What are the best memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies?

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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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    Eka Greek
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "One of the most moving autobiographical books ... I read it when I was little and I would read it again. The story of Anna Frank is the historical memory of the Europe of 1900 :(((((((((((("
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    #2Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Eugene Phillips
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Night is a great autobiographical look about Nazi death camps. It follows the story of a teenager who had survived the Holocaust and retold the story in eye-opening detail. It's an extremely interesting read and really keeps readers engaged in hearing a real-world account of how things were instead of reading from a history book. This is 100% worth a pickup!"
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    #3John Adams

    John Adams
    As told by the multi-awarded historian David McCullough, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is the story of John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. 

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    Judy Bailey
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "David McCullough is the best biographical writer there is. Even if you, like me, know very little about American history or John Adams, you will find yourself fascinated by the way McCullough writes about this great man. I found it very emotional and stirring and I wanted it to be even longer - the sign of a great book."
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    #4Confessions

    Confessions
    Confessions is an autobiographical book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and published in 1782. In this book, the novelist and philosopher explains the story of his life, from his formative years to the achievement of international fame.
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    Dennis Hart
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "seems to be a very interesting novel to read"
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    #5St. Augustine Confessions

    St. Augustine Confessions

    St. Augustine's Confessions is Henry Chadwick's English translation of the famous biography written by St. Augustine himself. It is about the saint's life, from his childhood as a farm boy in Algeria to a powerful clergyman in Milan.

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    Marco Antonio Anaya
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "I personally like this book. If you are at all interesting in learning about St. Augustine or about a saints life then this is the book for you. This book allows you to go back in history and immerse yourself into a feeling of almost being there to experience it yourself. One of the all time great memoirs."
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    #6Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.Man's Search for Meaning is among the ten most influential books in America.

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    Danielle Taylor
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "Man's Search for Meaning is well written and introspective. Sad but important topic."
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    #7Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.

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    Ruth Berry
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is the tale of the path that Chris McCandless's troubled life took. It is an insightful look into his mind's eye. I liked the movie based on this story and this book definitely answered some of the questions that I had. It is not for those who are faint of heart."
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    #8Maus

    Maus

    This metaphoric comic winner of the Pulitzer Prize by Art Spiegelman tells us the story of the father of the author during World War II. The story mixes past and present while the author asks his father about his own story. 

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    Jane Herrera
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I feel like this book would be good however it does not fit the category I am looking for as it is not a true story type of book. While it seems to be well thought of it just doesn't fit into what I want so I'll say this solution is not very good."
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    #9I 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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    Mary Gomez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This book really helped to change my outlook on race-relations in the US. I was especially moved by the experiences of the children who were the main characters, and how the world was shown through their eyes. It's a great American classic."
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    #10Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is comedian and author David Sedaris' book containing snippets from his life, particularly his move to Paris and his experience of learning French from a teacher who did not like their sessions.
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    Frances Hicks
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I have read and enjoyed this book several times. A great collection of short stories that are funny and touching. The author has a great knack of putting everyday mundane events into a completely unique and different perspective that warms your heart. A great read for long airplane travels. "
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    #11Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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    Nicole Wells
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Ok so non-fiction science books aren't really that interesting to me. However, this one grabbed my attention. I thought that it was very well written and I actually found myself looking forward to when I had time to sit down and read it. "
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    #12The 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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    Ryan Lynch
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Glass castle is a memoir that has been on the New York Time's bestseller list for seven consecutive years! Any book that's been on the bestseller list for that many years doesn't need much of a review. Love of family, even though highly dysfunctional, wins the day in this true story about kids raising themselves to overcome neglectful parents and the relationships that endure through adulthood. It's not necessarily pleasant to think of children in these circumstances but the results are inspirational and emotional. Buy it and read it!"
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    #13A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive (Dave Pelzer)

    A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive is the first book in the Dave Pelzer series which is a collection of books where he shares his own story of the brutal and severe abuse he suffered as a child by his own mother. 

