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Biography & Memoir

Real people, real lives.

Biography and memoir overview

Biographies and memoirs allow us to enter other people's worlds and lives. They inform and entice us to learn about the era when the person lived and allow us to walk in their shoes. Sometimes they make us laugh and sometimes they make us cry. They always allow us insight into another person's point of view and they always entertain us!

Award Winners

All the frequent troubles of our day by Rebecca Donner
The last king of America : the misunderstood reign of George III by Andrew Roberts
Burning boy: the life and work of Stephen Crane by Paul Auster
The dead are arising : the life of Malcolm X Author by Les Payne
Sontag : her life and work by Benjamin Moser
Peculiar lessons : how nature and the material world shaped a Prairie childhood : a memoir by Lois Braun
No ashes in the fire : coming of age black & free in America by Darnell L. Moore
Shame on Me : An Anatomy of Race and Belonging by Tessa McWatt
The new Negro : the life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
Margaret Thatcher : the authorized biography by Charles Moore
Long live the tribe of fatherless girls : a memoir by T. Kira Madden
The return : fathers, sons and the land in between by Hisham Matar
The Fry chronicles by Stephen Fry
A certain idea of France : the life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama
An astronaut's guide to life on earth by Chris Hadfield
Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Letters to Brian : a year of living and remembrance by Martha Brooks

Popular titles

Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Don't tell anybody the secrets I told you : a memoir by Lucinda Williams
The dawn of everything: a new history of humanity by David Graeber
The survivor : how I survived six concentration camps and became a Nazi hunter by Josef Lewkowicz
The secret to superhuman strength by Alison Bechdel
Talking to Canadians : a memoir by Rick Mercer
A promised land by Barack Obama
We have always been here: a queer Muslim memoir by Samra Habib
Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover
Nîtisânak by Lindsay Nixon
Mamaskatch : a Cree coming of age by Darrel McLeod
Me by Elton John
Becoming by Michelle Obama
In my own moccasins : a memoir of resilience by Helen Knott
From the ashes : my story of being Métis, homeless, and finding my way by Jesse Thistle
Know my name : a memoir by Chanel Miller
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi
The reason you walk by Wab Kinew

Be a sport

Seeing Serena by Gerald Marzorati
Forward : a memoir by Abby Wambach
At home with Muhammad Ali : a memoir of love, loss, and forgivenes by Hana Ali
Dr. J : the autobiography by Julius Erving
Open heart, open mind by Clara Hughes
Offside by Sean Avery
Scotty : a hockey life like no other by Ken Dryden
No days off : my life with type 1 diabetes and journey to the NHL by Max Domi
A life well played : my stories by Arnold Palmer
Teemu Selanne : my life by Teemu Selanne
Black and white : the way I see it by Richard Williams

On with the show

Happiness becomes you: a guide to changing your life for good by Tina Turner
The never-ending present : the story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip by Michael Barclay
Buffy Sainte-Marie : the authorized biography by Andrea Warner
Special Deluxe by Neil Young
Dolly Parton, songteller : my life in lyrics Songteller : my life in lyrics by Dolly Parton
More Myself : A Journey by Alicia Keys
David Bowie: the oral history by Dylan Jones
No time like the future : an optimist considers mortality by Michael J. Fox
Hurricanes : a memoir by Rick Ross
Queen Bey : a celebration of the power and creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Rumours of glory : a memoir by Bruce Cockburn

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