The Best Biography and Memoir Books of 2019 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Biography and Memoir books released in 2019?” We looked at 191 of the top Biography and Memoir books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Biography and Memoir” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2019 Articles:

Our Other Years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 29 Best Biography and Memoir Books From 2019



29 .) First: Sandra Day O’Connor written by Evan Thomas

First: Sandra Day O'Connor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • NPR

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives—by the New York Time



28 .) Hector: A Boy, a Protest, and the Photograph That Changed Apartheid

Hector: A Boy, a Protest, and the Photograph That Changed Apartheid

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 2
  • Kirkus

On June 16, 1976, Hector Pieterson, an ordinary boy, lost his life after getting caught up in what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in A



27 .) Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares written by Aaarti Namdev Shahani

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Journal
  • NPR

Here We Are is a heart-wrenching memoir about an immigrant family’s American Dream, the justice system that took it away, and the daughter who fought to get it back, from NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani. The Shahanis came to Queens—from India, by wa



26 .) Horror Stories: A Memoir written by Liz Phair

Horror Stories: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • SheReads
  • NPR

From the two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter comes a haunting memoir in stories in the tradition of Patti Smith’s M Train. Horror Stories is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend.



25 .) Let ‘Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

Let ‘Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Booklist 2

“Nelson plaits her narrative with Western lingo and homespun similes. . . . James’ painterly oils swirl with energy, visible daubs creating the dusty, monumental landscape and equally monumental horses and humans. . . . A champion indeed.” —Kirkus Reviews



24 .) Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Library Journal

Do you have what it takes to stand between us and the enemy? “I’m here to prevent a major and imminent attack. One that will kill children. I’m alone and operational in the country where my colleague was taken and beheaded, and every hour I’m delayed is an



23 .) Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed written by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • NPR

“From a New York Timesbest-selling writer, psychotherapist, and advice columnist, a brilliant and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world–where her patients are in crisis (and so is she)”–



22 .) On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard written by Jennifer Pastiloff

On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard

Lists It Appears On:

  • SheReads
  • SheReads 2

An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff’s years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life fu



21 .) Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir

Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Library Journal

“A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss.” –Cheryl Strayed For readers of The Bright Hour and When Breath Becomes Air, a moving, transcendent memoir of loss and a stunning exploration of marriage in the wake



20 .) Shout written by Laurie Halse Anderson

Shout

Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist 2
  • NPR

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before.



19 .) The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones

Lists It Appears On:

  • Evening Standard
  • Guardian 2

The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death



18 .) The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian
  • Goodreads

Miscast in the media for nearly 130 years, the victims of Jack the Ripper finally get their full stories told in this eye-opening and chilling reminder that life for middle-class women in Victorian London could be full of social pitfalls and peril.



17 .) The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, And Care written by Anne Boyer

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, And Care

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookMarks
  • NPR

“The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms ‘the ideological regime of cancer,’ Anne Boyer has produced a prof



16 .) The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After written by Julie Yip-Williams

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • SheReads 2

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Julie Yip-Williams conquered blindness and adversity only to be struck down. Her book is heartbreaking and necessary.’ Guardian ‘Eloquent, gutting and at times disarmingly funny … a magnificent writer.’ New York Times Born



15 .) The Yellow House written by Sarah M. Broom

The Yellow House

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookMarks
  • NPR

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, S



14 .) Face It: A Memoir written by Debbie Harry

Face It: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Evening Standard
  • Guardian 2
  • SheReads

“I was saying things in songs that female singers didn’t really say back then. I wasn’t submissive or begging him to come back, I was kicking his ass, kicking him out, kicking my own ass too. My Blondie character was an inflatable doll but with a dark, pro



13 .) Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years written by Julie Andrews with Emma Walton Hamilton

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

Lists It Appears On:

  • Guardian 2
  • SheReads
  • Goodreads 2

In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Home, the enchanting Julie Andrews picks up her story with her arrival in Hollywood, sharing the career highlights, personal experiences and reflections behind her astonishing career, inc



12 .) How We Fight For Our Lives written by Saeed Jones

How We Fight For Our Lives

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Library Journal
  • NPR

WINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE IN NONFICTION One of the most anticipated books of Fall 2019—as selected by O, The Oprah Magazine; Marie Claire; Entertainment Weekly; Time; The Millions; Refinery29; Good Housekeeping; and many more. “A moving, bracingly ho



