What are the best must-read biographies and memoirs?

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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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    #2I 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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    #3Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes is a book written by Frank McCourt and is the first in the Frank McCourt Series. This classic book recounts the author's survival during poverty and cruelty. It is published in 1996.

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    Megan Turner
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I was looking for the best must-read biographies and memoirs but was again given a suggestion with little synopsis of what I would be reading about. I don't know who Frank McCourt is or what the Frank McCourt series is. However, reading about one's survival during poverty and cruelty does sound interesting."
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    #4The 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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    Kimberly Hudson
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Although I've never heard of this book or the author, the story of someone rising from poverty and a family's struggle is a compelling one. I would likely read this, though given a shelf of biographies I would most likely be drawn to ones of people I knew about first. Everyone has a story, but some people's stories shape the world, while others mirror it."
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    #5Me 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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    Betty Davis
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I normally don’t expect side-splitting laughs throughout a biography but this book delivers that in spades. It might be one of the funniest books I have ever read. We can learn a lot about each other listening to stories and I can’t wait for another one of his books to come out. You will probably relate to a lot of the stories, and if not at least you’ll have a good laugh!"
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    #6Into 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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    Andrea Gutierrez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This story is always very interesting and full of twists and turns. Into the wild is a book many people should read!"
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    #7Night

    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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    Jane Robertson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I first read Night when I was in high school. Although I felt the story was sad, because it was a personal account about the Holocaust, I did not fully grasp the depth of the human experience and polarity of such a horrible time in history. The struggle to survive and, later thrive, after witnesses depravity, loss and evil, speaks to the strength of Elie Wiesel's holocaust survival."
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    #8Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Shirley Bradley
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book was really great to read. It was super interesting to learn about the history and the situation."
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    #9A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson, who wanted to rediscover his country upon his return from Britain. With his friend from college Stephen Katz, the two men hike the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.

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    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I already planned a camping trip this weekend. It was just a very inspirational book on enjoying nature. I am ready for an adventure."
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    #10The 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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    Thomas Obrien
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Her cells are immortal, so part of her lives forever. Finally, the unknown story of a woman who has been so important to modern medicine is told."
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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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    William Harris
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my wife who stays at home with my four kids. I was looking for something exciting and special to share with my wife to show my appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication to the family. From my young adulthood, I rediscovered this amazing chronicle of one the saddest mountain climbing disasters every recorded, called "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. My wife is an aspiring biographer herself, so she is learning a lot of writing techniques by reading this extraordinary tale about surviving a mountain avalanche disasters in the Himalayas. My wife is obsessed with reading this tragedy because of the adrenaline rush it gives her! Thank you!"
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    #12Man'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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    Nicolás Alonso
    Written on April 24, 2018
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    #13Marie 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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    Keith Wilson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a biography of Marie Antoinette. This goes over some of the controversies surrounding her and clearing the air once and for all. "
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    #14Rafa

    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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    Judy Newman
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Rafa is a memoir of tennis player Rafael Nadal. It's an excellent read for sports fans."
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    #15We'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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    Wu Song
    Written on May 8, 2018
    ""War is Hell" a well known quote. This is the story of Eva. She spent most of world war two in a Nazi concentration camp. This is her secret journal."
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    #16Dark 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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    Jordan Fields
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is my type of biography! Rather than focusing on dry facts and reality, it airs the sordid and dirty laundry of this delightful little minx. I've watched all of Bette's films, over and over, and while I won't say it's purely for mental stimulation alone (as, no doubt, my paper goods bill can attest) there is no doubt to anyone she was a true star. Dark Victory captures the delicious behind the scenes of it all."
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    #17Living Poor

    Living Poor

    Living Poor is a non-fiction memoir written by Moritz Thomsen. This classic travel feature book is about Moritz joining Peace Corps and first published in 1969. 

