Memoirs, according to the dictionary, can be biographical or autobiographical. This list is composed of books by or about people worth knowing. Some are well-known, some are known, and a few are relatively unknown.
"Playwright and Jungian analyst Florida Scott-Maxwell explores the unique predicament of one's later years: when one feels both cut off from the past and out of step with the present; when the body rebels at activity but the mind becomes more passionate than ever. Written when Maxwell was in her eighties, The Measure of My Days offers a panoramic vision of the issues that haunt us throughout our lives: the struggle to achieve goodness; how to maintain individuality in a mass society; and how to emerge -- out of suffering, loss, and limitation -- with something approaching wisdom."
Written when Cronkite was 80, his memoirs cover his 60 years as a reporter. This fascinating recounting of the experiences of the nation's "most trusted person" is sure to bring back memories of years gone by.
Fuller's memoir of a childhood dominated by the Rhodesian civil war of 1971-1979 captures the fascinating life of a white family living in one of the most remote regions of Africa.