11 .) Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love written by Dani Shapiro

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • SheReads 2
  • Goodreads 2
  • Kirkus Reviews 3

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A gripping genetic detective story, and a meditation on the meaning of parenthood and family.” —Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach From the acclaimed, best-selling memoirist, novelist—“a writer of rare talent” (Cheryl Stray



10 .) Inside Out: A Memoir written by Demi Moore

Inside Out: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Guardian 2
  • SheReads

Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been



9.) Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive written by Stephanie Land

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Amazon
  • SheReads 2

Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hom



8.) They Called Us Enemy written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven

They Called Us Enemy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Washington Post
  • NPR

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war



7.) Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, And Me written by Adrienne Brodeur

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, And Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Library Journal
  • NPR

On a hot July night on Cape Cod, at the age of 14, Brodeur became a confidante to her mother’s affair with her husband’s closest friend. Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help, but when the affair had calamitous consequences for everyone involved, Br



6.) Year of the Monkey written by Patti Smith

Year of the Monkey

Lists It Appears On:

  • SheReads
  • Evening Standard
  • NPR

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’



5.) A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II written by Sonia Purnell

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Booklist
  • Goodreads
  • BookMarks

The never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of the World War II, from the author of Clementine In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and



4.) Me written by Elton John

Me

Lists It Appears On:

  • Evening Standard
  • Goodreads 2
  • Guardian 2
  • BookMarks

In the past twenty years, as the structures of Canadian culture have begun to change, so has the fate of As For Me and My House.



3.) Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century written by George Packer

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookMarks
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Kirkus Reviews 2

From one of America’s greatest non-fiction writers, an epic saga of the rise and fall of American power, from Vietnam to Afghanistan, told through the life of one man. Richard Holbrooke was one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent Americ



2.) In the Dream House: A Memoir written by Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookMarks
  • Kirkus Reviews 3
  • Amazon
  • Library Journal
  • NPR

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural



1.) Know My Name: A Memoir written by Chanel Miller

Know My Name: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookMarks
  • Goodreads 2
  • SheReads 2
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Kirkus Reviews 3

‘I can’t wait to read it’ Dolly Alderton ‘Extraordinary woman turning pain into power. Chanel Miller, it’s a privilege to know your name, and to celebrate it’ Thandie Newton ‘You are a brave soul. You are more than the identity given to you by the media an




The 150+ Additional Best Biography and Memoir Books Released In 2019



# Books Authors Lists
30 A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life Of Music And Cheap Lessons Ben Folds NPR
31 A Good American Family: The Red Scare And My Father David Maraniss NPR
32 A Seat at the Table  
Evening Standard
33 A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston Robyn Crawford SheReads
34 A Wild And Precious Life: A Memoir Edie Windsor and Joshua Lyon NPR
35 Acid For The Children: A Memoir Flea NPR
36 Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn  
Evening Standard
37 AGENT JACK: THE TRUE STORY OF MI5’S SECRET NAZI HUNTER Robert Hutton
Kirkus Reviews 2
38 ALL THE POWERS OF EARTH: THE POLITICAL LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN VOL. III, 1856-1863 Sidney Blumenthal
Kirkus Reviews 2
39 All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir Nicole Chung
Five Books 2
40 Among the Maasai: A Memoir Juliet Cutler
SheReads 2
41 Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time   Booklist
42 Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir Adam Rippon SheReads
43 BECOMING DR. SEUSS: THEODOR GEISEL AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN IMAGINATION Brian Jay Jones
Kirkus Reviews 2
44
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society
  Goodreads
45 Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Nora Krug
Five Books 2
46 Black Is The Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, And Mine Emily Bernard NPR
47 Blood: A Memoir Allison Moorer NPR
48
Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
  Booklist
49 Brave Face   Booklist 2
50 BTTM FDRS  
Washington Post
51 Camgirl Isa Mazzei NPR
52 CHILD OF THE DREAM : A MEMOIR OF 1963   Kirkus
53 Clyde Fans  
Washington Post
54 Come Find Me   Booklists 3
55 Constellations   Guardian
56
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
  Booklist
57
DANCING HANDS: HOW TERESA CARREÑO PLAYED THE PIANO FOR PRESIDENT LINCOLN
 
