For some readers, real life is much more compelling than fiction, and real people are far more interesting than any character an author could dream up. If you're one of those readers, then biographies, autobiographies and memoirs are for you.
The types of true stories are endless—there are romantic memoirs and tragic memoirs. There are short, essay-length memoirs that give you just a taste of an author’s writing. Perhaps you’re interested in a travel memoir that will make you feel as though you’ve walked the same steps as the writer, or you’re an American history buff looking for a bucket list of biographies on every American president. You could read a first-hand account from a former slave who became a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln, or immerse yourself in Ruth Gruber’s own account of how she helped 1000 refugees find asylum.
From biographies of politicians, business leaders, artists and celebrities, to memoirs that tell unforgettable true stories with unflinching honesty, these are the books that let you fully step into someone else's shoes.
From togas to tank tops.
By Nicole Klett
Author Fred Waitzkin remembers his son's first big win.
"For me and the countless women who put their lives at risk to control their own destinies, the world changed in 1973 when Roe v. Wade became the law of the land."
The biography is the basis for a new Netflix documentary, streaming April 27.
Be struck by excellent storytelling and raw honesty.
Get lost in these true love stories!
By Grace Felder
These entertaining yarns will delight readers of all ages.
Meet the woman who inspired Virginia Woolf's most fanciful novel.
These books are necessary for new fans and longtime listeners alike.