Books by: Biography


The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne FrankEleanor RooseveltB.M. Mooyart-Doubleday
1,925,095 voters
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and ...
Into the Wild

Into the Wild

by Jon Krakauer
627,962 voters
Librarian's Note: An alternate cover edition can be found here

In April ...
Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom
538,963 voters
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help yo...
Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

by Frank McCourt
380,757 voters
“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than ...
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

by John Grogan
358,258 voters
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggl...
A Child Called "It"

A Child Called "It"

by Dave Pelzer
308,393 voters
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This book c...
Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors

by Augusten Burroughs
289,747 voters
Augusten Burroughs is the author of the bestselling trilogy, Running with Scissors, Dry, and Lust & Wonder. Return to the memoir that started it all.

The tru...
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer
287,120 voters
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a mu...
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time

by David Oliver RelinGreg Mortenson
279,175 voters
An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here

Anyone who ...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou
261,808 voters
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice...
John Adams

John Adams

by David McCullough
207,725 voters
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee pa...
A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

by James Frey
182,153 voters
At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past ...
The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

by John SherrillElizabeth SherrillCorrie ten Boom
165,396 voters
At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ev...
Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl
161,302 voters
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. Between 1942 and 19...
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

by Barbara Ehrenreich
151,836 voters
The New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Nickel and Dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage.

...
Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted

by Susanna Kaysen
142,036 voters
See alternate cover edition here.

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist s...
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

by Anthony Bourdain
131,060 voters
A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drug...
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

by Stephen King
126,901 voters
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors o...
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

by Chelsea Handler
125,516 voters
When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power - vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a ...
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

by Barack Obama
125,024 voters
Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and ...
1776

1776

by David McCullough
124,749 voters
In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when t...
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Alex HaleyMalcolm X
118,526 voters
Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison ce...
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living

by Julie Powell
118,108 voters
Powell needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic, "Mastering...
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane SatrapiMattias Ripa
113,798 voters
A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise...
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

by Ishmael Beah
112,232 voters
My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"You mean, you saw peopl...
Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand
109,068 voters
There's an alternate cover edition here

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrif...
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

by Barack Obama
109,037 voters
The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politics—a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. Lucid in h...
The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

by Helen Keller
105,303 voters
An American classic rediscovered by each generation, The Story of My Life is Helen Keller’s account of her triumph over deafness and blindness. Popularized by the stage play...
Just Kids

Just Kids

by Patti Smith
102,176 voters
In Just Kids, Patti Smith's first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Map...
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
98,947 voters
The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books. Do we need another Lincoln biography? In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris ...
A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

by Sylvia Nasar
95,045 voters
Stories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound--such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent-Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own...
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Reading Lolita in Tehran

by Azar Nafisi
93,694 voters
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to...
The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion
91,873 voters
From one of America's iconic writers, this is a portrait of a marriage and a life - in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child....
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

by Vincent BugliosiCurt Gentry
90,097 voters
A national bestseller—7 million copies sold.

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most bafflin...
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

by Richard Feynman
87,636 voters
Richard Feynman (1918-1988), winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic...
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

by Chelsea Handler
82,545 voters
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

by Donald Miller
80,497 voters
"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened." ―Donald Miller

In Dona...

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

by James McBride
79,502 voters
The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polis...
Lucky

Lucky

by Alice Sebold
76,453 voters
In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped ...
The Complete Maus

The Complete Maus

by Art Spiegelman
73,507 voters
Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addre...
Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities

Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities

by Flora Rheta Schreiber
71,528 voters
Here is the unbelievable yet true story of Sybil Dorsett, a survivor of terrible childhood abuse who as an adult was a victim of sudden and mysterious blackouts. What happened duri...
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester
69,792 voters
Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project.

...
Dry

Dry

by Augusten Burroughs
69,541 voters
Revisit the second memoir in Augusten's bestselling trilogy of Running with Scissors, Dry, and Lust & Wonder.

You may not know it, but you've met Augusten B...
Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe

by Walter Isaacson
69,039 voters
By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

How did his mind wo...
90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life

by Cecil MurpheyDon Piper
67,621 voters
90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

by Walter Isaacson
67,017 voters
Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us. An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he se...
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

by Michael Lewis
64,768 voters
Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that's smaller t...
All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

by James Herriot
64,719 voters
All Creatures Great and Small
My Life in France

My Life in France

by Alex Prud'HommeJulia Child
62,160 voters
Julia Child single handedly awakened America to the pleasures of good cooking with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef, but as ...
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

by Steve Martin
59,238 voters
In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his ...
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang
58,571 voters
The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages...
Infidel

Infidel

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
57,197 voters
One of today’s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threate...
All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

by James Herriot
57,058 voters
"A very warm, very engaging read. . . . The reader falls totally under his spell."
--Associated Press

The second volume in the multimillion copy bestsellin...
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

by Tom Wolfe
53,877 voters
Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedeli...
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass
53,749 voters
Born into a family of slaves, Frederick Douglass educated himself through sheer determination. His unconquered will to triumph over his circumstances makes his one of America’s bes...
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

by Tracy Kidder
51,820 voters
At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArth...
Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

by Denver MooreRon HallLynn Vincent
51,555 voters
Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dal...
Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

by Alison Leslie GoldMiep Gies
50,233 voters
The reminiscences of Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family in Amsterdam during the Second World War, presents a vivid story of life under Nazi occupation.
Truman

