Whether the reader in your life is interested in the extraordinary lives of celebrities, politicians or everyday people, AbeBooks can help you find the perfect biography or memoir to give this Christmas. Here are some of our gift suggestions.


Marley & Me

John Grogan

Marley & Me

Life and love with the world's worst dog. Drooling and barreling, Marley's chaotic behavior was unstoppable (even with tranquilizers), but so too was his unconditional affection and devotion to his owners.

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Richard & Judy Christmas Book Pick

A Photographer's Life

Annie Leibowitz

A Photographer's Lifer

“I don’t have two lives,” Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990—2005. “This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.” A rich chronicle from the Living Legend.

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The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli

Richard Aldous

The Lion and the Unicorn

For the political buff on your list, The Lion and the Unicorn is a brilliant rethinking of the Gladstone and Disraeli story for a new generation. Richard Aldous confirms a perennial truth: in politics, everything is personal.

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Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man

Claire Tomalin

Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man

Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary, and this book covers Hardy's life, from his illegimate birth to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey as the Grand Old Man of English life and letters.

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Staff Pick

The Glory Game

Hunter Davies

The Glory Game

When first published in 1972 this book caused great controversy - Hunter Davies was allowed into the inner sanctums of a top football team and his pen and eyes spared nothing and no one. Now the controversies have been forgotten, and his work has turned into a classic book on British football. -- Recommended by Richard D.

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Mandela: The Authorized Portrait

PQ Publishers, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton

Mandela: The Authorized Portrait

Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has dedicated his life to fighting racism, segregation, oppression, and exploitation - and championing democracy, equality, and education. An inspirational story, richly illustrated with images and Mandela's written correpondence.

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Stocking Filler

Long Way Round

Ewan MacGregor, Charley Boorman

Long Way Round

From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. This is a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

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A Tasty Choice

My Life in France

Julia Child, Alex Prud'Homme

My Life in France

Told in her own words, this is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found ‘her true calling.'

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