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    Linda Simpson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I think this is a good solution, as it is an auto- biography, and a striking one at that. This solution made me want to look into the product further. I can see this being a soul-shifting autobiography."
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    #14Running with Scissors

    Running with Scissors

    Running With Scissors is a New York Times bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs, originally published in 2002. In 2006, a film adaptation of the book came out, directed by Ryan Murphy.

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    Mick Fang
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Augusten Burroughs is a very well respected author and this is his memoir work. This book doesn't have the best Amazon reviews but it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller so it will do pretty well for the topic."
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    #15Tuesdays With Morrie

    Tuesdays With Morrie
    Tuesdays With Morrie is a bestselling memoir by American author Mitch Albom, first published in 1997. It tells the story of the author's relationship with a former college professor, who taught him important life lessons.
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    Jonathan Cook
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Fantastic recommendation, Book is exactly what meets every criteria for the topic, Book also has fantastic reviews, The topic creator will love it, Topic is solved. "
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    #16Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love

    Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert is a memoir-novel originally published in 2006. This book has a film adaptaion released in 2010 under Columbia Pictures.

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    Julie Rose
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I love to read memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies. I found Eat, Pray, Love. I heard of the movie and loved it, so I decided to try the book. I love it too! It's about a woman's travel experience and search for new experiences and love. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended!"
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    #17Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life is Walter Isaacson's in-depth biography detailing the life of the legendary American hero, from his scientific advancements, his media works, businesses, and his role as a founding father.

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    Tyler McDonald
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The great Benjamin Franklin is responbib;e for many great things but his bipgraphy detailed his life as an great American hero."
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    #18Lucky Luciano

    Lucky Luciano

    Born in a small town in Italy, Lucky Luciano went to New York with his parents looking for a better future. He soon got interested in the life of those who made crime their way of living, and he ended up becoming the most famous gangster of them all: the man who organized crime in USA. 

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    Patricia Greene
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I love to read memoirs and biographies. I found out about the Lucky Luciano (The Man Who Organized Crime in America). It's all about Lucky Luciano, who ended up being one of the most famous gangsters of all time. He was the man that organized crime in the USA. It really is very fascinating. I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who loves biographies and especially people that love learning about crime in America."
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    #19Hitch-22

    Hitch-22

    Hitch-22: A Memoir is Christopher Hitchens' autobiography detailing his life, including his socialist views that led him to oppose the Vietnam War, his support for the war on terror, and even his atheism, and his mother's suicide.

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    Shaurya Verma
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "So there's a lot of good that has been said about this book. I agree, it was very well written, but for the most, I just shrugged my shoulders a lot a said "meh." I guess I just don't see what makes his views so unbelievably supremely awesome. Paraphrasing, of course."
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    #20The Long Walk

    The Long Walk

    The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows is Brian Castner's firsthand account of the experiences of a soldier diffusing bombs day and night in Iraq, from the thrill of the action to the trauma he suffered when he got home.

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    Roy Obrien
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "fits topic"
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    #21Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    Service: A Navy SEAL at War is Marcus Luttrell's firsthand depiction of his time in Iraq, where he joined the SEAL Team 5 to subdue Ramadi. There, Luttrell contemplated on the meaning of his service, and those of his comrades.

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    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "Service: A Navy SEAL at War is among the best memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies of all time. You can tell so much passion went into writing this, I can almost feel what the writer felt at times."
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    #22My War: Killing Time in Iraq

    My War: Killing Time in Iraq

    My War: Killing Time in Iraq is an autobiography by Colby Buzzell based on the blog he wrote when he was in service in the Middle East. The blog caught fame as it presented a voice different from the US government's.

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    Debra Howard
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I found this just browsing for a new book to read, and I am glad I did. It is a great memoir about war. I liked it so much that I read it all within a few days."
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    #23The Journal of Ben Uchida

    The Journal of Ben Uchida

    The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 of Mirror Lake Internment Camp is the diary of a young Japanese American boy who was forced to settle in an internment camp after the U.S. intended to fight the war in the Pacific.

