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List Rules Non-fiction novels written about the author's life

This list is about the best autobiographical novels; it answers the question, “What are the best autobiographies of all times?” An autobiography can be gripping, motivating and lighthearted at the same time. It allows a reader to truly get to see the world through the author’s perspective, creating a unique sense of empathy. It allows us to open up our minds to someone else’s beliefs and struggles.What distinguishes an autobiography from a biography is that it is written directly from an author about the author’s life; a biography is written by another person other than the author himself. For example, “The Autobiography of Albert Einstein” was written by himself with the help of a good friend Gerhard Roth. However, “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson was a book written by an author about the life of another person. The effects of reading an autobiography and a biography are very similar: both can capture the reader’s soul potentially more than any other literary type of work out there. A person can be emotionally moved by a great work of fiction, but a true story about an actual human being can take a reader beyond their emotions into actual motivations about the important things in life.Is there an autobiography that has meant a lot to you? Vote on your favorite today!
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A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

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66 17
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

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46 9
The Bell Jar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

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51 13
Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen

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43 12
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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37 12
Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks

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The Night Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Night Trilogy Elie Wiesel

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Marley & Me: Life and Love wit... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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To Sir, with Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
To Sir, with Love E. R. Braithwaite

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Post Office is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Post Office Charles Bukowski

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Go Tell It on the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Me... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
MelonieBethKlouda added Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Azar Nafisi

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Look Homeward, Angel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Look Homeward, Angel Thomas Wolfe

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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Empire of the Sun J. G. Ballard

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10 9
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
chantellebelle added Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs

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The Last Lecture is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Last Lecture Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Boyhood Leo Tolstoy

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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The Dharma Bums is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac

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The Way of All Flesh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler

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8 9
I Dreamed of Africa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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7 8
Desert Solitaire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey

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7 8
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feyn... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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In Search of Lost Time is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust

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A Portrait of the Artist as a ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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John Barleycorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
John Barleycorn Jack London

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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In the Year of the Boar and Ja... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

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The Town and the City is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Town and the City Jack Kerouac

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5 8
Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Grave of the Fireflies Akiyuki Nosaka

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Speed William S. Burroughs^! Jr., William S. Burroughs

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7 11
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels

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Sons and Lovers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence

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4 9
The Lover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
The Lover Marguerite Duras

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5 11
Tropic of Cancer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller

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5 11
Shantaram is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Shantaram Gregory David Roberts

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Lavengro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Lavengro George Henry Borrow

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Moab Is My Washpot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Moab Is My Washpot Stephen Fry