Biographies & Memoirs
What Are the Best Memoirs and Autobiographies of 2013?
December 4, 2013
Whether you love family memoirs, musicians' backstage accounts, hilarious essays, true survival stories or tell-all autobiographies of public figures, these notable memoirs of 2013 have something for every reader.
Mother/daughter love story
Debut author Domenica Ruta's memoir of growing up with her freewheeling, drug-dealing mother is a finely honed blade to the heart of family love and friction.
Hilarious personal essays
Humorist David Sedaris' absurdist take on the world has had us belly laughing for decades; his latest collection--about dentists, judging fathers, loudmouth tourists and more--is one of his finest.
A Supreme Court justice's remarkable rise
Sonia Sotomayor details her awe-inspiring personal journey--growing up in a Bronx housing project, rising through the halls of justice and becoming the first Hispanic judge on the Supreme Court.
A survival story of the Afghan Civil War
A chilling and moving memoir by young Afghan entrepreneur Qais Akbar Omar--an intimate window into life in Afghanistan before and during the destructive reign of the mujahedeen.
A true-crime thriller
Top Houston lawyer David Berg's driving obsession was trying to solve and understand his brother's murder at the hands of a hit man.
A harrowing account of being stalked
Creative writing teacher James Lasdun's close relationship with his student tips into dangerous territory when affinity turns into obsession--and then willful destruction.
A chef's pop-culture infused memoir
Up-and-coming Taiwanese-American chef Eddie Huang's memoir details his patchwork career as a lawyer, stand-up comic and drug dealer before he opened the New York-based Taiwanese sandwich shop Baohaus.
A world traveler held captive in Somalia
Amanda Lindhout tells the nail-biting story of escaping her rough childhood to travel to the far reaches of the world, only to be kidnapped and held captive for a year and a half in Somalia.
Life inside the mind of a 13-year-old autistic boy
First published in Japan in 2007, Naoki Higashida's inspiring and fascinating account of what it's like to live with autism was championed in the English-speaking world by its translator, "Cloud Atlas" author David Mitchell.
A writer comes of age in war-torn Bosnia
Award-winning novelist Aleksandar Hemon paints a rich portrait of his life in the cultural hub of Sarajevo before it was ripped apart by war.