What are the best biographies about women?

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    #1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Janet Wood
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart." Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank is the story of a 13=year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II."
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    #2I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Kathryn Turner
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was trying to find a great women's biography book to give my daughter for her birthday. I remembered reading this book when I was in school and got it for her. It is an amazing and powerful book to read. "
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    #3Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words

    Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words

    Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words is a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, written by Andrew Morton. It gives valuable insight into the lives of Diana and other members of the British Royal family.

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    Vivaan Dutta
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Brilliant peek into the life of a princess! With the query best biographies about woman this certantly fits the book, jam packed with royal secrets, full delving into the late great Diana. Certantly worthy of the read. "
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    #4I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 

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    David Hoffman
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I am quite a fan of women who do great things in our world. I love to read their stories. The story of the heroine Malala in I Am Malala, was a heart wrenching story of a girl far beyond her years as she stood up for the education of young women in her country. "
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    #5Cleopatra: A Life

    Cleopatra: A Life

    Stacy Schiff presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the story of the most famous and mysterious woman of the ancient world: Cleopatra, the last Queen of ancient Egypt. 

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    Heather Simmons
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This was a great book to read if you like to read biographies about women. I've always been fascinated with Cleopatra and this book just took it to another level. "
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    #6Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots
    Mary Queen of Scots is a book by Marie Antoinette that tells the story of a queen who have been betrayed by the people she trusted the most. She will be on a journey to claim what is supposed to be hers.
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    Rebecca Pena
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you want to read a good biography about a strong woman, check out Mary Queen of Scots. This book tells of her life and the many hardships she endured. I was flipping the pages in this book trying to get to the end as fast as possible, it was that riveting. "
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    #7Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

    Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

    Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo is a book written by historian Hayden Herrera. It chronicles the life of the renowned Mexican artist, including her childhood, her romantic interests, political ideologies, and her art.

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    Carol Xiao
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "an inspiring tale for woman. source of power"
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    #8The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    #9Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey is a biography book written by Antonia Fraser that aims to clear the air over the controversies regarding one of the most iconic royalties in history. It was written in November 2002.

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    Anna Chapman
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was looking for a really good biography about women, and this is the one! I had a lot of negative misconceptions about Marie Antoinette, but reading about the real history behind her was both interesting and enlightening."
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    #10Personal History

    Personal History

    Personal History is written by Katharine Graham which has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. This reveals the inside story of Graham who was behind the Washing Post during the most turbulent periods in the history of American media. 

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    Surabhi Chavan
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a gripping biography about the life of a little known (to the younger generations, like myself) woman who has lived a long life in in the upper echelons of society. It tells the behind the restoration of the Washington Post by her father as well as what it was like growing up, which wasn't as idyllic as one would assume. "
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    #11The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Joe Hawkins
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The best biography about women is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the remarkable, but unknown story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Virtually unknown, Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave."
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    #12Portrait of an Artist : A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

    Portrait of an Artist : A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

    Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe is a book written by Laurie Lisle. It tells the story of the acclaimed painters life through the eyes of those who knew her best, with testimonies from her friends and family.

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    Judy Peterson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is an excellent choice of biography about women and what better woman that Georgia O'Keeffe. This story looks through the eyes of all her family friends at one of the best women painters of her time. "
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    #13Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

    Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

    Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe is written by Anthony Summers on her rollercoaster life, divided secret life, and death. It also includes her affair with John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. 

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    Mildred Armstrong
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I have always been intrigued by the life story of the most beautiful woman of America and her untimely death. This book goes deep in the lonely, troubled life of a beauty that attracted envy from women and the desire to control her appeal for themselves from men."
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    #14The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir is a biographical novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the private life of the beloved royalty of England - Queen Elizabeth I and her powerful reign over her people.

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    Christopher Campbell
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "an interesting peek into the royal blood line.. good one"
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    #15Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a nonfiction book by Jung Chang which tells the story of three generations in twentieth-century China and how they have been affected by Mao as well as their society. It was published in 2003 by Touchstone.