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    Vincent Gomez
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This book is about a boy named Ben Uchida This boy has to move to an internment camp along with his family, because he's Japanese American. This book is a good book that teaches a lot about history but is not actual history itself but a fiction based on history. Interesting read. "
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    #24My 60 Memorable Games

    My 60 Memorable Games

    My 60 Memorable Games is a book by Grandmaster Bobby Fischer is an analysis of his 60 most memorable games, from his best moves to his most critical blunders.

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    Roy Day
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This solution is about the authors favorite games so I don't see this as a relevant solution to the topics at hand."
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    #25Modern Chess Strategy

    Modern Chess Strategy
    Modern Chess Strategy is a book by Czech grandmaster Ludek Pachman and translated by Allan Russell about how chess is played in modern times, giving in-depth analysis of the roles and capabilities of every piece.
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    Alejandro Blanco
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "If you love to learn about chess, then Modern Chess Strategy is the book for you. It will help you learn quick strategies in order to win games effortlessly. It is filled with tips and tricks."
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    #26Kasparov Against the World

    Kasparov Against the World

    Kasparov against the World is Garry Kasparov's firsthand account of his own challenge to battle players all over the world through Microsoft Zone. This book has a foreword from Bill Gates and diagrams for some of the moves.

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    Angela Moore
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "A good book for those interested in chess. Written in a first person, format. It is somewhat of a short read. "
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    #27Life & Games of Mikhail Tal

    Life & Games of Mikhail Tal
    The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal is an autobiography detailing Mikhail Tal's extraordinary career that saw him become a world champion and be dubbed as the Magician from Riga because of his fantastic attacking moves.
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    Teresa Payne
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "One of the best autobiographies that I have ever read was Life & Games of Mikhail Tal. This book did an amazing job of detailing the life and story of Mikhail Tal in a way that allowed the reader to really connect with his story."
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    #28Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder

    Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder

    Charles Manson: Music Mayhem Murder is Tommy Udo's narration of the life of Charles Manson, particularly his ambitions to become a music star before becoming a cult icon and a convicted murderer.

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    Aaron Bell
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "Charles Manson... his influence on music is amazing. I cannot believe a murderer and a perverse mind could become a phenomenon of that kind. I highly recommend this book, although some experts say there are some inaccuracies (I read it in some comments on Amazon). I think it's interesting though for not experts like myself "
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    #29The Wave in the Mind

    The Wave in the Mind

    The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination is a book by award-winning science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin containing essays on different topics. This book was published by Shambhala in February 2004.

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    Jeremy Weber
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Given the vagueries of the topic, this seems as likely of interest as anything else. This is after all LeGuin, we are talking about. personally I would read her on anything as broad based as imagination. This description may say why, " ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women's shoes, beauty, and family life. With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings" Not a chronological biography of the what happened then variety, but a musing on things that happen ia life. Principally, hers but with an eye as to how others might understand those thoughts and actions that occurred to her. what happened then variety"
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    #30Catfish and Mandala

    Catfish and Mandala

    Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam is an autobiography by Andrew X. Pham about his bicycle ride from Mexico to Japan, and then to Vietnam. The book won a Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book award.

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    Carol Edwards
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is about someone traveling to different countries. I would read more by him this was good."
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    #31Once Upon a Secret

    Once Upon a Secret

    Once Upon a Secret is a book by Mimi Alford that tells the story of the author herself. She is an intern during the regime of President Kennedy and it is said that they had an affair. After years of denying she eventually admitted it.   

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    Joan Ortiz
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I couldn't put this book down. It is an incredible close up of JFK's affair with his secretary that I knew nothing about. I am walking away with a completely different view of him than I had before. "
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    #32Jackie After Jack: Portrait of the Lady

    Jackie After Jack: Portrait of the Lady

    Jackie After Jack is a book by Christopher Andersen that exposes the sides of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that was not seen by the people. her depression and suicide attempts are also mentioned.

