Autobiographies, biographies, memoirs, biographical novels, etc. They all have the honor of being lumped together into one blog post.
The problem with biographical literature is that it's about people. It's really hard to accurately portray an interesting person in one book, and the boring people aren't worth reading about. Add to the situation the high level of bias involved and it's a tricky genre. I occasionally partake, but I usually prefer shorter books, and paperbacks over the hardbacks that are the norm for the genre.
Recommended biographical works: