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List of famous memoir books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular memoir books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best memoir novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

A factual list, featuring books like Angela's Ashes and Eat, Pray, Love.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best memoir books?" and "What are the most famous memoir books?"

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Lijia Zhang "Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China is a book by Lijia Zhang.

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'Tis: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Frank McCourt 'Tis is a memoir written by Frank McCourt. Published in 1999, it begins where McCourt ended Angela's Ashes, his Pulitzer Prize winning memoir of his impoverished childhood in Ireland and his ...more

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20 Hrs., 40 Min. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Amelia Earhart 20 Hrs., 40 Min.: Our Flight in the Friendship is a book written by pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. It was first published in 1928, but has continued to be reprinted in periodic new editions ...more

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67: The Maple Leafs, Their Sen... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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A Balcony in Nepal: Glimpses o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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A Big Life (in Advertising) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Mary Wells Lawrence A Big Life (in Advertising) is a book by Mary Wells Lawrence.

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A Charge to Keep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Michael Herskowitz, George Bush A Charge to Keep is a 1999 book written by then-Governor of Texas George W. Bush, with a foreword by Karen Hughes. Later editions have the sub-title My Journey To The White House.

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A Cook's Tour: In Search of th... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Anthony Bourdain A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal, sometimes later published as A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines, is a New York Times bestselling book written by chef and author ...more

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A Double Thread: Growing Up En... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
John Gross A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in London is a book by John Gross.

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A Drinking Life: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Pete Hamill A Drinking Life: A Memoir is a book by Pete Hamill.

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A Feast Made for Laughter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Craig Claiborne

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A Fine Place to Daydream: Race... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Bill Barich A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish is a book by Bill Barich.

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A Girl Named Zippy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Haven Kimmel A Girl Named Zippy is a memoir by Haven Kimmel. This memoir describes the childhood of the author who grew up in the 1960s in the small town of Mooreland, Indiana. The title is taken from the ...more

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A Guide to Recognizing Your Sa... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Dito Montiel A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a 2006 American drama film based on a 2001 memoir of the same name by author, director, and musician Dito Montiel, which describes his youth in Astoria, New ...more

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A Guide to Recognizing Your Sa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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A Heartbreaking Work of Stagge... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a memoir by Dave Eggers released in 2000. It chronicles his stewardship of younger brother Christopher "Toph" Eggers following the ...more

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A House on the Ocean, A House ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Felice Picano A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay: A Memoir is a book written by Felice Picano.

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A Journey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Tony Blair A Journey is a memoir by Tony Blair of his tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Published in the UK on 1 September 2010, it covers events from when he became leader of the Labour ...more

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A Life of Privilege, Mostly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Gardner Botsford A Life of Privilege, Mostly is a book by Gardner Botsford.

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Ishmael Beah A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a memoir written by Ishmael Beah, an author from Sierra Leone. The book is a firsthand account of Beah's time as a child soldier during the civil war ...more

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A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
James Frey A Million Little Pieces is a book by James Frey, originally sold as a memoir and later marketed as a semi-fictional novel following accusations of literary forgery. It tells the story of a ...more

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A Monk Swimming is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Malachy McCourt A Monk Swimming is a memoir by Malachy McCourt of his life in Limerick, Ireland, and of his experiences when he came to America. The book recounts the journey and the many obstacles that McCourt ...more

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A Passion to Win is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Peter Knobler, Sumner Redstone A Passion to Win is a book by Sumner Redstone, co-written by Peter Knobler.

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A Place to Stand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Jimmy Santiago Baca

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A Rebel Life: Murder by the Ri... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
A Rebel Life tells the gut wrenching story of his younger brother's death from a drug overdose. Growing up in Brooklyn in a working class environment from Greek immigrant parents, this book ...more

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A Reflection on (Life in) Law ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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A Russian Diary is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Anna Politkovskaya A Russian Diary is a book by Anna Politkovskaya.

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A Separate Reality is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Carlos Castaneda A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan is a book written by anthropologist/author Carlos Castaneda, published in 1971, concerning the events that took place during his ...more

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A Short History of the Confede... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Jefferson Davis A Short History of the Confederate States of America is a memoir written by Jefferson Davis, completed shortly before his death in 1889. Davis wrote most of this book while staying at Beauvoir ...more

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A Star-Bright Lie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Coleman Dowell A Star-Bright Lie is a book written by Coleman Dowell.

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A Step from Death is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Larry Woiwode A Step from Death is a book by Larry Woiwode.

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A Time in Rome is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Elizabeth Bowen A Time in Rome is a book by Elizabeth Bowen.

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A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Iain Levison A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember is a book by Iain Levison.

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A World Apart: A Memoir of the... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Gustaw Herling-Grudziński A World Apart: The Journal of a Gulag Survivor is a memoir written by Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, combining various literary genres: novel, essay, psychological portrait, as well as sociological ...more

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About Chekhov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Ivan Bunin About Chekhov is a book of memoirs by a Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Ivan Bunin, devoted entirely to Anton Chekhov, his close friend and the major influence. Bunin started working on the ...more

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Adventures of an Accidental So... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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After the Madness: A Judge's M... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Sol Wachtler After the Madness: A Judge's Memoir of His Time in Prison is a book by Sol Wachtler.

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Against All Odds: Escape from ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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Ahead of the Curve: Two Years ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Philip Delves Broughton Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School is a non-fiction book by author and journalist Philip Delves Broughton. It was published by Penguin Press in 2008. The book covers the ...more

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All Things at Once is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Mika Brzezinski, Daniel Paisner All Things at Once is a book written by Mika Brzezinski and Daniel Paisner.

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Along the Roaring River is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Robert Lipsyte Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met is an autobiography by Hao Jiang Tian, a Chinese-American opera singer for the Metropolitan Opera. The book was published in May 2008 by ...more

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Alt'arif bi ibn Khaldun wa Rah... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Ibn Khaldun Alt'arif bi ibn Khaldun wa Rahlatih Sharqan wa Gharban is a book written by Ibn Khaldun.

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Amarcord: Marcella Remembers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels

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American Desperado is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
American Desperado is a 2011 book written by journalist Evan Wright and Jon Roberts, a subject of the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys.

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Among the white moon faces is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Shirley Geok-lin Lim Among the white moon faces is a book written by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.

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An American Life is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Ronald Reagan An American Life is the 1990 autobiography authored by former American President Ronald Reagan. Released almost two years after Reagan left office, the book reached number eight on The New York ...more

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An Army of Ex-lovers: My Life ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Amy Hoffman An Army of Ex-lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News is a book written by Amy Hoffman.

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An Unlikely Conservative: The ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Linda Chavez An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal (Or How I Became the Most Hated Hispanic in America) is a book by Linda Chavez.

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And Furthermore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
Judi Dench

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Andersonville Diary is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Memoir Books and Novels
John Ransom Andersonville Diary is a book by John Ransom.