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    Yi Liang
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "If you're a fan of autobiographies, I highly recommend this one about Jackie Kennedy and her lesser-known side. It touches on her past suicide attempts and depression and tells her story from a new, fascinating perspective."
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    #33The Patriarch

    The Patriarch

    The Patriarch is a book by David Nasaw that tells the story of Joseph Kennedy. It is the summary of his journals which are only allowed to be read by Nasaw. The book is about Joseph Kennedy's story and how he describes the former president.

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    Charlie Tian
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This biography of Joseph Kennedy has received favorable reviews from users and critics. It is an interesting read for anyone who has an interest in the Kennedy family."
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    #34Profiles in Courage

    Profiles in Courage
    Profiles in Courage is a book by John F. Kennedy that compiles eight of his colleagues' insights about integrity and other noble acts. He compiled it along with vintage photographs and his extensive biography.
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    Jane Harvey
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I have always been interested in JFK, and this book provides excellent insight into his life. A great read for anyone interested in John F. Kennedy."
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    #35Five Days in November

    Five Days in November

    Five Days in November is a book by Clint Hill that tells the story of JFK assassination. After 50 years of his death, investigator Clint Hill released this book will more than 150 photographs that commemorate JFK's death.  

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    Paul Watkins
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I was looking to read a story that was a biographical account of somebody in the world. With Five Days in November, I got a wonderfully told story regarding the events that led up to and including the JFK assassination. "
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    #36Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

    Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings
    Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings is a poetic memoir written by Cuban Margarite Engle and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. It won the Pure Belpre Author award, the Walter Dean Myers Award and was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist.
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    John Santos
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings is a really interesting memoir that draws you in and may teach you some life lessons. It's a quick read too."
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    #37My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir

    My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir
    My Thirteenth Winter is a heart-warming memoir written by Samantha Abeel. She was a straight-A student despite her learning disability that makes it hard for her to compute even the simplest math problems.
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    Patrick Fox
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a great recommendation. I really like thecover and simple a esthetic as it really draws you in! "
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    #38Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different is a biography written by Karen Blumenthal detailing the life of the famous innovator Steve Jobs, most famously known for his hand in the invention of the Apple products.

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    Eka Greek
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I'm missing this one! Thanks for sharing! I'm very fascinated by Steve Jobs genius and I think this is gonna be my next read XD"
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    #39Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like a Girl

    Throw Like A Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself is an inspirational biography written by Jennie Finch, an accomplished athlete for the USA. The book aims to show how sports can help girls improve on every aspect of life.

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    Tammy Thomas
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I bought this book for my daughter. She really enjoyed it. She learned some valuable lessons about confidence, peer pressure and other life lessons. I thought it was a great buy for a young woman in someone's life. "
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    #40Red Scarf Girl

    Red Scarf Girl

    Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution is a memoir written by Ji-li Jiang about her experience during the years of Mao Ze-dong's rule in China. It won the ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

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    Marcela Peralta
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Red Scarf Girl is one of the greatest memoirs that I've had the pleasure of reading. The book follows a courageous woman during her life spent in China. I strongly recommend reading this book if you haven't already."
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    #41True At First Light

    True At First Light

    True At First Light is about the author Ernest Hemingway and his 1953–54 East African safari with his fourth wife Mary. He also shares his exploits sometimes hilarious and poignant interaction among the African men.

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    Eric Carroll
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "True at first light a book. People who like older books may like this product."
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    #42Unforgivable Blackness

    Unforgivable Blackness

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a biography written by Geoffrey C. Ward about the life of Jack Johnson, an African American boxer who angered a lot of racist Americans because he was living a good life.

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    Diane Morales
    Written on April 4, 2018
    " This is an excellent biography about an extraordinary man. There aren't many biographies abut African Americans (full stop) and there are even fewer about men who choose to live their lives completely as they wished - and how they reached both highs and lows because of it. I highly recommend this book - just a warning though, it uses a lot of terrible language that was "acceptable" at the time of events. "
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    #43Two Ton: One Night, One Fight

    Two Ton: One Night, One Fight

    Two Ton: One Night, One Fight - Tony Galento vs Joe Luis is a biography by Joseph Monninger about the gigantic fight between Tony Galento and Joe Luis at Yankee Stadium in June 1939. This edition was published in August 2012.

