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Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Biography/Autobiography - Video & Lesson Transcript | Study.com
An autobiography tells the history of a person's life and is written by that person in the first-person, using 'I'. A biography is similar, but it tells the history of a person's life and is written by someone else. The key to not getting these confused is to know that the Greek prefix 'auto' means 'self.'
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The book that's been on everyone's "Best of" lists, including Amazon's Best Book of 2010, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, is intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, it captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a biography written by Rebecca Skloot. Published in 2010, this biography touches on patient's privacy rights, science, engineering and racism. What's also interesting about this book is that Skloot often includes instances of her biographical research process within the biography, as Skloot includes interviews with descendants of Henrietta Lacks. This book has recently been adapted into a film, as well.