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    Jordan Cooper
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I can't imagine living the kind of life that the author has lived. It opened up my eyes to what the Peace Corps is all about. It's not a life for me but can respect those who do go into it. The author does a good job of relating the trials and tribulations of it all."
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    #18Open

    Open

    Open is an autobiograhpy written by Andre Agassi wherein he shares his experiences while he was a tennis players from his rigorous trainings to being a world champion. 

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    Adam Hamilton
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Open is the perfect title for this book because Andre Agassi is completely open in this book. I was very impressed with how much emotion came through in the book. My first impression would the book would be boring and full of cliches but it wasn't."
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    #19Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

    Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

    Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism is a memoir written by Ruth Maier, translated by Jamie Bulloch, and edited by Jan Erik Vold. Ruth Maiers dagbok - en jødisk flyktning i Norge is the original title of the book.

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    Christian Vargas
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The holocaust can be so hard to comprehend. In trying to understand it better, I read Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism. The book is the very difficult, but highly informative. I really came to understand the state of mind of those living under Nazism and the pains of WWII. I would recommend this book, but keep in mind it is a very difficult one to read. "
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    #20The Literature Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Literature Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Literature Book by James Canton is a biographical novel originally published in 2016. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series published by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff.

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    Wayne Diaz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book is just really good. It is a great one for those who like biographical novels and the history of literature. Extremely interesting and a must read."
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    #21The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood

    The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood

    The Stones Applaud: How Cystic Fibrosis Shaped My Childhood is a memoir written by Teresa Anne Mullin. Originally published in 2007, it focuses on the author's experience who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at four years of age.

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    Arthur Holland
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book could be divded by the person reading it. I thought the book was solid, and everything but it could offend certain people. I have read some reviews where people are not happy the way it is written so you may want to be hesitant to read it, if you have first hand knowledge."
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    #22Sudan

    Sudan
    Sudan is a true-to-life story written by award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Ninie Hammon. It was first published in 2010. It is about a father trying to save her daughter from the slave markets operated by bandits.
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    Sara Simmons
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Excellent book on family dynamics in Sudan. I was not very knowledgeable about the culture in that country until reading this book. I learned that ultimately, now matter what culture you are from, ever culture understands the love for family relationships and our desire to keep them safe. Great read. "
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    #23Memorias 1857-1888

    Memorias 1857-1888

    Memorias 1857-1888  is a French book written by Alphonse Daudet. This non-fiction book contains his life as a novelist and it is first published in 1857.  

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    Cecilia Sandoval
    Written on April 18, 2018
    " Alphonse Daudet is the one of the greatest minds of the 19th century and you've never heard of him. That won't change anytime soon as this work isn't available in English."
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    #24Marion and Stella

    Marion and Stella
    Marion and Stella: Two Unlaced Girls in a Straight-Laced Society is an inspirational book written by Daina Krummins. It was released in October 2017. It is about two girls with Asperger's trying to live normal lives at the turn of the last century.
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    Judith Campbell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Marion and Stella: Two Unlaced Girls in a Straight-Laced Society is an inspirational book written by Daina Krummins.i liked it very much"
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    #25Kosher Chinese

    Kosher Chinese

    Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion is a non-fiction memoir written by Michael Levy. It is published in 2011 by Holt Paperbacks. 

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    Joe Hart
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This certainly looks to be a very interesting memoir that is very well reviewed and certainly meets the topic criteria. I might say that it also appears to be quite niche in nature and people who weren't interested in the culture of China might not consider it to be a "best.""
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    #26Breathing for a Living: A Memoir

    Breathing for a Living: A Memoir

    Breathing for a Living: A Memoir is a memoir written by Laura Rothenberg. Originally published in 2003 by Hachette Books, it focuses on the author's experiences in living with cystic fibrosis.

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    Dennis Pearson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Breathing for a Living is well-written memoir of a woman with cystic fibrosis. I learned a lot from reading it, and would definitely recommend to anyone who's into autobiographies."
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    #27Robyn's Book: A True Diary

    Robyn's Book: A True Diary

    Robyn's Book: A True Diary is a memoir written by Robyn Miller. Originally published in 2003 by Scholastic, it focuses on the author's experiences in living with cystic fibrosis.