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    Jordan Fields
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I gave Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China a chance, but it made me intensely sleepy. This book bored me. The book seemed to be more about the government than about the characters, themselves. I got about halfway done before I could not go on."
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    #16Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England is a non-fiction book written by the renowned writer of history books, Alison Weir. It chronicles the life of Queen Isabella, who ruled as the queen of England during the 14th century.

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    Walter Ortega
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "In today's male dominated world how much do we know about the women who shaped our world too? Well, look no further than this amazing piece by Alison weir. I was mesmerized and entertained by her depiction of Queen Isabella of England in Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England. I didn't know anything about Isabella before reading this but now see that there were very influential women all the way back to the fourteenth century! Weir really hits it home with this personal bio-epic piece about the Queen, giving us details and an inside look into her life we wouldn't find elsewhere. If you're a history buff like me and also a feminist, this one is not to pass up!"
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    #17The Wives of Henry VIII

    The Wives of Henry VIII

    The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser is a narrative that traces the cultural, familial and political roots of each of Henry VIII's queens. It brings to light the complex character of each of them.

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    Zachary King
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Not sure if this is as specific as I'd prefer. Yes it is about significant historical women but I'm interested more in current women whose lives affect the modern day."
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    #18The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir brings the six queens of Henry VIII to life, based on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports.
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    Julie Rose
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Very interesting recount of the history of Henry VIII and his wives. My only issue is I sometimes wonder how people are able to find out information about those who lived that long ago. "
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    #19Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman

    Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman
    Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman is a historical non-fiction biography book written by Sharon Gmelch. It is first published in 1986. 
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    Kathy Newman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "While this is a biography about a woman, I can't see the appeal. Nan Donohoe lived a different but not exactly interesting life.As she isn't well known, I don't think many people would be interested in reading this."
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    #20Paula

    Paula

    Paula is a non-fiction biography book written by Isabel Allende. This Spanish memoir is first published in 1994 and reproduced by European Schoolbooks. 

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    Trishla Dasgupta
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "looks good but i have read better"
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    #21Georgia O'Keeffe

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers is a historical non-fiction biography written by Georgia O'Keefe. This classic book is first published in 1987. 

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    Teresa Hamilton
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "All of O'Keefe's most famous and beautiful flower paintings are in this book. Unfortunately, because they are very large canvases, the small format of this book simply cannot do the pictures justice. I give the editor top marks for including so many works, but the end result is rather silly."
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    #22Hell Hath No Fury

    Hell Hath No Fury

    Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq is a non-fiction book written by Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross which is about women from ancient to modern times who participated in battles and wars.  

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    Maria Walker
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The role of women in battles and wars is sporadically known and taught. This book is a great resource describing the contributions of so many women from all around the world and their participation in various battles and wars. There are female leaders, such as Cleopatra and Margaret Thatcher, but also female spies and women reporters who did not let their gender deter them from their passion to get involved improving various battles and turmoil situations."
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    #23Soldier Girls

    Soldier Girls

    Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War is a non-fiction book written by Helen Thorpe which is about the lives of three women on their path to the military, overseas and back home spanning for 12 years. 

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    Debra Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love to read biographies about women. My favorite at the moment is Soldier Girls. It's a non-fiction book by Helen Thorpe about the lives of three women in the military overseas and how they came back home. The stories are enthralling and incredibly immersive. I just loved learning about these three women and their trials and tribulations. Highly recommended!"
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    #24The Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory

    The Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory

    The Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory is a biography written by Kimberly L. Craft about the infamous Erzsebet Bathory. It was published April 9, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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    Richard Grant
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The best biographies about women include "The Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory", which is a biography about the infamous Erzsebet Bathory. With an average customer rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars based on 26 customer reviews on Amazon, I would strongly recommend this novel."
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    #25Gather Together in My Name

    Gather Together in My Name
    Gather Together in My Name is a non-fiction biography book written by Maya Angelou. This African American memoir is first published in 1974. 
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    Ann Hanson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Gather Together in My Name is one of my favorite biographies. Maya Angelou has a compelling story and a brilliant voice. Her narrative is authentic and relatable from start to finish. Recommended to all readers."
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    #26Rage Against the Veil

    Rage Against the Veil

    Rage Against the Veil: The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident is a non-fiction biography book written by Parvin Darabi. This feminist-themed book is published in 1999. 

