Autobiography

An autobiography (from the Greek, αὐτός-autos self + βίος-bios life + γράφειν-graphein to write) is a book about the life of a person, written by that person.

Closely associated with autobiography (and sometimes difficult to precisely distinguish from it) is the form of memoir. However, an autobiography typically focuses on the "life and times" of the writer, while a memoir has a narrower, more intimate focus on his or her own memories, feelings and emotions.

Also see Biography Memoir and Memoir.

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Heavy: An American Memoir
My Squirrel Days
Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
Hey, Kiddo
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff
To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography
There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir
The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World
A Mind Unraveled
Educated
When Breath Becomes Air
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Calypso
This Will Only Hurt a Little
In Pieces
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits
Between the World and Me
Small Fry
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
My Squirrel Days
Yes Please
I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëA Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Best Feminist Books
1,877 books — 2,832 voters
Blood River by Tim ButcherChasing the Devil by Tim ButcherThe Trigger by Tim ButcherGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Books I think are great
480 books — 167 voters

All Creatures Great and Small by James HerriotNickel and Dimed by Barbara EhrenreichKitchen Confidential by Anthony BourdainAll Things Bright and Beautiful by James HerriotWorking by Studs Terkel
A Day in the Life: Work Memoirs
558 books — 333 voters
The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Favorite memoirs/autobiographies
1,466 books — 1,415 voters

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Children of Henry VIII by Alison WeirNicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. MassieThe Life of Elizabeth I by Alison WeirThe Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
Of Kings and Queens
361 books — 153 voters
A Night to Remember by Walter LordTitanic by Don LynchThe Night Lives On by Walter LordVoyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson WhiteThe Discovery of the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard
Best Titanic Books
175 books — 150 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl
Bossypants
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Glass Castle
Yes Please
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Eat, Pray, Love
When Breath Becomes Air
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
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