Truman

by David McCullough
49,039 voters
The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean ...
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing
48,593 voters
The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's sc...
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

by Piers Paul Read
47,880 voters
On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen mad...
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

by John Elder Robison
47,341 voters
Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid ey...
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

by Alison Weir
46,561 voters
The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary wome...
Black Like Me

Black Like Me

by John Howard Griffin
46,423 voters
In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged l...
The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy

by Dave Pelzer
46,188 voters
"The Lost Boy" is the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. This is Dave Pelzer's long-awai...
A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

by Peter Mayle
46,174 voters
National Bestseller 

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-o...
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

by Patrick RobinsonMarcus Luttrell
45,659 voters
On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notori...
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

by Tucker Max
45,616 voters

The Book That Inspired The Movie

My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge ev...

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

by Sebastian Junger
45,324 voters
It was the storm of the century—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm."

When it struck in October, 1991, t...
Magical Thinking: True Stories

Magical Thinking: True Stories

by Augusten Burroughs
44,964 voters
From the #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry--a contagiously funny, heartwarming, shocking, twisted, and absolutely magical collection. True stories that give vo...
Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Travels with Charley: In Search of America

by John Steinbeck
44,549 voters
An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition

In September 1960, John Steinbeck e...
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

by Marjane SatrapiAnjali Singh
44,160 voters
In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day,” Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoi...
The Liars' Club

The Liars' Club

by Mary Karr
44,135 voters
When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's The Liars Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dram...
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

by Vincent Van GoghRonald de LeeuwMark RoskillArnold J. Pomerans
44,128 voters
A new selection of post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gough's letters, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh put a human face on one of the most haunting figures in modern Wes...
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away

by Bill Bryson
44,067 voters
After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million A...
Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

by Anthony Kiedis
43,910 voters
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by one of rock's most provocative figures Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis's searingly honest memoir of a life spent ...
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

by Hayden Herrera
43,740 voters

Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose...

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

by Bill Bryson
41,860 voters
From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s

Bill Bryso...
Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow
41,108 voters
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nat...
The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45

The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45

by Anthea BellWładysław Szpilman
40,707 voters
The last live broadcast on Polish Radio, on September 23, 1939, was Chopin's Nocturne in C# Minor, played by a young pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, until his playing was interru...
'Tis

'Tis

by Frank McCourt
40,099 voters
Paperback
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

by Jean-Dominique BaubyJeremy Leggatt
40,074 voters
In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impa...
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

by Kay Redfield Jamison
39,941 voters
The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm o...
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

by Alexandra Fuller
38,780 voters
In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhos...
Papillon

Papillon

by Henri Charrière
38,422 voters
Vzdevek Metulj se je avtorja te knjige prijel, ker se je pri dvajsetih nadvse rad potepal po zloglasnih pariških četrtih in ga ni bilo mogoče »pripeti na buciko«; naposled si je da...
Possible Side Effects

Possible Side Effects

by Augusten Burroughs
37,558 voters
 
National Bestseller
 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors comes Augusten Burroughs's most provocative collecti...
Boy: Tales of Childhood

Boy: Tales of Childhood

by Quentin BlakeRoald Dahl
37,520 voters
In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury's,...
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

by Dava SobelNeil Armstrong
37,370 voters
On its 10th anniversary, a gift edition of this classic book, with a forward by one of history's greatest explorers, and eight pages of color illustrations.

Anyone alive i...
The Cross and the Switchblade

The Cross and the Switchblade

by John SherrillElizabeth SherrillDavid Wilkerson
36,381 voters
A young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills comes to New York City and influences troubled teenagers with his inspirational message.
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

by David Sheff
36,245 voters
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’...
Black Boy

Black Boy

by Richard WrightJerry W. Ward Jr.
36,095 voters
Black Boy is a classic of American autobiography, a subtly crafted narrative of Richard Wright's journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. An enduring stor...
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

by Michael Lewis
35,983 voters
When we first meet Michael Oher, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He...
Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

by Ron PowersJames D. Bradley
35,918 voters
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE IMMORTAL PHOTOGRAPH THAT HAS COME TO SYMBOLIZE THE COURAGE AND INDOMITABLE WILL OF AMERICA

In...
My Life

My Life

by Bill Clinton
35,102 voters
An exhaustive, soul-searching memoir, Bill Clinton's My Life is a refreshingly candid look at the former president as a son, brother, teacher, father, husband, and public fi...
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival

by Joe Simpson
34,972 voters
Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice...
Chronicles, Vol. 1

Chronicles, Vol. 1

by Bob Dylan
34,496 voters
"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else." So wr...
Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell
33,672 voters
This unusual fictional account - in good part autobiographical - narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out...
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

by C.S. Lewis
32,720 voters
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life is a partial autobiography describing Lewis' conversion to Christianity. The book overall contains less detail concerning specif...
Winning

Winning

by Jack WelchSuzy Welch
32,546 voters
Jack Welch knows how to win. During his forty-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal c...
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier

Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier

by Stephen E. Ambrose
31,967 voters
'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson s...