Biography & autobiography

Awards

icon Subscribe to feed

Browse

Best Selling

New Releases

Our Selection

Awards

 

Category

Delete Biography & autobiography

 

In category

Personal Memoirs (28)

Literary (25)

Presidents & Heads of State (14)

Historical (9)

Women (8)

Military (7)

Science & Technology (6)

Artists, Architects, Photographers (4)

Criminals & Outlaws (2)

Political (2)

Adventurers & Explorers (2)

Social Scientists & Psychologists (1)

Medical (1)

Royalty (1)

 

Language

English (118)

French (1)

German (0)

Spanish (3)

Italian (13)

 

Protection

All (118)

DRM Free (0)

DRM (118)

More options

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2017

by Hisham Matar

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing—one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year, winner of the...


Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2016

by Ruth Franklin

A New York Times Notable Book of 2016

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2016

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016

A Time Magazine Top Nonfiction of 2016

A Seattle Times Best Book of 2016

A Kirkus...


Lab Girl

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2016

by Hope Jahren

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

A New York Times 2016 Notable Book

National Best Seller

Named one of TIME magazine’s "100 Most Influential People"

An Amazon Top 20 Best Book...


In the Darkroom

Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction 2016

by Susan Faludi

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom...


The Iceberg: A Memoir

Wellcome Book Prize 2015

by Marion Coutts

Winner of the Wellcome Prize

A finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award

“A memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion...an...


Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2015

by Charlotte Gordon

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she...


Negroland: A Memoir

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2015

by Margo Jefferson

Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2015

New York Times: Dwight Garner’s Best Books of 2015

Washington Post:...


The Argonauts

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2015

by Maggie Nelson

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely...


Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America

Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction 2015, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2015

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New...


Napoleon: A Life

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2014

by Andrew Roberts

The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War—winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and the Grand Prix of the Fondation...


The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2014

by Jeff Hobbs

An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man...


Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2014

by John Lahr

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Biography Category

National Book Award Finalist

2015 Winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography

American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell...


Wave

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014

by Sonali Deraniyagala

One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young...


Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2014

by Megan Marshall

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters takes a fresh look at the trailblazing life of a great American heroine—Thoreau’s first editor, Emerson’s close...


Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2013

by Damrosch Leo

Jonathan Swift is best remembered today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric fantasy that quickly became a classic and has remained in print for nearly three centuries. Yet Swift also wrote many...


Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2013

by Richard Holloway

At the tender age of fourteen, Richard Holloway left his home town of Alexandria, north of Glasgow, and travelled hundreds of miles to be educated and trained for the priesthood at an English monastery. By the...


Bolivar: American Liberator

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2013

by Marie Arana

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback...


Gabriele d'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer, and Preacher of War

Baillie Gifford Prize 2013, Costa Book Award for Biography 2013

by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Godfather to Mussolini, national hero of Italy and the WWI irredentist movement, literary icon of Joyce and Pound, lover of actress Eleonora Duse: here is Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s extraordinary biography of Gabriele...


Dan Gets a Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad

Thurber Prize for American Humor 2013

by Dan Zevin

A coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, Dan Gets a Minivan provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you’re a dude, a dad, or someone who’s married to either,...


The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography)

Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 2013

by Tom Reiss

WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY

General Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiarbecause his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life...