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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Autism in Heels: The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum
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
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
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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)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
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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