Kirkus Reviews
58 Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life Ali Wong SheReads
59 Denis Ever After   Booklists 3
60 DIDEROT AND THE ART OF THINKING FREELY Andrew S. Curran
Kirkus Reviews 2
61 EDISON Edmund Morris
Kirkus Reviews 2
62 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover
Five Books 2
63 Fangirls  
Evening Standard
64 Figuring.   Booklist
65 Five Days Gone: The Mystery Of My Mother’s Disappearance As A Child Laura Cumming NPR
66 Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous Christopher Bonanos
Five Books 1
67 Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom   Booklist
68 FREE LUNCH   Kirkus
69 From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home  
Goodreads 2
70 Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again Andrea Barber SheReads
71 Go Ahead in the Rain : Notes to A Tribe Called Quest Hanif Abdurraqib BookMarks
72 GODS OF THE UPPER AIR: HOW A CIRCLE OF RENEGADE ANTHROPOLOGISTS REINVENTED RACE, SEX, AND GENDER IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Charles King
Kirkus Reviews 2
73 GOOD TALK: A MEMOIR IN CONVERSATIONS Mira Jacob, illustrated
Kirkus Reviews 3
74 Grand Theft Horse   Booklist 2
75 Guts  
Washington Post
76 Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law  
Library Journal
77 HARD TO LOVE: ESSAYS AND CONFESSIONS Briallen Hopper
Kirkus Reviews 3
78 Hey, Kiddo   Booklist 2
79 Hidden Pieces   Booklists 3
80 Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz And The Secret History Of L.A. Lili Anolik NPR
81 Hot Comb Ebony Flowers NPR
82 How To Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi NPR
83 I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Mary Laura Philpott NPR
84 I Never Said I Loved You   Guardian
85 I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir Malaka Gharib NPR
86 I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer   Amazon
87 I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Michelle McNamara
SheReads 2
88 If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now: Why We Traded The Commuting Life For A Little House On The Prairie Christopher Ingraham NPR
89 In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin   Booklist
90 In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle With Opioids Travis Rieder NPR
91 In Pieces Sally Field SheReads
92 In The Country Of Women: A Memoir Susan Straight NPR
93 In Waves A.J. Dungo NPR
94
INFINITE HOPE: A BLACK ARTIST’S JOURNEY FROM WORLD WAR II TO PEACE
  Kirkus
95 Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History Yunte Huang
Five Books 1
96 IT BEGAN WITH A PAGE: HOW GYO FUJIKAWA DREW THE WAY  
Kirkus Reviews
97 Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts).   Booklists 3
98 Jerome Robbins, By Himself: Selections From His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, And An Unfinished Memoir Jerome Robbins, edited NPR
99 Just Like Beverly: A Biography Of Beverly Cleary Vicki Conrad, illustrated NPR
100 Kid Gloves  
Washington Post
101 L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated “Female Byron” Lucasta. Miller BookMarks
102 Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me  
Washington Post
103 Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc. Jeff Tweedy NPR
104 Little Weirds Jenny Slate SheReads
105 Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry   Booklist
106 Lowborn   Guardian
107 Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Lynne Olson NPR
108 MAMASKATCH: A CREE COMING OF AGE Darrel J. McLeod
Kirkus Reviews 3
109 Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein   Booklist 2
110 Middlewest: Book 1  
Washington Post
111 Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster   Goodreads
112 Mister Miracle  
Washington Post
113 Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure   Booklists 3
114 Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up Cristela Alonzo SheReads
115 My Name Is Why   Guardian
116 MY PARENTS: AN INTRODUCTION / THIS DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU Aleksandar Hemon
Kirkus Reviews 3
117 Naturally Tan: A Memoir Tan France
SheReads 2
118 New Kid  
Washington Post
119 Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret Craig Brown
Five Books 1
120 Notes From A Young Black Chef: A Memoir Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein NPR
121 Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Nell Painter
Five Books 2
122 On Chapel Sands   Guardian
123 One Two Another  
Evening Standard
124 Ordinary Girls: A Memoir  
Library Journal
125 Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love  
Goodreads 2
126 Permanent Record Edward Snowden NPR
127
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  Booklist 2
128 Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control   Amazon
129 Rapthology: Lessons in Life and Lyrics  
Evening Standard
130
REACHING FOR THE MOON: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NASA MATHEMATICIAN KATHERINE JOHNSON