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    Rachel Murphy
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Really good book, I enjoyed it."
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    #44Cash: The Autobiography

    Cash: The Autobiography

    Cash: The Autobiography is a book by American country music legend, Johnny Cash. It tells a truthful story about his life, encompassing everything from his addictions and his relationship with his family to his doubts about God and death.

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    Gerardo Cano
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a great autobiography about Johnny Cash. It was deep and dove deep into his battles with addiction and life outside of his music. I highly recommend this autobiography."
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    #45Ghosts of Manila

    Ghosts of Manila

    Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier is a book written by sportswriter Mark Kram that colorfully narrates the whole spectrum of one of the biggest fights in boxing history.

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    Raymond Jenkins
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I found the subject matter of "Ghosts of Manila" to be of some interest, though I was not terribly familair with it - those into sports and boxing history, specifically, might find it to be of the most value. However, the author did come off as a bit biased, at times. He seemed to speak more positively about Frazier and more negatively about Ali than might have been warranted. I don't think the book claims it is totally objective or has this as a primary goal, though."
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    #46Stories I Only Tell My Friends

    Stories I Only Tell My Friends

    Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography is a New York Times bestselling autobiography by Rob Lowe. It tells the story of his beginnings in the showbiz industry as a teen idol in the 80s and how being in the public eye affected his life.

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    Christopher Young
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I've been fascinated with Rob Lowe's career ever since seeing his shows in the 80s. He really is the child prodigy exemplar. I came across Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography, and just had to get it. He talks about his upbringing in great detail, which makes you see just how much it took for him to get to Hollywood. A little long but a good read. Recommended."
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    #47Hands of Stone

    Hands of Stone
    Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran is a biography by Christian Guidice about the life of one of the best-known boxing icons. The book is the first biography about Duran and has become a basis of films about the boxer.
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    Frank Carroll
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I have seen the movie hand of stone and was really fasinated to hear that it was based on a book. After booking the book up, I have to say that the book far surpasses the movie! Incredibly gripping stories, couldn't put the book down. Recommended this book to all of my friends down at the gym and they also loved it!"
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    #48The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

    The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band is an autobiography written by members of the American heavy metal band, Mötley Crüe. It tells of the band's birth and their rise to infamy.

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    James Murray
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "If you want a great autobiography, i suggest The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. It is very well written and you will learn a lot."
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    #49No One Here Gets Out Alive

    No One Here Gets Out Alive
    No One Here Gets Out Alive: The Biography of Jim Morrison is written by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman. It chronicles all facets of Jim Morrison's rock star life, from his childhood to his rise to fame.
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    Cynthia Hughes
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for anyone who loves biographies. This book covers many aspects of Jim Morrison's life - both the known and unknown. "
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    #50Furious Love

    Furious Love

    Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century is a biography written by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. It chronicles the love story between American celebrities Elizabeth Taylor and Richard  Burton.

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    Carl Hansen
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Furious Love is a well written biography of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. I enjoyed reading it. The book is a good length, and has a great amount of detail without dragging on or being too long. If you are interested in the people its about, this a great true love story."
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    #51I, Me, Mine

    I, Me, Mine
    I, Me, Mine is an autobiography written by George Harrison himself, lead guitarist of The Beatles. It features some of his lyric-making, his musical journey, and photos with The Beatles. 
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    Nancy Bowman
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "If you are looking to find the best memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies, you should definitely consider the autobiography I, Me, Mine by George Harrison. If you have ever been interested in The Beatles, this would give you great insight as it goes into depth regarding his lyric making and musical journey. This would not be the greatest for someone who is unfamiliar or uninterested in The Beatles. "
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    #52The Beatles: The Biography

    The Beatles: The Biography

    The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz features accounts on The Beatles' lives through researches, interviews, and other documents. It also contains 32 pages of black and white photos.

