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The Best Books of 2023 – Biography And Memoir (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Biography And Memoir books released in 2023?” We looked at 264 of the top Biography And Memoir books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 24 books, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Biography And Memoir” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Previous Years: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 24 Best Biography And Memoir Books From 2023

24.) Congratulations, The Best Is Over!: Essays written by R. Eric Thomas

Congratulations, The Best Is Over!: Essays by R. Eric Thomas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • NPR
  • Shepherd

After going viral “reading” the chaotic political news, having one-too-many awkward social encounters, and coming to terms with his intersecting identities, R. Eric Thomas finally knew who he was and where he was going. He was living his best life. B…

23.) Elon Musk written by Walter Isaacson

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Shepherd
  • Waterstones

#1 New York Times bestseller From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era–a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the wo…

22.) Fatherland: A Memoir of War, Conscience and Family Secrets written by Burkhard Bilger

Fatherland: A Memoir of War, Conscience and Family Secrets by Burkhard Bilger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus Review
  • Shepherd
  • Waterstones

One spring day in northeastern France, Burkhard Bilger’s mother went to the town of Bartenheim, where her father was posted during the Second World War. As a historian, she had spent years studying the German occupation of France, yet she had never d…

21.) Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir written by Lamya H

Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir by Lamya H

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • NPR
  • Penguin Random House

When fourteen-year-old Lamya H realizes she has a crush on her teacher–her female teacher–she covers up her attraction, an attraction she can’t yet name, by playing up her roles as overachiever and class clown. Born in South Asia, she moved to the …

20.) Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice written by Cristina Rivera Garza

Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice by Cristina Rivera Garza

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • NPR
  • Penguin Random House

Cristina Rivera Garza travels from her home in Texas to Mexico City, in search of an old, unresolved criminal file. “My name is Cristina Rivera Garza,” she writes in her request to the attorney general, “and I am writing to you as a relative of Lilia…

19.) Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom written by Ilyon Woo

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • NPR
  • Shepherd

In 1848, a year of international democratic revolt, a young, enslaved couple, Ellen and William Craft, achieved one of the boldest feats of self-emancipation in American history. Posing as master and slave, while sustained by their love as husband an…

18.) Ordinary Notes written by Christina Sharpe

Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • NPR
  • Shepherd

A singular achievement, Ordinary Notes explores profound questions about loss and the shapes of Black life that emerge in the wake. In a series of 248 notes that gather meaning as we read them, Christina Sharpe skillfully weaves artifacts from the pa…

17.) Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People written by Tracy Kidder

Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People by Tracy Kidder

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Penguin Random House
  • Shepherd

After Jim O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General, the hospital’s chief of medicine made a proposal: Would he defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create …

16.) The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession written by Michael Finkel

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Shepherd

In this spellbinding portrait of obsession and flawed genius, the best-selling author of The Stranger in the Woods brings us into Breitwieser’s strange world–unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room w…

15.) The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight written by Andrew Leland

The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight by Andrew Leland

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Chicago Public Library
  • NPR

We meet Andrew Leland as he’s suspended in the liminal state of the soon-to-be blind: he’s midway through his life with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that ushers those who live with it from sightedness to blindness over years, even decades. He gr…

14.) The Talk written by Darrin Bell

The Talk by Darrin Bell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • NPR
  • Shepherd

As a little boy grows into a bigger boy, ready to take on the world, he first must have that very difficult conversation far too familiar to so many Black and Brown Americans in this gentle and ultimately hopeful picture book. Jay’s most favorite thi…

13.) The Woman in Me written by Britney Spears

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice–her truth–was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the fi…

12.) Thicker than Water: A Memoir written by Kerry Washington

Thicker than Water: A Memoir by Kerry Washington

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

In an instant, her very identity was torn apart, with everything she thought she knew about herself thrown into question. In Thicker than Water, Washington gives readers an intimate view into both her public and private worlds–as a mother, daughter,…

11.) Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life & Sudden Death written by Laura Cumming

Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life & Sudden Death by Laura Cumming

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Shepherd
  • The Guardian

As a brilliant art critic and historian, Laura Cumming has explored the importance of art in life and can give us a perspective on the time and place in which the artist worked. Now, through the lens of one dramatic event in 17th-century Holland, Cum…

10.) While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence written by Meg Kissinger

While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence by Meg Kissinger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads

Growing up in the 1960s in the suburbs of Chicago, Meg Kissinger’s family seemed to live a charmed life. With eight kids and two loving parents, the Kissingers radiated a warm, boisterous energy. Whether they were spending summer days on the shores o…

9.) Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey written by Edel Rodriguez

Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey by Edel Rodriguez

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus Review
  • NPR
  • Waterstones

From “America’s illustrator in chief” (Fast Company), a stunning graphic memoir of a childhood in Cuba, coming to America on the Mariel boatlift, and a defense of democracy, here and there Hailed for his iconic art on the cover of Time and on jumbotr…

8.) Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming. written by Ava Chin

Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming. by Ava Chin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Kirkus Review
  • Library Journal
  • Penguin Random House

A sweeping narrative history of the Chinese Exclusion Act through an intimate portrayal of one family’s epic journey to lay down roots in America *One of Elle’s Best Memoirs of 2023 (So Far)* As the only child of a single mother in Queens, Ava Chin f…

7.) Wifedom written by Anna Funder

Wifedom by Anna Funder

Lists It Appears On:

  • Shepherd
  • Shepherd
  • The Guardian
  • Waterstones

Author of Horse At the end of summer 2017, Anna Funder found herself at a moment of peak overload. Family obligations and household responsibilities were crushing her soul and taking her away from her writing deadlines. She needed help, and George Or…

6.) Winnie and Nelson written by Jonny Steinberg

Winnie and Nelson by Jonny Steinberg

Lists It Appears On:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Shepherd
  • The Guardian
  • Waterstones

A deeply researched, shattering new account of Nelson Mandela’s relationship with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela that “does justice both to the couple’s political heroism and to the betrayals and the secrets that hounded their union” (The New Yorker). Dra…

5.) King: A Life written by Jonathan Eig

King: A Life by Jonathan Eig

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Shepherd

Infused with the narrative energy of a thriller . . . The most compelling account of King’s life in a generation.” –Mark Whitaker, The Washington Post “No book could be more timely than Jonathan Eig’s sweeping and majestic new King . . . Eig has cre…

4.) Spare written by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Spare by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • NPR
  • Penguin Random House
  • Shepherd
  • Waterstones

It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow–and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William an…

3.) A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial written by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads
  • Library Journal
  • NPR

The highly original, blistering, and unconventional memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, which has now sold over one million copies worldwide…

2.) You Could Make This Place Beautiful written by Maggie Smith

You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • Shepherd

In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself. The book begins with one woman’s personal heartbreak, but its circles widen into a reckoning with …

1.) How to Say Babylon written by Safiya Sinclair

How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus Review
  • Library Journal
  • NPR
  • The Guardian

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! With echoes of Educated and Born a Crime, How to Say Babylon is the stunning story of the author’s struggle to break free of her rigid Rastafarian upbringing, ruled by her father’s strict patriarchal views…

The 200+ Additional Best Biography And Memoir Books Released In 2023

25) A Living Remedy – Nicole Chung List: (Chicago Public Library, Goodreads)

26) All My Knotted-Up Life: A Memoir – Beth Moore List: (Goodreads, Shepherd)

27) All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me – Patrick Bringley List: (NPR, Shepherd)

28) An Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created – Santi Elijah Holley List: (Chicago Public Library, NPR)

29) Anansi’s Gold: The Man Who Looted the West, Outfoxed Washington, and Swindled the World – Yepoka Yeebo List: (Chicago Public Library, NPR)

30) Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education – Stephanie Land List: (Amazon, Chicago Public Library)

31) Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World – Naomi Klein List: (Chicago Public Library, Shepherd)

32) Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation – Camonghne Felix List: (Chicago Public Library, Penguin Random House)

33) Enchantment: Reawakening Wonder in an Exhausted Age – Katherine May List: (Penguin Random House, Shepherd)

34) Everything/Nothing/Someone – Alice Carriere List: (Kirkus Review, Shepherd)

35) Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon – Michael Lewis List: (Amazon, Waterstones)

36) Good Girls: A Story and Study of Anorexia – Hadley Freeman List: (The Guardian, Waterstones)

37) Madonna: A Rebel Life – Mary Gabriel List: (NPR, The Guardian)

38) Mexikid – Pedro Martín List: (NPR, Shepherd)

39) My Name Is Barbra – Barbra Streisand List: (Barnes & Noble, NPR)

40) O Brother – John Niven List: (The Guardian, Waterstones)

41) Owner of a Lonely Heart – Beth Nguyen List: (Chicago Public Library, NPR)

42) Pageboy: A Memoir – Elliot Page List: (Goodreads, Shepherd)

43) Skinfolk – Matthew Pratt Guterl List: (Kirkus Review, Shepherd)

44) Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden – Camille T. Dungy List: (NPR, Shepherd)

45) Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere – Maria Bamford List: (Barnes & Noble, NPR)

46) The Forgotten Girls: An American Story – Monica Potts List: (Penguin Random House, Waterstones)

47) The Marriage Question: George Eliot’s Double Life – Clare Carlisle List: (Shepherd, Waterstones)

48) The Rooster House: A Ukrainian Family Memoir – Victoria Belim List: (Kirkus Review, Waterstones)

49) They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies That Raised Us – Prachi Gupta List: (Amazon, Goodreads)

50) Two Sisters – Blake Morrison List: (The Guardian, Waterstones)

51) A Brutal Reckoning – Peter Cozzens List: (Shepherd, Penguin Random House)

52) A Few Days Full of Trouble: Revelations on the Journey to Justice for My Cousin and Best Friend, Emmett Till – Wheeler Parker List: (Penguin Random House)

53) A Home for Min Soo – Min Soo Kim List: (Shepherd)

54) A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing – Hilary Mantel List: (Waterstones)

55) A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe – Mark Dawidziak List: (Shepherd)

56) A Pocketful of Happiness – Richard E. Grant List: (Shepherd)

57) A Slow, Calculated Lynching: The Story of Clyde Kennard – Devery S. Anderson List: (NPR)

58) Above Ground – Clint Smith List: (NPR)

59) Abroad in Japan – Chris Broad List: (Waterstones)

60) Adventures in the Radio Trade – Joe Mahoney List: (Shepherd)

61) All Sorts of Lives – Claire Harman List: (Waterstones)

62) All Things Move – Jeannie Marshall List: (Shepherd)

63) Alone: The Journeys of Three Young Refugees – Paul Tom, illustrated by Mélanie Baillairgé, List: (NPR)

64) America the Beautiful?: One Woman in a Borrowed Prius on the Road Most Traveled – Blythe Roberson List: (NPR)

65) American Breakdown – Jennifer Lunden List: (Shepherd)

66) American Grunt – Kevin Cramer List: (Shepherd)

67) Among Others: Friendships and Encounters – Michael Frayn List: (Waterstones)

68) Among the Braves – Shibani Mahtani List: (Shepherd)

69) AND FINALLY – Henry Marsh List: (Kirkus Review)

70) Aphrodite’s Breath – Susan Johnson List: (Shepherd)

71) Arrangements in Blue: Notes on Love and Making a Life – Amy Key List: (Waterstones)

72) Arrested Adolescence – Erik Rebain List: (Shepherd)

73) Artificial: A Love Story – Amy Kurzweil List: (NPR)

74) Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune – Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe List: (NPR)

75) August Wilson: A Life – Patti Hartigan List: (Chicago Public Library)

76) Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life – Dacher Keltner List: (Shepherd)

77) Beautiful Trauma – Rebecca Fogg List: (Penguin Random House)

78) Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song – Judith Tick List: (NPR)

79) Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear – Jinger Duggar Vuolo List: (Goodreads)

80) Before the Light Fades – List: (The Guardian)

81) Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World – Christian Cooper List: (Chicago Public Library)

82) BFF – Christie Tate List: (Shepherd)

83) Bhutan to Blacktown – James Button List: (Shepherd)

84) Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black and White America – Julia Lee List: (Kirkus Review)

85) Black On Madison Avenue – Mark S. Robinson List: (Shepherd)

86) Brave the Wild River – Melissa L. Sevigny List: (Shepherd)

87) Bringing Down Goliath – Jolyon Maugham List: (Shepherd)

88) But Will You Love Me Tomorrow: An Oral History of the ’60s Girl Groups – Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz List: (NPR)

89) Camera Girl – Carl Sferrazza Anthony List: (Shepherd)

90) Capote’s Women – Laurence Leamer List: (Waterstones)

91) Chasing Dreams – Sanoma Blakeley List: (Shepherd)

92) CHINESE PRODIGAL – David Shih List: (Kirkus Review)

93) Choosing Family: A Memoir of Queer Motherhood and Black Resistance – Francesca T. Royster List: (NPR)

94) Code Name Blue Wren: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Female Spy―and the Sister She Betrayed – Jim Popkin List: (Amazon)

95) Cosmic Scholar – List: (Chicago Public Library)

96) Counting the Cost – Jill Duggar List: (Goodreads)

97) Deliver Me From Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska – Warren Zanes List: (Penguin Random House)

98) Differ We Must – Steve Inskeep List: (Shepherd)

99) Disobedient Women – Sarah Stankorb List: (Shepherd)

100) Don’t Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You – Lucinda Williams List: (Penguin Random House)

101) Don’t Think, Dear – List: (Chicago Public Library)

102) Easily Slip into Another World: A Life in Music – Henry Threadgill and Brent Hayes Edwards List: (NPR)

103) Empress of the Nile – Lynne Olson List: (Penguin Random House)

104) Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival – Omid Scobie List: (Waterstones)

105) Erotic Vagrancy – List: (The Guardian)

106) Family Style: Memories of an American From Vietnam – Thien Pham List: (NPR)

107) Fassbinder Thousands of Mirrors – Ian Penman List: (Shepherd)

108) Fat Girl Dancing – Kris Kneen List: (Shepherd)

109) Field Marshal the Earl of Cavan – Michael Senior List: (Shepherd)

110) Floppy: Tales of a Genetic Freak of Nature at the End of the World. – List: (Library Journal)

111) France on Trial – Julian Jackson List: (Shepherd)

112) Friendaholic: Confessions of a Friendship Addict – Elizabeth Day List: (Waterstones)

113) Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk – Billy Walters List: (Amazon)

114) George VI and Elizabeth – Sally Bedell Smith List: (Penguin Random House)

115) George: A Magpie Memoir – Frieda Hughes List: (Chicago Public Library)

116) Getting Better: Life lessons on going under, getting over it, and getting through it – Michael Rosen List: (Waterstones)

117) Girls and Their Monsters – Audrey Clare Farley List: (Shepherd)

118) Glow in the F*cking Dark – Tara Schuster List: (Penguin Random House)

119) God Is An Octopus – Ben Goldsmith List: (Shepherd)

120) Good for a Girl – Lauren Fleshman List: (Penguin Random House)

121) Henry III – David Carpenter List: (Shepherd)

122) Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing – Emily Lynn Paulson List: (NPR)

123) Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad – Daniel Finkelstein List: (Waterstones)

124) How Far to the Promised Land: One Black Family’s Story of Hope and Survival in the American South – Esau McCaulley List: (Shepherd)

125) How Not to Kill Yourself – Clancy Martin List: (Penguin Random House)

