Best Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs

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Our List of the Month for January is devoted to the Best Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please only downvote titles if they do not fit the theme.
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9,752 members
511 reviews
½ 4.3
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7,835 members
137 reviews
½ 4.3
21 Members
Aquila, BookDoc16, harrietgate, camelama, bjappleg8, mstrust, cbl_tn, PaperbackPirate, atozgrl, PatsyMurray, perennialreader, Fjumonvi, miller.max, al.vick, AnneSteph, bookmary2, barefootsong, Karen74Leigh, Joy62, dave3pt0, Chanda.Leah
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cbl_tn: I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Christopher Timothy!
perennialreader: Loved the whole series!
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28,290 members
513 reviews
4.1
19 Members
timspalding, kaulsu, camelama, bjappleg8, mstrust, sundancer, merrystar, atozgrl, perennialreader, susanbooks, Patchshank, hallhope, Karen74Leigh, Brandy1411, Tosta, Nikkimf88, DoomLuz, Joy62, WynneWages
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perennialreader: Read this book when I was her age. It has haunted me ever since.
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27,536 members
571 reviews
½ 4.3
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3,083 members
83 reviews
½ 4.4
12 Members
gbelik, oregonobsessionz, kaulsu, camelama, atozgrl, AbigailAdams26, harray, bookmary2, Wordslinger1919, Joy62, WynneWages, Chanda.Leah
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AbigailAdams26: One of the best biographies I have read, over the last ten years. The kick-off title of my Presidential Biography Book Club.
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14,782 members
224 reviews
4
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6,872 members
252 reviews
½ 4.3
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2,108 members
22 reviews
4
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7,734 members
368 reviews
½ 4.4
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21,842 members
337 reviews
4
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6,169 members
104 reviews
4.1
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13,695 members
199 reviews
½ 4.3
9 Members
brewergirl, oregonobsessionz, kaulsu, camelama, Bretzky1, noveltea, AbigailAdams26, davidflem1984, Joy62
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AbigailAdams26: As someone named for Abigail Adams, I have been given biographies of various Adams family members many times. This was one of my last Christmas gifts from my father.
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3,601 members
126 reviews
4.1
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10,119 members
144 reviews
½ 4.4
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8,695 members
258 reviews
½ 4.5
9 Members
languagehat, BookDoc16, ecb06c, thalassa_thalassa, msemmag, bujeya, Karen74Leigh, KurtWombat, elahrairah
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elahrairah: How not to survive the unsurvivable.
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5,591 members
313 reviews
4.2
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3,604 members
44 reviews
4.2
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745 members
32 reviews
½ 4.3
25
2,628 members
157 reviews
4.1
26
9,771 members
123 reviews
½ 4.3
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2,949 members
160 reviews
½ 4.5
6 Members
hipdeep, raidergirl3, lottpoet, megbmore, slimikin, SOShea
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hipdeep: Volume 1 standing in for the whole series.
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6,546 members
235 reviews
3.9
30
8,679 members
517 reviews
3.9
31
9,050 members
191 reviews
4
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12,202 members
594 reviews
½ 4.4
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8,047 members
161 reviews
½ 4.3
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14,101 members
190 reviews
3.8
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285 members
12 reviews
4
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5,481 members
238 reviews
4.1
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1,729 members
25 reviews
4
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2,315 members
18 reviews
½ 3.7
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4,297 members
78 reviews
4
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4,781 members
55 reviews
4
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1,790 members
33 reviews
3.9
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3,892 members
42 reviews
4.2
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914 members
21 reviews
3.8
45
4,860 members
62 reviews
½ 4.3
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3,316 members
58 reviews
3.9
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3,923 members
88 reviews
4.2
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1,979 members
86 reviews
4.1
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1,481 members
20 reviews
4.2
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898 members
22 reviews
4.1
3 Members
harrietgate, CarltonC, souloftherose
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CarltonC: Not so much an archaeological memoir, as a memoir about a time (1930's) and places (Orient Express, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq) that I imagine have changed beyond recognition. This memoir and travelogue clearly shows the author's happiness at that time, which she conveys so wonderfully in this brief book, so full of love and humour. There is little about archaeology, it is about the sights, sounds, smells and above all the people that she encountered. I was enchanted.
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15,695 members
313 reviews
4.2
4 Members
bjappleg8, sundancer, msemmag, elahrairah
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elahrairah: How to survive the unsurvivable.
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2,572 members
96 reviews
4
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4,668 members
243 reviews
½ 4.6
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3,656 members
157 reviews
4
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2,558 members
75 reviews
½ 4.3
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943 members
55 reviews
3.9
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2,355 members
83 reviews
4.1
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2,917 members
97 reviews
½ 4.3
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584 members
35 reviews
½ 4.4
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1,334 members
93 reviews
½ 4.3
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215 members
17 reviews
½ 4.6
3 Members
tardis, yoyogod, RBeffa
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1,366 members
54 reviews
½ 4.3
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14,392 members
192 reviews
4
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3,092 members
73 reviews
4.2
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394 members
4 reviews
½ 3.6
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5,145 members
201 reviews
4.2
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428 members
13 reviews
4.2
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1,984 members
175 reviews
4.1
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3,520 members
141 reviews
4.2
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1,299 members
94 reviews
4.1
3 Members
Faradaydon, Heather39, perennialreader
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perennialreader: About a woman who is bedridden for a year or so and how she manages.
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385 members
31 reviews
4.1
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2,101 members
102 reviews
4.1
3 Members
nicolecervone, elahrairah, SOShea
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elahrairah: Funny and sad.
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2 Members
levitas, dhaxton
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785 members
65 reviews
4.2
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6,847 members
54 reviews
3.9
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3,140 members
61 reviews
4.2
3 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, perennialreader, KurtWombat
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perennialreader: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
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20,559 members
794 reviews
4.2
78
10,299 members
290 reviews
3.8
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226 members
3 reviews
½ 4.4
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, amanda4242
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paradoxosalpha: A stand-in for the full ten volumes in the excellent Trask translation.
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568 members
20 reviews
4
2 Members
cbl_tn, Fjumonvi
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1,861 members
17 reviews
4.1
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954 members
8 reviews
4.2
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708 members
11 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Faradaydon, elahrairah
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elahrairah: Hilarious, touching, and honest.
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387 members
9 reviews
½ 4.3
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630 members
13 reviews
4.1
87
2,693 members
45 reviews
4
88
362 members
2 reviews
½ 4.4
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166 members
23 reviews
4.1
90
204 members
13 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
vwinsloe, JustJune
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1,331 members
57 reviews
½ 3.6
92
3,197 members
32 reviews
4.2
2 Members
sherryearly, Joy62
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2,226 members
120 reviews
4.2
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1,910 members
40 reviews
4.1
2 Members
cbl_tn, ahef1963
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1,697 members
32 reviews
½ 4.3
2 Members
Cecrow, peterveen
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1,639 members
119 reviews
½ 4.3
98
2 Members
al.vick, dave3pt0
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22 members
1 review
4.9
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1,537 members
67 reviews
4.2