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    Paul Scott
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is a must read for most people, but specifically Americans. I feel like we praise our melting pot society but most people never involve themselves in other cultures. The beauty of this country is we're able to mold ourselves with the culture of every other country on the planet, and no one takes advantage of this. Mostly because their scared of going outside their norms. I love to learn about other cultures."
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    #27Letters to a Young Gymnast

    Letters to a Young Gymnast
    Letters to a Young Gymnast is a non-fiction autobiography book written by Nadia Comaneci. This sportsbook is first published in 2003 by Basic Books. 
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    Thomas Hopkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Letters to a Young Gymnast was a great book to read. Biographies about women are not as popular as they should be. A good read like this may change that, and make Bios about women more popular ."
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    #28Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

    Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas

    Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas is a non-fiction autobiography book written by Maya Angelou. This memoir is first published in 1976. 

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    #29Nomad: From Islam to America

    Nomad: From Islam to America
    Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations is a non-fiction biography book written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This political memoir is published in 2010. 
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    Johnny Reyes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The author is a brave women. Her life is now under constant threat for challenging the views of Islam and it's treatment of women around the world. The book is a a fascinating examination of her own experiences and abuse. It's a book that needed to be written and should be read by people to understand an uncomfortable subject matter many people do not want to talk about. "
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    #30Chalked Up

    Chalked Up

    Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams is a biography book written by Jennifer Sey and published in 2008. 

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    Samantha Fields
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a good book for anyone who enjoys competitive gymnastics. This story is a bit sad and I found myself crying at times while reading it. It goes into details about the eating disorders etc that are never talked about in the sport and kind of opens your eyes to a lot of things."
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    #31Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

    Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

    Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters is a non-fiction biography book written by Joan Ryan. It is first published in 1995. 

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    Claudia Zapata
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "It is interesting to see the ugly side of such beautiful sports. I love watching gymnastics but reading what these girls go through is sad and a little disheartening. They say they do it for the love of the sport but they are started so young, how do they know what they really love. "
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    #32Landing on My Feet

    Landing on My Feet

    Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams is a non-fiction biography book written by Kerri Strug and John P. Lopez. It is first published in 1997 by Andrews McMeel Publishing. 

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    Shirley Ford
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I love gymnastics and Kerri Strug and this she is an amazing, powerful and strong woman. This biography covers all the things I love about her, and all the adversity she overcame."
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    #33The Heart of a Woman

    The Heart of a Woman

    The Heart of a Woman is a non-fiction autobiography book written by Maya Angelou. This memoir is first published in 1981. 

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    Doris Fisher
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this novel. Maya Angelou seems to have led a fascinating life and it is interesting to watch all that unfold in these books. I love watching her travel and to figure out her place in the world. I think this is one of the better biographies I have read, since it is entertaining and fascinating at the same time."
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    #34Off Balance

    Off Balance

    Off Balance is a memoir about gymnastics written by Dominique Moceanu. This non-fiction sportsbook is first published in 2012 by Touchstone. 

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    Hemant Kadam
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Great read for anyone interested in gymnastics, and the lives women lead behind the screen. I feel so much closer now to the sport I love."
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    #35The Caged Virgin

    The Caged Virgin
    The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam is a non-fiction biography book written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This feminist book is published in 2002. 
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    Israel Osorio
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great feminist biography that is not some political thing about someone like Hillary Clinton. There are great insights to Islam for an American society that greatly needs more exposure. This is well-written and well researched and everyone should read this."
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    #36Loose Change