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    Kelly Marshall
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a very sweet book. It's full of the life and struggles of Robyn Miller. It details her strength and battle against cystic fibrosis."
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    #28Life is Trichy

    Life is Trichy

    Life is Trichy: Memoir of a Mental Health Therapist with a Mental Health Disorder is a book by Lindsey M. Muller. Published in 2014, it focuses on the author's experiences on mental health disorders.

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    Pamela Evans
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is really interesting - seeing this condition from the inside out, written by a professional trained to deal with it. It is a disorder that should get more attention. A personal view, it really impacted me. Having said that, there are better memoirs out there."
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    #29Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

    Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

    Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live is a memoir written by James Andrew Miller which is based from the interviews on all of the people associated with the SNL to know more details about the show. 

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    Xiang Wang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I bought this because I was a fan of this show before it got to bland and overly political. It bring up many characters and eras that were forgotten and does a good job of getting a variety of viewpoints. The book gets very boring and drags on. It is very choppy and unevenly written at points and some parts were hard to get through. Mild disappointment overall"
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    #30The Roger Federer Story

    The Roger Federer Story
    The Roger Federer Story is a biography book written by Rene Stauffer which is about the greatest tennis player Roger Federer based on many interviews with him and his family. 
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    Juan Lopez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I don't think that the biography about Roger Federer could be considered one of the best with all due respect, there are too many names who had contributed more to the human culture."
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    #31Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions (Louder Than Words)

    Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions (Louder Than Words)
    Marni: My True Story of Stress, Hair-Pulling, and Other Obsessions is a memoir written by Marni Bates. Published in 2009 by HCI Teens, it focuses on the author's experiences with stress, hair-pulling, and other obsessions.
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    Bryan Patterson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Marni: My True Story of Stress can be interesting at times, but there are far better memoirs out there. The book doesn't seem to focus on the topic at hand, and the writer ends up going off on unrelated topics. It seems to be very messy. I would suggest searching for other biographies and memoirs, as this is not a must-read."
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    #32Mercy, Mercy Me

    Mercy, Mercy Me
    Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye is a biography of Marvin Gaye written by Michael Eric Dyson. It was first released in 2004. It is about the impact of the R&B icon to soul music.
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    Gregory Dunn
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The biography was very interesting. "
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    #33Goodbye To All That

    Goodbye To All That

    Goodbye to All That is an autobiography written by Robert Graves. First published in 1929, it focuses on the author's experience during World War One.

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    Ronald Pena
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This novel is white really regarded as one of the  modern classics. However being a classic it is not widely read among many people. It is considered an important book among literature, but it is not lightly read or highly popular."
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    #34Lessons from a CF Cornerman

    Lessons from a CF Cornerman

    Lessons from a CF Cornerman: 38 Lessons I Learned During My Wife's Illness And Lung Transplant is a book by Raymond Poole. Published in 2016, it focuses on a husband's perspective about his wife who was suffering from cystic fibrosis.

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    Andrea Sandoval
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book was so sad and touching. It had me laughing one moment and in tears the next. A must read."
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    #35Doesn't It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers

    Doesn't It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers

    Doesn't It Hurt?: Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers is a compilation of essays edited by Sandy Rosenblatt. Published in 2014 by Plucky Press, it features 15 essays written by people living with trichotillomania.

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    Víctor Chávez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The stories in the book will resonated with those who have trichotillomania or know someone who suffers. Each personal story is worth reading and each writer's own unique voice carries through. Congrats to the authors for their courage and encouragement to others."
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    #36Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir

    Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir

    Sixty-Five Roses: A Sister's Memoir is a memoir written by Heather Summerhayes Cariou with the foreword supplied by Celine Dion. Published in 2008, it focuses on the story of two sisters growing up with cystic fibrosis.

