Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisia
My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855.
Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867.
Sailing Alone Around the World (1900) is a sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum about his single-handed global circumnavigation aboard the sloop Spray.
This is a real life story of how the author overcame blindness and two fatal diseases. This is a story that needs to be told. One of the most inspirational stories you may read this year.