Women’s biography, noteworthy achievements, moments of adversity, and major turning points
A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events.
A good biography delves into what is really interesting about a person's life—noteworthy achievements, moments of adversity, and major turning points. The best biography can encapsulate a subject's entire life in an engaging way and provide enough personal details to give the reader an intimate look at their character.
An autobiography is a first-hand experience of the authors written by the authors, thus, making them interesting to the readers and enabling them to understand the “other,” unseen side of the authors. Autobiographies by women are mainly written by famous persons. They teach us different stories, the authors’ struggles in life, the emotions they went through, making the auto biographers more human.
Women’s biographies and histories
- The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly,
- The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold,
- Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik,
- A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell,
- The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport,
- The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacey Schiff,
- The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan,
- The Women They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore,
- Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy,
- The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy Batalion,
- All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister,
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott,
- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser, A Black Women’s History of the United States, by Daina Ramey and Kali Nicole Gross,
- 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam and Caroline Moorehead,
- Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynee Olson,
- Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire, by Julia Baird,
- Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
- Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre.
Biography & Memoir
- The Pope at War. David I. Kertzer.
- River of the Gods. Candice Millard.
- Mean Baby. Selma Blair.
- Out of the Corner. Jennifer Grey.
- The Palace Papers. Tina Brown.
- What We Wish Were True. Tallu Schuyler Quinn.
- Ten Steps to Nanette. Hannah Gadsby.
- Every Good Boy Does Fine. Jeremy Denk.