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    Keith Garza
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This solution can't be considered a must read. If you are looking for a solid biography or memoirs, I would find a famous and important person in history and read that book before this one. "
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    #37Days Of Grace

    Days Of Grace

    Days of Grace is an inspiring memoir written by American professional tennis player Arthur Ashe wherein he shares his story from being a tennis champion, social activist, and diagnosis with AIDS. 

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    Jacob Turner
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Though not the particular subject for everyone, former tennis player Arthur Ashe's memoir about his competitive and post-competition life is quite riveting. You may not have even known about Ashe's existence, but his memoir holds its own as a thrilling, real-life story about the soaring highs and very deep lows that are the roller coaster of this man's life. Days of Grace elicits a spectrum of emotions from its readers and the self-intrigue it builds is sure to capture anyone."
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    #38Thin Places

    Thin Places

    Thin Places is a spiritual memoir written by Mary E. DeMuth wherein she shares how she survived abuse and the healing she receives after discovering the heavenly Father. 

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    #39Going Back to Bisbee

    Going Back to Bisbee
    Going Back to Bisbee is a memoir written by Richard Shelton which consists a narrative of his journeys around the Southwestern deserts of America. 
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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Discovered this book while planning a family reunion in Bisbee, once a home to our grandparents and their siblings. The author is a wonderful writer of refined sensibilities who takes an entire book to write about a journey between two points that are now 2 hours apart by the fastest route. He meandered, marveled, and slowly motored along, sharing his knowledge of geography, history, flora, fauna, politics, mining, geology, and hydrology in an engaging and never boring way. To a Michigander, used to gently rolling hills, lush greenery, and water water water everywhere, that a whole book could be written about 100+ miles of desert is amazing - but the area is full of human interest and wonderful stories, and there's more to desert flora than tumbleweed!"
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    #40Here I Am

    Here I Am

    Here I Am is a novel written by Jonathan Safran Foer and it was first published in September 2016 by the Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. This book was preceded by Tree of Codes which was released in 2010.

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    Harold Olson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Here I am is a bibliographical story about how one can face a fractured marriage, a life that is falling apart, and make it all work. This is a book that was released after the highly successful Tree of Codes."
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    #41Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina is a memoir by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince. Published in 2014, Taking Flight narrates the author's experiences regarding her escape from Sierra Leone to her rise as star ballerina.

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    Patricia Hawkins
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I loved reading this book so so much. Stories of adversity are always heartwarming and hopeful. I enjoyed every second of this book. I loved reading her story of beating the odds to become a success. She was determined to have a good life and follow her dreams and reading her story was emotional and admirable. This isn't a memoir per say but it's still such a wonderful book."
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    #42Goat

    Goat
    Goat: A Memoir is a non-fiction memoir biography written by Brad Land. This academic college book is published in 2005 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.
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    Ralph Valdez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "fantastic cover and it's also a decent book as well."
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    #43Our Band Could Be Your Life

    Our Band Could Be Your Life
    Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 is a non-fiction music biography book written by Michael Azerrad. It is first published in 2001. 
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    Vihaan Pawar
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. I learned a lot by reading this book, it has a ton of interesting facts even if you don't know the bands involved. A great look at the American music scene of the 1980's."
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    #44Get in the Van

    Get in the Van
    Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag is a non-fiction music memoir written by Henry Rollins. This biography book is first published in 1994. 
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    Jenny Yu
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book should definitely be on your list of must reads if you love the music scene. Well written and with true insight into the realities of life on the road as a musician in a punk band in a time when the culture was not well received. This book also contains never before seen posters and photographs."
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    #45Moonglow

    Moonglow

    Moonglow is an urban fiction memoir novel written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Michael Chabon. This book was originally published by Harper publisher in November 2016.

