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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The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House
Sick: A Memoir
Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival
The Terrible
Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude
Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life
Room to Dream
Choose Your Own Disaster
Call Me American: A Memoir
My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie
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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Be Prepared
Educated: A Memoir
Calypso
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
When Breath Becomes Air
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
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Yes Please
Spilled Milk
Between the World and Me
The Princess Diarist
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
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today
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835 books — 524 voters
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Yes Please
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Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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Eat, Pray, Love
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When Breath Becomes Air
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Let your autobiography contain these words; "I was able to think positively, love affectionately and work efficiently". Thinking, loving and working are what make us different from animals and trees.
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It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is—an intense form of thought.
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