Memoirs are a non-fiction account of some aspect of a person’s life as told by that person. They differ from auto-biographies in that they capture some event or events that are generally limited in scope and time, where as auto-biographies are a more complete story of a person’s life, from the time they were born. Memoirs are therefore a subset of auto-biographies.
The best memoirs are the ones that we learn from while being entertained, whether that “entertainment” comes in the form of laughs or tears, or both. There are many great memoirs - these are just some of the best, offering us a glimpse into the lives of these writers, both past and present.