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    Rigoberto Padilla
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is easily one of the strangest books that I will ever read. It was strange in a good way though. The story was very captivating. This is if its all true. There were parts of it that seemed they could be embellished a bit. This book is filled with complex issues at all turns. It will keep you interested and you turn each page to see what comes next."
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    #46Kids We Were

    Kids We Were

    Kids We Were is a comedic non-fiction biography written by Bernie Morris. This collection of short stories is first published in 2008. 

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    Janet Bailey
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "It is a great book having sweet childhood.It can also be use in psychology of a kid and an adult"
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    #47England's Dreaming

    England's Dreaming

    England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond is a historical non-fiction biography written by Jon Savage. It is first published in 1991. 

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    Enrique Baltazar
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "My son bought me this for my birthday. This is not something that I wanted or was interested in, but he insisted that I would like it because it was about the history of England and I wanted to know more about it. Steven, subtitles are important to read!!! It's IN England, yes, but I don't think any Kings and Queens have been known to listen to punk rock! Still, it's not the book's fault, so I'll give it three stars."
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    #48A Desperate Road to Freedom

    A Desperate Road to Freedom

    A Desperate Road to Freedom is a book written by Karleen Bradford that tells the story of Julia May. They are slaves of a tobacco farm and they fled for their freedom. This book is her diary and it tells all the challenges she faced. 

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    Sean Lewis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I was under the impression that this was a real life diary of a young black girl in the Civil War era, but this is a tale of historical fiction. I am usually more interested in non-fiction stories but this is pretty well written for what it was."
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    #49The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

    The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

    The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch is a biography book written by Chris Barton wherein he shares his childhood living as a slave in Mississippi. This also offers a look at the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. 

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    Edith Hernández
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The best biography currently on the market is The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. This is a memoir written by Chris Barton. He shares his experiences that he encounters while growing up as a slave in Mississippi. "
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    #50Young Che

    Young Che

    Young Che: Memories of Che Guevara by His Father is a biography written by Ernesto Guevara Lynch. It was originally released in 2008. It is about the childhood and the events that shaped the famous Che Guevara.

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    Pablo Guzmán
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "an autobiography from the perspective of a father is sure to be interesting. Che Guevara is an iconic character with a revolutionary worldview. This book could give insight into this individual's life and I might find that a worthwhile read."
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    #51City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

    City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

    City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi is a travel memoir written by William Dalrymple. It recounts Dalrymple's experiences in the city of Delhi, telling stories of its rich cultural history.

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    Stephen Alvarez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I love this book as an exploration of the culture and experience of India, a place that I honestly did not know much about. My wife and I read through this together to prepare for a trip and fell in love. I am excited to be able to experience it myself after reading this"
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    #52Keeping Faith

    Keeping Faith

    Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President is a historical biography book written by Jimmy Carter. This memoir is first published in 1982. 

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    John Stewart
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I read this book and didn't find it to be in my top favorites. I recommend reading the latest book published by Former President Barack Obama."
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    #53Assassination Vacation

    Assassination Vacation
    Assassination Vacation is a non-fiction historical memoir written by Sarah Vowell. This comedic book is first published in 2005. 
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    Mario Montiel
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Interesting biography, Takes a comedic approach. "
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    #54A Freewheelin' Time

    A Freewheelin' Time

    A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties is a historical non-fiction biography book written by Suze Rotolo.  It is published in 2007. 

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    Juan Antonio Ortega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A Freewheelin' Time is a look back at Greenwich Village in the 1960's. The descriptions and feel of the historical neighborhood is what drew me to this book. If you're looking for a window back to that time period, this is a book you should read."
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    #55Bravo Two Zero

    Bravo Two Zero

    Bravo Two Zero is a non-fiction military biography written by Andy McNab. This historical war book is published in 1994 by London: Corgi. 

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    Ananya Chatterjee
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a chilling read. It really opened my eyes to how war affects us all . It wasn't all heavy, it was weirdly funny at points but I don't know if that's a good thing."
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    #56News of a Kidnapping

    News of a Kidnapping

    News of a Kidnapping is an action and thriller novel for adults written by Pulitzer Award winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was originally released in 1998. It is about a journalist among a group of celebs kidnapped by an infamous drug lord.

