Who said history is boring? Biographies and autobiographies bring to life stories of real people that can educate, inspire, and intrigue them.
As an avid reader, I have come across and read various biographies and autobiographies, and I must say, there is nothing like delving into someone’s life and understanding why they did what they did, what shaped their perspectives, and what motivated them.
But with so many books out there, it can be challenging to determine which ones to read. After careful consideration, I have compiled a list of the top recommended biographies or autobiographies that every book lover should read.
1. “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”
If you are interested in civil rights, then the Autobiography of Malcolm X should be on your reading list. He narrates his life story, from a troubled youth, a criminal, to a Nation of Islam member, and then to a human rights activist. This book will provide insight into the mind of a complex character in American history, Malcolm X.
2. “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime is Trevor Noah’s memoir and is, without a doubt, one of the most humorous and relatable books out there. It is a story about his childhood growing up in South Africa as a biracial child in a country where such mixes were illegal. Noah vividly recounts his experiences under apartheid and shares how his mother’s determination and love saved his life.
3. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Becoming is a memoir by the former first lady of the united states, Michelle Obama. This book chronicles her life from her upbringing on the Southside of Chicago to becoming the most influential woman in the world. It’s an inspiring, thought-provoking and deeply personal account of a woman’s life dedicated to public service.
4. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning is a memoir that delves into the depths of the human spirit. Victor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist shares his time in Nazi concentration camps during World War II that shaped his perspective on the importance of finding purpose and meaning in life.
5. “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom
The Hiding Place is an excellent book for people interested in World War II history. This memoir is a true account of Corrie Ten Boom, who risked her life to shelter Jews from Nazi persecution. The Hiding Place is an inspiring and emotional account of the resilience of the human spirit in times of unimaginable cruelty.
The Bottom Line
There are many incredible biographies and autobiographies out there, but these five are worth your attention. Whether it’s taking a glimpse into the life of an African-American human rights activist, laughing along with Trevor Noah, or feeling inspired by Michelle Obama’s journey, there is something for everyone in these books.
These books will leave you feeling uplifted, inspired, and ready to take on whatever comes your way.
Remember, there’s no time like the present to get to know someone new, so grab one of these books and get started.