Look, I love memoirs just as much as the next person. But sometimes I want to sit down with a full-on biography. See, a memoir explores a certain set of experiences, or a particular portion of a person's life, and that's lovely. A biography is a big hulking book that barrels right through someone's life story from beginning to end, in chronological order. And some days, that's the exact kind of motivation I need. I want birth to death coverage of that notable person's life (or, you know, birth to present day, if it's an autobiography). Because every life has its ups and downs, and there's nothing like stepping into someone else's life to give you a little perspective on your own. Here are a few biographies that will inspire you to keep going.
Almost any book, fictional or non, can inspire. But biographies have the particular ability to give you a brief taste of someone's real experience. Perhaps you aspire to follow in their foot steps. Maybe you're looking for a great story of triumph against all odds. Perhaps you just want a cautionary tale. Either way, a biography can help you out. So, whether you need inspiration to finish writing your novel, to call your senator yet again, or just to keep getting up in the morning, here are a few great biographies to give you the energy: