- Bryson, Bill - The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid // growing up in 1950s Iowa
- Goodwin, Doris Kearns - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln // the story of Lincoln's cabinet, part of a History by Threes post.
- Jacobs, A.J. - Drop Dead Healthy // memoir of trying to become the healthiest man in the world
- Meacham, John - Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power // a biography of TJ
- Samuelsson, Marcus - Yes, Chef // memoir from an Ethiopian/Swedish/American tv chef
- Wizenberg, Molly - A Homemade Life // memoir from the creator of the Orangette food blog
Some of these are memoirs of modern people, some are biographies of historical figures, all are guaranteed to be interesting!