Memoir. Autobiography. First-person. Journal. Diary.
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake by Frank W. Abagnale
Abagnale wanted to date women and travel, so he worked as a pilot, a doctor, a sociology professor, and lawyer. He ended up with over 2.5 million dollars. The only problem was that he had no idea how to do any of these things and he literally made his money by forging checks.
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
When he was 12 years old, Beah’s village was attacked and he never saw his family again. By the time he was 15 he was a trained killer for the government, who promised him he was hunting the people who had destroyed his village. They also gave him enough drugs to make killing easier. This story follows his transformation from killer to Human Rights Watch advocate helping children who have been caught in a similar fate.
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: six-word memoirs by teens famous + obscure: from Smith magazine
Dreaming in Indian: contemporary Native American voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Being Jazz: my life as a (transgender) teen by Jazz Jennings
Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Tweak by Nic Sheff
On Writing by Stephen King
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
Life in Motion: an unlikely ballerina / Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones
Funny In Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian In America by Firoozeh Dumas
The author of this book could just as likely write other books titled, Funny In English or Funny In French. The truth is that she is able to find the humor in life, whether Iranian or American.
Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Ashley spent nine years in fourteen different foster care homes. Add to that the various caseworkers, schools and friends that she saw come and go in her life and you can imagine how she longed for the permanence many people take for granted.
The endless black tunnels of New York City’s Grand Central Station provide the backdrop and metaphor to this story of a teen runaway’s descent into despair and her journey back into the light.
The Distance Between Us: a memoir by Reyna Grande
Reyna Grande's father left his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States. He promised he would soon return from "El Otro Lado," but that's not how it worked out. The author began writing this memoir when she was a junior at UC Santa Cruz.