  Kirkus
131 Rise Up  
Evening Standard
132 Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero   Amazon
133 Rusty Brown  
Washington Post
134 Ruth Bader Ginsburg.   Booklist
135 Sadie   Booklists 3
136 Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir Deborah Burns
SheReads 2
137 Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir   Amazon
138 Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland   Goodreads
139 SELF-PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE: UNLEARNING RACE Thomas Chatterton Williams
Kirkus Reviews 3
140 Small Fry: A Memoir Lisa Brennan-Jobs SheReads
141 SOLDIER FOR EQUALITY: JOSÉ DE LA LUZ SÁENZ AND THE GREAT WAR  
Kirkus Reviews
142 Solitary: Unbroken By Four Decades In Solitary Confinement Albert Woodfox NPR
143 Sontag: Her Life and Work Benjamin Moser BookMarks
144 Spin   Booklists 3
145 Survival Math: Notes On An All-American Family Mitchell S. Jackson NPR
146 TELL ME WHO YOU ARE: SHARING OUR STORIES OF RACE, CULTURE, & IDENTITY Winona Guo, Priya Vulchi
Kirkus Reviews 2
147 THE ART OF LEAVING: A MEMOIR Ayelet Tsabari
Kirkus Reviews 3
148 The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, And The Story Of My Father Janny Scott NPR
149 The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created Jane Leavy
Five Books 1
150 The Broken Road: George Wallace And A Daughter’s Journey To Reconciliation Peggy Wallace Kennedy NPR
151 THE CLUB: JOHNSON, BOSWELL, AND THE FRIENDS WHO SHAPED AN AGE Leo Damrosch
Kirkus Reviews 2
152 The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Esmé Weijun Wang NPR
153 The Day That Went Missing: A Family’s Story Richard Beard
Five Books 2
154 The Education Of An Idealist: A Memoir Samantha Power NPR
155 The Elephant In The Room: One Fat Man’s Quest To Get Smaller In A Growing America Tommy Tomlinson NPR
156 The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler   Booklist 2
157 The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington   Goodreads
158 The Frame-Up.   Booklists 3
159 The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present   Goodreads
160 THE IMPORTANT THING ABOUT MARGARET WISE BROWN  
Kirkus Reviews
161 The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life   Amazon
162 The Last Last-Day-of-Summer.   Booklists 3
163 THE LIGHT YEARS: A MEMOIR Chris Rush
Kirkus Reviews 3
164 The Making of Poetry   Guardian
165 The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century Mark Lamster
Five Books 1
166 The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Evan Ratliff NPR
167 The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11   Goodreads
168
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
  Goodreads
169 The Restless Hungarian: Modernism, Madness and The American Dream Tom Weidlinger
SheReads 2
170 The Ride Of A Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years As CEO Of The Walt Disney Company Robert Iger NPR
171 The Salt Path Raynor Winn NPR
172 The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live Heather B. Armstrong
SheReads 2
173 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO FANNIE DAVIS: MY MOTHER’S LIFE IN THE DETROIT NUMBERS Bridgett M. Davis
Kirkus Reviews 3
174
The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero
  Booklist
175 Then It Fell Apart  
Evening Standard
176 Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir   Amazon
177 This Story Is a Lie   Booklists 3
178 Three Women   Guardian
179 Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap Judy Goldman
SheReads 2
180 Toil & Trouble  
Goodreads 2
181
TROUBLEMAKER FOR JUSTICE: THE STORY OF BAYARD RUSTIN, THE MAN BEHIND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON
  Kirkus
182 Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church   Amazon
183 WAR FLOWER: MY LIFE AFTER IRAQ Brooke King
Kirkus Reviews 3
184 Wham! George and Me   Guardian 2
185
What Do You Do with a Voice like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
  Booklist 2
186 What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays Damon Young NPR
187 What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood Rigoberto González
Five Books 2
188 What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break The Silence Michele Filgate (editor) NPR
189 What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir Of Witness And Resistance Carolyn Forché NPR
190 WHEN DEATH TAKES SOMETHING FROM YOU GIVE IT BACK: CARL’S BOOK Naja Marie Aidt, translated
Kirkus Reviews 3
191 When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History Massoud Hayoun NPR


21 Best Biography and Memoir Book Sources/Lists



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Five Books 2
Goodreads
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Guardian 2
Kirkus
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Kirkus Reviews 2
Kirkus Reviews 3
Library Journal
NPR
SheReads
SheReads 2
Washington Post

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