    Loose Change
    Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties is a feminist non-fiction biography book written by Sara Davidson. This memoir is first published in 1977. 
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    Karen Dean
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I recently had an assignment to complete a paper about a woman and present my thoughts on their biography. I came across Loose Change and was compelled to read it based on the catchy title. It is set in the 60's and covered the notorious hippie era. I wasn't very satisfied by the end of the book and quite frankly I was annoyed with the characters and how they acted. I was disgraced by Susan who sleeps around a lot. It seems a little degrading to women and counteracts the message that is trying to get across to readers. "
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    #37Meyebela

    Meyebela

    Meyebela: My Bengali Girlhood is a non-fiction biography book written by Taslima Nasrin. This memoir is first published in 1998 by Steerforth. 

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    Hannah Simmons
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Meyebela is an eye opening book about the author, Taslima Nasrin. She details her experiences in Bangladesh during their war for independence. It's a great book for any history buff."
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    #38Mary Lou

    Mary Lou

    Mary Lou: Creating an Olympic Champion is a non-fiction biography book written by Mary Lou Retton. It is first published in 1985 by McGraw-Hill Companies. 

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    Jonathan Cook
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Cool biography about Olympic athletes, featuring Mary Lou. If you do not know who Mary Lou is, then I suggest googling her, or just checking out this book to really put yourself in the world of an elite athlete! Recommend to all athletes."
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    #39Standing Alone in Mecca

    Standing Alone in Mecca

    Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam is a non-fiction religious biography book written by Asra Q. Nomani. It is published in 2005 by HarperOne. 

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    Aaron Murray
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love reading about people and their lives, I just finished reading Standing Alone in Mecca a biography about Asra Q. Nomani. While I couldn't relate to the struggle, I loved the book. I highly reccomened it as a non fiction title. "
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    #40Winning Balance

    Winning Balance

    Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams is a non-fiction biography book written by Shawn Johnson. It is published in 2012 by Tyndale Momentum.

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    #41The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven: The Authorized Story of American Gold is a non-fiction biography book written by N.H. Kleinbaum. It is published in 1996 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 

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    Jack Hunt
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This seems like a good book with a story but I usually read biographies about individuals rather than groups of people. Not my cup of tea."
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    #42A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    A Song Flung Up to Heaven is a non-fiction autobiography book written by Maya Angelou. This memoir is first published in 2002 and won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2003. 

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    Helen Lynch
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "A Song Flung Up to Heaven is the best book by Maya Angelou! It is non-fiction and, to me, her best work. I have read this countless times and always take something new away from it."
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    #43American Gypsy

    American Gypsy

    American Gypsy is a non-fiction biography book written by Oksana Marafioti. This memoir is first published in 2012 by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl.

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    Bob Xu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The best biographies about women include "American Gypsy" which is a non-fiction biography book. Boasting an average customer rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon based on 67 customer reviews, I strongly recommend this book."
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    #44Mom & Me & Mom

    Mom & Me & Mom
    Mom & Me & Mom is a non-fiction biography book written by Maya Angelou. This feminist memoir is first published in 2013 by Random House. 
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    Aradhya Venkatesan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Another memoir by Mrs. Angelou. This one focuses on her female figures in her life."
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    #45Mormon Enigma

    Mormon Enigma

    Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith is a non-fiction biography book written by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery. This spiritual book is first published in 1984. 

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    Linda Miller
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Emma Hale Smith was a wife of Joseph Smith, the prophet of the LDS church. Mormons should find it interesting that this book uncovers the details of her life. The founding of the church was an interesting time."

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Best What are the best biographies about women
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 36 Paid
2I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 34 Paid
3Diana: Her True Story in Her Own WordsBooks 32 Paid
4I Am MalalaBooks 31 Paid
5Cleopatra: A LifeBooks 29 Paid
6Mary Queen of ScotsBooks 27 Paid
7Frida: A Biography of Frida KahloBooks 27 Paid
8The Glass CastleBooks 24 Paid
9Marie Antoinette: The JourneyBooks 23 Paid
10Personal HistoryBooks 23 Paid
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