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Title/Year of PublicationAuthor's NameExtra Info
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000)Behind-the-scenes look at restaurant subculture.
How to Talk Dirty and Influence People (1963)Controversial comedian parodies Dale Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' with title of his autobiography.
Out of Africa (1937)Danish writer runs a coffee plantation at the foot of the Ngong hills.
Hitch-22: A Memoir (2010)Eloquent and outspoken atheist / antitheist.
84, Charing Cross Road (1970)New Yorker begins long corespondence with British bookseller while ordering books.
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (2003)Teacher in Tehran continues to meet with seven female students to discuss literature after she can no longer work.
Rocket Boys/October Sky (1998)Early fascination with science leads to science fair win by future NASA employee.
Lucky (1999)Famous for writing a novel
involving a rape,
writer's memoir details
her own rape in college.
Travels With Charley: In Search of America (1962)American writer travels
with his poodle in a
trailer named Rocinante,
after Don Quixote's horse.
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany (2006)Writer volunteers to be kitchen slave in one of Mario Batali's restaurants; travels to Italy to learn even more.
The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (1993/2003 different editions)Motorcyle trip with a friend leads to a medical student's political awakening.
The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)After visiting her daughter in hospital in a coma, writer's husband dies in front of her.
Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia (2006)After a divorce a woman travels for a year to seek pleasure, devotion, and balance.
A Moveable Feast (1964)American writer's expatriate circle of friends in 1920s Paris.
Flashbacks (1983)Life of 1960s counterculture figure who advised people to 'tune in, turn on, and drop out.'
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971)Gonzo journalist gives a somewhat fictionalized account of two drug-fueled trips he and his friend/attorney took to
Las Vegas.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir (2005)Journalist describes her unconventional dysfunctional upbringing, including the experience as an adult of seeing her homeless mother dumpster diving.
The Downing Street Years (1993)British Conservative
Prime Minister nicknamed
'the Iron Lady.'
Roughing It in the Bush (1852)British woman describes being a settler in Upper Canada.
The Diary of a Young Girl (1947, 1953 in English)Diary kept by Jewish girl in hiding in an attic in Holland during WWII.
Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America (1994)Young woman's frequent bouts with severe depression.
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (2001)Childhood of a famous neurologist/author, titled after an uncle's nickname.
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (1958)First volume of autobiography by French feminist philosopher.
Infidel / Mihn Vrihjeid
(2006, 2007 in English)
After growing up in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Kenya, the writer flees upcoming arranged marriage, applying for political asylum in Netherlands, where she becomes outspoken, politically active, and has received death threats.
It's Always Something (1989)SNL alumni shares her life and battle with ovarian cancer.
Moab is My Washpot (1997)British comedian/actor/writer describes his first 20 years, including being at boarding school.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (2007)First hand account of being captured and forcibly conscripted at age 12 to be a child soldier until age 15 when he is released to UNICEF.
Papillon (1969)Veracity of French man's story of wrongful conviction of murder, sentence to life of hard labour at Devil's Island penal colony, and eventual escape to Venezuela has been questioned.
Title/Year of PublicationAuthor's NameExtra Info
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (2005)Woman cooks her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blogs about it as she goes.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (1997)French journalist describes his life before and after a massive stroke which left him with a condition called locked-in syndrome.
Jarhead (2003)Marine sniper describes his experiences in First Gulf War.
Running With Scissors (2002)Dysfunctional upbringing of a boy given by an unstable mother to her strange psychiatrist to raise.
Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, Or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office (2006)Subtitle of the book pretty much says it all.
Paula (1995)During the hospitalization of her daughter Paula, Chilean writer tells the story of her family.
My Booky Wook (2007)British commedian/actor gives a warts and all account of his life, and uses the language style of A Clockwork Orange in picking title.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)First volume of African-American writer and poet's autobiography describing her coming-of-age amidst racism and trauma.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time (2006)Man sets out to repay the village that took him in and helped him when he got lost mountain climbing by building them a school.
The Book of Small (1942)
The House of All Sorts (1944) Growing Pains (1946)
Iconic Canadian artist, contemporary of the Group of Seven, recounts her life growing up in British Columbia.
A Year in Provence (1989)Englishman and his wife move to Provence and experience the local customs of Provence during first year living there.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (1984)Game show host claims he also worked as an assasin for CIA.
Under the Tuscan Sun (1996)American writer buys and restores an abandoned villa named Bramasole
('to long for the sun')
in the Tuscan countryside.
Lady Sings the Blues (1956)Autobiography of legendary
jazz singer.
Testament of Youth (1933)Describes her experiences as a VAD nurse during WWI.
Mother G*dd*mn (1974)Fasten your seatbelts for the autobiography of this classic movie star.
True Compass (2009)Posthumously published autobiography of fourth-longest-serving US senator, member of well-known political family.
Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)African-American novelist/folklorist during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, best know for Their Eyes Were Watching God.
I Am Not Spock (1977)
I Am Spock (1995)
If you need more information than these titles, you won't get this one.
Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling (2008)Professional Canadian wrestler, born into a wrestling dynasty, details his long career.
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World (2007)Admire or hate him, there's no denying he wielded enormous power/influence as Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the US.
Angela's Ashes (1996)Pulitzer Prize winner about growing up poor in Ireland.
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda (2003)Chronicles what he witnessed as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number (1981)Details his arrest and torture by the military after criticizing the Argentine government as a journalist.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (1995)Clinical psychologist and tenured professor in psychiatry describes her own struggles with bipolar disorder.
The Pianist (1945)Polish Jewish musician tells how he survived WWII, escaping the deportations to extermination camps and the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto by hiding.
Marley & Me: Love and Life With the World's Worst Dog (2005)Journalist and his wife open their lives to overly-rambunctious, lovable
yellow lab.

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