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    Russell Dixon
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Great biography on one of the truly most overrated bands in the history of the world. The behind the scenes stories and anecdotes are truly great. This bio actually made me hate the Beatles a little bit less, that's how well done it is. "
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    #53Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend

    Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend
    Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend is written by Stephen Davis, a rock biographer. This features Morrison's journey from his troubled youth up to his rise as a rock icon, as well as Davis' investigation on Morrison's unsolved death.
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    Peter Payne
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Good book on Jim Morrison's life from his childhood to musical rock star. If you want a good read please check out Steven Davis book."
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    #54Blue Nights

    Blue Nights

    Blue Nights is Joan Didion's accounts on her parenthood and aging while recounting the untimely death of her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne, as well as memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband John Gregory Dunne. 

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    Elizabeth Russell
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "The reviews dont seem that amazing. I was kind of surprised. IT looks like something id enjoy reading."
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    #55A Thousand Days of Magic

    A Thousand Days of Magic

    A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House is a nonfiction biography of Jacqueline Kennedy written by Oleg Cassini. This nonfiction biography book was published by Rizzoli.

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    Grace Murphy
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I loved all of the photos of the beautiful clothing in Jackie Kennedy's wardrobe. This may be my all-time favorite documentary book."
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    #56Please Kill Me

    Please Kill Me
    Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain features a history of pop movements, particularly punk rock and roll. This book received Time Out and Daily News Top Ten Book of the Year.
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    Susan Weaver
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "There's a reason this book is so acclaimed. Even if you're not into punk and its scene, this book is an awesome look into that world. Either it will make you wish you were a punk rocker or glad you never were; either way, loved it!"
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    #57Where I Was From

    Where I Was From

    Where I Was From is a series of essays by Joan Didion on California's history, its civic priorities and the way it has been depicted by painters and writers, including her younger self.

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    Brian Butler
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is an incredible read, Didion has outdone herself with her absolutely amazing writing describing the "American Experience" and has now and forever changed my view,my very outlook on America. Well done and Bravo!!"
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    #58Scar Tissue

    Scar Tissue
    Scar Tissue is a New York Times bestseller memoir of Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers in collaboration with Larry Sloman. This book contains Kiedis' recollection of his life with the rock band.

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    Diana Rogers
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Have you ever been passionate about a rock band?! If you have been or if you like to hear about legends and their lifestories, then you have to read this amazing book. It has been a very well spend time for me. I totally reccomand it."
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    #59The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

    The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood

    The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood is an inspiring memoir written by Kien Nguyen, one of the Amerasians who stayed in Vietnam after the fall of Saigon to the Viet Cong in April 1975. It is a real story of hope and survival.

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    Beverly Hunter
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "was an awakening to me. This book showed what really happened in Viet Nam before and after the Communist took over Saigon. The heartbreaking story of the survival of these people really made me think twice about our life in the United States of America. "
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    #60Addicted

    Addicted

    Addicted is a book written by Tony Adams and Ian Ridley. Addicted was published on September 1, 1999. Addicted's mass market paperback edition has 384 pages.

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    Judy Andrews
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a really powerful book - especially if you are a soccer fan. Most sports celebrities never admit to their problems, and if they do they usually follow it up by hiding from the public. But this is a guy telling his whole experience with addiction - the good and the bad. It really helps you understand how even a person with everything to lose and all of the resources you can imagine can fall into the same traps as the "average" addict."
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    #61Warhol: The Biography

    Warhol: The Biography
    Warhol: The Biography is a book written by Victor Bockris about the life of the famous American artist. It tells of Warhol's early years, his rise to fame, and his indelible contribution to popular culture and the art world.
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    Eva Espinosa
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "The information about Andy's childhood provided some illuminating explanations for his later actions. Still a complex man who could not be completely understood. Details of his New York years filled in some blanks in my knowledge and understanding. I also appeciated the cultural context the author provided. "
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    #62Queen and Country

    Queen and Country

    Queen and Country: The Fifty-Year Reign of Elizabeth II is a biography written by William Shawcross. The Author was given permission by the royal family to write the book, which was published in 2002.