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    Kathryn Roberts
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This story captivated me as I was reading about all that people went through on behalf of the kidnapped victims. I got the kidnappers perspective which is not something I have seen in a book or even in a movie. It was definitely a good change to hear the story told that way. This story can teach lessons to my children as well as this still happens in the world today. "
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    #57The 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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    Philip Coleman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is another bad book by an extremely overrated person. I sat down to read this and could barely make it halfway through. The author is bigoted against anything that isn't black and that is what got me to stop reading it. Why should I waste my time on this hate-filled nonsense from an amateur 'writer'. No thanks, I'd rather read something worth my time."
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    #58Why I am Not a Muslim

    Why I am Not a Muslim

    Why I am Not a Muslim is a religious non-fiction biography book written by Ibn Warraq. This historical and political memoir is first published in 1995. 

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    Carol Welch
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "As a reformed Christian, it was interesting to read another person's falling out with their own religion. I learned a lot about how much Christianity and Islam have in common. Stirring and educational. "
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    #59Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit

    Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit

    Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit is a memoir written by Matt McCarthy. Published in 2009, Odd Man Out describes the author's experiences in Minor League Baseball.

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    Joseph Moore
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit is a very interesting memoir of life in the minors. Personally it was not for me, but it did contain a lot of verifiable 1st person info. Recommended for sports enthusiasts. "
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    #60From Yale to Jail

    From Yale to Jail

    From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter is a historical non-fiction biography written by David T. Dellinger. It is first published in 1993 by Pantheon. 

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    Ruth Bates
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "As someone interested in the history of our country around the time of War World II up until the early 90s, I couldn't wait to read this book. I wanted to know how this man formed his organization and his thought process on how he went from a highly acclaimed college to behind bars because of his beliefs against the government. The book did not disappoint me and it really gave me some insight to learn to hear all sides of a story."
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    #61Back on the Road

    Back on the Road
    Back on the Road: A Journey Through Latin America is a memoir written by the Argentine revolutionary icon Ernesto "Che" Guevara. It was first released in America in September 2002. It was translated by Patrick Camiller.
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    Carol Hernandez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Back on the Road is one of the memoirs to add to the top of your must read list. Ernesto "Che" Guevara is not a well know figure in our society today but has a lot to teach us. The book is worth reading now especially since the turmoil the last election has left the country in."
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    #62Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis

    Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis

    Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis by Carole Mackie and Sue Brattle is a biographical novel originally published in 1999. This book contains the memoirs of the author and her struggle through Multiple Sclerosis.

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    Cheryl Morgan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I had a hard time getting into this book as I have never had anyone close to me with Multiple Sclerosis so to me this was just a biography of a person I had never heard of. If you are dealing with this disease I can see where this book can provide you with hope and inspiration. "
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    #63I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941

    I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941

    I Will Bear Witness 1933-41 A Diary of the Nazi Years is a memoir written by Victor Klemperer and translated by Martin Chalmers. It was first published in 1995 and is the first book in the I Will Bear Witness series.

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    Paul Watkins
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941 is a historical biography that follows that life of a Jewish man during the time Hitler rose to power. It is a seat-gripping story with great attention to detail and offers an in-depth look at how life was back then. This is an absolute must-own and is part 1 of a 2 book series."
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    #64Shoot Like a Girl

    Shoot Like a Girl

    Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front is a non-fiction book written by Mary Jennings Hegar wherein she talks about her journey through her military career. 

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    Nathan Wood
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Shoot Like a Girl is definitely one of the best must-read memoirs that have been published lately. Written by Mary Jennings Hegar, this book takes you on the journey of one woman's fight in Afghanistan. This story is gripping."
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    #65In the Darkroom

    In the Darkroom

    In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi is a memoir-novel originally published in June 2016 by the Henry Holt and Company. This book is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and The Kirkus Prize winner.

