Books in the Biography genre are based on the real-life stories of famous or infamous people, written by someone else. Biographies can be about someone who lived long ago or the person’s life who is still living. The biography of a living person is usually incomplete. Apart from basic life facts such as education and lifestyle, this genre portrays a person’s experience at different life events. The life history of political leaders, celebrities, heroes, scientists, or people who have done something extraordinary in their life, also falls in this genre. Usually, it is a non-fiction genre, but often fiction is used to describe someone’s life. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Biographies.
The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history. But as # 1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa reveal for the first time, it was far more than just a domestic political crisis. Woodward and Costa interviewed more than 200 people at the center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts—and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink. This classic study of Washington takes readers deep inside the Trump White House, the Biden White House, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and Congress, with vivid, eyewitness accounts of what really happened. Peril is supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled history. It is also the first inside look at Biden’s presidency as he faces the challenges of a lifetime: the continuing deadly pandemic and millions of Americans facing soul-crushing economic pain, all the while navigating a bitter and disabling partisan divide, a world rife with threats, and the hovering, dark shadow of the former president. “We have much to do in this winter of peril,” Biden declared at his inauguration, an event marked by a nerve-wracking security alert and the threat of domestic terrorism. Peril is the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another, and represents the culmination of Bob Woodward’s news-making trilogy on the Trump presidency, along with Fear and Rage. And it is the beginning of a collaboration with fellow Washington Post reporter Robert Costa that will remind readers of Woodward’s coverage, with Carl Bernstein, of President Richard M. Nixon’s final days.
- Author: Bob Woodward
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 21, 2021)
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People
- ISBN: 978-1982182915
- Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
Number one New York Times best seller Over one million copies sold! From the Academy Award-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. “Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did - and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.” (Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck ) I’ve been in this life for 50 years, been trying to work out its riddle for 42, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last 35. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me. Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights”. So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is 50 years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops. Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears. It’s a love letter. To life. It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights - and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green, too. Good luck.
- Author: Matthew McConaughey
- Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment & Celebrities
3. The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music
So, I've written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.
- Author: Dave Grohl
- Publisher: Dey Street Books (October 5, 2021)
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature
- ISBN: 978-0063076099
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
4. Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom
You are seen, you are loved, and you are heard! Before Tabitha Brown was one of the most popular personalities in the world, sharing her delicious vegan home cooking and compassionate wisdom with millions of followers across social media, she was an aspiring actress who in 2016 began struggling with undiagnosed chronic autoimmune pain. Her condition made her believe she wouldn’t live to see forty--until she started listening to what her soul and her body truly needed. Now, in this life-changing book, Tabitha shares the wisdom she gained from her own journey, showing readers how to make a life for themselves that is rooted in nonjudgmental kindness and love, both for themselves and for others. Tabitha grounds her lessons in stories about her own life, career, faith, and family in this funny, down-to-earth book, built around the catchphrases that her fans know and love, including: Hello There!: Why hope, joy, and clarity are so very needed That’s Your Business: Defining yourself, and being okay with that Have the Most Amazing Day . . . : Choosing joy and living with intention But Don’t Go Messin’ Up No One Else’s: Learning to walk in kindness even when the world doesn’t feel kind Like So, Like That: Living life without measurement Very Good: Living in peace and creating good from the bad Rich with personal stories and inspirational quotes, and sprinkled with a few easy vegan recipes, Feeding the Soul is a book to share--and to return to when you want to feel seen, loved, and heard.
- Author: Tabitha Brown
- Publisher: William Morrow (September 28, 2021)
- Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
- ISBN: 978-0063080287
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.97 x 8.25 inches
5. I'll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House
The most frank and intimate portrait of the Trump White House yet Stephanie Grisham rose from being a junior press wrangler on the Trump campaign in 2016 to assuming top positions in the administration as White House press secretary and communications director, while at the same time acting as First Lady Melania Trump’s communications director and eventually chief of staff. Few members of the Trump inner circle served longer or were as close to the first family as Stephanie Grisham, and few had her unique insight into the turbulent four years of the administration, especially the personalities behind the headlines.
