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The Best Biographies & Memoirs to Read This Fall

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    Year of the Monkey Book Cover Picture

    Year of the Monkey

    by Patti Smith

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.
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    Year of the Monkey Book Cover Picture

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    Fashion Climbing Book Cover Picture
    Fashion Climbing Book Cover Picture

    Fashion Climbing

    by Bill Cunningham

    The untold story of Bill Cunningham, a New York City legend’s education in creativity and style.
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    Fashion Climbing Book Cover Picture

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    America's Reluctant Prince Book Cover Picture
    America's Reluctant Prince Book Cover Picture

    America’s Reluctant Prince

    by Steven M. Gillon

    A major new biography of John F. Kennedy Jr. from a leading historian who was also a close friend, America’s Reluctant Prince is a deeply researched, personal, surprising, and revealing portrait of the Kennedy heir the world lost too soon.
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    America's Reluctant Prince Book Cover Picture

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    Life Undercover Book Cover Picture

    Life Undercover

    by Amaryllis Fox

    Amaryllis Fox’s riveting memoir tells the story of her ten years in the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA, hunting the world’s most dangerous terrorists in sixteen countries while marrying and giving birth to a daughter.
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    Life Undercover Book Cover Picture

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    Edison Book Cover Picture
    Edison Book Cover Picture

    Edison

    by Edmund Morris

    From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history.
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    Edison Book Cover Picture

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    The Nature of Life and Death Book Cover Picture
    The Nature of Life and Death Book Cover Picture

    The Nature of Life and Death

    by Patricia Wiltshire

    A riveting blend of science writing and true-crime narrative that explores the valuable but often shocking interface between crime and nature–and the secrets each can reveal about the other–from a pioneer in forensic ecology and a trailblazing female scientist.
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    The Nature of Life and Death Book Cover Picture

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    Space Between Book Cover Picture

    Space Between

    by Nico Tortorella

    Younger star and LGTBQIA+ advocate Nico Tortorella investigates love, sex, gender, addiction, family, fame, and fluidity through their personal story and the lens of their nonbinary identity.
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    Space Between Book Cover Picture

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    The Last Palace Book Cover Picture
    The Last Palace Book Cover Picture

    The Last Palace

    by Norman Eisen

    A sweeping yet intimate narrative about the last hundred years of turbulent European history, as seen through one of Mitteleuropa’s greatest houses—and the lives of its occupants.
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    The Last Palace Book Cover Picture

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    More Than Enough Book Cover Picture
    More Than Enough Book Cover Picture

    More Than Enough

    by Elaine Welteroth

    In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own—on your own terms.
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    More Than Enough Book Cover Picture

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    Long Way Home Book Cover Picture
    Long Way Home Book Cover Picture

    Long Way Home

    by Cameron Douglas

    From the scion of Hollywood royalty–son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas–a moving, often shocking, ultimately inspiring memoir detailing his struggle to regain his dignity, humanity, and place in society after many years of drug abuse and almost eight years in prison.
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    Long Way Home Book Cover Picture

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    Sissy Book Cover Picture

    Sissy

    by Jacob Tobia

    A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.
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    Sissy Book Cover Picture

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    Chasing My Cure Book Cover Picture
    Chasing My Cure Book Cover Picture

    Chasing My Cure

    by David Fajgenbaum

    The powerful memoir of a young doctor and former college athlete diagnosed with a rare disease who spearheaded the search for a cure—and became a champion for a new approach to medical research.
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    Chasing My Cure Book Cover Picture

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    Let's Pretend This Never Happened Book Cover Picture
    Let's Pretend This Never Happened Book Cover Picture

    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

    by Jenny Lawson

    In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.
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    Let's Pretend This Never Happened Book Cover Picture

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    On the Other Side of Freedom Book Cover Picture
    On the Other Side of Freedom Book Cover Picture

    On the Other Side of Freedom

    by DeRay Mckesson

    From the internationally recognized civil rights activist/organizer and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of a movement from the front lines.
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    On the Other Side of Freedom Book Cover Picture

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    Greetings from Bury Park (Blinded by the Light Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
    Greetings from Bury Park (Blinded by the Light Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

    Greetings from Bury Park

    by Sarfraz Manzoor

    A charming memoir about the impact of Bruce Springsteen’s music on a Pakistani boy growing up in 1970s Britain.
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    Greetings from Bury Park (Blinded by the Light Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

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    Hippie

    by Paulo Coelho

    Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace.
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    Hippie Book Cover Picture

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    Plagued by Fire Book Cover Picture
    Plagued by Fire Book Cover Picture

    Plagued by Fire

    by Paul Hendrickson

    From the award-winning and nationally best-selling author of Hemingway’s Boat and Sons of Mississippi–an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect.
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    Plagued by Fire Book Cover Picture

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    Rachael Ray 50 Book Cover Picture
    Rachael Ray 50 Book Cover Picture

    Rachael Ray 50

    by Rachael Ray

    America’s favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes.
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    Rachael Ray 50 Book Cover Picture

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    Invested Book Cover Picture

    Invested

    by Charles Schwab

    The founder of The Charles Schwab Corporation recounts his ups and downs as he made stock investing, once the expensive and clubby reserve of the few, accessible to ordinary Americans.
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    Invested Book Cover Picture

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    Blowout

    by Rachel Maddow

    Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers.
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    Blowout Book Cover Picture

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