Curated Biographies by C

“The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know…. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
-Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles
“Catastrophe is numerical. Loss is singular, one beloved at a time.”
-Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
“Children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.”
-Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.”
-Mary Karr, The Liars' Club: A Memoir
“Sure the world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild...”
-Mary Karr, The Liars Club: A Memoir
“Why would you want to be anything else if you're Mick Jagger?”
-Keith Richards, Life
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who cares?”
-Tina Fey, Bossypants
“Let the wealth of remembrances past be the link of friendship treasured.”
-Robert Evans, The Kid Stays In The Picture
“Every window in Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco.”
-Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”
-Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.”
-Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe
“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
-Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes
“If you act like you can do something, then it will work.”
-Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
“You deserve to need me, not to have me.”
-Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors: A Memoir
“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
-Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
“It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It's our choice.”
-Andre Agassi, Open
“Never confuse Motion with Action.”
-Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
“I have been on the verge of being an angel all my life, but it's never happened yet.”
-Mark Twain, Autobiography, Vol 1
“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”
-Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“I had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn't hard when I had a reason to want to know it.”
-Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys
“We, who should know better, reinforce every patient's desire to hide from the reality of his own mortality.”
-Michael J. Collins, Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon
“I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.”
-Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
“The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness.”
-Dumas Malone, Jefferson and His Time
“Perseverance in almost any plan is better than fickleness and fluctuation.”
-Alexander Hamilton, July 1792 in Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton
“Happiness is only real when shared.”
-Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
-Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave and Essays

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Whether you read ebooks or printed biographies, it is hard to find that next great read.

Here at, we suggest only the best biographies, selected by a human curator, and organized by specific category. Unlike many sites on the web, we can’t be gamed and we can’t be bought. Imagine entering the world’s best biography bookstore, with table after table filled with great suggestions. Find the books that you will really love reading. Enjoy!

The books below define the category. Life stories written or co-written by the subject of the book. Includes all books with Autobiography in the title.
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    Elie Wiesel
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    Autobiography of a Yogi
    Paramahansa Yogananda
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    Open: An Autobiography
    Andre Agassi


The books below define the category. More intimate and focused than an autobiography, memoirs illuminate a “slice of life” rather than an entire life.
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    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    Jean-Dominique Bauby
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    84, Charing Cross Road
    Helene Hanff
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    Look, I Made a Hat
    Stephen Sondheim
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The books below define the category. Stories of the people, past or present, whose lives impacted others, changed history, or left their mark on the world.
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    John Adams
    David McCullough
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    Eminent Victorians
    Lytton Strachey
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    The Life of Charlotte Bronte
    Elizabeth Gaskell


The books below define the category. Stories of people whose discoveries, inventions, and actions changed the world. Includes biographies written for young adults.
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    Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
    Jeffrey Kluger and James Lovell
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The books below define the category. A broad and inclusive category, where you’ll find artists, artisans, architects, authors, and talented actors—and that’s just the As!
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    Goldwyn: A Biography
    A. Scott Berg
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    Nureyev: The Life
    Julie Kavanagh
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    The Lives of the Great Composers
    Harold C. Schonberg
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The books below define the category. From captains of industry to cogs in the wheel, these books capture the world of work, inside and outside the corporation.
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    Steve Jobs
    Walter Isaacson
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    Losing My Virginity
    Richard Branson
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The books below define the category. All about games, the people who play them and everyone else involved: coaches, writers, owners, announcers, and fans.
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    Seabiscuit: An American Legend
    Laura Hillenbrand
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    They Call Me Coach
    John Wooden
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    Ball Four
    Jim Bouton
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The books below define the category. They chronicle the lives of Celebrities, whether they’ve achieved success in their chosen field or are just famous for being famous.
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    Crazy from the Heat
    David Lee Roth
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    Keith Richards & James Fox
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The books below define the category. This category contains stories about criminals, victims and those who have sought justice throughout history.
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    Robert K. Wittman & John Shiffman
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    Nicholas Pileggi
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