- Author: Stephanie Grisham
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People
6. Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty
New York Times best-selling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times best-selling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty - his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts. When 11-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the 19th century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires - one in shipping and another in railroads - that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by “the Commodore”, subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers - the 70-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’ grandson and namesake had built - the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all. Now, the Commodore’s great-great-great-grandson, Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other. Written with a unique insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
- Author: Anderson Cooper
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical, United States
7. Have Laptop, Will Travel: Memoirs of a Digital Nomad- Second Edition
**Second Edition** This second edition has been comprehensively revised, updated, and expanded, and includes a variety of additional photos. Newly brimful and fresh, an extended version to take this modern-day odyssey to the next level of fun, fascination -- and happy endings. Readers are calling this the male version of Eat Pray Love! Phil goes digital nomad for a year-long odyssey, traveling to 12 cities in 12 months on 4 continents. What these cities are ‘really like’ will make you laugh, think, learn and even cringe a little. The author’s personal journey of self-discovery adds up to a year of life-changing experiences: what’s personal is universal. More than a bucket list on steroids, this memoir reveals tales of food, love, and life in far off lands. Phil aims to inspire readers to pursue their own dreams and aspirations through the joy of travel. Have Laptop, Will Travel! **SNEAK PEAK** • THAILAND - Let me tell you about the time I saved Victor’s life. • MALAYSIA - All seemed as it should … but nothing prepared me for what happened next. I was about to doze off into Phil-land when I heard and felt a loud explosion. It sounded like a bomb. I knew something was very wrong. • CORDOVA - As I stepped off the curb to cross the street, a huge bonfire was lit right in front of me...in the middle of the street! The flames nearly exploded as the protesters fueled it with more gasoline. My cheeks felt like they were burning, and I’m surprised my eyebrows didn’t get singed from my front row view. This is the kind of thing you only see on the nightly news, and there I was in the middle of it all. • PERU – I was far, far away. But there, right next to me, was my dead body. I couldn’t look away. It was as if my ability to move my eyeballs was disabled. I could hear familiar, distant spirit voices asking me if I wanted to be buried in a coffin or cremated. I couldn’t tell them. I was already dead. • MEXICO – I was climbing into a hot air balloon that would carry us thousands of feet into the sky, held aloft by a nylon sack and propelled by wind and fire. Wicker, nylon, human flesh—all the things that should not be in close proximity to naked flames. And how the hell do you steer the thing? Ummm, you don’t! I fell apart, involuntarily, as my fear of heights overtook me like never before. I needed to be bitch-slapped but no one was “up” for it (excuse the pun).
- Author: Philip Nicozisis
- Publisher: Best Seller Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (April 8, 2021)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Travel
8. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood
A #1 Wall Street Journal , Amazon Charts, USA Today , and Washington Post bestseller. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen’s shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother’s house of horrors. After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom , it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now. For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother’s dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders. Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor’s story of absolute evil—and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today—loving, loved, and moving on.
- Author: Gregg Olsen
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 1, 2019)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Biographies & Memoirs
9. Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him The Fittest (Real) Man in America. In Can't Hurt Me , he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential. An annotated edition of Can’t Hurt Me , offering over two hours of bonus content featuring deeper insights and never-before-told stories shared by David. Not available in other formats.
- Author: David Goggins
- Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Relationships, Parenting & Personal Development, Personal Development, Personal Success
10. Beautiful Country: A Memoir
A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA BOOK CLUB PICK! An incandescent memoir from an astonishing new talent, Beautiful Country puts readers in the shoes of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world. "Extraordinary…Consider this remarkable memoir a new classic."— Publishers Weekly , *Starred Review* In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive. In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly “shopping days,” when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn’s streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center—confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all. But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor’s visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here. Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.
- Author: Qian Julie Wang
- Publisher: Doubleday (September 7, 2021)
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Community & Culture
- ISBN: 978-0385547215
- Dimensions: 6.52 x 1.14 x 9.56 inches