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    Lawrence Palmer
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It's a Jewish feminist tranny book. What else do you need to know? Burn this book and bury the ashes."
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    #66The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto is a memoir written by Mary Berg and with the introduction written by Susan Lee Pentlin. It was translated by Norbert Guterman and Sylvia Glass and edited by S.L. Shneiderman.

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    Gregory Stone
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Mary Berg was only fifteen at the time the Nazis invaded Poland in the late 1930's. This is her gripping tale of four years held captive. Mary kept a diary that recounts the inhumane she and many others were treated during these barbaric times. "
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    #67One Hundred Names for Love

    One Hundred Names for Love

    One Hundred Names for Love is a memoir written by Diane Ackerman, first published in 2011. It tells the story of the writer's husband, Paul West, and the hit their marriage took because of her husband's stroke.
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    #68The Virtues of Aging

    The Virtues of Aging

    The Virtues of Aging is a non-fiction political biography book written by Jimmy Carter. This memoir is first published in 1998 by Ballantine Books. 

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    Gregory Greene
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a great, well regarded biography of Jimmy Carter. Written later in life, it covers a lot of his thoughts and feelings about his life and the things he's been through. If you want a good inside look at an important figure in American history, this is a good one to pick up."
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    #69Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline

    Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline
    Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline is an autobiography book written by Tiny Kline and edited by Janet M. Davis. It is about the life and career of Tiny Kline.

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    Doris Fowler
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Although the title sounds interesting, the book itself was a bit boring. I guess if you want to learn and know more about Tiny Kline then this book is for you. I guess it just didn't suit me well."
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    #70Feathers Like Leather

    Feathers Like Leather

    Feathers Like Leather: Stories, Poems, and Etymologies is a non-fiction novel written by Chris Leo. It is first published in 2008 by Heartworm Press. 

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    Diane Keller
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "very interesting biography"
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    #71Mummy Knew

    Mummy Knew

    Mummy Knew is a non-fiction book written by Lisa James wherein she shares how she escaped the sexual abuse from her step-father, which her mother is aware but did not do anything against it.  

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    Katherine Gonzalez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things to him she knew were wrong."
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    #72Ruthka: A Diary of War

    Ruthka: A Diary of War

    Ruthka: A Diary of War is a memoir written by Rutka Laskier. First published in 1993, the book was edited and translated by Jehoshua Eibeshitz and Anna Eilenberg-Eibeshitz. 

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    Leonardo Amador
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I remember reading a book called "Martha and the Nazis" when I was younger. This book, seems to have the same structure (no doubt). It's just as enjoyable (if you can call a book on Nazis that). I showed it to my son who is in middle school and I think it shows the horrors of World War 2 emotionally well. I would recommend this book as an introduction to middle schoolers on the topic of the Holocaust."
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    #73The Village of Waiting

    The Village of Waiting

    The Village of Waiting is an African cultural non-fiction memoir written by George Packer. This cultural reference book is first published in 1988. 

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    Stephen Kennedy
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A book that i wouldn't think would make many best of lists. It has its place, but it would not be my first choice. "
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    #74Alex: The Life of a Child

    Alex: The Life of a Child

    Alex: The Life of a Child is a memoir written by Frank Deford. Published in 1997 by Thomas Nelson, it focuses on the story of of Alexandra Deford, a girl who died in 1980 after her battle with cystic fibrosis.

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    Ankita Banerjee
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Touching and inspiring, this is a sad, yet uplifting story that will hit you where it counts. It's well written and just an incredible story. "

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Best What are the best must-read biographies and memoirs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 28 Paid
2I Am MalalaBooks 24 Paid
3Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)Books 22 Paid
4The Glass CastleBooks 20 Paid
5Me Talk Pretty One DayBooks 17 Paid
6Into the WildBooks 15 Paid
7NightBooks 13 Paid
8Unbroken: A World War II Story of SurvivalBooks 10 Paid
9A Walk in the WoodsBooks 10 Paid
10The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBooks 8 Paid
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