The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2018!

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into 10 categories: fiction; young adult; children's – babies through 2nd grade; children’s – 3rd through 6th grades; romance; mystery and thriller; science fiction/fantasy; autobiography/biography/memoir; non-fiction; and graphic novel. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2018. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2018 Best of the Best list.

We'll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2018. Until then, here are the Library's top autobiography, biography and memoir titles for 2018. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
  • The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
  • To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret by Jedidiah Jenkins
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska
  • Just the Funny Parts: My 30 Years on the Hollywood Jungle Gym by Nell Scovell
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
  • Calypso by David Sedaris
  • Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover

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