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The Best Biographies & Memoirs to Read This Summer

Get caught up on the latest historical and political biographies and memoirs to read this summer, from personal stories on overcoming hardships to explorations of famous figures.

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    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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    The Best Cook in the World Book Cover Picture

    The Best Cook in the World

    by Rick Bragg

    Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg’s loving tribute to the South, his family and, especially, to his extraordinary mother. Here are irresistible stories and recipes from across generations.
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    The Best Cook in the World Book Cover Picture

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    Wild and Crazy Guys Book Cover Picture
    Wild and Crazy Guys Book Cover Picture

    Wild and Crazy Guys

    by Nick de Semlyen

    Featuring comedy legends Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy, and covering fan favorites such as Animal House, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, the behind-the-scenes story of the iconic funnymen who ruled ’80s Hollywood and the beloved films that made them stars.
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    Wild and Crazy Guys Book Cover Picture

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    Becoming Dr. Seuss Book Cover Picture
    Becoming Dr. Seuss Book Cover Picture

    Becoming Dr. Seuss

    by Brian Jay Jones

    Coming right of the heels off George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.
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    Becoming Dr. Seuss Book Cover Picture

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    On Being Human Book Cover Picture

    On Being Human

    by Jennifer Pastiloff

    An inspirational memoir about how Jennifer Pastiloff’s years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how hearing loss taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable allowed her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.
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    On Being Human Book Cover Picture

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    Working Book Cover Picture

    Working

    by Robert A. Caro

    From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Brokerand The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books.
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    Working Book Cover Picture

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    Women's Work Book Cover Picture

    Women’s Work

    by Megan K. Stack

    From National Book Award finalist Megan K. Stack, a stunning memoir of raising her children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women who are also working mothers.
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    Women's Work Book Cover Picture

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    Mind and Matter Book Cover Picture

    Mind and Matter

    by John Urschel and Louisa Thomas

    John Urschel, mathematician and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, tells the story of a life balanced between two passions.
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    Mind and Matter Book Cover Picture

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    Mama's Boy Book Cover Picture

    Mama’s Boy

    by Dustin Lance Black

    This heartfelt, deeply personal memoir explores how a celebrated filmmaker and activist and his conservative Mormon mother built bridges across today’s great divides—and how our stories hold the power to heal.
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    Mama's Boy Book Cover Picture

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    Riding the Elephant Book Cover Picture

    Riding the Elephant

    by Craig Ferguson

    From the comedian, actor, and former host of The Late Late Show comes an irreverent, lyrical memoir in essays featuring his signature wit.
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    Riding the Elephant Book Cover Picture

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    Finding My Voice Book Cover Picture

    Finding My Voice

    by Valerie Jarrett

    The longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history.
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    Finding My Voice Book Cover Picture

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    Notes to Self Book Cover Picture

    Notes to Self

    by Emilie Pine

    The international sensation that illuminates the experiences women are supposed to hide—from addiction, anger, sexual assault, and infertility to joy, sensuality, and love.
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    Notes to Self Book Cover Picture

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    The Castle on Sunset Book Cover Picture

    The Castle on Sunset

    by Shawn Levy

    The definitive history of Hollywood’s most iconic, storied, and scandalous hotel. With wit and insight, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths that the Chateau has been a party to.
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    The Castle on Sunset Book Cover Picture

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    Serious Eater Book Cover Picture

    Serious Eater

    by Ed Levine

    James Beard Award-winning founder of Serious Eats Ed Levine finally tells the mouthwatering and heartstopping story of building–and almost losing–one of the most acclaimed and beloved food sites in the world.
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    Serious Eater Book Cover Picture

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    Nanaville

    by Anna Quindlen

    A bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and #1 bestselling author Anna Quindlen.
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    Nanaville Book Cover Picture

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    High Achiever

    by Tiffany Jenkins

    Beloved for her complete authenticity, raw honesty, and lovable humor, Tiffany Jenkins is the human voice of the opioid epidemic. This is her gripping true story, from her life as an addict, 20 felony charges, and six months in a Florida prison to her eventual sobriety and new life as a mom, wife, and inspiration to millions.
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    High Achiever Book Cover Picture

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    Once More We Saw Stars Book Cover Picture
    Once More We Saw Stars Book Cover Picture

    Once More We Saw Stars

    by Jayson Greene

    For readers of The Bright Hour and When Breath Becomes Air, a moving, transcendent memoir of loss and a stunning exploration of marriage in the wake of unimaginable grief.
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    Once More We Saw Stars Book Cover Picture

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