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    Barbara Medina
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "If you're interested in a book about all the good stuff about Queen Elizabeth II then you will enjoy this. You'll see right away here that it was approved by the monarchy so that's a clue right there that it's not going to be in any way negative or put through any microscope. I think it is worthwhile to read about this woman and I agree that it's a lonely difficult position she's had in her life and that she has had a remarkable life but just keep it in mind if you're looking for a look at some of the impact that the politics have had on the world or anything like that then this is not the book you need."
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    #63Rafa

    Rafa

    Rafa is a memoir of tennis player Rafael Nadal written by himself with the help of John Carlin wherein he reveals his secrets on becoming a world champion and his inspiration behind his success. 

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    Brian Cox
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Rafa is a memoir of tennis player Rafael Nadal written by himself with the help of john i liked it it is awesome"
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    #64Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

    Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

    Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir is a nonfiction graphic autobiography beautifully told in black-and-white illustrations. This lesbian memoir tackles living in a family of secrets and its effects to the brain.

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    Dhruv Patel
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This books about learning information from sources that aren't yet familiar to you. Maybe the painstaking process of becoming aware? Idk. But its asking for help in an age where people need help. Sounds good."
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    #65We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary

    We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary
    We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary is a memoir written by Eva Roubickova. First published in 1998 by Henry Holt and Co., it was translated by Zaia Alexander and the foreword is written by Virginia Euwer Wolff.
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  63. 0

    #66Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis

    Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis
    Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis is a biography written by Ed Sikov. Published in 2007 by Henry Holt and Co., this book focuses on the life of the Academy Award-winning actress.
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    Andrew Richardson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Amelia Peabody is left a wealthy orphan after the death of her studious father, who has left her everything in his will because she is the only one of his children who shared his interests, namely history and archaeology. The inheritance enables her to travel abroad in order to follow her enthusiasm for antiquities."
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    #67Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

    Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed

    Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed is the biography by the president of Marilyn Monroe’s UK fan club containing the most comprehensive collection of primary source material on her covering all stages of her life. 

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    Roy Murray
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Depends on what is considered the best but certainly a good option for this topic"
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    #68Galileo

    Galileo
    Galileo is a German biography book written by Bertolt Brecht. This dramatic science non-fiction book is first published in 1943 and reproduced by Grove Press. 
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    Carl Harper
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is the classic book Galileo written by Bertolt Brecht. Although it was published 70 years ago, it's still the authoritative book on Galileo. This book covers both the scientific achievements and the ethics and morality struggle that Galileo had gone through."
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    #69Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete

    Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete

    Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete is a nonfiction sports memoir book written by Benjamin Cheever. It was published September 18, 2007 by Rodale Books.

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    Albert Phillips
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "And oh, the repetition...and the repetition...and the repetition. I'm convinced the author has a computer macro that she hits to insert one of her limited repertoire of facial expressions whenever she needs one. According to my Kindle search function, characters roll their eyes 41 times, Ana bites her lip 35 times, Christian's lips "quirk up" 16 times, Christian "cocks his head to one side" 17 times, characters "purse" their lips 15 times, and characters raise their eyebrows a whopping 50 times. Add to that 80 references to Ana's anthropomorphic "subconscious" (which also rolls its eyes and purses its lips, by the way), 58 references to Ana's "inner goddess," and 92 repetitions of Ana saying some form of "oh crap" (which, depending on the severity of the circumstances, can be intensified to "holy crap," "double crap," or the ultimate "triple crap"). And this is only part one of a trilogy... "
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    #70Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy is a well-praised biography of the baseball legend Sandy Koufax, written by Jane Leavy. The book was published on September 2nd, 2003 by Harper Perennial.

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    Denise Pearson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Sandy Koufax was a man who stood for his beliefs. He was a fantastic pitcher but refused to play the opener of the World Series because it fell on a Jewish holy day."
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    #71Huey Long

    Huey Long

    Huey Long is a non-fiction biography book and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award written by T. Harry Williams. It is published in 1969. 

