When you read a novel, you get to walk in the shoes of your favorite character—whether a chivalrous knight on a medieval quest, a clever detective on the hunt for a killer, or a brave blogger dealing with mental health issues. But at Writer’s Relief, we find that the real-life stories found in biographies, memoirs, and autobiographies give us unique glimpses into the lives, minds, and hearts of other people and their trials and joys.
Here are a few of our favorite page-turning biographies, memoirs, and autobiographies. They’ve made us laugh, cry, and marvel at the resilience of the human spirit! Add some of these to your To Be Read list:
Night by Elie Wiesel
Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce by Sylvia Jukes Morris
Elizabeth by Liz Taylor
Jump by Steve Harvey
No Direction Home by Bob Dylan
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King by Martin Luther King Jr. and Clayborne Carson
Question: What is the best memoir, biography, or autobiography you’ve read?