candid and empowering perspective on being a woman in today's world.

Who should read The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo?

  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal essays
  • Fans of Amy Schumer's comedy and candidness
  • Those looking for a book that addresses societal issues with humor and insight

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Autobiographies Books: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Born Standing Up

Steve Martin

What's Born Standing Up about?

Born Standing Up is a memoir by legendary comedian Steve Martin. In this engaging and honest book, Martin reflects on his journey to stardom in the world of stand-up comedy. From his early days working at Disneyland to selling out arenas across the country, he shares insights, humorous anecdotes, and the challenges he faced along the way. It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of a comedic genius.

Who should read Born Standing Up?

  • Aspiring comedians looking for insight into the stand-up comedy world
  • Fans of Steve Martin interested in his personal and professional journey
  • Individuals seeking inspiration and lessons on pursuing a creative passion

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Autobiographies Books: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

What's Furiously Happy about?

Furiously Happy (2015) is a hilarious and heartfelt memoir by Jenny Lawson. Through her witty and unapologetic writing, Lawson shares her experiences with mental illness and shows that it's possible to find joy and purpose in life, even in the darkest moments. With laugh-out-loud anecdotes and raw honesty, this book challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and celebrates the power of being furiously happy.

Who should read Furiously Happy?

  • Those dealing with mental health challenges
  • People who want to gain a better understanding of mental illness
  • Individuals looking for a humorous and relatable account of living with mental health issues

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Autobiographies Books: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel

What's Fun Home about?

Fun Home is a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, exploring her complicated relationship with her father and her own coming out as a lesbian. Through striking illustrations and candid storytelling, Bechdel delves into themes of family, identity, and self-discovery, offering a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the challenges of growing up in a nonconventional household.

Who should read Fun Home?

  • Readers interested in graphic memoirs that explore personal and family dynamics
  • Individuals who appreciate nuanced and introspective storytelling
  • Those who want to gain insights into themes such as identity, sexuality, and the complexities of human relationships

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Autobiographies Books: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please

Amy Poehler

What's Yes Please about?

Yes Please is a memoir by actress and comedian Amy Poehler. Through a series of humorous and candid essays, Poehler shares personal anecdotes, reflections, and insights on her career, family, and friendships. She invites readers to embrace their authenticity and pursue their passions while navigating the unpredictable journey of life. With wit and wisdom, Yes Please is a delightful and inspiring read.

Who should read Yes Please?


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Autobiographies Books: Just Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids

Patti Smith

What's Just Kids about?

'Just Kids,' a memoir by Patti Smith, chronicles her deep and formative relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Set in the vibrant art scene of 1960s and 1970s New York City, the book delves into their youthful dreams, struggles, and eventual success in the pursuit of artistic expression. It is a beautifully written tribute to their friendship and the bohemian spirit of that era.

Who should read Just Kids?

  • Individuals who are interested in the creative worlds of art and music
  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal stories
  • People who are drawn to tales of friendship, love, and artistic inspiration

What's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? about?

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is a humorous and relatable memoir by Mindy Kaling. Through a series of personal essays, Kaling shares her unique perspective on friendship, romance, Hollywood, and the challenges of adulthood. With wit and charm, she invites readers into her world and reminds us that it's okay to be yourself, even if it means sometimes feeling like you're missing out on the fun.

Who should read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me??

  • Readers looking for a humorous and relatable perspective on life and success
  • Fans of Mindy Kaling's work in television and comedy
  • Those who enjoy memoirs that blend personal anecdotes with insightful observations

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Autobiographies Books: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher

What's The Princess Diarist about?

The Princess Diarist is a memoir by Carrie Fisher that delves into her experience filming the original Star Wars trilogy. Filled with personal diary entries and reflections, Fisher offers a candid and witty account of her time as Princess Leia, as well as her secret affair with co-star Harrison Ford. It provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the iconic film series and explores Fisher's own journey to self-discovery.

Who should read The Princess Diarist?

  • Star Wars fans looking for behind-the-scenes insights
  • Those interested in Carrie Fisher's personal experiences and reflections
  • People who enjoy candid and witty memoirs

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Autobiographies Books: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking

Carrie Fisher

What's Wishful Drinking about?

Wishful Drinking is a candid and witty memoir by Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. In this book, Fisher shares her personal struggles with addiction, mental illness, and the ups and downs of her Hollywood upbringing. With humor and honesty, she reflects on her unconventional life and offers insight into the challenges she has faced.

Who should read Wishful Drinking?

  • Individuals who are fans of Carrie Fisher and her work
  • People who enjoy memoirs that are candid and humorous
  • Readers who are interested in stories about overcoming personal struggles

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Autobiographies Books: Five Presidents by Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

Five Presidents

Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

What's Five Presidents about?

Five Presidents by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin provides an insider's account of the lives and legacies of five American presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. Through firsthand anecdotes and historical insights, the book offers a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs faced by these leaders during their time in office.

Who should read Five Presidents?


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Autobiographies Books: On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing

Stephen King

What's On Writing about?

On Writing by Stephen King is a part memoir, part writing guide that offers invaluable advice and insights for aspiring writers. King shares his own journey as a writer, along with practical tips and techniques to improve your craft. With wit and wisdom, this book is a must-read for anyone passionate about storytelling.

Who should read On Writing?

  • Aspiring writers seeking practical advice and insight
  • Stephen King fans curious about his writing process and personal experiences
  • People looking to improve their storytelling and communication skills

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Autobiographies Books: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, Poetose Press

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, Poetose Press

What's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass about?

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a powerful autobiography that chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass, from his childhood in slavery to his escape to freedom. Douglass vividly depicts the brutal realities of slavery and the strength and resilience it took for him to fight for his freedom. A must-read for anyone interested in American history and the fight for equality.

Who should read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

  • Students and educators studying American history and the abolitionist movement
  • Readers interested in first-hand accounts of slavery and the quest for freedom
  • Those who appreciate eloquent and powerful writing that challenges societal norms

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Autobiographies Books: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling

What's Why Not Me? about?

Why Not Me? is a memoir by Mindy Kaling that delves into her personal and professional journey in the entertainment industry. With her signature wit and charm, Kaling shares anecdotes and reflections on topics such as friendship, dating, and self-confidence. Through her book, she inspires readers to embrace their individuality and pursue their dreams with determination and humor.

Who should read Why Not Me??

  • Readers who enjoy personal, humorous, and relatable memoirs
  • People looking for inspiration and insights into navigating the entertainment industry
  • Fans of Mindy Kaling's work in TV, comedy, and writing

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Autobiographies Books: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

What's Infidel about?

Infidel is a memoir by Ayaan Hirsi Ali that recounts her journey from a strict Muslim upbringing in Somalia to her eventual rejection of the faith and her fight for women's rights. It offers a powerful critique of Islam and sheds light on the challenges faced by those who dare to question their religious beliefs.

Who should read Infidel?


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