Fascinating people tell their stories in their own words.
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward memoir is beautifully written as the author discusses growing in up in Mississippi. Race, poverty, class, and gender shape the people that live there and she is no different. Her stories are vivid and vast as she discusses five men who she has lost throughout her life and how their fate is that of so many others simply because of where they were born. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a collection of essays that Coates wrote and were published in The Atlantic between 2008 and 2016, over the course of the Barack Obama administration. If you're missing having the Obama's in the White House, definitely read this. Assata Shakur's autobiography is the epitome of woke. It's equally amazing as it is heartbreaking. Her story, which spans from the 50's, 60's, & 70's could very well have been written yesterday.
Nikola Tesla's autobiography, My Inventions is fascinating. You get to see inside the mind of a pure genius. What he was able to deduce in the 1800's is mind blowing. Bonus; unlike Edison he didn't kill any elephants just to make a point.
Mary Brave Bird's sequel to Lakota Woman; Ohitika Woman is gripping and thought provoking as she tells the tale of the struggle she inherited simply for being born in her skin.
The late Carrie Fisher's autobiography; Wishful Drinking is incredible because it highlights an issue that is usually silenced in our society. Through humor she unapologetically discusses her struggle with mental illness.