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10 Best Autobiographies in 2022 (Jonathan Van Ness, Michelle Obama, and More)

The power of an autobiography lies in its ability to give you a behind-the-scenes insight into other people’s journeys. Would you love to see the ups and downs of life through the eyes of an influential leader, a famous entertainer, or sports star? Autobiographies can be enlightening and entertaining and should be part of your reading list.


However, it can feel overwhelming to choose a book once you hit the bookshelves. But, don't fret! We have researched for you, and our favorite pick is Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness, because it's a celebration of uniqueness, and deals with serious topics while being a light read. We have compiled 10 of our favorite autobiographies total, and also included a buying guide with tips to help you select the autobiography that will suit you!

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How to Choose an Autobiography - Buying Guide

With platforms like Amazon and Goodreads, a good book is just one click away. However, knowing which book to buy can be difficult. When it comes to autobiographies, the following pointers should help you in picking the right book.

Choose an Author Who Inspires You

Choose an Author Who Inspires You

There are plenty of autobiographies by people from all walks of life. Choose an autobiography by someone who inspires you or on a topic you are passionate about. For example, if your passions and interests lie in the field of music, look for autobiographies written by musicians or celebrities who are influential in this field.


A good book is only useful to you if you read it! So buying a book just because it's popular is not practical. Whether you are interested in sports, history, acting, or any other field, you are bound to find an autobiography in your area of interest that you will enjoy.

Find an Author You Can Relate To

Find an Author You Can Relate To

What can enhance your experience in reading autobiographies is if you can relate to the author's life experiences. Maybe you both have the same passions, in sports, music, or the arts, or have the same ideals in terms of morality or philosophy. 


Celebrity autobiographies can be insightful, and give you a peek into a world you're interested in. For example, did you want to be a sports star when you were a kid? Reading an autobiography by a famous player lets you live that fantasy.


Or, you may want to look into influential leaders of history or philosophers. If you are passionate about politics or ethical issues, reading about someone who shares your views can inspire you. Reading about someone who has opposing views can teach valuable lessons as well, although you might find hearing their opinions frustrating at times!

Go for Timeless Autobiographies That You Will Enjoy Again and Again

Go for Timeless Autobiographies That You Will Enjoy Again and Again

Entertainment value is a major factor when picking the right autobiography but a really good book entertains and informs. Look for a combination of both in the autobiography you pick. For instance, Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born a Crime, is a hilarious read yet still packed with insightful and thought-provoking tales.


Autobiographies give you the opportunity to experience someone else’s life through their eyes. A good book is one that you will find yourself returning to often, whether it is for entertainment, as mentioned earlier, or to revisit the life lessons and insights you picked up on. 

Make Sure You'll Enjoy the Writing Style

Make Sure You'll Enjoy the Writing Style

When trying to figure out if an author's writing style is for you, you can search for quotes or lines from the book you are interested in. Sometimes, these can be found in readers' reviews. You can also check out websites like Goodreads that have a section where they show you a list of memorable quotes from the book.


Another option to get a sense of a book's writing style is on Amazon. On their website, there is a preview feature that allows you to read the first few pages of a book to help you discern if the writing style is to your liking. See if these pages grab your attention. If they do, chances are you will enjoy the rest of the book!

Ask or Look for Recommendations

Ask or Look for Recommendations

Choosing an autobiography can sometimes be a hit-and-miss process since you cannot tell how good or bad a book is by just looking at the cover. Ask for recommendations from friends and family or your book club if you are part of one.


If you have a favorite author or personality, you can always check their reading lists to see what books they are reading. There are also "booktubers" on YouTube who give insightful book talks. Chances are that if you have the same interests and taste, you will find a good book on their reading list.

10 Best Autobiographies

Based on thorough research, here is a list of our picks for autobiographies that should make your reading list this year. We made our choices based on the points listed in the buying guide below, as well as reviewer comments when available.

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Jonathan Van Ness Over the Top 1

Jonathan Van Ness

Michelle Obama Becoming 1

Michelle Obama

Elton John Me 1

Elton John

Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala 1

Malala Yousafzai

Stanley Tucci Taste 1

Stanley Tucci

Michelle Zauner Crying in H Mart 1

Michelle Zauner

Trevor Noah Born a Crime 1

Trevor Noah

Rob Burrow Too Many Reasons to Live 1

Rob Burrow

Sonia Sotomayor My Beloved World  1

Sonia Sotomayor

Andre Agassi Open 1

Andre Agassi

Name

Over the Top

Becoming

Me

I Am Malala

Taste

Crying in H Mart

Born a Crime

Too Many Reasons to Live

My Beloved World

Open

Features

Best for a Lesson on Self-Acceptance and Celebrating Uniqueness

Best for Seeing the Life of a Powerful Role Model

Best Look at the Rollercoaster Ride of Being a Music Legend

Best for Learning About a Young Education Rights Activist

Best for Reading About Food, Family and Film

Best Story About Grief, Healing, and Identity

Best Story on Coming-of-Age in the Midst of Apartheid

Best for a Story on Never Giving Up

Best for an Inspiring Testament to the Power of Self-Belief

Best Inside Look on the Life of a Tennis Champion

Price$13.06$10.48$15.11$13.34$14.00$15.95$13.02$16.95$14.10$14.23
Author backgroundTelevision personalityFormer first lady of the United StatesMusician, celebrityEducation activist, Nobel Peace Prize winnerActor, director, foodieMusician, directorTelevision host, political commentatorProfessional rugby playerAssociate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United StatesProfessional tennis champion
GenrePop culture, entertainment, LGBTQ+Inspirational, politicsMusic, entertainmentInspirational, activismFood, pop culture, TV and film, Italian-American cultureFood, music, Korean-American culturePolitics, pop cultureSports, inspirationalPoliticsSports
Publication year2020202120202015202120212019202220132010
Writing styleHumorous, wittyConcise, formalHumorous, candidFormal, educationalHumorousEmotional, personal, seriousHumorousProfessional, seriousFormal, educationalHumorous, smart, professional
Pages288464416368304416304304432400
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CDPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CDPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CDPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobookHardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CDPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, spiral-boundPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, spiral-boundPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobookPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, spiral-boundPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CD
eBook price$13.99$12.99$2.99$9.99$15.99$13.99$9.99$13.19$13.99$12.99
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Author backgroundTelevision personality
GenrePop culture, entertainment, LGBTQ+
Publication year2020
Writing styleHumorous, witty
Pages288
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CD
eBook price$13.99
Author backgroundFormer first lady of the United States
GenreInspirational, politics
Publication year2021
Writing styleConcise, formal
Pages464
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CD
eBook price$12.99
Author backgroundMusician, celebrity
GenreMusic, entertainment
Publication year2020
Writing styleHumorous, candid
Pages416
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CD
eBook price$2.99
Author backgroundEducation activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner
GenreInspirational, activism
Publication year2015
Writing styleFormal, educational
Pages368
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook
eBook price$9.99

Stanley TucciTaste

$14.00

Author backgroundActor, director, foodie
GenreFood, pop culture, TV and film, Italian-American culture
Publication year2021
Writing styleHumorous
Pages304
Available formatsHardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CD
eBook price$15.99
Author backgroundMusician, director
GenreFood, music, Korean-American culture
Publication year2021
Writing styleEmotional, personal, serious
Pages416
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, spiral-bound
eBook price$13.99
Author backgroundTelevision host, political commentator
GenrePolitics, pop culture
Publication year2019
Writing styleHumorous
Pages304
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, spiral-bound
eBook price$9.99
Author backgroundProfessional rugby player
GenreSports, inspirational
Publication year2022
Writing styleProfessional, serious
Pages304
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook
eBook price$13.19
Author backgroundAssociate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
GenrePolitics
Publication year2013
Writing styleFormal, educational
Pages432
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, spiral-bound
eBook price$13.99
Author backgroundProfessional tennis champion
GenreSports
Publication year2010
Writing styleHumorous, smart, professional
Pages400
Available formatsPaperback, hardcover, eBook, audiobook, audio CD
eBook price$12.99

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