126) How to Say Goodbye – Wendy MacNaughton List: (NPR)

127) HOW TO STAY MARRIED – Harrison Scott Key List: (Kirkus Review)

128) I Must Be Dreaming – Roz Chast List: (NPR)

129) I Swear – Katie Porter List: (Penguin Random House)

130) I Would Meet You Anywhere: A Memoir. – List: (Library Journal)

131) I’ve Been Thinking – Daniel C. Dennett List: (Shepherd)

132) Ian Fleming: The Complete Man – Nicholas Shakespeare List: (Waterstones)

133) Impossible People: A Completely Average Recovery Story – Julia Wertz List: (NPR)

134) Infidelity and Other Affairs – Kate Legge List: (Shepherd)

135) Into the Amazon – Larry Rohter List: (Shepherd)

136) Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food – Fuchsia Dunlop List: (NPR)

137) Is This OK?: One Woman’s Search For Connection Online – Harriet Gibsone List: (Waterstones)

138) It. Goes. So. Fast. – Mary Louise Kelly List: (Shepherd)

139) Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter – Aida Salazar, illustrated by Molly Mendoza List: (NPR)

140) Killing Thatcher – Rory Carroll List: (Shepherd)

141) Larry McMurtry: A Life – Tracy Daugherty List: (Barnes & Noble)

142) Lawrence of Arabia: An in-depth glance at the life of a 20th Century legend – Ranulph Fiennes List: (Waterstones)

143) Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew From It – Greg Marshall List: (NPR)

144) Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir In Archives – Amelia Possanza List: (NPR)

145) Leslie F*cking Jones – Leslie Jones List: (Barnes & Noble)

146) Lessons Learned – Deborah Shlian List: (Shepherd)

147) Life in Five Senses – Gretchen Rubin List: (Penguin Random House)

148) Life on Delay – John Hendrickson List: (Penguin Random House)

149) Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America – Russell Moore List: (NPR)

150) Lou Reed: The King of New York – Will Hermes List: (NPR)

151) Love, Pamela – Pamela Anderson List: (Goodreads)

152) Lucky Me: A Memoir of Changing the Odds – Rich Paul List: (Amazon)

153) Madame Restell – Jennifer Wright List: (Shepherd)

154) Masquerade: The Lives of Noël Coward – Oliver Soden List: (Waterstones)

155) Mass Supervision: Probation, Parole, and the Illusion of Safety and Freedom – Vincent Schiraldi List: (NPR)

156) Metamorphosis – Robert Douglas-Fairhurst List: (Waterstones)

157) Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma – Claire Dederer List: (Shepherd)

158) My Effin’ Life – Geddy Lee List: (Barnes & Noble)

159) My Friend Anne Frank – Hannah Pick-Goslar List: (Shepherd)

160) My Hijacking – Martha Hodes List: (Shepherd)

161) My Picture Diary – Fujiwara Maki, translated by Ryan Holmberg List: (NPR)

162) National Dish – Anya von Bremzen List: (Shepherd)

163) Necessary Trouble – Drew Gilpin Faust List: (Shepherd)

164) Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell – Sy Montgomery List: (Amazon)

165) Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller – Oliver Darkshire List: (Barnes & Noble)

166) One Last Thing – Wendy Mitchell List: (Waterstones)

167) Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever – Matt Singer List: (NPR)

168) ORPHAN BACHELORS – Fae Myenne Ng List: (Kirkus Review)

169) Oscar Wilde on Trial – Joseph Bristow List: (Shepherd)

170) Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino” – Héctor Tobar List: (NPR)

171) Our Secret Society – Tanisha C. Ford List: (Shepherd)

172) Politics On the Edge – Rory Stewart List: (Shepherd)

173) Pru and Me: The Amazing Marriage of Prunella Scales and Timothy West – Timothy West List: (Waterstones)

174) Queens of a Fallen World – Kate Cooper List: (Shepherd)

175) Quietly Hostile: Essays – Samantha Irby List: (NPR)

176) Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs – Jamie Loftus List: (NPR)

177) Red Memory: Living, Remembering and Forgetting China’s Cultural Revolution – Tania Branigan List: (The Guardian)

178) Remedies for Sorrow – Megan Nix List: (Penguin Random House)

179) Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America – Abraham Josephine Riesman List: (NPR)

180) Romney: A Reckoning – McKay Coppins List: (NPR)

181) Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me and the BBC – Rory Cellan-Jones List: (Waterstones)

182) Sálim Ali for Children – Zai Whitaker List: (Shepherd)

183) Saved – Benjamin Hall List: (Shepherd)

184) Seventeen: The shocking true story of a teacher’s affair with her student – Joe Gibson List: (Waterstones)

185) Sink – Joseph Earl Thomas List: (Shepherd)

186) Stay True – Hua Hsu List: (The Guardian)

187) Still Life at Eighty – Abigail Thomas List: (Shepherd)

188) Stone Soup – Anita Lobel List: (Shepherd)

189) Strong Female Character – Fern Brady List: (Waterstones)

190) Sufferah: The Memoir of a Brixton Reggae-Head. – List: (Library Journal)

191) Sunshine: A Graphic Novel – Jarrett J. Krosoczka List: (NPR)

192) Surely You Can’t Be Serious – David Zucker List: (Shepherd)

193) Swerve – G L Franklyn List: (Shepherd)

194) Tabula Rasa – John McPhee List: (Shepherd)

195) Tell Me Everything – Minka Kelly List: (Goodreads)

196) The Absent Moon – Luiz Schwarcz List: (Penguin Random House)

197) The Big Reveal – Sasha Velour List: (Shepherd)

198) The Body Liberation Project – Chrissy King List: (Penguin Random House)

199) The Boy From Kyiv: Alexei Ratmansky’s Life in Ballet – Marina Harss List: (NPR)

200) THE DEAD ARE GODS – Eirinie Carson List: (Kirkus Review)

201) The Dictionary People: The unsung heroes who created the Oxford English Dictionary – Sarah Ogilvie List: (Waterstones)

202) The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins, Mit, and the Fight for Women in Science – Kate Zernike List: (Shepherd)

203) The Funny Thing About Death – Jo Caulfield List: (Waterstones)

204) The Girl Before Her – Line Papin, translated by Adriana Hunter and Ly Lan Dill List: (NPR)

205) The Golden Ticket – Irena Smith List: (Shepherd)

206) The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise – Pico Iyer List: (NPR)

207) The Hank Show: How a House-Painting, Drug-Running DEA Informant Built the Machine That Rules Our Lives – McKenzie Funk List: (Amazon)

208) The Heathen Horde – Steven A. McKay List: (Shepherd)

209) The Illiterate – Ágota Kristóf, translated by Nina Bogin List: (NPR)

210) The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life’s Final Moments – Hadley Vlahos List: (Goodreads)

211) The In-Betweens: A Lyrical Memoir – Davon Loeb List: (Shepherd)

212) The Last Action Heroes – Nick de Semlyen List: (Shepherd)

213) The Leaving Season – Kelly McMasters List: (Shepherd)

214) The Loneliness Files – Athena Dixon List: (Library Journal)

215) The Madman in the White House – Patrick Weil List: (Shepherd)

216) The Male Gazed: On Hunks, Heartthrobs, and What Pop Culture Taught Me About (Desiring) Men – Manuel Betancourt List: (NPR)

217) The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing – Lara Love Hardin List: (Goodreads)

218) The Maverick – Thomas Harding List: (Shepherd)

219) The Migrant Chef: The Life and Times of Lalo García – Laura Tillman List: (NPR)

220) The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I – Douglas Brunt List: (Amazon)

221) The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley – David Waldstreicher List: (Shepherd)

222) The Other Family Doctor – Karen Fine List: (Penguin Random House)

223) The Palace: From the Tudors to the Windsors, 500 Years of History at Hampton Court – Gareth Russell List: (Shepherd)

224) The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine – M.D. Ricardo Nuila List: (Chicago Public Library)

225) The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth – Elisabeth Rush List: (NPR)

226) The Race to Be Myself – Caster Semenya List: (Library Journal)

227) The Scent of Flowers at Night – Leïla Slimani List: (Waterstones)

228) The Secret Life of John le Carré – Adam Sisman List: (Waterstones)

229) The Shadow of Isandlwana – John Laband List: (Shepherd)

230) The Strength of Love: Embracing an Uncertain Future with Resilience and Optimism: Signed Edition – Kate Garraway List: (Waterstones)

231) The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean – Susan Casey List: (Shepherd)

232) The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading – Dwight Garner List: (Amazon)

233) The Urgent Life – Bozoma Saint John List: (Penguin Random House)

234) The Wreck: A Daughter’s Memoir of Becoming a Mother – Cassandra Jackson List: (NPR)

235) The Young Man – Annie Ernaux List: (Chicago Public Library)

236) This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America – Navied Mahdavian List: (NPR)

237) This Ragged Grace: A Memoir of Recovery and Renewal – Octavia Bright List: (Waterstones)

238) Three Worlds – Avi Shlaim List: (Shepherd)

239) Tiny Jumper – Candy Dahl List: (Shepherd)

240) To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul – Tracy K. Smith List: (Amazon)

241) To Name the Bigger Lie: A Memoir in Two Stories – Sarah Viren List: (NPR)

242) Tomorrow Perhaps the Future: Following Writers and Rebels in the Spanish Civil War – Sarah Watling List: (Waterstones)

243) Touching Cloth: Confessions and communions of a young priest – Fergus Butler-Gallie List: (Waterstones)

244) Toy Fights – Don Paterson List: (Waterstones)

245) Trail of the Lost: The Relentless Search to Bring Home the Missing Hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail – Andrea Lankford List: (Shepherd)

246) Transplant: A Memoir – Bernardine Watson List: (NPR)

247) True West – Robert Greenfield List: (Penguin Random House)

248) Undercooked – Dan Ahdoot List: (Penguin Random House)

249) Unearthing – Kyo Maclear List: (Shepherd)

250) Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater – Peggy Orenstein List: (NPR)

251) Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Impostor Syndrome – Aparna Nancherla List: (NPR)

252) Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy – James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams List: (Penguin Random House)

253) Waiting to Be Arrested at Night – Tahir Hamut Izgil List: (Chicago Public Library)

254) Walking with Sam – Andrew McCarthy List: (Shepherd)

255) We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir – Raja Shehadeh List: (NPR)

256) We Should Not Be Friends – Will Schwalbe List: (Penguin Random House)

257) Went to London, Took the Dog: A Diary: Signed Edition – Nina Stibbe List: (Waterstones)

258) What Just Happened – Charles Finch List: (Penguin Random House)

259) What the Dead Know: Learning About Life as a New York City Death Investigator – Barbara Butcher List: (NPR)

260) What’s That Lady Doing? – Lou Sanders List: (Shepherd)

261) What’s The Worst That Can Happen? – James McDonald List: (Shepherd)

262) When Winter Came – Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer List: (Shepherd)

263) Wish I Was Here – List: (The Guardian)

264) Woman, Captain, Rebel – Margaret Willson List: (Shepherd)

11 Best Biography And Memoir Book Sources/Lists

Amazon Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2023
Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble’s Best Biographies & Memoirs of 2023
Chicago Public Library Must-Read Books of 2023: Biography & Memoir
The Guardian The best memoirs and biographies of 2023
Kirkus Review Best Memoirs of 2023
NPR Books We Love
Waterstones The Best Books of 2023: Biography
Penguin Random House Biographies and Memoirs To Read in 2023
Goodreads Best Memoir & Autobiography 2023
Library Journal Best Memoir & Biography of 2023
Shepherd The 100 best biographies of 2023