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Five Autobiography Books You Must Read in Your Life

by Shaina Agrawal
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An autobiography is when a person writes a novel about themselves that reflects on their life experiences. They are inspiring and just the motivation we need in life, sometimes. Like fiction, many autobiographies are published every year. True, we want to read it all; but that is slightly difficult. So the contrary choice is to read the best that we can. There is no need to be reticent about it. Let us suppose you want to try a new food item, you will try it from the best shop at which it is available. Anyone will do the same, and the same goes for the books. Following is the list of the best autobiographies that you can read; it includes women writing, queer writing, inspirational writing, war writing, and the battle of life and death as well. 

The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp

If you see people around you homophobic now, imagine a person coming out in the early 90s. Well, one of those iconic people who did come out and painted their nails overcoming their fear of “what will people say” was Quentin Crisp. This book of his made him an icon because he refused to live in the closet that the society decided for him. It was not easy; he was beaten and disparaged for breaking the comfortable conventions that society likes. Read his autobiography; it will help you break free as well. Additionally, the book was adapted as a movie starring Quentin himself.

You can click here to watch book-based Netflix series. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

This is the kind of autobiography that will make you sob and will make you laugh till your stomach hurts. She looks back at her roots from the perspective of being the wife of the United States’ President. She says, “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you will be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” Michelle has divided the book into a few sections, starting from ‘Becoming Me’ and others. When you read it, you will want to read it slowly because you will not want this incredible book to end at all. 

The Kargil Girl: An Autobiography by Gunjan Saxena and Kiran Mirvan

Sometimes books can reach its potential readers only after its adaptation as a movie. The same is the case with this autobiography;  the Netflix release gave it the buzz it much deserves. The dialogues in the movie are bound to make an impression on you; but as we always say, the books are better. You can decide for yourself about this Kargil war autobiography by reading a few excerpts. For those of you who are still unaware, Gunjan Saxena was the first woman to fly in a combat zone and also the first IAF woman to go on a war. Her autobiography, as is now obvious, is about her experiences, struggles, and joy of crossing that set bar of “women cannot.”

Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums

Kevin Sessums’s autobiography is different from what you will expect it to be. The center of the autobiography does not discuss Sessum coming out as a homosexual. The story rather focuses on the discrimination that was prevalent in the South during the 1960s. To speak more about Sessum, he has served as an editor for Interview, Vanity Fair, Allude, etc. This implies that the writing style of the book is not amateur; it is brisk and hooking. 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

It will not be a stretch to say that Anne Frank is the most discussed when it comes to the tragedy of holocaust tragedy. When you need an abundance of courage to pull off a smile while waiting for a horrendous phase of your life to pass; this autobiography shall be the book for you. If this little kid can hide in an annex with limited food during the world war, you can survive your thing. 

Which of these autobiographies was already on your TBR (To be read) list? Do let us know in the comments. Happy Reading. 


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