Books by: Memoir


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 ...
Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

by Elizabeth Gilbert
1,158,081 voters
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves. Now, this beloved...
Night

Night

by Elie WieselMarion Wiesel
669,766 voters
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translat...
The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls
602,984 voters
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jean...
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...
Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day

by David Sedaris
486,701 voters
David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that ...
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
Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE]
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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 ...
Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

by Frances Mayes
274,856 voters
A CLASSIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF UNDER MAGNOLIA

Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new...
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...
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

by Bill Bryson
243,024 voters
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re goin...
Naked

Naked

by David Sedaris
198,660 voters
Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly ric...
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

by David Sedaris
188,044 voters
David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding. He mops his sister's floor. H...
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 ...
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

by Art Spiegelman
178,262 voters
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
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...
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

by John Berendt
164,194 voters
Voodoo. Decadent socialites packing Lugars. Cotillions. With towns like Savannah, Georgia, who needs Fellini? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil takes two narrative str...
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...
The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien
160,587 voters
They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nigh...
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.

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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 ...
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...
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...
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....
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...
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

by Art Spiegelman
86,743 voters
Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler...
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

by Barbara KingsolverCamille KingsolverSteven L. HoppRichard A. Houser
83,074 voters
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

...
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
Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice

by David Sedaris
81,538 voters
David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and...
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...
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...
The Complete Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis

by Marjane SatrapiBlake FerrisMattias RipaAnjali Singh
68,026 voters
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood ...
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
Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson
65,047 voters

"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."

After nearly two decades spent on British so...

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 ...
What Is the What

What Is the What

by Dave Eggers
58,439 voters
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United State...
PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives

by Frank Warren
57,877 voters
New York Times Bestseller

The project that captured a nation's imagination.

The instructions were simple, but the results were ...
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...
In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country

by Bill Bryson
56,791 voters
A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens t...
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott
54,038 voters
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. W...
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...
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.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

by Alison Bechdel
48,031 voters
A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alis...
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...
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

by A.J. Jacobs
47,549 voters
From the bestselling author of "The Know-It-All" comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the ...
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...
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...

Persepolis, Volume 1

Persepolis, Volume 1

by Marjane Satrapi
44,975 voters
Persépolis es la historia autobiográfica de la iraní Marjane Satrapi, la historia de cómo creció en un régimen fundamentalista islámico que la acabaría llevando a abandonar ...
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...
Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays

by David Sedaris
44,171 voters
In David Sedaris’s world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz, and the National Enquirer, Sedaris’s collection of essays is...
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...
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 ...
Prozac Nation

Prozac Nation

by Elizabeth Wurtzel
43,485 voters
A harrowing story of breakdowns, suicide attempts, drug therapy, and an eventual journey back to living, this poignant and often hilarious book gives voice to the high incidence of...
Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

by Nelson Mandela
43,039 voters
The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time...
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...
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

by Jen Lancaster
41,425 voters
This is the story of how a haughty former sorority girl went from having a household income of almost a quarter-million dollars to being evicted from a ghetto apartment... It's a m...
Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

by Bill Bryson
41,307 voters
Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique b...
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...
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America

by Bill Bryson
39,468 voters
'I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to'

And, as soon as Bill Bryson was old enough, he left. Des Moines couldn't hold him, but it did lure him back. After ten years in E...
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...
SantaLand Diaries

SantaLand Diaries

by David Sedaris
37,631 voters
'Santaland Diaries' contains six of David Sedaris' most profound Christmas stories, from Dinah, the Christmas Whore to Season's Greetings to our Friends and Family.
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,...
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...