The Definitive List Of 100 Biographies & Memoirs You Should Read

Better clear your schedule — and your nightstand. You've got some reading to get through. 
Amazon's book editors have released their definitive list of "100 Biographies and Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime." It's a nice, well-rounded selection featuring classics as well as more recent tomes from the likes of Tina Fey and Joan Didion. Unless you just skipped grammar school entirely, you've no doubt read at least one of them already. Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back for getting a head start.
Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl didn't make the cut, but here's what did.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah 
A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition, Ernest Hemingway 
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson 
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964, William Manchester 
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Jon Meacham 
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Chris Kyle 
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis 
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir, Frank McCourt 
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy 
Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Vol. 1, Mark Twain 
Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Jim Bouton 
Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth, Richard Wright
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, Steve Martin 
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall 
Bossypants, Tina Fey 
Cash: The Autobiography, Johnny Cash 
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massie 
Chronicles, Bob Dylan 
Churchill: A Life, Martin Gilbert 
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Phillip Hoose 
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron 
De Profundis and Other Prison Writings (Penguin Classics), Oscar Wilde 
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, Alexandra Fuller 
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?, Marion Meade 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama 
Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp 
Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography (P.S.), Zora Neale Hurston   
E=mc~2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation, David Bodanis 
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert 
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing 
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story, Amanda Vaill 
Helen Keller: The Story of My Life (Dover Thrift Editions), Helen Keller 
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou 
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer   
Just Kids, Patti Smith 
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.), Anthony Bourdain 
Knock Wood, Candice Bergen 
Life, Keith Richards 
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela 
Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions), Marcus Aurelius 
Mortality, Christopher Hitchens 
My Life in France, Julia Child 
Naked, David Sedaris 
Napoleon: A Life, Andrew Roberts 
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Editions), Frederick Douglass 
Night, Elie Wiesel 
Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin 
On the Road, Jack Kerouac 
Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi   
Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass, Isak Dinesen 
Personal History, Katharine Graham 
Robert A. Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson Set: The Path to Power; Means of Ascent; Master of the Senate; The Passage of Power, Robert A. Caro 
Running with Scissors: A Memoir, Augusten Burroughs 
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nancy Milford 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Ballantine Reader's Circle), Laura Hillenbrand 
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, Timothy Egan 
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited, Vladimir Nabokov 
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson   
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character), Richard P. Feynman 
Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr 
The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo, Irving Stone 
The Andy Warhol Diaries, Andy Warhol 
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, Malcolm X 
The Basketball Diaries, Jim Carroll   
The Bell Jar (P.S.), Sylvia Plath 
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother  (10th Anniversary Edition), James McBride 
The Complete Maus, 25th Anniversary Edition, Art Spiegelman  
The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi 
The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934, Anais Nin 
The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait, Carlos Fuentes  
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls 
The Gulag Archipelago Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (P.S.), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot 
The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life, Robert Evans 
The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television, Evan I. Schwartz 
The Liars' Club: A Memoir, Mary Karr 
The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey, Ernesto Che Guevara  
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.), Simon Winchester 
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks), Edmund Morris 
The Soul of A New Machine, Tracy Kidder 
The Tender Bar: A Memoir, J. R. Moehringer 
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston 
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion 
This Boy's Life: A Memoir, Tobias Wolff   
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Ron Chernow 
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival, Joe Simpson 
Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand 
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, Frances Mayes 
Updike, Adam Begley 
Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), Stacy Schiff 
West with the Night, Beryl Markham 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed   

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