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    Barbara Payne
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The book itself is informative but kind of bland. It lacks a good speaking voice that's essential even in a biography to really grab the reader."
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    #72Moving On

    Moving On
    Moving On: Creating Your House of Belonging with Simple Abundance is a non-fiction self-help memoir inspirational book written by Sarah Ban Breathnach. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Meredith Corporation.
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    Brenda Ruiz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book has really helped me change my relationship to stuff and clutter. Accessible to anyone regardless of their personal beliefs, Breathnach uses spirituality to teach us how to build truly meaningful homes. Her words nourished my soul and made me feel capable of facing how material my life had become. A great way to introduce yourself to minimalism!"
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    #73Veeck--As In Wreck

    Veeck--As In Wreck
    Veeck--As In Wreck is a classic autobiography of Bill Veeck, one of the greatest baseball men in history. The memoir was published on May 24th, 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.
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    Bryan Freeman
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Memoirs, my favorites!!! A must read,if you asked me..."
  71. 0

    #74Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor

    Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor

    Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor is a book advice from theatre veteran, Jack Garfein whose insight can only be gained by experience as both a teacher and practitioner. The book was published on June 30th, 2010 by Northwestern University Press.
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    Benjamin Kelly
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Anyone who is a fan autobiographies, memoirs, and biographies needs to buy Life and Acting: Techniques for the Actor. It is about the story of Jack Garfein. Jack Garfein is a Holocaust refugee who finds success in the United States. It is a great read!"
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    #75My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance

    My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance

    My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance is a memoir written by Jennifer Sabin Sattley. First published in 2012, it presents a personal narrative focusing on the author's experience with cystic fibrosis (CF).

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    Timothy Fowler
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "My Heroes Ask Wallflowers to Dance is a biography that is quite a powerful read. It focuses on a person who is struggling with Cystic Fibrosis, but their strength is overpowering and they overcome any obstacle they wish. It's very inspiring."
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    #76Gypsy Boy on the Run

    Gypsy Boy on the Run

    Gypsy Boy on the Run: My Escape from a Life Among the Romany Gypsies is a non-fiction biography book written by Mikey Walsh. It is published in 2011. 

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    Jordan Carter
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Very little decription here so I read the commentaries. Multi book porioduction by author Walsh and had good reviewsd and seems like a good book to find out more aboput those "mysterious gypsies"imo"
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    #77Gazza: My Story

    Gazza: My Story

    Gazza : My Story is a book written by Paul Gascoigne and Hunter Davies. Gazza : My Story was published on June 6, 2005 by Headline. Gazza : My Story's paperback edition has 536 pages.

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    Donald Murphy
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book was almost free at a local garage sale I went to, so I grabbed it. It was priced just about right. Somebody might find it inspiring, but not me!"
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    #78The Valley Came Alive

    The Valley Came Alive
    The Valley Came Alive is an Islamic classic written by the scholar Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah. It was translated by Darussalam. It is a biography of the life of the Islam prophet and icon, Muhammad.
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    Eric Silva
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This is a book about Islam. It is not a documentary style biography of their prophet. Like many books of this type, it could be used as a proselytizing tool."
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    #79Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries

    Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries

    Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries is a memoir written by Aba Gefen and translated by Ina Friedman. It was first published in 1990 by Holocaust Library under ISBN 0896041263.

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    Andrea Murray
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book was not an easy read. I found it hard to read such a personal description of human suffering, but in the end it was worth. I finished the book impressed with human preserverance and filled with hope."
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    #80Killing Jesus: A History (The Killing Series)

    Killing Jesus: A History (The Killing Series)
    Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O'Reilly, a blockbuster selling author, takes readers inside Jesus' life. It recounts the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable, which changed the world forever.
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    Ann Mendez
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This was an interesting book by Bill O'Reilly. It has some unique viewpoints."
  78. 0

    #81Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France is a biography book written by Evelyne Lever that aims to give a fresh account of the scandalous and controversial life of one of the iconic figures in history. It was published in 2000.

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    Ashley Holmes
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "An amazing insight into Marie Antoinette's life, sticks to facts as much as possible and very intellectual "