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What Should I Read? (Reader's Advisory)


biographies and memoirsA biography is defined as a "reconstruction in print or on film, of the lives of real men and women. Together with autobiography—an individual's interpretation of his own life—it shares a venerable tradition, meeting the demands of different audiences through the ages."

A memoir is defined as "history or narrative composed from or stressing personal experience and acquaintance with the events, scenes, or persons described."




Text: "biography." The Columbia Encyclopedia, Paul Lagasse, and Columbia University, Columbia University Press, 7th edition, 2017. Credo Reference, Accessed 28 Mar 2018.

         ""memoir." Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Merriam-Webster, 1995. Academic OneFile, Accessed 28 Mar. 2018.

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